The 15th edition of the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) 2023 unfolded with a cascade of records being shattered and unforgettable moments etched into the annals of distance running. Over 40,000 runners flocked to the historic Dataran Merdeka, transforming the weekend into a colossal celebration of running prowess and community spirit.
Breaking Records with Beatrice Jelagat Cherop
In a jaw-dropping feat, Beatrice Jelagat Cherop from Kenya obliterated the Full Marathon Women’s Open course record by nearly two minutes. Erasing Rose Kerubo Nyangacha's 2011 record, Cherop clocked an astonishing 2:32:51, cementing her status as a force to be reckoned with on the global running stage.
KLSCM 2023, recognized by World Athletics as a Road Race Label
KLSCM 2023, recognized by World Athletics as a Road Race Label event for the first time, solidified its standing as Malaysia's premier distance running extravaganza. The weekend commenced with the Kids Dash, 5km, and Boost Juice 10km categories on Saturday, setting the stage for the riveting Half and Full Marathon showdown on Sunday.
Full Marathon Champions
The Full Marathon Men’s Open witnessed an epic battle, culminating in Kiprop Tonui seizing the coveted title in 02:13:49. For Tonui, it was a triumph after finishing second four times in previous editions. Meanwhile, Beatrice Cherop, despite initial leg issues, emerged victorious in the Women’s Open category, showcasing her resilience and skill.
Our Top Local Marathon Drama
The Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s category lived up to expectations as Poo Vasanthan defended his title against a formidable field, including five-time KLSCM champion Muhaizar Mohamad. Poo strategically paced himself and surged ahead in the final stretch, clinching victory in 02:37:38.
In the Women’s category, Michelle Chua Khit Yeng demonstrated remarkable improvement, securing the top spot in 03:13:07. The battle among Malaysia's top distance runners showcased the nation's running prowess and added another layer of excitement to KLSCM 2023.
Community, Inclusion, and Eco-consciousness
KLSCM 2023 wasn't just about the competitive spirit; it embraced diversity and inclusion. Standard Chartered Malaysia, the title sponsor, underscored its commitment by hosting 120 community runners, including differently-abled students and Goal program participants. In a bid to make the event more eco-conscious, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Adam Adli flagged off the Full and Half Marathon categories, symbolizing KLSCM's commitment to sustainability.
Winners and Beyond
Close to 1400 running tourists from 46 countries and over 12,000 local runners outside Kuala Lumpur and Selangor added an international flair to the event. The KLSCM legacy continued, with Standard Chartered Malaysia leading the sponsorship charge, supported by Boost Juice, Seiko, Pressio, 100 Plus, TudungPeople, Brooks, and Tiger Balm.
As KLSCM 2023 drew to a close, the echoes of triumph and the roar of the running community lingered in the air. Beyond the records and victories, the marathon showcased the essence of unity, diversity, and the pursuit of healthy competition. KLSCM stands not just as a race but as an annual testament to the enduring spirit of running in Malaysia and beyond.