Tuesday, October 3, 2023

KLSCM 2023 Kicked off with a Record Breaker

I ran 10km at Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) in a Pikachu onesie but this one guy ran it with a DJ booth. Like what?? As if running 10km itself wasn't hard enough already.

The first day of the prestigious KLSCM back for its 15th edition kicked off with a bang. With a literal DJ booth taking to the streets in the Boost Juice 10km and pushed by radio and TV celebrity Ram, formerly a host on THR Raaga. By completing the longest distance covered while DJing non-stop, Ram made it into the Malaysia Book of Records. The feat was achieved as part of Ram’s fundraising efforts for Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) under KLSCM’s Run For A Reason (RFAR) charity initiative. 

“When I signed up to run the Boost Juice 10km in support of KSK, I wanted to try to bring attention to my fundraising by doing something extraordinary”, said Ram. “I’m grateful to Boost Juice for supporting this idea but I started to have doubts once we built the cart for the equipment as it ended up being fairly heavy. I’m thrilled that I managed to complete the run within the cut-off time and set a new entry in the Malaysia Book of Records in the process but more importantly, I hope this effort drives more donations to my fundraising profile to help KSK continue their amazing work in providing aid to marginalised communities,” he added. Ram was joined by a large group of local celebrities and social media influencers as part of Boost Juice’s initiative to shed more light on his effort. 

Dataran Merdeka, the historical home of KLSCM, received more than 40,000 runners over the two days, from all parts of Malaysia and around the world. In its present two-day format, the Half and Full Marathons contested on the second day in a festive weekend of running that has seen the event earn a coveted Road Race Label from World Athletics, making it the only event in the country with that status.

The winners of the 10km categories are as following: 
Men's Open 
1st - Elkanah Arusey (32:23)
2nd - Wong Yize (34:30)
3rd - Azwan Bunjing (35:19)

Women's Open
1st -Njoroge Alice Kabura (40:44)
2nd - Chan Ann Sze (42:44)
3rd - Nurul Juliana Shakira Abdul Halim (43:00)

The Boost Juice 10km event was followed by the 5km category and ostensibly the highlight of the first day was the return of the Kids Dash categories. “We are delighted to be able to bring back the 1km and 2km Kids Dash categories this year as the event has missed the infectious energy that these kids bring,” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director of KLSCM and director of Dirigo Events, the owner and organiser of KLSCM. “It’s a great day out for the whole family and truly heartwarming to see all these excited children get a taste of racing around the historic Dataran Merdeka,” he added. 

KLSCM has evolved to become the biggest running event in Malaysia that attracts thousands of local and international runners whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 15th edition of the event once again was sponsored by Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Malaysia, along with Boost Juice, Pressio, 100 Plus, Brooks, Seiko, TudungPeople and Tiger Balm. This event is supported by venue host DBKL, along with MAF and FTKLAA, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism. 

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