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Proton Saga for run’s lucky draw
CARS will not be able to cross the Penang Bridge in the early hours of Nov 22, but one Penang Bridge International Mara-thon (PBIM) runner crossing that bridge will end the day with a brand new car.
Penang Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said a Proton Saga 1.3 had been sponsored for the marathon lucky draw’s first prize.
“The Penang Bridge will be closed to traffic on Nov 22 from 2am to 9am for the PBIM.
“During this period, ferry servi-ces, which normally run hourly at night on the weekends, will increase their trips to and from Butterworth and Penang island,” Law told a press conference recently.
He added that one of the lanes of the Jelutong Expressway (Bayan Lepas bound from George Town) would also be closed from 2am to 9.30am to facilitate the run.
“Runners doing the full marathon which is 42km will run all the way from the bridge to Lebuh Macallum and back to Queensbay Mall using the Jelutong Expressway; so the road will need to be closed. Traffic on the other lane (heading to George Town) will not be affected,” Law said.
He added that Rela personnel and about 400 policemen would be on duty to help coordinate the traffic flow and ensure the race runs smoothly.
On PBIM’s lucky draw, Law said: “Investment corporation Ewein Bhd has come forward to sponsor a Proton Saga 1.3 which will be the top prize in the lucky draw.
“All runners who finish the run, be it in the full, half, quarter or fun run categories, will receive a certificate and a number for the lucky draw.’’
There are over RM50,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.
For further details on the marathon log on to Visitpenang.gov.my or www.penangmarathon.gov.my or call the marathon hotline at 016-4110000.
Cash and free air tickets for top runners
Wednesday September 16, 2009
The Star Online
THIS year’s Penang Bridge International Marathon run (PBIM) on Nov 22 will see more attractive prizes compared with previous years.
State Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law said cash prizes would be awarded to the five fastest male and female Malaysians in the Open Full Marathon category.
“The first place winner will take home RM3,000, followed by RM2,000, RM1,000, RM800 and RM500 in the second, third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.
“In addition, the top three Malaysian male competitors in the Open Category Full Marathon will each win a flight ticket to Xiamen, China, and the top three female runners will be flying to Macau, China,” he said after the official launching of the PBIM at the E&O Hotel recently.
In addition to the prizes, the top three schools that send the most participants would be given cash prizes totalling RM2,400.
Law said more registration booths had been set up at various spots throughout Penang to make it convenient for the people to sign up.
“Among the places where you can sign up are in Queensbay Mall, Komtar (Level 1 near Maybank), my Batu Lancang service centre near the Perak Road market and the Penang Botanic Gardens administrative office,” he said, adding that participants could also register at the Switch outlets around Malaysia, The Mines, Selangor and The Spring, Kuching.
“Response is good with international runners from Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Kenya, US, UK and Australia confirming their participation. Locally, we even have runners from rural areas signing up for the event,” he said.
The marathon is organised by the state government and is sponsored by telecommunications operator DiGi and the national oil corporation (Petronas).
DiGi northern region head Siew Chee Kong said the company was excited to sponsor the event as part of its commitment to the community.
“Moreover, this is an opportunity to promote Penang as an exciting tourist destination,” he said, adding that DiGi would be organising games and special promotions during the marathon.
For marathon details, log on to visitpenang.gov.my or www.penangmarathon.gov.my.
Marathon may go hi-tech
Saturday August 29, 2009
The Star Online By MANJIT KAUR
Penang Bridge Marathon 2007's participants running on the bridge. This year, organisers are mulling over the usage of the electronic timing device for every runner.
RUNNERS taking part in the Penang Bridge International Marathon on Nov 22 may have to use an electronic timing device for the first time to record their running time.
State Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law said there were certain standards and requirements to be followed for the hosting of such international events.
He said the state government which was organising the event need to ensure there were 10,000 of such devices for the runners.
“We are expecting about 22,000 people to take part in the marathon. Of this, some 10,000 will participate in the full, half and quarter run,” he said when contacted recently.
Law said the devices could be bought from Hong Kong at RM15 each.
“We hope companies can sponsor the devices and also sponsor the Adidas brand T-shirts that are part of an international run requirement,” he said.
Law said those interested to take part in the event could also register online, and use their credit cards to pay for their registration fees.
He said an additional RM10 courier fee would be charged for those who register online to enable their goodie bags to be delivered to their doorsteps.
The fees for the full marathon is RM60, half marathon (RM40), quarter marathon (RM20) and the fun run RM10.
“There is an overwhelming response for marathons in countries such as Australia and the United States with the participation of between 50,000 and 100,000 runners.
“But here, we are looking at only 20,000 people for a start and I hope more will join in the years to come,” he added.
Law said they had invited two members from the International Marathons and Distance Races Association last Sunday to measure the marathon running course and to finalise the route.
He said the association’s board member Dave Cundy, who is also an International Measurement Administrator of Asia and Oceania together with Fran Seton participated in a forum, and later measured the running course by cycling on the bridge with a special apparatus from 10pm to 3am.
“This method is also used during the track events at the Olympics Games,” he added.
Law said to date 2,000 runners had registered online for the event, out of which 80% of the runners were from overseas such as Singapore, Kenya and Europe.
For further details log on to Visitpenang.gov.my or www.penangmarathon.gov.my.
Bridge run gets a new "timing chip"
17th July 2009
The upgraded timing chip system to be introduced at the Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) this year is expected to help draw more than 20,000 participants.
State Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law said upgrading the system would allow runners to record their own running time, be it their personal best time or a marathon record.
He also said that about 1,000 participants had signed up for the event, to be held on Nov 22.
Last year the event drew 17,000 participants.
"We hope to attract more experienced runners this year as we have inculded the Full, Half and Quarter Marathon categories with the timing chip system which will allow runners to have a record of their running time.
"The system will also pave the way for PBIM to claim international standards and bid for other overseas marathons in the future," he told a press conference recently.
The event is divided into four categories, the Full Marathon (42.195km), Half Marathon (21KM), Quarter Marathon (10KM), which is only for those aged 13 to 15 years old, and the Fun Run, which is open to all.
Registration is now available at the PBIM kiosk in the South Wing of Queensbay Mall from 1pm to 7pm daily except for Mondays; Law's office at Level 53, Komtar, from 9am to 6pm from Mondays to Fridays; and his Batu Lanchang service centre from 10am to noon daily except on Sundays.
The service centre will also open every Wednesday from 8pm to 10pm for registration.
For details, visit PBIM website at www.penangmarathon.gov.my or call PBIM hotline at 016-4110000 from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.
Timers for runners in bridge marathon
5th May 2009
George Town: In a move to make the Penang Bridge International Marathon more appealing to international runners, the state government will be equipping each participant with a timing device called ChampionChip.
The device, for participants in the full and half marathon categories, would allow the runners to record their personal time during the marathon, said state Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law.
ChampionChip is a high-tech, easy to use timing device which can provide accurate net and split times for every individual athlete.
"Having world class standard for the marathon is also a form of publicity as it will boost Penang's image as an international city through sports tourism," he said when opening the Penang Bridge International Marathon Photo Exhibition Roadshow at Queensbay Mall yesterday.
Law said the state would try to get sponsors to fork out the rental charges of the timing devices which cost RM18 each for the runners.
He also said the state was expected to fork out RM1 mil for the marathon this year which would attract about 22,000 participants compared with 17,000 last year.
"About 10% of the runners in last year's marathon were foreigners from 38 different countries and this year, we hope to attract more," he said.
On the roadshow, he said the event in Penang was the first in the series of roadshows which would be held in other states including Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
Similar roadshows will also be held at colleges, schools and factories here.
The 10-day roadshow at Queensbay Mall features photographs of last year's marathon provided by Kwong Wah Yit Poh.
Also present were Kwong Wah general manager Lee Hin Chan, his assistant Neoh Chong Poh and IJM general manager (Northern region) Toh Chin Leong.