KLSCM 2023 Registration: Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon Celebrates 15 Years of Distance Running

Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) 2023 is now open for registration! #KLSCM2023 will take place in Dataran Merdeka on 30 September and 1 OctoberThe Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) heralded the 15th edition of the event when Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Hannah Yeoh officially launched the opening of registrations to the public. 

YB Hannah Yeoh, Minister of Youth and Sports displaying the KLSCM 2023 Race T-shirt presented by Rainer Biemans, Project Director of KLSCM and Director of Dirigo Events and Mak Joon Nien, CEO Standard Chartered Malaysia

KLSCM has been awarded the prestigious Road Race Label by governing body World Athletics, making it the first running event in Malaysia and only the fifth in South East Asia to receive this recognition. 

KLSCM last saw over 40,000 participants in its 2020 edition, which ultimately only took place late last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event switched to a Virtual version in 2020 and 2021 and received tremendous participation numbers with over 51,000 and 47,000 participants respectively. 

L-R Mak Joon Nien, YB Hannah Yeoh and Rainer Biemans taking questions from the media

KLSCM 2023 has already garnered almost 7,000 participants through its priority registrations, which opened on 18 April and involved runners who had taken part in seven previous editions, including the Virtual runs, as well as faster runners who were eligible based on previous officially recorded timings.

Charity programme Run For A Reason (RFAR) has been an integral component of KLSCM and has benefitted and improved the lives of thousands of Malaysians by raising over RM7 million over the last 15 years. For 2023, the charity beneficiaries are Standard Chartered’s Futuremakers, Hospis Malaysia, Dignity For Children Foundation, Kechara Soup Kitchen and Reef Check Malaysia.

This will also be the 15th year that Standard Chartered Malaysia returns as the title sponsor, which is a great manifestation of its corporate tagline, Here For Good. The Bank has been a steadfast supporter of the event since its inception in 2009 and is a major factor behind its’ success. 

L-R Rainer Biemans leading YB Hannah Yeoh and Mak Joon Nien on a guided tour of the KLSCM 15th Anniversary Photowall

This year, KLSCM will begin implementing some changes to the event with the intention of reducing its carbon footprint and waste through innovations like encouraging runners to use refillable bottles for water instead of opting for paper cups served by volunteers, composting the enormous amounts of fruits like bananas, pears and apples given to runners, and creating awareness about the importance of recycling and waste reduction. 

This marks the beginning of KLSCM’s sustainability journey, and the organising team intends to continue implementing new initiatives in the following years to make the event more environmentally friendly. 

The introduction of new apparel partner Pressio from the UK is also a conscious step in this direction as the brand promises that every garment they produce has been created with the most sustainable materials and technologies, including recycled yarns, non-dying & biodegradation, and complete with traceability.

L-R Rainer Biemans, Loh Chooi Fern (Two-time KLSCM Women’s Full Marathon Malaysian winner), Muhaizar Mohamad (Five-time KLSCM Men’s Full Marathon Malaysian winner), YB Hannah Yeoh and Mak Joon Nien strike a pose against the KLSCM 15th Anniversary Photowall

KLSCM 2023 will also see the return of Gold Sponsor Boost Juice Malaysia, along with official partners Seiko, Brooks, 100 Plus, and TudungPeople. The event is also supported by venue host DBKL, athletics associations MAF and FTKLAA, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Kuala Lumpur Traffic Police.

To encourage more participants to take part in the premier running event, Standard Chartered will be offering a 10% discount for debit and credit cardholders, and 15% discount for Priority and Worldmiles debit and credit cardholders upon registration for the KLSCM. 

In addition, Standard Chartered clients will be able to win three grand prizes comprising of a 4-day 3-night trip to participate in the Standard Chartered Taipei Marathon while 1,000 KLSCM running slots worth up to RM120 will be given out to other winners. For more information on the campaign, please visit sc.com/my/klscm.

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