THE organisers of the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2020, scheduled for June 13 and 14 have announced the cancellation of the event due to the uncertainties brought about by the Covid 19 global pandemic.
Participants need not worry though, as the organisers in their statement today stated that those who had registered will automatically be deferred to the 2021 edition.
“After consultations with all relevant stakeholders and Government authorities, it is with deep regret that we have to cancel the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2020 due to the uncertainties brought about by the still developing Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement read.
“The health and safety of our runners, working crew and volunteers, along with spectators and fans will always be our top priority and never compromised. Consequently, all remaining Running Clinics, the REPC and Expo are also cancelled.
“All individual registrations will be automatically deferred to KLSCM2021, which is scheduled to take place on a similar time period as this year, which is mid-June, pending confirmation from the city council. We understand that this is not an ideal situation and will therefore allow you to transfer your registration should you not be able to make next year’s event. We will inform you of the mechanics of this process in the second half of 2020. Similarly, all your race entitlements will also be deferred to KLSCM 2021.
Fundraising for Run For A Reason will continue until 14 May 2020, after which it will be closed and all funds raised will be disbursed to the respective beneficiary charities. All RFAR registrations will be deferred to KLSCM 2021 but runners who raised a minimum of RM500.00 will get their RFAR T-shirt this year.
We earlier did a feature on one runner, Ng Chee Kian, who apart from fundraising through the Run For A Reason with KLSCM2020, also spread the message of unity to all Malaysians.
The KLSCM2020 is the second international event to announce their cancellation this week.
Yesterday the SuperGT Series announced the cancellation of their Malaysian leg to be held at the Sepang Circuit on July 16 to 19.
Through the announcement on their Facebook page the event organisers also sent out the “Live to Race Another Day” tagline along with the #StayAtHome message, to urge fans to unite and battle Covid 19.