They say absence makes the heart grow fonder; this was very much the case for the 2016 edition of the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon.
After the 2015 event was cancelled due to unsafe levels of haze, excitement built to crazy heights leading up to this year’s event.
Then BANG! The first weekend of August the KL marathon was back in full force! Runners flocked from all over to rejoice in being able to run the streets of Kuala Lumpur again
With events including the half and full marathons, 10km, 5km fun run and two kids’ events, everyone got a chance to join in the celebration.
More than 5500 runners completed the full marathon course within the new 7-hour cut off time.
Kenyan Kennedy Kiproo Lilan won the men’s event for the 5th time finishing in 2:18:57. Hirut Beyene Guangul from Ethiopia took the women’s crown with a time of 2:39:02.
The Malaysians were especially proud of Sheela Samivellu setting a new national record of 1:24:44 in the Half Marathon. Sheela beat her own record set only a few months earlier.
Starting and finishing with the striking backdrop of The Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), the route took participants on a tour of both old and new sights of the city.
As runners travelled along the course they experienced a perfect blend of what the Malaysian capital has to offer.