YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports activates the SCKLM2019 ballot selection process with Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director, Dirigo Events on the left and Abrar A. Anwar, MD and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia on the right
Malaysia’s premier distance running event implements ballot system for public registrations due to tremendous response
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 February 2019: 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 Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman officially activated the
random computerised selection here today.
The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has seen phenomenal growth over the last decade
with the 10 th 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 to
the general public. Almost two thirds 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
to19 February 2019.
YB Syed Saddiq displays his SCKLM2019 Half Marathon Running Bib, flanked by Rainer Biemans and Abrar A. Anwar
Rainer Biemans, YB Syed Saddiq, Abrar, A. Anwar, and Dato’ Karim Ibrahim, President of MAF
“We introduced loyalty registrations in 2016 as a way of giving back to the running
community who have strongly supported us, and continued to implement this in the following
years” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director of Dirigo Events, the
owners and organisers of the multi-award winning event. “Since then, the take-up during the loyalty registrations consistently yielded about 40-45% of overall slots available. This year
we were caught by surprise when the loyalty registration period saw more than 60% of
available slots snapped up, which is why we have had to implement balloting for public
registrations” added Rainer. “This way, everyone gets an equal chance to secure a race
entry and will not be hindered by network or work issues.” Rainer also mentioned that
moving forward, the balloting process would most probably be implemented right from the
loyalty registration period.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was given the honour to
activate the random computerised ballot selection process whereby ballot winners were
picked and immediately notified of their selection.
“It’s certainly a privilege to be involved with the premier distance running event in Malaysia. I
have truly been inspired by the hard work undertaken by SCKLM to develop the sport of
distance running by consistently putting on a world class event that attracts more than
38,000 participants from Malaysia and around the world,” said Syed Saddiq. “While the
competitive aspect of SCKLM has provided talented Malaysian runners like Leo Tan and
Muhaizar Mohamad with the platform to perform alongside elite international runners and
raise their game, the heart-warming aspect of SCKLM is the commitment placed on making
a difference through the Run For A Reason charity initiative,” added Syed Saddiq. “In fact I
have decided to accept Dirigo Events invitation to participate in the Half Marathon for
SCKLM2019 and if my preparations go well, I hope to do something to be able to give back
to the running community too.”
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 four (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.
“We are delighted to resume our title sponsorship of the KL Marathon. The past 10 years of
our sponsorship has shown us the amazing power this event has to bring people from all
walks of life together to do extraordinary things. SCKLM has grown from strength to strength
and is now one of the most sought after events in Malaysia and the region,” said Abrar A.
Anwar, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. “This year marks yet another milestone with the ballot system introduced for public registrations,” added
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.
SCKLM2019 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.
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