Wednesday, May 02, 2012

SCKLM 2012 News Update

For those of you that had registered for the SCKLM 2012 race, be it for the fun race, the 3-different category of 10km races, the 21km or the full monty 42km, count your lucky star as the race registration is now officially closed.
I received the email below from the race organiser's PR company and it looked like a good race will be in stored come June 24! Read on!

Standard Chartered KL Marathon Closes Registrations almost TEN Weeks Ahead of Race Day
Registration closes early with target 27,000 runners signed up.

Kuala Lumpur, 23 April 2012 – Upon receiving such overwhelming response from the running community, the organisers closed registrations after reaching the targeted number of 27,000 runners by 17 April 2012, almost ten weeks ahead of the estimated closing date of 31 May.

Participants from around the country and the world will converge at Dataran Merdeka on 24 June 2012 to run for a reason at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.

“We are truly happy and humbled by the overwhelming response from the running community, both local and abroad. To be able to close registrations almost ten weeks ahead of race day clearly shows that the Standard Chartered KL Marathon continues to be an iconic event, attracting top runners from around the world and country to compete for the largest prize in Malaysia.  On behalf of the entire organising committee I am thrilled to welcome all participants to Dataran Merdeka on 24 June 2012,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd.

“Closing the registrations early definitely positions the Standard Chartered KL Marathon as the biggest and most anticipated running event in Malaysia.  Looking back on the past four years, we are proud to be the title sponsor of a landmark event that touches the lives of Malaysians as we all run for a reason.,” said Osman Morad, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad.

Even though registration for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is closed, those interested can still get involved in a variety of ways – these include:
-       Donating to ‘Run for a Cause’ – This programme is a platform for runners to compete in the race, while also giving back to the community by raising money for charity.  Donate to a registered runner today to raise money for a worthy cause.
-       Volunteers – Sign up as a volunteer. More than 2,000 persons are required to help on the big Race Day and you can be one of them! Help monitor the race route and distribute beverages and bananas to runners, among other activities throughout the race.
-       Supporters – Simply come to Dataran Merdeka on 24 June to cheer and support your friends and families during their race and enjoy yourselves at our sponsors’ booths and kids’ zone.

For more information on registering to be a volunteer for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, or donating for ‘Run for a Cause’, please visit: Also, connect with other runners through the Standard Chartered KL Marathon Facebook page at and keep up-to-date via twitter at

About the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012
Back for the fourth time, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is scheduled to take place this year on 24 June 2012. The marathon aims to grow to 27,000 total participants, ranging from elite professionals to first-time amateurs. A truly international event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and 45 countries.
The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012 continues as Malaysia’s flagship running event with top runners competing for a total of over USD 100,000 prize money.
About the Event Organisers
Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd
Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd is a Kuala Lumpur based company that provides strategic event management expertise for high scale sporting events. Dirigo is headed by Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng that collectively have over 30 years in planning international sports events and managed previous Standard Chartered KL Marathons. The company was also recently signed with Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad to organise future Standard Chartered KL Marathons from 2012 to 2015. For more information on Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd, please call +603 7725 0881

Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets and earns more than 90 per cent of its profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years. Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.
With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, the Group offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities for nearly 87,000 staff. It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. Standard Chartered’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’.
For further information please visit Follow Standard Chartered at on Twitter @StanChart.

Standard Chartered in Malaysia
Standard Chartered Bank, a member of the Standard Chartered Group was established in Malaysia in 1875 and incorporated as Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad on 29 February 1984.  As Malaysia’s first bank, Standard Chartered leads the way through product innovation, consistent and strong growth performance and sustainability initiatives. The Bank’s two businesses - Wholesale and Consumer Banking – provides a comprehensive range of financial products and services to corporates, institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals through its network of 40 branches across Malaysia.
In 2001, Standard Chartered UK established its third global technology & operations centre, Scope International, in Malaysia – the first international bank to do so in the country. Scope International provides software development, banking operations, IT support services and customer service capabilities to the Bank in up to 70 countries. It now houses the biggest software development company in the country, International Software Centre Malaysia (ISCM) and has a total workforce of more than 3,200 people.
Price Solutions Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank UK is also located in Malaysia. The company promotes and markets Standard Chartered’s financial products in Malaysia through a network of direct sales agents.
Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad’s Islamic Banking subsidiary was established in November 2008. It offers a full suite of Shariah-compliant products and services to individuals and corporates through its financial centres.
Standard Chartered employs close to 7,000 employees in all its Malaysian operations.

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