Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Running: Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon 2014 (Bangkok) #SCBKKMarathon2014

Had the opportunity to explore the old Bangkok city recently by signing up in Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon 2014 #SCBKKMarathon2014 on 16 November 2014.

This was my first official Thai race and seventh international race event after #JAKMAR2014.

Since the race venue was held in front of the Grand Palace, I decided to bunked at a hotel in Khao San, 1KM away from the flag off area 1 day earlier.

About #SCBKKMarathon
The Standard Chartered Bank supports marathon running in nine markets spanning four continents. The marathon characterise the values and attitude that Standard Chartered believes in, and lives by everyday - a 'can-do' attitude, a priority on strength of trust, will power, stamina, and determination to go the distance.

In Thailand, this is the 27th Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon. It is a world standard athletic event which is popular among Thais and foreign runners alike. Bangkok is known as the City of Angels, to whom the glittering roof of the Grand Palace is said to reach. The scenic course travels past many historical landmarks through cultural and ethnic communities. All race distances start and finish at Sanam Chai Road located in the front of The Royal Grand Palace. 

Race Pack Collection
The RPEC was held at the Royal Army Club. Had some issues on my registration ID but were handled fast and professionally by the volunteers. Somehow my registration ID was for 10K instead of 21K. The volunteer routed me to the Go Adventure Asia personnel which handed me a new 21K BIB with timing chip. I was a bit disappointed as I was looking forward for my own personalised BIB with my name and country flag like the other runners.

Race BIB
Race Pack Collection
Race Pack Collection
Race Pack Collection
In the race pack, runner will have their BIB, race guide leaflet, running tee, a muscle cream and (guess what) finisher medal. Totally kills the run spirit. However, 'real runners' will still complete the distance.

There were sponsors and partners booths in the area, promoting their merchandise and also upcoming races in Thailand. Was interested in the North Face Thailand race next January 2015. 

Race Day
Heading my way to the starting line 1 hour before flag off time at 4.00 am (local time). Did a little walk and slow jog towards the area with some other participants from Khao San.

Left my bag at the baggage area which was separated by run categories. A number with marker pen was written on my BIB by the volunteer for collection afterwards. There was an ice cold soft drink water station near to the starting line which I found refreshing.

Baggage Deposit
Pre-Race Water Station
There was more than 5000 participants running in the 21K category distance which include local Thai and oversea runners. Started my run from the middle of the race pack which took almost 2 - 3 minutes for me to cross the starting line.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Running: MAKNA Founder's Night Run 2014 (Putrajaya)

Opening my November month with a 10K night run at MAKNA Founder's Night Run 2014 on 1 November 2014, Saturday.

Signed up for this race during the Hari Raya Holiday's last August 2014. This was my first-time running in this MAKNA event. With a fee of RM45 (10K), participants are entitled for finisher medal and running tee. Had my race pack collected by a friend of mine 1 week before race day. Opted for the 10K category since I was supposed to be running with my running partner.

Race Day
A 30 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur to the race area. Parking was a bit difficult since fist-come-first serve basis. A lot of cars seen parked at the road side along the area up till 1KM away.

Baggage desposit was fast by the volunteers. A numbered artcard was given and stapled on runners bib for collection afterwards.

The 10K category was flagged at 8.20pm, 20 minutes after the 15KM. I started as the last few runners in the 10K distance. Was not expecting any PB in this race. The night was warm and humid.

Photo courtesy of Run & Explore
Saw medical volunteers at every water stations. Distance markers were seen too. Noticed that the 2KM to go marker was not accurate since my Nike Running app was capturing KM7.

Excellent traffic control by PDRM and marshals along the route. I definitely love the idea of blocking 2 lanes (left and middle) for runners safety on the road.