SCKLM marks its 11th year with 40,000 runners, an additional 2,000 runners as to compared to 2018. Not only that, this year there are 30 pacers, an additional pacer compared to 2018.
Pacers are important at races. They not only run at desired speed indicated on their markers (usually it is a balloon), but motivate the runners. They have to train hard to run at a steady pace. It takes experiences and the right heart.
There are 24 experienced pacers allocated for full marathon this year for timing 3 hr 45 mins, 4 hr, and subsequent 30 mins until the cut off time. “Some of our Pacers have been with us from day one and are quite well known to the local running community so their popularity and more importantly their experience is a big advantage for us. We are very grateful for their selfless service over the years,” said Rainer Bieman, Project Director of SKCLM and Director of Dirigo Events.
There are 6 pacers for the half marathon as well for various timing. So runners, know your target time and follow your pacer. Don’t run too fast, too slow, just run within goals and finish without injuries. Most of all, train.
This year, Under Armour sponsors the outfits of the pacers with newly designed UA HOVR performance running footwear and race kits.
I still have the picture of my pacers from my first Full Marathon back in 2015. Towards the last few kilometers, I followed Kelvin who kept the ladies motivated until the finish line. How can I forget my virgin marathon pacer.
The Standard Charted KL Marathon takes place on the 28 & 29 September 2019. It is the premier running event in Malaysia with top runners competing for a total of RM500,000 in prize money.
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If you would like to train long distance with us over the weekend, you can join Nashata Runners. We have plans for half and full marathon. Let’s train smart and run happy!