The 31st edition of the annual event, touted as Malaysia’s oldest half marathon, featured four categories -- 30km, 21km, 10km and 3km (fun run).
The fun run category included several disabled participants in wheelchairs as well as families with babies in strollers and children kitted out in colourful raincoats.
Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar flagged off the 30km and 21km categories while the 10km and 3km categories were flagged off by Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
The routes for the 30km and 21km categories saw runners along parts of Sections 16 and 17, SS2, Kampung Tunku, Section 51 as well as PJ Old Town.
PJ Half Marathon 2019 was organised by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Persatuan Olahraga Para Selangor in collaboration with Puncak Ventures SRA Sdn Bhd.
This year’s edition saw 259 international participants from 42 countries.
“The 30km category was reintroduced in the PJ Half Marathon by popular demand,” said Mohd Sayuthi.
“It was removed in previous editions but brought back last year due to runners’ request and the participation has been very encouraging.”
He added that the 30km category would be maintained for as long as it is well-received by runners.
For this year, Mohd Sayuthi said the 30km category recorded 2,600 participants while the signature 21km category had 3,500 runners.
“The PJ Half Marathon is a highly anticipated annual event. We even had to close registration early as the organisers had received 10,000 sign-ups before its original deadline.
“Today’s runners were very enthusiastic and in high spirits, despite the rain since 3am,” he said.
Asked if MBPJ would consider increasing the number of participants next year, the mayor said there were no plans to do so.
“It is not easy to manage the marathon in terms of road closures.
“With a 10,000-person capacity, we estimated that the run would end at 9am. If we increase participation, the run will have to end later and motorists may not be happy with that.”
Mohd Sayuthi noted that four MBPJ department directors also took part in the run, although only in the 3km category, as they were part of the organising secretariat.
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