KUCHING: The Kuching Marathon which will be held on Aug 13 here has been well received by both local and international runners.
Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk James Chan welcomed foreign runners to also visit the Kuching Festival and other tourist attractions here.
He said the council supported the event as it promoted sport activities and healthy living among the public.
He said this when dressing the Padungan cat statue with a Kuching Marathon outfit yesterday.
Also present was Kuching Division Marathon Association secretary Liew Tang Chieh who said that Kuching Marathon was an exciting event incorporating 42km race, 21km, 10km and 5km races.
He disclosed that only 40 per cent of the participants are from Kuching, with the rest from other divisions, states or countries.
The runners will have a great opportunity to enjoy the unique and harmonious atmosphere of the Cat City. Participants will also have the chance to learn the rich culture and history of the city by the Sarawak river.
Kuching Marathon, a running tour to discover Kuching, will see the participation of runners from around the world. Runners will have the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds.
Kuching Marathon is an international road race recognised by Association of International Marathons and Distance Races as listed in AIMS Race calendar.
Prizes totalling RM150,000 are waiting to be won. Plaza Merdeka shopping mall is sponsoring the venue.
The organiser has invited Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to officiate at the opening ceremony at 1am on Aug 13.