PETALING JAYA: The Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur marathon is just getting bigger and better.
Due to overwhelming response for the event on Sept 29, the organisers conducted a ballot system for public registration for the first time since its inception in 2008.
This year saw a significant increase in loyalty registrations, where returning runners from 2018 were given the privilege of signing up and securing their slots before registration opened to the general public.
Almost two-thirds of the available slots were snapped up during this period, leaving slightly over 12,000 slots across all categories remaining for public registration.
The ballot system was introduced this year to give everyone an equal opportunity to secure a race slot.
The marathon has seen rapid growth over the last decade – with its 10th anniversary edition in 2018 recording the highest attendance to date of over 38,000 participants.
Public registration for the 2018 event were snapped up within 10 hours of opening, leaving a lot of disgruntled runners who didn’t get a chance to register due to a variety of reasons, such as network congestion and poor internet connections.
For this year’s edition, successful applications were confirmed when Youth and Sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman officially activated the random computerised selection at the Pacific Regency Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
“It’s certainly a privilege to be involved with the premier distance running event in Malaysia. I’ve truly been inspired by the hard work undertaken by the organisers to develop the sport of distance running by consistently putting on a world-class event that attracts more than 38,000 participants from Malaysia and around the world,” said Syed Saddiq.
He added that he would be accepting an invitation to participate in the half marathon.
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