NOT many women have run a marathon but those who do are often encouraged by their friends or a personality they had seen on television.
This weekend, thousands will be setting out to create history as they take part in the inaugural Malaysia Women Marathon held to celebrate the success of women runners as well as encourage more women to pick up the sport.
Among those training hard for this Sunday’s race is the team from Capital FM.
On-air, they have shared tips on how to prepare for a run and even had several female runners share their experiences with their listeners, including Karen Loh who is the marathon’s race director.
However, Capital FM general manager Lynette Ow said they hoped that by participating they would also encourage listeners and women to get out and run.
“There is nothing revolutionary about it, but I think it is about a first step, albeit just a small one.
“Even if the first step is just thinking about working out, we hope that seed of thought will turn into action.
“While “working out” has a physical ring to it, in the end the mind is your most powerful tool,” said Ow, adding that most of the runners from Capital FM were first-timers too.
Loh, who has run countless marathons and ultra marathons competitively, said she intends to inspire more women to break out and run just like her.
The station’s announcers Xandria Ooi, Joanne Kam, Deborah Raj and Priscillia Seelan will be joining Ow in the 8km fun run event.
Besides going out to have fun in the marathon, participants will also be receiving a finisher’s pendant to take home instead of a medal.
To add to the fun, Kathrine Switzer, who was the first woman to complete a marathon, will be in town to lend support to the race as well as share her remarkable story with participants.
Switzer completed the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry back in 1967 when the famed event was only open to men.
She would be appearing for a meet-the-fans session today at 6pm and give a talk on history in women running tomorrow at 6pm.
Couple running advocates Sue and Andrew O’Brien will be conducting a workshop on partner running today at 8pm.
Those who want a stress-free evening before the race on Sunday should make a stop at i-City tomorrow at 5.30pm to catch Joanne Kam performing a short stand-up comic act.
The race will begin at 4am on Sunday. Title sponsor for the event is Nestle Fitnesse while the main sponsor is Capital FM. The station is sponsoring a live tracking system that runners could use to monitor and trace their progress ‘live’ via Facebook and Twitter on race day.