Saturday, April 27, 2013

Borneo Marathon to be raced a day earlier

KOTA KINABALU: The 6th Borneo International Marathon, which is supposed to be held on May 5 –the same day as polling for the 13th general election – will start off a day earlier than planned.

Its race director Dr Heng Aik Cheng, in a press statement, said the event would be turned into an inaugural night run for the annual event.

On May 4, the Full Marathon (42km) category will start at 9.30pm; Half Marathon (21.1km) and School category (10KM) will start at 12.00am; and Public category (10km) will start at 12.30am.

It is also expected that the whole event will finish by 4am when the last runner returns.

As the run is conducted at night, runners are also advised to wear reflective material on their running gears to be visible to others.

“For participants’ safety, we also advise them to always follow the route and stick to their respective running lanes,” he said, assuring that there would be adequate manpower from Police, Malaysia People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) and hundreds of other volunteers to ensure the event to be in order.

Participants from outside Sabah, should they be unable to join in this year, are entitled to bring forward their entry fee for next year Borneo International Marathon.

They have to email scanned flight tickets to by this Sunday (April 28).

To date, there are about 5,000 runners with approximately 2,000 of them who are flying in for the event.