Kuala Lumpur Marathon

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Kuala Lumpur Marathon
Kuala Lumpur Marathon.png
The official logo of the KL Marathon under Standard Chartered Bank branding
LocationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Event typeRoad
Primary sponsorStandard Chartered Bank
Course recordsMen:
 Lilan Kiprop (KEN) 2:14:45[1]
 Rose Nyangacha (KEN) 2:34:37[2]
Official sitewww.kl-marathon.com

The KL Marathon is an annual marathon event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event was established in 1989. It is supported by the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU), Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall. In the 26th edition of the marathon in 2017, close to 36,000 runners participated in the event.[3]

Standard Chartered Bank is currently the primary sponsor of this event and has been branding it as the Standard Chartered KL Marathon since 2009.[4]


The current route was approved by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and International Association of Athletics Federations and it will be utilised until 2015.[5]

The Dataran Merdeka is the starting and ending points of this marathon.[6] Runners who participate this marathon will run through the notable places and landmarks in Kuala Lumpur such as National Mosque, National Museum, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, KL Sentral, Mid Valley Megamall, Thean Hou Temple, Stadium Negara, Royal Selangor Golf Club, Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi, KL Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, Istana Budaya, PWTC, Parlimen Malaysia and end at Dataran Merdeka.[5][7]

Roads that are affected by the marathon race route are closed to traffic throughout the duration of the race for runners' safety.[8] Water stations are available in every two kilometres and there are 24 water stations throughout the 42-kilometre route.[5] Volunteers and medical personnel are also on stand-by at every station.[8]


This list of winners below only applies to Full Marathon (42 km) only.
Key:   Course record

Date Men's winner Nationality Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Nationality Time (h:m:s)
28 June 2009 Julius Karinga  Kenya 2:18:24[9] Fridah Lodepa  Kenya 2:40:13[4]
28 June 2010 Nelson Rotich  Kenya 2:16:44[10] Goitetom Haftu  Ethiopia 2:46:44[10]
26 June 2011 Lilan Kiprop  Kenya 2:20:08[2] Rose Nyangacha  Kenya 2:34:37[2]
24 June 2012 Lilan Kiprop  Kenya 2:14:45[1] Elizabeth Chemweno  Kenya 2:40:24[11]
29 September 2013[12] Lilan Kiprop  Kenya 2:19:01 Rose Kosgei  Kenya 2:41:05
12 October 2014[13] Lilan Kiprop  Kenya 2:17:47 Hellen Mugo  Kenya 2:43:22
4 October 2015 Race cancelled due to Southeast Asian haze[14]
7 August 2016 Lilan Kiprop  Kenya 2:18:57 Hirut Beyene  Ethiopia 2:39:02
21 May 2017 Cosmas Matolo  Kenya 2:18:42 Elizabeth Rumokol  Kenya 2:36:13
8 April 2018 Cosmas Matolo  Kenya 2:16:46 Elizabeth Rumokol  Kenya 2:38:47


In 2010, a runner in the 10km category collapsed and suffered a seizure. Lim Wei Yee, 25, died on the way to the hospital.[15]

Charity benefits[edit]

The marathon for charity purpose category that allows runners to raise funds for charity such as Seeing is Believing was first organised in Kuala Lumpur Marathon on 2009 under the name "Run For A Cause".[16] During the first charity marathon, more than RM 500,000 has been earned from the event. Starting 2010, five organisation such as Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB), Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF), National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), Children’s Environmental Heritage Foundation (YAWA) and Standard Chartered Trust Funds (SCTF) will be also benefited by the charity earned from this marathon event.[17] In addition, the Corporate Challenge, similar to "Run For A Reason" charity marathon category was also introduced but this category is open to the company that run in a team.[18] In 2011 marathon, a total of RM 486,668 has been raised for charity purpose. The contributor to the 2011 marathon charity fund will include the company Petronas Chemicals Group (RM 30,000) and Freescale Semiconductor (Malaysia) (RM 20,000).[19]


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  2. ^ a b c "Kenyan runners dominate 2011 KL Marathon". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  3. ^ "ALMOST 36,000 RUNNERS AT 9TH STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON". KL Marathon. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Over 12,500 Runners Participate in Malaysia's first Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2009" (PDF). Kuala Lumpur Marathon. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Organisers aiming for a smooth KL Marathon". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 14 July 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ "36 roads closed for KL Marathon 2012". The Malay Mail. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Standard Chartered KL Marathon". iMarathonTraining.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Roads closed for KL Marathon". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Kenyan runners rule KL Marathon". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  10. ^ a b "A marathon to remember". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Kenyans dominate 2012 KL Standard Chartered Marathon". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  12. ^ September 2013 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  13. ^ October 2014 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Standard Chartered KL Marathon cancelled due to haze". New Straits Times Online. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Death mars KL marathon". The Star (Malaysia). AsiaOne. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Running blind". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Five charity organisations to benefit from KL marathon". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Standard Chartered KL Marathon aims to attract 25,000 runners this year". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  19. ^ "'Run For a Cause' raises RM486,668". The Sun (Malaysia). Retrieved 16 July 2012.[dead link]

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