Thursday, February 24, 2011

Borneo International Marathon - Runners from 30 countries expected

Kota Kinabalu: Foreign participation for the fourth Borneo International Marathon (BIM) to be held on May 1, is expected to increase to 30 countries this year.

So far, runners from 15 countries have registered for the event, amongst them from Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Kenya, Japan and Maldives.

"Last year, we had participation from more than 20 countries.

We expect this number to increase to 30 countries this year," said race director Andrew Voon from Championship Sports Events Sdn Bhd, the main organiser of BIM 2011, told Bernama here Wednesday.

Registration for BIM 2011 began on Oct 8, last year to allow participants the opportunity to schedule their travel plans, ahead of time.

With the tagline, 'I'd Rather be Running', this annual event which helps raise money for local charities anticipates in getting more than 2,000 runners this year, as compared to 1,400 participants last year.

Voon said to date, they had confirmed the registration of over 1,000 participants and expected more in the few days before the early bird promotion ended on Feb 28.

Dubbed 'The Beautiful Run', the marathon passes through the city and many of Kota Kinabalu's interesting tourist sights, with three categories offered, namely Full Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km) and 10km race. A 2km Fun Run is also held for children.

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