REGISTRATION for the inaugural virtual Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) opens today.
The PBIM 2020 Virtual Run in November will take place virtually where runners can join in from various destinations around the world through running apps.
Tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said registration for the run this year is free for all.
He said the three categories – 10km run, 21km (half marathon) and 42km (full marathon) – will remain the same.
“There are no race packs or finisher medals but participants are eligible for the e-certificate if they complete the race within the respective qualifying times of two hours for the 10km run, 3.5 hours for the half marathon and 7 hours for the full marathon.
“In addition to the three categories, PBIM virtual run is introducing a 5km fun run for participants aged 12 and above to encourage familial participation.
“The qualifying time for the 5km fun run is 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is to provide a platform for new runners to join.
“As per the usual PBIM, there is an age limit for participation, namely 16 years old and above
for the 10km run, while participants must be 18 and above for participation in the half marathon (21km) and full marathon (42km) categories,” he said at a press conference to announce PBIM 2020.
Yeoh, who is also PBIM chairman, said the virtual run this year offers a new form of flexibility for runners whereby a runner could participate in all categories as long as the runner could complete the runs within the 48-hour duration.
“In order to allow global runners to complete the challenges, the 48 hours start from midnight on Nov 21 and end at 11.59pm on Nov 22 following the Malaysian time zone.
“This is a way for us to encourage them to continue running with us this year, wherever they are.
“The marathon will have a different way of connecting with marathoners from different parts of the world, all united in the spirit of sportsmanship amid this pandemic,” he said.
Yeoh said there would be various workshops, talks and activities organised virtually to build up the anticipation and excitement for the actual event.
He, however, reminded that one participant is only allowed to register once for the same category.
“Registration is open for a month until Oct 31 at 11.59pm.
“Runners who have registered for PBIM 2020 earlier will need to re-register for the virtual run, for the virtual run bib number.
“Runners will need to complete their registration and connect one tracking app or GPS wearables to MyVRace by Sport Heroes and ensure that the tracking app, which has been successfully synced, is turned on before the run to record the distance.
“I would like to remind everyone to stay safe and not forgo the necessary health protocol as well as precautions during Covid-19 in order to keep safe even though you may be running in the vicinity of your neighbourhood,” he said.
Yeoh said the registrations of those who signed up for PBIM 2020 but could not make it in the end would be automatically brought forward to PBIM 2021.
“Although no refund will be given, the registrations are transferable for those who are unable to make it for PBIM 2021.
“The date for PBIM 2021 will be announced in January next year once it is confirmed in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
For further updates, visit the Penang Bridge International Marathon Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ penangbridgemarathon
Did you find this article insightful?
100% readers found this article insightful