Hear ye hear ye!
Is Malaysia's own SCKLM joining the ranks of popular marathons such as Tokyo and Berlin Marathon whereby you now need to ballot for an entry?
Why, yes it is!
Why, yes it is!
Due to the overwhelming response to the loyalty registration period for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2019 (SCKLM2019), there is a reduced number of slots available for public registrations as compared with the year before. There are a total of over 10,000 slots available across all categories and in order to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity of getting a race slot, public registrations for the SCKLM 2019 will be in the form of a ballot.
Runners will be able to cast their ballots from 10.00am, 13 February 2019 to 11.59pm 19 February 2019. Ballot selection will be completely random and computerised, and will be activated by YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports on 22 February 2019. Successful applicants will then be notified by email and will have until 5 March to complete registration by making payment. Each person is only allowed one ballot entry.
“We’ve taken some learnings from our 10th Anniversary edition last year and to prevent situations where potential participants couldn’t register due to network congestion or poor internet connections, the balloting period will ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity of earning a race slot for SCKLM2019,” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director of Dirigo Events.
“We apologise to the running community as we’ve had to institute this system in reaction to the unexpected volume of take-ups during the loyalty registration period but moving forward, we will be using the ballot system for all registrations from 2020 onwards. There will be a guaranteed quota for 2019 registered runners and those who are unsuccessful in the loyalty registration ballot in 2020 will be automatically included in the ballot for public registrations, giving you two opportunities to secure a race slot,” added Rainer.
The multi-award winning Standard Chartered KL Marathon will be held on 28 and 29 September 2019 at Dataran Merdeka.