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2016 Kuching Marathon: Come Awake With This Charming City

by On Feb 25, 2016
2016 Kuching Marathon: Come Awake With This Charming City

Step into a home away from home and be greeted by the familiar smiles of a multi-racial community. Journey into Sarawak's rich colonial past brimming with stories of its White Rajah heritage, through to its modern, vibrant cityscape.

The annual Kuching Marathon presents a remarkable way to feel and explore Kuching city. Recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), the race takes runners on a fast and flat course lined with historical icons.

Be amongst 15,000 participants and take part in the mass road race event on Sunday, 14 August 2016. All races – a 42.195 km full marathon, 21 km half marathon, 10 km run, and 5 km run – will start and finish at Padang Merdeka, in the heart of the city.

2016 Kuching Marathon: Come Awake With This Charming City

The full marathon will flag off at 3:00 a.m., followed by the other categories in one hour intervals from 5:00 a.m. With such an early start, full marathoners will get to experience a unique side of Kuching's old-world charm.

Watch the city, from the quaint Malay kampongs to the cutting-edge Kuching Isthmus business district, shake off its slumber as dawn breaks. Cross the Sarawak River and glimpse at local daily life along the bustling streets nearby. Behold the beautiful European-style esplanade, The Kuching Waterfront, and amazing views across to the Astana palace.

Pass by several landmarks including the stately Fort Margherita, the prominent Tua Pek Kong Temple, and iconic cat statues, a nod to the city's name – 'Kuching' means cat in Malay. Feel your spirits soar as locals cheer you on with kompang drums as you press on to the finish line.

2016 Kuching Marathon: Come Awake With This Charming City

Early Bird Slots Still Available!

Early bird registration for the 10 km and 5 km runs are still available at RM 70 and RM 50 respectively. Normal entry fees for the full and half marathons are RM 110 and RM 90.

Do not that prices exclude 6% GST and spaces for each distance category are limited.

All runners will receive goodie bags which come with a running vest, timing chip and bib, a runner's guidebook and sponsored gifts. If you finish within the cut-off time, you'll receive a finisher's T-shirt (for full and half marathoners), finisher medal and e-certificate too.

For more information, visit the official Kuching Marathon website.

New to marathon running in Malaysia? Check out 10 important things to know before you run there. 

Yuyi is pursuing her studies in communications and communities. Now she relishes in the blend of both entities: communicating ideas to this magazine's community. As the lead news writer, her passion lies in helping people find interesting and timely news through the writing she provides.

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