FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             18 OCTOBER 2021

George Town – Marathoners craving for a race fix can start preparing for Penang Bridge International Marathon Virtual Run 2021 as registrations begin 22 October 2021, featuring brand-new challenges and conventional marathon categories.

 

Penang State Executive Councillor for Tourism and Creative Economy YB Yeoh Soon Hin, who is also the chairman of PBIM said that the virtual run is complimentary for all and can accommodate runners from across the globe due to its virtual nature.

 

The race period will commence from 0000 (12am) of 21 November 2021 and end at 2359 (11.59pm) of 20 December 2021 following GMT+8.

 

“PBIM’s virtual run in 2020 recorded participants from more than 70 countries. We want to continue this commendable momentum, so we have introduced brand-new challenge categories to encourage participation and sportsmanship, on top of adding excitement to the annual event” he added.

 

He said that the new challenge categories introduced are:

  1. 5 Largest Marathon Teams – Minimum of 10 members per team
    1. The 5 largest teams in terms of member size (pax) will be awarded with a trophy. Every team member must clock in a minimum of 5KM in one single activity. Each team member must be 13 years old and above.

 

  1. 10 Highest Mileage Runners – Male and Female Category
    1. 10 runners of each gender, with the highest mileage within the race period will be awarded with a special achievement medal.

 

  1. First 10 runners to achieve 100KM, 300KM and 500KM – Male and Female Category
    1. First 10 runners of each gender to clock in 100KM, 300KM and 500KM respectively, will be awarded with a special achievement medal. Repeated winners are allowed (Eg, a runner can win the 100KM, 300KM and 500KM simultaneously).

 

He also said the three conventional categories carry on as usual, which are the 10km, 21km (Half Marathon) and 42km (Full Marathon) with the addition of a 5KM fun run.

 

“Although there are no race packs or finisher medals, but the participants would be eligible for the e-certificate if they manage to complete the race within the respective qualifying time of 1 hour 15 minutes (5KM), 2 hours (10km), 3.5hours (Half Marathon) and 7 hours (Full Marathon),” he added.

 

The PBIM2021 Virtual Run is themed #ARunTowardsNormalcy to remind runners and participants that we are still waging the global Covid-19 pandemic with hopes that normalcy will be reverted as soon as possible.

 

“I hope that PBIM will be the beacon of hope to inspire everyone that a better future awaits,” he added.

 

As per the usual PBIM, Yeoh said there is an age limit for participation namely: 13 years old and above for the 5KM fun run; 13 years old and above (10KM); and 18 years old and above (21KM and 42KM).

 

Yeoh reminded that registrations for PBIM2020’s physical run would still be automatically brought forward to PBIM2022 which its dates will be advised accordingly.

 

“As usual, runners must complete their registration and connect one tracking app or GPS wearables to Biib, and ensure that the tracking app, which has been successfully synced, is turned on before the run to record the distance.

 

He also emphasized that runners who are interested to join both, the speed and distance categories must register for two events, separately.

 

Special mementos and merchandises will also be released by Brooks and Emico to commemorate PBIM’s second edition of virtual run, which will be available for purchase at PBIM website.

 

Latest updates of the race are available at Penang Bridge International Marathon Facebook page (@penangbridgemarathon).

 

For more information, runners can also visit www.penangmarathon.gov.my or email info@penangmarathon.gov.my or call 04-650 5133.

For immediate release

Sept 29, 2020

 

 

PBIM2020 VIRTUAL RUN REGISTRATION BEGINS THIS OCT 1

 

 

GEORGE TOWN, PENANG – The registration for Penang Bridge International Marathon’s inaugural virtual run begins this Oct 1.

 

The PBIM2020 Virtual Run #PBIMVR #runningagainstCovid19 will be taking place virtually where runners can join in from various destinations around the world through running apps.

 

Penang State EXCO for Tourism and Creative Economy YB Yeoh Soon Hin, who is also the PBIM chairman, said registration for the run this year is free for all.

 

He said the three categories remains the same with 10km, 21km (Half Marathon) and 42km (Full Marathon). Although there are no race packs or finisher medals, but the participants would be eligible for the e-certificate if they manage to complete the race within the respective qualifying time of 2 hours (10km), 3.5hours (Half Marathon) and 7 hours (Full Marathon).

 

In addition to the three categories, he said PBIM virtual run is also introducing a 5km (Fun Run) for participants aged 12 and above to encourage familial participation, adding that the qualifying time for the 5km fun run is 1 hour and 15 minutes. This is also to encourage and provide a platform for new runners to join PBIM.

 

As per the usual PBIM, he said there is an age limit for participation namely 16 years old and above for the 10km run, while participants must be 18 and above for participation in the Half Marathon (21km) and Full Marathon (42km) categories.

 

Yeoh said the virtual run this year offers a new form of flexibility for runners whereby one runner could participate in all categories, as long as they could complete the runs within the 48 hours duration.

 

In order to allow global runners to complete the challenges, he said the 48 hours starts from 00:00 (12am) of Nov 21 and ends 23:59 (11.59pm) of Nov 22 following Malaysia time zone (GMT+8).

 

“Join us for this unique PBIM virtual run experience. We are thankful that we have many PBIM runners who have stayed with us over the years. This is a way for us to encourage them to continue this year with us, wherever they are as travelling distances will no longer become a limitation.

 

“Instead, this marathon will have a different way to connect with marathoners from different parts of the world all united by the spirit of sportsmanship even amid this pandemic, hence the #PBIMVR #runningagainstCovid19,” said Yeoh.

 

He said there will be various workshops, talks and activities organised virtually to build up the anticipation and excitement for the actual event.

 

However, he reminded that one participant is only allowed to register one time for the same category.

 

He said registration is open for a month until Oct 31 at 11:59pm. That aside, he said runners who have registered for PBIM2020 earlier would need to re-register for the virtual run for the virtual run bib number.

 

He said runners will need to complete their registration and connect one tracking app or GPS wearables to MyVRace by Sport Heroes and ensure that the tracking app, which has been successfully synced, is turned on before the run to record the distance.

 

“More importantly, I would like to remind everyone to stay safe and not forgo the necessary health protocols as well as precautions during Covid-19 in order to keep safe even though you may be running in the vicinity of your neighborhood,” said Yeoh.

 

He said that this year they are releasing special mementos and merchandises from Brooks and Emico to commemorate the first virtual run for this year.

At the same time, he said the registrations of those who have registered for PBIM2020 would be automatically brought forward to PBIM2021.

 

Although there are no refunds, the registrations would be transferable for those who are unable to make it for PBIM2021.

 

He added that date for PBIM2021 would be announced January next year once it is confirmed in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Kindly refer to the latest updates in Penang Bridge International Marathon Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/penangbridgemarathon.

 

 

 

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For immediate release

Sept 1, 2020

PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON TURNS VIRTUAL

GEORGE TOWN – Penang Bridge International Marathon 2020 will be going virtual this year with the hashtag #PBIMVR #runningagainstCovid19 in a global movement against Covid-19 pandemic.

Penang State EXCO for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage (PETACH) YB Yeoh Soon Hin said PBIM this year offers a different experience conducted through a virtual running app across the world.

“Basically, the starting point could be anywhere, and the run will be tracked through a running app where we can have runners join in from various destinations provided that they have access to GPS and internet.

“Over the years, the marathon has become a platform for the marathoners to connect with runners from all over the world, and this time would be no different.

“We believe that this will be a unique PBIM experience, as travelling distances will no longer become a limitation. Instead, we will see marathoners from different backgrounds and countries running for the same marathon from different parts of the world,” said Yeoh.

He said he has decided to make the participation for this virtual run free for all, so as not to disappoint the many runners who have been supporting Penang marathon for many years now.

“Even though marathons around the country and the world are either cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19, we wish to unify everyone participating in the virtual run a purpose – in solidarity against Covid-19 which is showcased this time through the spirit of sportsmanship.

“Beyond that, it is also a connection with people across the world who is facing a similar situation that we are running to campaign for the importance of safeguarding everyone against Covid-19 in the effort to defeat the pandemic which has taken so many casualties in the world,” he said.

He said the three categories remains the same with 10km, 21km (Half Marathon) and 42km (Full Marathon). There are no race packs or finisher medals, but the participants would be eligible for the e-certificate if they manage to complete the race within the respective qualifying time of 1.5hours, 3.5hours (Half Marathon) and 7 hours (Full Marathon).

He said runners have 48 hours to complete the run of their registered categories, starting 12am of Nov 21 and ends 11.59pm of Nov 22 following Malaysia time zone (GMT+8).

Yeoh said the virtual run also allows runners to join more than one category, as long as they could complete the runs within the 48 hours duration.

Yeoh said registration for PBIM virtual run begins this Oct 1, and the tracking app which is close to completion now will be available for download next month. Those who have registered for PBIM2020 earlier would need to re-register for the virtual run and will receive a bib number.

He said the orange wording for VirtualRun 2020 with the hashtags #PBIMVR and #RUNNINGAGAINSTCOVID19 is also inspired by Penang Goes Orange, which also falls in the month of November, which is a campaign against violence on women.

“Please stay tuned for our app launching soon, which could be downloaded off App Store and Apple Store free of charge.

“More importantly, I would like to remind everyone not to forgo the necessary precautions during Covid-19 in order to keep safe even though you may be running in the vicinity of your neighborhood,” said Yeoh.

At the same time, he said the registrations of those who have registered for PBIM2020 would be automatically brought forward to PBIM2021.

Although there are no refunds, the registrations would be transferable for those who are unable to make it for PBIM2021.

He added that date for PBIM2021 would be announced January next year once it is confirmed in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Kindly refer to the latest updates in Penang Bridge International Marathon Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/penangbridgemarathon.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

31 July, 2019

PENANG BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL MARATHON (PBIM) REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15, 2019

GEORGE TOWN: The PBIM committee is excited to extend the registration date to 15 August 2019 due to tremendous response.

“This is due to the overwhelming response from runners and marathon enthusiasts since we unveiled the medal design two weeks ago. To date, we have registered more than 23,000 runners”, said YB Yeoh Soon Hin, the chairman of Penang Bridge International Marathon Committee.

There are 3 categories namely Full Marathon (42 km), Half Marathon (21km) and 10km Run and the registration fees for LATE BIRD (1-15 August 2019) are RM150 for all categories.

PBIM chairman YB Yeoh Soon Hin urged for those who are interested in registering to do so immediately as this will be the last chance for registration. The registration will be closed for ALL categories on 15 August 2019, 11:59pm. All registration enquiries after the closing date will not be entertained.

“We would appreciate if the media can help us to blast this out as we received numerous calls daily last year following the registration closure including those overseas who are eager to participate, but are unable to do so after the registration is closed. We urge runners who have yet to register to do so before the closing date to avoid disappointments.”

The PBIM Committee is proud to announce that Brooks has once again come onboard our team as the official apparel. As this will be the final year for the 10KM category, the committee has decided to give a Finisher-T to all runners who completes their race within the qualifying time.

Only participants of the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km Run who completed their race within their respective qualifying time at 7 hours (Full Marathon), 3 hours and 30 min (Half Marathon) and 1 hour 30 min (10km) will be eligible for the Finisher-T and medal.

This is in line with the PBIM effort to motivate runners and ensure a more competitive environment for the participants.

The event, which is happening this November 24 at the Queensbay Mall outdoor car park, is one of the most anticipated marathon in the country which will bring countless local and international marathon enthusiasts to Penang with the aim of beating their best time.

Named as the “Largest Marathon in Malaysia” by the Malaysian Book of Records for 4 consecutive years, the Penang Bridge International Marathon has placed Penang as one of the leading destinations for Sports Tourism in the region.

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We are proud to share our Penang Bridge International Marathon medal designs for Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km run this year!
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