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Runners from 30 countries expected
Published on: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kota Kinabalu: Foreign participation for the fourth Borneo International Marathon (BIM) to be held on May 1, is expected to increase to 30 countries this year.So far, runners from 15 countries have registered for the event, amongst them from Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Kenya, Japan and Maldives.

"Last year, we had participation from more than 20 countries.

We expect this number to increase to 30 countries this year," said race director Andrew Voon from Championship Sports Events Sdn Bhd, the main organiser of BIM 2011, told Bernama here Wednesday.

Registration for BIM 2011 began on Oct 8, last year to allow participants the opportunity to schedule their travel plans, ahead of time.

With the tagline, 'I'd Rather be Running', this annual event which helps raise money for local charities anticipates in getting more than 2,000 runners this year, as compared to 1,400 participants last year.

Voon said to date, they had confirmed the registration of over 1,000 participants and expected more in the few days before the early bird promotion ended on Feb 28.

Dubbed 'The Beautiful Run', the marathon passes through the city and many of Kota Kinabalu's interesting tourist sights, with three categories offered, namely Full Marathon (42.2km), Half Marathon (21.1km) and 10km race. A 2km Fun Run is also held for children.

Since its inaugural event in 2008, the Borneo International Marathon has raised more than RM92,000 for local charities, with RM48,000 collected last year alone.

The nominated charities for this year are Seri Mengasih, HUTAN (Orang Utan Research & Conservation), Befrienders, Borneo Child Aid Society, Mercy Malaysia, Food For The Hungry International (Sabah) and Emmanuel Homes.

For further information on the event, the public can visit the website http://borneomarathon.com. - Bernama



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