16 November 2017
Almost 3,000 participants will take part in the KUL Marathon 2017 this Sunday to commemorate Malaysia Airports' 25th anniversary.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Senior General Manager Zainol Md Isa said the event is not only to encourage people to practice a healthier lifestyle but also to promote Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) – Aeropolis.
"This is the first time in history we organise a marathon event within the airport city. When we say airport city, people always imagine terminal and cargo. But actually, we have more than that.
"The marathon route has all the important landmarks which include KLIA, klia2, Air Traffic Control Tower, Sama-Sama Hotel, Runway 3, Sepang International Circuit, Digital Free Trade Zone Park, Mitsui Outlet Park and the long-term car park.
"KUL Marathon 2017 is a good marketing strategy to promote the growth of the surrounding here, especially KLIA-Aeropolis, an airport city development on the 100 sq km land bank surrounding KLIA. We want people to see the development progress of the city as the years go by," he told reporters at MAHB headquarters.
Zainol said the event received an overwhelming response with 2,912 participants registered to join the run since the online registration was opened in September.
"The marathon was limited to 2,500 people, but after receiving many requests from the public, we decided to extend it. We also receive participation from international runners.
"We plan to make this an annual event," he said.
The marathon will consist of four categories – 42km, 25km, 10km and 3km.
The marathon will be flagged off by Zainol, in which the 42km route will start at 3am; 25km at 4.30am; 10km at 6.30am; and 3km at 7am.
The grand prize winners will walk away with cash prizes of RM1,500 for the 42km route; RM1,000 for 25km and RM700 for 10km.
The finishers will also receive goodie bags, medals, hampers and T-shirts.
Original Source: nst