KUALA LUMPUR: More foreigners are expected to participate in the 2003 Kuala Lumpur International Marathon following moves by the organisers to invite 197 countries for race compared with only 100 last year.
The Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek, said that they hoped to attract more foreign participation in the 42km full marathon race to be held on Feb 16 in conjunction with the 29th Federal Territory Day.
He said after receiving sponsorships for the event at his office here yesterday that participants from seven countries thus far – Zambia, Poland, Belarus, Ethiopia, Republic of Kyrgyz, Thailand and Singapore – had confirmed their participation.
The marathon is jointly organised by KL City Hall and the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTAAA).
“Besides the 10,000 Malaysian participants, we hope that runners from more countries will confirm their participation in this year's marathon,” said Mohmad Shaid.
The event, which offers a total prize of RM150,900, has 12 categories for participants from the age of 13 to 50.
Entry fees for the full marathon for senior and veteran categories were RM30 for locals and US$30 for foreigners. The entry fee for the 10km run is RM10 for locals and US$10 for foreigners.
There is no entry fee for school children between the ages of 13 to 18 if they register their participation with their schools.
The marathon will start and end at Dataran Merdeka.
Those interested to participate can get their entry forms from the FTAAA office at Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat. The deadline for entries is Feb 3. – Bernama