22nd February 2019, Kuala Lumpur – A new chapter has dawned on the increasingly popular Standard Chartered KL Marathon when for the first time in its history, public registrations were conducted using a ballot system. Successful applications were confirmed when Minister of Youth and Sports YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman officially activated the random computerized selection.
The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has been phenomenal growth over the last decade with the 10th Anniversary edition in 2018 seeing the highest attendance to date of over 38,000 participants. Public registrations for the 2018 event were snapped up within 10 hours of opening, leaving a lot of disgruntled runners who didn’t get a chance to register due to a variety of reasons, such as network congestion and poor internet connections.
This year saw a significant increase in loyalty registrations, where returning 2018 runners were given the privilege of signing up and securing their slot before registrations opened up to the general public. Almost two third of the available slots were snapped up during this period leaving slightly over 12,000 slots across all categories remaining for public registrations. Hence, the ballot system was introduced this year to give everyone an equal opportunity to secure a race slot as potential participants could cast their ballot between 13 to 19 February 2019.
Youth and Sports Minister YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was given the honour to activate the random computerized ballot selection process whereby ballot winners were picked and immediately notified of their selection.
YB Syed Saddiq has also decided to accept Dirigo Events invitation to participate in the Half Marathon for SCKLM 2019 and if his preparations go well, he hopes to do something to be able to give back to the running community.
The 2019 edition of SCKLM was given a boost late last year when Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia renewed their title sponsorship of the event for a further 4 years. The Bank has been a steadfast supporter of the event since its inception in 2009 and is a major factor behind its success.
Charity programme Run For A Reason (RFAR) has been an integral component of SCKLM which has benefitted and improved the lives of thousands of Malaysians over the last 10 years. For 2019, the charity beneficiaries are the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Hospis Malaysia, and Dignity For Children Foundation.
SCKLM 2019 will also see the inclusion of new sponsors Under Armour, Banana Boat, Jaybird, and TudungPeople joining returning sponsor 100 PLUS and SCKLM stalwarts Seiko and Pacific Regency Hotel Suites.