Thank you Standard Chartered KL Marathon for inviting us to its 2013 launch, 5th Year Celebration and press conference. The event was held at the Standard Chartered KL Park, a unique location of green and tranquility, literally just a stone's throw from Twin Towers, KLCC.
This year’s Marathon, which will be held at Dataran Merdeka carries the theme, “Run for a Reason”, a theme that is parallel to Standard Chartered Marathons around the world. The event offers 12 categories to the public to provide a participation opportunity for every person. Worth to note, the prize package offered for Standard Chartered KL Marathon remains the highest among marathons in Malaysia, with a total prize pot of USD110,000 (RM341,000) this year.
The race was launched by the Minister of Youth & Sports, YB Dato Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd.
"I remember 2009... Registration started in Feb, in May I panicked not getting 12,500 runners for June... 4 years later, we reached 19,000++ sold entries within 18 days from start of registration. Now I'm worried to dissappoint runners because we are full with 30k runners 4 month before the event takes place..."
Speech by Title Sponsor, Osman Morad, the managing Director and CEO Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd.
Osman Morad, Standard Chartered Bank added, “We always believe that sports shapes and unifies a nation. We have seen the benefits of the Marathon in our community, and we are happy to have been key to this effort. As the country’s first and oldest bank established in 1857, we take pride in contributing to our community and the Marathon is an event we are very proud of.”
“This year, Standard Chartered is pleased to introduce special packages where runners can ‘Run for Free’ and other special benefits when they sign up for a credit card or savings or checking account with us. It is yet another feature from Standard Chartered to continually add value for our customers,” Osman added.
Speech by Deputy Director General of DBKL on behalf of the Mayor of KL.
Slated to start and finish once again at the country’s historical site of Dataran Merdeka, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Haji Ahmad Phesal said, “It is only befitting that a monumental country event like the Marathon takes place at Dataran Merdeka where you will be able to see some 30,000 runners and volunteers, officials, supporters, family and friends gathering together to be a force for good.”
Keynote address by Minister of Youth and Sports.
“I’m glad to be here to celebrate Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s 5th successful year in Malaysia. I applaud the various parties who have successfully showcased growing sporting brilliance through this nation-building event for the past four years. I am confident that by now the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is embedded in our sporting culture and is contributing to nation-building,” said YB Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek during the launch.
This year Standard Chartered Bank Bhd introduces special packages where runners can "RUN FOR FREE" and special benefits when they sign up for a credit card or savings or checking account with the bank.
This is the target this year! 30,000 runners!
The launch was commemorated with the unveiling of a 10-foot tall wall panel (above) depicting a historical photo montage wall, showcasing the evolvement and successes of the Marathon since it first started in 2009. The wall panel will be located at the Park for public viewing until after the Marathon ends.
Happy 5th Anniversary to Standard Chartered KL Marathon!
Over the four years, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon has raised more than RM2.4 million to benefit charities around Malaysia. This year charity recipients are Standard Chartered Foundation, National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM), Ecoknights, and Hospis Malaysia.
The iconic event continues to set new records. This year, within just three (3) weeks of registration opening, more than 14,222 registrations were received surpassing last year’s record by more than 235 per cent registered over the same period. In 2012, participant registration closed six (6) weeks ahead of the deadline following an overwhelming response from the public. This year, Standard Chartered is confident that the target of 30,000 runners will be met soon. Registration started on 30 January 2013 and the closing date is set for 31 May 2013, or when 30,000 sign-ups are reached, whichever comes first.
Running enthusiasts can sign up at the official website www.kl-marathon.com
Early bird discounts on registration fees are available till 28 February 2013.
Connect with the other runners through the Standard Chartered KL Marathon Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon and keep up-to-date via twitter at @scklmarathon
More photos of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 Launch & 5th Year Celebration at our FB page HERE.