| James Kon |
MORE than 1,400 people have registered to participate in the BSB International Marathon that will feature the first full marathon of 42km to take place this Sunday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.
The attractive cash prizes also garnered participation of runners from foreign countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Kenya.
According to Bakri Hj Bintang, the Vice-President of Brunei Athletes Association and General-Secretary Siti Adia Tawang: “There is a good response from the public because this is the first time we are hosting a full marathon in the country.”
Bakri also said that despite some of the local runners heading to the Penang Marathon, the BSB International Marathon still maintains a good number of participation.
Pg Hj Khairil Anuar Pg Dato Paduka Hj Damit, the secretary of the event also revealed that the committee decided to cancel the women’s 42km run because of the lack of female runners taking part in the event.
He also called on the participants to arrive at the stadium by 5.30am as the flag-off for the 42km and 21km will be at 5.45am.
For dawn prayers, Pg Hj Khairil Anuar said that mosques around the vicinity of the national stadium will be available.
Road users are advised to be on alert as the route of the 42km as well as 21km will include Tungku Link Highway. The areas around the national stadium will be cordoned off at around 5.15am.
The aim of the marathon is to bring the international runners, local runners and local communities together in a celebration of sport and to keep a healthy life through sport.
The first full marathon competition is also aimed to test Brunei’s technical ability in hosting the full marathon at the 2019 SEA Games in Brunei Darussalam.
The number of participants for the 42km open men (92), 21km men (120), 21km women (68), 10km men (204), 10km women (84), 10km men veteran (32), 10km women veteran (31), 5km men (213), 5km women ( 143) and 3km fun run (277).
The Fun Run category is still open for registration for today only. Interested individuals can contact 673- 2655084.