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Friday, July 29, 2011

Only 10,000 runners for Seremban Half Marathon next year - The Star News

In huge numbers: Runners at the flag off of the Seremban Half Marathon.

Photos by UU BAN LEONG

THE PRIZES may have been modest but the turnout was so overwhelming that the organisers of the Seremban Half Marathon (SHM) may have to cap the event to only 10,000 participants next year.

A record 11,500 runners including about 200 participating in the disabled categories turned up for the 24th edition of the SHM.

Organising committee chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said the record number of participants which increased year after year was proof of the event’s popularity.

“As an incentive to our runners, we have increased the number of prizes this year with medals and prize money for up to the top 50 participants

“Those who complete the run within a specified time also received pewter medals,” he said at the closing ceremony.

Zainal also expressed confidence on the decision to restrict this year’s event to Malaysians only was a welcome move.

“I am sure this decision will be welcomed by all as they know that they are competing on a level-playing field,” he said.

R. Subramaniam, 26, Brittany Lim 31, and M. Ramakrishnan, 58, emerged champions of the Men’s Senior, Women’s Open and Men’s Veteran 21km race, taking home the top prize of RM600 and a medal each.

Subramaniam was first to cross the finish line clocking 1:15.28s just several minutes ahead of second and third place winners Mohd Haffis Mansor and J. Vignaswaran.

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