By : Chha
I was on a Marathon Trip down to Kuala Lumpur last week, haha !! It was for the all so famous Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017 which was held at Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur. It was kinda hard for me to find place to stay at first. A lot of decision need to be made. How do i get there ? Where should i stay ? Well, you are lucky that you don't have to go through that as i will give you some tips here on what you should do, haha ! There are a lot of hotels nearby to Dataran Merdeka where you can choose to stay, if you prefer to stay somewhere further is fine too. The place i stay was at The Explorers Guesthouse. There is many ways that you can get to Dataran Merdeka too, with Kuala Lumpur being the capital of Malaysia, transportation is never a problem as long as you have money, haha ! You can get taxi, bus or LRT to places you wish to go. I arrive at Kuala Lumpur one day before the Marathon start. There i get the chance to go to their goodies bag collection area where there are a lot of marathon items on sales.
Posted Date : 6 June 2017
Posted Time : 12.31 pm
There are so many people and it is like a shopping frenzy there ! Many of the marathon items are on sales with some discount as much as 70% to 80% but to me, those items are still too expensive T.T !!
While on the run day itself, there are not many cars around Dataran Merdeka area but there is a lot of runners talking on the street to the starting point.
The crowd is really amazing, there are many runners from all over Malaysia here to join this event. It is said the be the most high standard marathon in Malaysia.
Thought it was early in the morning but the environment is already so hyped up with music and runners everywhere. The flag off for Honda Half Marathon was at 5.30 am. Look at the crowd, i am basically standing like 100 meters away from the starting point and it takes me 7 minutes to cross the starting line after gun off. Along the run route, i can see small bands playing by the road side, cheering all the runners, there are also cheer leaders by the side cheering. Water station are available like every 1 to 2 km of the run. My tummy is full just by drinking all the isotonic drinks they provide and end up stop drinking for my last few kilometers run. There is also water spraying station to keep all runners cool during run when the hot morning sun comes up. There is one point where there are dj playing music to light up the running environment half way through the run. I would say, Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon is like a running carnival where everything is well plan for runners to enjoy the run instead of looking at it as a serious competition. So may it be a serious run for you or a fun run, Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon is definitely a nice and fun marathon.
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Take note that the route is definitely not easy to undertake. Running in Kuala Lumpur means running in City where there are a lot of highways and bridge. There are a lot of up hill and down hill running, running up bridge, around parks and on highway. The route is tough ! By far the toughest marathon route i've run in. Prepare yourself if you are here to win the competition.
Medals and T-Shirt is nice, i like the design of the finisher medal.
There are not much things to do after the run. There is no food stall or event stall that we can eat and chill after the run. Basically i just went straight back to hotel once i finish the marathon. Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon is nice, i would definitely come back for the run again next year ! See you in Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2018 !!
Posted Time : 12.31 pm