PARTICIPATION for the 30th edition of the Petaling Jaya Half Marathon (PJ Half) saw an increase of more than 60% with 11,400 runners compared to last year’s 7,000.
Gathering from as early as 4am at Dataran Petaling Jaya for the four categories: 30km, 21km, 10km and 3km ‘Fun Run’, the crowd included 284 participants from 43 countries.
As testament to how far the event has progressed, this year’s PJ Half also saw the introduction of a smartphone app which allowed live-tracking of participants as well as enabling them to get the latest updates of the event.
The total cash purse for the event was RM82,000.
The half-marathon was flagged off by Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain, deputy mayor Johary Anuar and Selat Kelang assemblyman Datuk Abdul Rashid Asari.
The route took runners through main arterial roads around the city like Jalan Gasing, Jalan Templer, Jalan Universiti as well as Jalan Sultan with some 100 traffic policemen and 50 Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) enforcement officers on duty to control traffic.
The event was organised by MBPJ and Para Athletes Association of Selangor with the support of Puncak Ventures SRA Sdn Bhd and various other sponsors.
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