THE Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) is set to be an annual event organised by the state government.
It will be part of the international marathon calendar, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said when closing the event at Queensbay Mall yesterday.
The event attracted more than 16,000 participants from 38 countries.
In his speech, PBIM and state Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law said the state hoped to attract 20,000 participants from more countries next year.
Race winners Benjamin Kiplimo Meto, 33, (Men Open) and Dorice Chuchumba, 23, (Women Open) said that they would come back next year.
The Kenyans described the race as “easy” but said the hot weather was a challenge.
Kiplimo Meto, who said he started training three months before the race, said Kenyans excelled in sports because they start training from as young as 14.
“To us, sports is considered a job because there are lots of benefits if you do well,” he said.
Chan Chun Long, 18, was arguably the happiest participant when he won a Proton Saga in a lucky draw.