Back for the third time, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is preparing to host over 20,000 runners this year, ranging from elite professional to first-time amateurs. The marathon will take place on 26 June 2011 with the first flag raise at 5am at Dataran Merdeka, for full marathon runners.

 

Hailed as Malaysia’s flagship annual running event, the marathon has garnered runner participation from 69 countries to date. The marathon offers the highest prize money pool in Malaysia, with top runners competing for a total of USD100,000 in full marathon and half marathon categories. A guaranteed prize pool for open category runners, Malaysian citizen runners and veteran runners is also available.

 

Runners also have other distances to choose from, including 10km, 5km and kids dash (3km and 950m). All race routes weave through the streets of Kuala Lumpur, showcasing the country's historical landmarks and tourist attractions.

 

Non-runners are welcome to register as volunteers, helping with race kit distribution, monitoring the race route and distributing beverages to runners, among other activities throughout the race.

 

   

 

 

 

Next event date:

26 June 2011

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Located in the famous red centre of Australia, this truly unique event has the majestic Uluru (Ayers Rock) as its backdrop and offers runners of all levels the opportunity to experience the Australian Outback as its earliest inhabitants did - on foot.

 

Now in its second year, the Australian Outback Marathon (plus half marathon, 11km and 6km) is a must for all who love running, adventure and who have wanted to explore the stunning Australian outback.

 

The course is predominantly off-road made up of bush trails, access roads and tracks as well as unsealed roads. Only a small amount is run on sealed roads.The running surface consists mainly of the famous ‘red earth” that can be found all over central Australia, with stunning views of Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuita (The Olgas).

 

Although relatively flat from a topographical point of view, there are a few little inclines here and there.

A couple of short sand-dunes make an appearance and while they are not long or high they will certainly feel like a challenge when running up them. However, the views at the top make the effort worthwhile.

 

As an adventure marathon, entry is available only in a package tour and organisers have a range of itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets.

Next event date:

30 July 2011

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