The race has seen women who started with running the 10km distance, every year progressing to further their distance and trying the 21km and some even attempting the 42km within these five years. These women have also testified that MWM has given them confidence and courage to run the longer distance with their guidance through their running clinics and workshops. They also gain the support and encouragement from fellow women runners and have built many lasting friendships through MWM.
This year the race has added some new categories to include children and men. Children aged 6 to 9 years old (Group 1) and 10 to 12 years old (Group 2) will be running the distance of 2.5km with guides, while the 13 to 15 year olds can test their mettle on the 5km run.
There are also several categories of prizes that have been adjusted to make the race more lucrative and include all participants. The event will begin on the 3rd of March for race kit collections and there will also be an expo with talks and other on-going activities for two days leading up to the actual race on the 5th of March. There will be stores selling running merchandise as well. The expo will be held at Acappella Suite Hotel,
Shah Alam from the 3rd to the 4th of March and on the race day, 5th of March there will be fair with food trucks and other stalls at the Shah Alam Stadium where the race begins and ends.
To make the 5th Edition even more memorable, Her Royal Highness, DYMM Tengku Permaisuri Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin will be joining in for the 5KM fun run flag-off session.
“We are very honoured to have our queen presence during the flag-off, with all the women. It really lifts our spirits and gives us the encouragement. It also shows us that Selangor truly supports women not only in marathons but overall,” said MWM Race Director, Ms. Karen Loh.
"We are very grateful to all the sponsors who have given their support and contribution in making the 5th edition of ‘The Malaysia Women Marathon’ a great success. We hope to see many more women picking up their running shoes and joining us next year. With support of sponsors, we will continue to organise a running event just for women in Selangor,” added Karen Loh. She was at the launch with other VIPs and sponsors including, Chairman Standing Committee Tourism, Consumer Affairs & Environment Of Selangor, YB Puan Elizabeth Wong, who is also a runner who had participated in previous MWMs, running the 10KM event.
“We totally support this event, in fact it is one of our main events on our calendar for Selangor. It is especially encouraging when you hear the feedback we receive from the runners and women who have participated in the race asking us to continue this event and improve it for the following year. It brings good coverage abroad and also many international runners have joined in recent years, proof that MWM is gaining much international recognition,” said YB Puan Elizabeth Wong.
Tourism Selangor saw the potential in this event and had from the very beginning supported MWM. “We are very pleased that MWM has chosen to continue its event here in Selangor. We hope that it will continue to do so as it brings women from all over the country and many from overseas,” said Puan Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din, General Manager of Tourism Selangor.
Registration is open for the marathons for four categories, Full Marathon (42KM), Half Marathon (21KM), 6KM Run, Children’s Run (2.5km & 5km) and 5KM Fun Run. Some 5000 participants are expected to join this year. Prizes for the run this year include cash prizes and attractive product vouchers worth RM42, 000.00, provided by sponsors. To register, go to the website www.mwm.my, or MWM Facebook account, @MalaysiaWomenMarathon for more information.