Thursday, October 24, 2013

Press Release: BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2013

~ World Class Athletes Deliver World Class Performance ~

PUTRAJAYA, 19 October – It was a night of pure adrenaline rush as 12,000 marathon enthusiasts gave their best to complete the BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon within regulation time, here today.

Participants from all over the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and Malaysia demonstrated true sportsmanship qualities as they held nothing back in their bid to win their share of the RM70,000 prize money as well as the RM5,000 reward for breaking last year’s National Malaysian Marathon Record previously set by local runner, Lili Suhairi Md. Yang Ghazali who finished the race with a record time of 2 hours 57 minutes.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of Bank Simpanan Nasional, Tan Sri Abu Bakar Haji Abdullah said that he was overwhelmed by the number of participants and their high spirits throughout the event.

“BSN is proud to be part of this major event since 2011, as the spirit shown by marathon runners truly reflects the spirit and competitive passion of the organisation. It’s truly a remarkable sight to see the sea of participants here today.

I am also grateful for the show of support and enthusiasm demonstrated by all the participants, especially our Malaysian runners. Their presence and passion truly embodies the “Malaysia Boleh” spirit and I truly salute them all for giving their all for the marathon”, said Tan Sri Abu Bakar Haji Abdullah.

Since its initiation in 2010, the humble marathon enjoyed a huge following of over 10,000 participants from Malaysia, Africa, Europe and other Asian countries. BSN has been the title sponsor and major supporter of the marathon for three consecutive years, since 2011.

BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon will also be donating proceeds from the Corporate Run Category to Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) as part of BSN’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort in contributing back to the community.

It was a night of celebrations as families and friends from surrounding communities of Putrajaya and the Klang Valley were present on site to cheer and give moral support to all the participants. Supporters were also entertained by the various pocket entertainments provided by the event organiser., 21st Century Sports (M) Sdn Bhd.

The 42km marathon was flagged of by the YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Treasury at 8 pm and followed by the half Marathon by BSN’s Chairman Ybhg Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah at 8.20 pm, while the 10km and 5km run were flagged off by YBhg. Tan Sri Dao’ Seri (Dr.) Aseh Hj Che Mat, President of Perbadanan Putrajaya and Ybhg. Datuk Adinan Maning, CEO of BSN respectively.

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