More than 38,000 runners descended on Dataran Merdeka to take part in and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM).
Cosmas Matolo Muteti, from Kenya, won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category for the second year running, successfully defending his title in a time of 2:16:47 while the Full Marathon Women’s Open category was won by Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol, also from Kenya, in a time of 2:38:48.
Kiprop Tonui from Kenya came in second in the Full Marathon Men’s Open with a time of 2:17:13 while Kennedy Kiproo Lilan from Kenya finished third in a time of 2:18:44.
In the Full Marathon Women’s Open, Nancy Joan Rotich from Kenya took second place in a time of 2:58:25 and Susan Merrie Swier from the United States had to settle for third place with a time of 3:29:53.
The Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s category lived up to its pre-race billing as a hotly contested affair as Muhaizar Mohamad, Leo Tan Huong Leong and Nik Fakaruddin Ismail were neck and neck for a large portion of the race.
Muhaizar reaffirmed his superiority on home soil when he won his fourth consecutive title in a time of 2:37:04. Nik Fakaruddin finished second in 2:37:26 while Tan came in third in a time of 2:38:48.
The Full Marathon Malaysian Women’s category saw a brand-new winner this year when Loh Chooi Fern won in a time of 3:18:44 while Yap Yee Ling clocked 3:30:13 to come in second and Yee Pei Ni got third place in a time of 03:32:26
Cosmas was delighted with his second consecutive Standard Chartered KL Marathon win. “This event is becoming quite special for me. My first was last year and I recorded a personal best when I won.
“This year, the course was slightly different and more challenging, but my training was good and I just kept to my game plan to stay ahead of the others. Thankfully, I managed to win again,” Cosmas said.
Muhaizar was also thrilled to have retained his title, especially after the intense competition with Nik Fakaruddin and Tan. “It was a tough race, especially as all three of us recently competed in the Tokyo marathon which has affected our preparation for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon,” he said.
“Still, I’m very happy to have won the 10th Anniversary edition and my fourth title,” he continued.
Dirigo Events director and event project director Rainer Biemans said: “It has been an amazing couple of days and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout, which has been our biggest yet, befitting our 10th anniversary celebrations.
“We sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful time and that this anniversary meant as much to you as it has done for us at Dirigo, as well as for everyone else who had a hand in organising and executing this event.”
Standard Chartered Malaysia managing director and chief executive officer Abrar A. Anwar said: “As title sponsor for the past 10 years, Standard Chartered Malaysia is proud to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of SCKLM with its biggest event yet.
“It is heart-warming to see so many running enthusiasts from all over Malaysia and the world come together,” said Abrar.
The community element of the event is symbolised by SCKLM’s charity programme called Run For A Reason (RFAR), which aims to raise funds for deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in dire need.
This year, the participating beneficiaries were Seeing Is Believing, the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.