More than 2,000 participants in the MCIS Life Malaysia Women Marathon (MCIS Life-MWM) 2022 event managed to complete the running distance while still enjoying the beauty and uniqueness of Ipoh City.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said the MCIS Life-MWM organization is an event that celebrates women in the community while fighting for women’s issues and gender equality.
“This marathon series organized by MCIS Life Malaysia is the first time it has been organized outside the Klang Valley as it was previously held in Petaling Jaya.
“This marathon directly introduces the city of Ipoh, especially to participants from outside Perak, in addition to celebrating our country’s independence month.
“The city of Ipoh is famous for its buildings built during the British rule. It has its own history such as Ipoh War Memorial, Birch Memorial, Ipoh Town Hall and many more. All of that brings back the spirit of nationalism and nostalgia”, he told Ipoh Echo when interviewed after the award ceremony for the winners in Padang Ipoh today.
Also present was the Chairman of the Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohammed Radzi.
The marathon was open to the public aged 16 and over through the 5 km, 10 km, 21 km and 42 km Duo races.
The full marathon duo (42km) event was run by Malaysia’s veteran Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes, Samson Vallabouy and Josephine Mary. While the 10 km and 5 km running events were released by Dato’ Nolee Ashilin and Dato’ Rumaizi.
Meanwhile, MCIS Life-MWM Run Founder and Director, Karen Loh said this marathon highlights the history and cultural identity of Malaysia in conjunction with the national independence month celebration.
“Coincidentally, the theme of this year’s independence celebration is ‘Strong Together’ which is also in line with our credo principle #PeopleHelpingPeople.
“In conjunction with the inaugural run held in this city known for its history of tin mining, a new category was introduced which was the Duo Marathon Category where two runners can run in turns to complete the full marathon distance of 42 km.
“Today’s event is even more meaningful as the MCIS Life mobile clinic ‘Purple Truck’ which is a mobile cancer screening clinic was inaugurated by the DYMM Raja Permaisuri of Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim”, he said.
The champion of the Doubles Full Marathon event, Women’s Doubles Category was won by Kartini Ahmad Kamal and Noor Farina Rusdi; The Men’s Doubles was won by Wong Yize and Mohammad Izul Amirul and the Mixed Doubles was won by Nik Fakaruddin and Noor Amelia.
The Open Women’s Half Marathon Champion was won by Chen Li Peng and the Women’s and Men’s Veterans were won by Sea Hui Thin and Kipchirchir Lel.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Open 10 km champion was won by Law Lee Chee, the Women’s Veteran was won by Lee Sium Louw and the Men’s Veteran was won by Mohd Naim Jamaluddin.
by Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali