SCKL Success or Failure? You be the judge

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon attracted some 12,500 running enthusiast from Malaysia and all over the globe. Many participants are willing to make the journey from afar to witness and experience this as being one of the greatest events in the Standard Chartered Marathon series. I for one was making the not so long journey from Penang to KL. It takes a mere hour using Air Asia and another hour to reach KL Sentral from LCCT, Sepang.

The BIB and goodie bag collection went smoothly as I arrived on Saturday. I heard that it was not so fortunate for the 5,000 or so people who turned up a day earlier expecting to beat the crowd. Due to some technical reason as a result of the rain, they end up having to queue for hours in the open air.

Well, as usual there were many comments from runners. There were more negatives than positives. Amongst the complaints which I felt justified were the poor route and mile markers, improper closure of roads jeopardizing safety of runners and the short interval between starting times of 10k and 21k runners. To the organizer's credit, they acknowledge all these feedback and vowed to make improvements for next year's event. After all it took some time for the Singapore marathon organizers to get it right as well. So let's just wait and see.

As a souvenir, the runpix application processes all the runners information and display it in a useful manner. You can view your statistics and ranking in terms of overall, gender and age category based. Furthermore your split times, speed and bird eye's view of you at the finishing line is also nicely displayed. Interestingly, you could also check out your position on the route map when the division, opposite sex and overall winner crosses the line. Position of your family, friend and competitor is also accessible once their name is keyed in. Believe me, these little extras make the participation of such events even more gratifying.

Not forgetting the marathon-photos website where you could catch a glimpse of yourself in action be it still shots or video. Sadly none of my photos were captured by the assigned photographers. Fortunately there was somebody else who managed to snap me in action. Thanks to Winnie Wong. You can view her album of the coverage of the SCKL from the following URL.

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