Bridge marathon returns with virtual edition

(From right) Yeoh, Vincent, Chin Chin and Dan at the press conference on Penang Bridge International Virtual Run 2021. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

REGISTRATION for the Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) Virtual Run 2021 opens today, and brand-new challenges and categories await.

Penang tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the virtual run is complimentary for all and participants from across the globe are welcome.

The race period commences at midnight (0000 hours) of Nov 21 and ends at 11.59pm (2359 hours) of Dec 20, following the GMT+8 time zone.

“Last year’s virtual run saw participation from over 70 countries. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced brand-new challenge categories to encourage participation and add excitement,” Yeoh told a press conference in Komtar on Monday.

This includes 5 Largest Teams — whereby five teams with the most members (minimum of 10 persons) will be awarded a trophy.

However, every team member must rack up a minimum of 5km in one single activity.

There is also the 10 Highest Mileage Runners for both men and women. Be among the top 10 with the highest mileage accumulated in each segment, and you stand to receive a special achievement medal.

Those who prefer speed over endurance might gravitate to the First 10 Runners to Achieve 100km, 300km and 500km categories. Similarly, this will have both men’s and women’s divisions.

Medals await the top 10 who reach each milestone the quickest after the commencement of the race period. Runners can also win multiple categories.

Yeoh said the PBIM’s three conventional categories will carry on as usual — the 10km, 21km (half marathon) and 42km (full marathon). Additionally, there is a 5km fun run.

“Although there will be no race packs or finisher medals, participants would be eligible for an e-certificate if they manage to complete the race within the respective qualifying times.”

This is an hour and 15 minutes for the 5km fun run, two hours for the 10km category, three-and-a-half hours for the half-marathon, and seven hours for the full marathon.

The Virtual Run 2021 will also be themed #ARunTowardsNormalcy to remind participants that the fight against Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing, with hopes that normal life can resume as soon as possible.

There is a minimum age requirement of 18 for the 21km and 42km marathons. For all other categories, participants must be 13 or older.

“As usual, runners must complete their registration and connect one tracking app or GPS wearable to BiiB, and ensure that the tracking app, once successfully synced, is turned on before the run to record the distance.

“Runners who wish to join both the speed and distance categories must register for the two events separately.

“I hope the PBIM will be a beacon of hope to inspire everyone that a better future awaits,” he added.

Yeoh also reminded that registration for 2020’s cancelled physical run would still be brought forward to 2022, with dates to be announced later.

Special mementos and event merchandise will be released by sponsors Brooks and Emico, available for purchase on the PBIM website. Seiko also returned as sponsor.

Present at the press conference were Emico’s sales director Dan Tan and marketing manager Vincent Tan, as well as Runners Unite project director Tan Chin Chin.

Follow PBIM’s Facebook page (@penangbridgemarathon) for updates, or visit to register.

For enquiries, email to or call 04-650 5133.

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