Why Is Malaysia’s Biggest Marathon The Worst In The World


Every year, more than 35,000 people from around the globe take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to run the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon.

However, we are quite taken aback by the ranking by The Sole Supplier, a UK-based trainer review and news site, that Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon score just 3.69 over 10 – the lowest score out of 81 marathons worldwide.

Malaysia’s biggest marathon has been named the worst marathon in a global ranking of major marathons. Here’s why:

  1. Air pollution
  2. Hot climate
  3. Slow average finish time
  4. Lack of medical aid along the course


The Sole Supplier said the ranking considers factors such as air quality, altitude, average finish times, average temperature and rainfall, starting entry fees, refreshment stations, medical aid, toilets, and quality of city accommodation among others.

The world’s 10 best marathons are:

  1. Haspa Marathon Hamburg (Hamburg)
  2. International Vienna City Marathon (Vienna)
  3. Cracovia Marathon (Krakow)
  4. Danske Bank Vilnius Marathon (Vilnius)
  5. Wizz Air Cluj Napoca Marathon (Cluj Napoca)
  6. Zagrebacki Marathon (Zagreb)
  7. AG Antwerpen Marathon (Antwerp)
  8. Thessaloniki International Marathon Alexander the Great (Thessaloniki)
  9. Kaunas Marathon (Kaunas)
  10. Osaka Marathon (Osaka)