THE third Malaysia Women Marathon 2015 (MWM 2015) which coincided with International Women’s Day recently, saw tremendous support with over 4,000 runners lacing up for the occasion.
Starting off as early as 4.30am, participants in four categories MWM 42km full marathon, MWM Etiqa Half-Marathon, MWM Citi 10km Run and MWM AstroBella 5km Fun Run took to the route which passed the Blue Mosque, Stadium Malawati and Istana Bukit Kayangan as well as through the residential areas of Shah Alam
The organisers recorded an increase in overall participation and noted that 40% of runners in the MWM 42km category this year were trying out their first full-distance marathon.
MWM organisers lauded the first-time runners for daring to stand and shine, which was in the spirit of this year’s theme for the marathon: “Stand Up and Shine”.
Talks by accomplished marathoners such as Aida Othman, Cheryl Bihag and Kelly Lim and exhibitions by sponsors were held at Concorde Hotel prior to the race event with fashion shows, yoga sessions and talks.
“We are very honoured and feel very compelled to organise such an event. Feedback from the participants has been very encouraging.
“ The sisterhood among the runners is very endearing and this is one of the events they look forward to every year.” MWM race director Karen Loh noted.
Tourism Selangor general manager Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din said, “We are grateful to all the sponsors for the support given this year towards the event as well as the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and state government for their show of support, especially the Women and Health and Sports Exco members who offer their encouragement and assistance whenever required.”
Etiqa chief investment officer Norlia Mat Yusof said, “Etiqa Insurance is thrilled to be part of the Malaysian Women Marathon this year. Being a sponsor of the half-marathon category is in line with one of Etiqa’s corporate responsibility pillars which focuses on women.
“At Etiqa, we are very involved in organising programmes for women. Our aim is to ensure that all our female employees support and have interest in causes for women.” Norlia shared.
Citibank country human resources director Nikki Grant-Cook noted that in addition to being strong advocates of healthy lifestyle, Citibank’s many policies and programmes aim to provide a better work-life balance and inspiring workplace for their employees.
“The MWM is one such example and is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our women in conjunction with International Women’s Day”.
Winners of the race won cash and prizes worth RM10,000.00 in total and trophies of the MWM 2015.