With a plethora of events and activities leading up to the race day on June 28, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2009 strives to be more than just another marathon.
Offering RM350,000 in prize money -- the biggest amount ever for a marathon in Malaysia -- and a guaranteed prize pool for runners, the marathon is expected to attract 12,500 participants.
"The prize money is certainly going to be a huge incentive. Kudos to the organisers for bringing this marathon series to Malaysia," said marathon veteran Sreejit Pillai, 40.
The run is designed to appeal to all Malaysians and is open to professional athletes and amateurs. Representatives of corporate and NGO organisation, and families with children are also welcome.
Julian Wynter, managing director and chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd, said the organisers were excited to bring the Standard Chartered marathon, which takes place in eight countries, to Kuala Lumpur.
"Standard Chartered Marathons characterise the values and attitudes we believe in and live by every day -- having a can-do attitude, the courage to try and the stamina and determination to go the extra mile, no matter what. They also embody our promise to our government and our people to help our communities grow and prosper," he said.
Ivan Brixi, managing director of event organiser Octagon (Asia) said their goal was to see a car-free KL on the race day and turn the event into a green initiative. "The marathon will have a real carnival atmosphere. Each neighbourhood we pass on the route can get involved and cheer on their favourites," he said.
Some of Malaysia's favourite celebrities will match their prowess and fitness against Standard Chartered's team of athletes. Several charities will also benefit from the event.
The marathon is endorsed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and sanctioned by the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union, International Association of Athletics Federations, and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races.
More details on how to register coming soon.
Julian Wynter, managing director and chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.
Participants at a recent Standard Chartered marathon.