Editor’s Note

I thought now would be a poignant time to look ahead to SCKLM 2018 as come 7th December 2017, registration will be open to SCKLM 2017 Runners only. As such, the Event Owner, Dirigo Events, predict that 17,000 Runners will return based on the past trends. If correct, then come 10th January 2018, another 18,000 slots will be offered to the public at large.

Given that the Running Industry is still very bullish, I suppose it’s only a matter of time before all the total 35,000 slots will be taken up, and most likely, some late registrants will even miss-out on grabbing the limited slots as it is always the case every year.

So, what exactly can we expect from SCKLM 2018. Will there be any changes to last year’s successful SCKLM 2017, and how will any such changes affect the Participant’s Race Experience in terms of the QUALITY of the event as a whole?

Certainly, nobody will know for sure the answers to the above questions, but for the sake of new runners who have never joined SCKLM before, I want to share with you my thoughts and views on Malaysia’s Premier Marathon minus the commercial jingle, good or bad, right or wrong.

Free Running Clinic & More

Keeping with tradition, the free SCKLM Running Clinics which is headed by Running Coach Mark Williams for Adults & Kids will CONTINUE AS USUAL! Moreover, if you want to take your personal training and preparations to the NEXT LEVEL, SCKLM 2018 is offering professional coaching services of The Running Plan company (set up in 2017) – which is owned and operated by the same Coach Mark – and you can check http://www.therunningplan.com for different customised running plans and fees to suit you!

If you are serious about running and you are keen to run at your optimum level, then Mark’s Personal Training Plan will no doubt help you be a better runner.

In the past, quite a number of Runners, had taken advantage of the Free Running Clinics, but for those many Runners outside of Kuala Lumpur, it would not have been practical to have joined in. In comparison to the total number of SCKLM 2017 participants, the actual number of people who could and did turn-up to the Free Running Clinics were largely insignificant.

Nevertheless, in terms of the Value-For-Money factor, the removal of the free running clinic has somewhat diminish the Runners benefit, and at the same time, reduce the Organiser’s total Operational Cost.

Bye, Bye Toll-Free Highway(s)

My guess is that SCKLM 2O18 will not feature one or both of the AKLEH & DUKE Highways because it is just not worth for the organiser to pay 100,000s ringgit to the highway concessionaires for just a few hours usage.

Besides, many SCKLM Runners have complained that running on the highway is too boring. Thus, if my prediction is right, then SCKLM 2018 course will offer more running on KL streets provided that they can fend-off the irate motorists and minimise the disruption to city traffic and business operations on race day.

10th Anniversary Celebrations

As hinted by Dirigo Events, there will be some new elements introduced to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of marriage between Dirigo and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB).

So, the million dollar question is “will SCB renew their vows for the next 10 years?”. If everything turns out rosey on race day, why shouldn’t they?

Election Year Fever

There is every chance that the Election Campaign will fall around April 2018. If SCKLM 2018 is unlucky enough to clash dates with the Electoral Activities, the Authorities could shut down Race Day because Police Personal will be busy ensuring public safety during the volatile Campaigning period. For now, nobody outside The Inner Political Ring knows when will be the exact Polling Date. There is a saying that goes, “hope for the best, but expect the worse” but this is not what SCKLM Fans want to hear.

Go, Go, Go Dirigo!

SCKLM 2018 is 4 months away, and the immediate task for Dirigo Events is to first secure the 35,000 Paid Slots. Then only, can the real fun begin. No money, no talk, baby!

Thereafter, Dirigo will start releasing newsbites on many exciting activities leading up, all the way, to the actual race day. Definitely, SCKLM happenings will overshadow all other local running events, and all eyes will be fixed on the Dirigo Events Team to deliver another magical marathon that will exceed our already high expectations from previous successes…


To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.

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About Gus Ghani

Hi:) My name is Gus and I am a Fitness Coach who enjoys outdoor adventures. In particular, I like to run marathons & ultra marathons, and compete in triathlons and century rides for fitness, fun & friendship. My passion is to motivate my friends to exercise more so that they can live life to the fullest. The purpose of this blog is five-fold:- 1) I find writing very therapeutic & beats paying for a psychiatrist to keep sane 2) I like to share & inspire others into engaging in any healthy pursuits 3) This is a great way to keep track of my progress in all my sporting endeavours 4) This also keeps me honest & spurs me on to do more 5) Even if you are a couch potatoe, I hope you will find my entries entertaining and/or informative. In summary, this blog is helping me help others help myself...get it?
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