Taiping Marathon 2012, slated for on Sunday, September 16, is expected to draw a larger number of participants compared to last year when only 1219, including 56 foreigners, took part. The organisers envisaged a turnout of over 5,000 participants.
“The expected influx of runners can be attributed to publicity generated by Visit Perak Year 2012,” said Dato’ Hamidah Osman during a media conference organised by the Taiping Municipal Council recently.
The 42-km run will start and end at the iconic Taiping Esplanade. Chief Minsiter, Dato Seri Zambry Abd Kadir will flag off the race.
There is, however, a catch. This is a form of a handicap to ensure fairness, especially for local runners. Participants from Asean countries can register themselves for all categories while those from outside the region are only eligible for the open category. This is to avoid a clean sweep of the top spots by Kenyan runners, as had happened in the past.
“It’s not discriminatory,” Hamidah insisted.
For details please contact Taiping Municipal Council at 605-808 0777.