SCKLM 2015 – The People’s Marathon
They say that you never know just how much you appreciate something until you are about to lose it. Same can be said for the SCKLM 2015; a few weeks ago, so many registered runners showed their intense displeasure of SCKLM’s announcement to change the event date from 04 October to 10 October for reasons which they deemed as unjustified and unwanted. A week later, SCKLM 2015 reversed its unpopular decision, and reverted back to the original date of 04OCT to the huge relieve of the running community. This moral victory came at a cost because it has shaken the runner’s belief in the good judgement of SCKLM’s Management, and it meant that some runners will still miss-out running in SCKLM for moral or logistics reasons even after SCKLM quickly implemented “Cancel The Cancellation” policy. Consequently, there are some untaken running slots, and for those people who did not or could not register for SCKLM 2015 earlier, are now given a chance to submit their registration BUT it will be balloted. Some observers argue that balloting is another added complication and increased tension to the whole scenario. Personally, I feel it is good enough to simply reopen registration and let the public grab the available slots on a first-come-first-serve-basis without the added drama of balloting.
In golf, when a golfer swings his club at the ball, it is important to have a good follow-through after the clubhead has impacted the golf balk to ensure a smooth & accurate shot. In SCKLM 2015’s case, in a way, the runners have won a moral victory to revert back to the original date of 04OCT, but what will happen next year or upto 2018 when the agreement between Standard Chartered Bank and Event Owner/Organiser, Dirigo Events, expires? For now, I want to join SCKLM 2015 because it is my way to register my support for SCKLM to keep doing what they do best – Organising Awesome Marathons!
Below is the latest official update from SCKLM 2015.
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STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON 2015 – AUGUST NEWSLETTER
Greetings from Standard Chartered KL Marathon!
STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON 2015 BALLOT APPLICATION
ADDITIONAL FULL AND HALF MARATHON SLOTS AVAILABLE!
We have been getting a lot of requests to open new slots and we are going to do exactly that. We have 200 Half Marathon slots and 500 Full Marathon slots available as of today. To be fair, qualification for entry will be by a ballot system. If you are keen to try for a slot at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015, please submit your ballot application from now till 6.00pm on 6 August.
Your ballot application does not automatically guarantee you a running entry. Entries will be awarded at random by computer voting. Successful applicants will then be notified via email on 7 August 2015 with instructions on how to register.
Registrations must then be completed and submitted to the organiser by 15 August 2015.
Please note that this is for runners who have not yet registered for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon so if you or you have friends and family who missed out on registrations earlier, do submit your ballots.
Step by Step Guide on how to participate in the ballot can be found here.
We hope everyone had a good Raya break and now that the festivities are coming to an end, it’s the perfect time to shed the excessive calories and get back on track with training for the Marathon!
Our Running Clinics will resume from 2 August 2015 onwards and participants will be treated with brewed coffee and bananas, courtesy of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. Our apparel sponsor, adidas, will also offer free foot-scanning and proper footwear advice during the Clinics.
For more information about our running clinics and to register, please click here.
RUN FOR A CAUSE
Every year, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is taking a step forward to become a true community event and helping the less fortunate through our Run For A Cause (RFAC) programme.
If you are interested in raising funds for one of our official beneficiaries, you can do so by donating through our RFAC runners’ profile here.
For companies who would like to compete while raising money for the official beneficiaries, you can do so by registering for the 10km Corporate Challenge. This 10 km race is open to Malaysian companies only and a minimum of 3 runners per team are required to compete.
To know more about Corporate Challenge, please click here.
To register and take up the challenge, click here.
Thank you and happy running!
Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015″
About The Author: Gus Ghani is a certified High Intensity Interval Training Coach who enjoys Swim, Bike & Run.