Kuching Marathon 2018 official Logo

The Kuching Marathon 2018 official Logo.

The Annual Kuching Marathon is back ! This year is the 5th Kuching Marathon annual episode since it was first started on 17 August 2014. The run will takes place around Kuching City, passing various historic landmarks in Kuching. Join in with more than ten thousand of runners in this event and enjoy the run !

Event : Kuching Marathon 2018

Date : 12th August 2018

Motto : Let’s Run Cat City!

Venue (Starting and Ending) : Padang Merdeka, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak

Category :

  • Full Marathon of 42KM (Starts at 1:00AM)
  • Half Marathon of 21KM (Starts at 4:00AM)
  • Run of 10KM (Starts at 5:30AM)
  • Run of 5KM (Starts at 6:30AM)

Official Website : http://www.marathonkuching.com/
Official Event Guidebook : KM2018 Runners E-Guidebook

The Kuching Marathon is part of the Great Borneo Series and is the last station of the series. The Great Borneo Series is a platform that give recognition to marathon runners who completed the three major cities marathon event in island of Borneo. Started of in Miri City Sarawak (Miri Marathon 2018 on 18 March 2018) then Kota Kinabalu Sabah (Borneo Marathon 2018 on 6th May 2018) then ends with Kuching City Sarawak(Kuching Marathon 2018 on 12th August 2018) , with total distance 126.585 KM being run.

Official Website for Great Borneo Series : http://www.greatborneoseries.com

Below are some of the information and photos  of the Kuching Marathon 2018.

The 42.195KM Full Marathon

The 42KM Full Marathon route meets the international standard of Full Marathon. The minimum age for the participant of Full Marathon is 18 years and above.

This route will take runners through both northern and southern administrative centers of Kuching City. This route will challenge the endurance of the runner to its maximum.

Along the route, runners will pass by several famous landmarks in Kuching City, including the Padang Merdeka, Astana and DUN (State Legislative Building) , The Cat Museum and DBKU (Kuching North City Hall), Borneo Convention Center Kuching, MBKS (Kuching South City Hall) , Jalan Padungan and the Cat statue.

The Route involves :

  • Jalan Tun Haji Openg
  • Jalan Muhibbah
  • Jalan Kulas
  • Jambatan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub
  • Jalan Merdeka
  • Jalan Astana
  • Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub
  • Jalan Semariang
  • Jalan Sultan Tengah
  • Jalan Diplomatik
  • Jalan Bako
  • Bako Causeway
  • Jalan Keruing
  • Jambatan Isthmus
  • Jalan Pelabuhan
  • Jalan Pending
  • Jalan Padungan
  • Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

The Full Marathon starts off at 1:00 AM with the cut-off time of 7 hours (by 8:00 AM).

42Km Full Marathon

The official route of the 42Km Full Marathon. [Source: marathonkuching.com]

The 21KM Half Marathon

If Full Marathon test the runners endurance to its maximum capability, those who have lesser endurance can try out the Half Marathon (21km). It is half of the distance, but the route will still take runners through both northern and southern administrative centers of Kuching City. The minimum age for the participant of Half Marathon is 16 years and above.

Along the route, runners will pass by several famous landmarks in Kuching City, including the Padang Merdeka, Astana and DUN (State Legislative Building) , MBKS (Kuching South City Hall) , Jalan Padungan and the Cat statue.

The Route involves :

  • Jalan Tun Haji Openg
  • Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol
  • Jalan Muhibbah
  • Jalan Kulas
  • Jambatan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub
  • Jalan Merdeka
  • Jalan Hashim Jaafar
  • Jalan Astana
  • Jalan Tun Muhammad Salahuddin
  • Jambatan Tun Salahuddin
  • Jalan Pelabuhan
  • Jalan Pending
  • Jalan Padungan
  • Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

The Full Marathon starts off at 4:00 AM with the cut-off time of 3 hours 30 minutes (by 7:30 AM).

21Km Half Marathon

The official route of the 21Km Half Marathon. [Source: marathonkuching.com]

The 10KM Run

This is the moderate endurance run that suits most of the average folks. The minimum age for the participant of 10KM run is 15 years and above.

With less than a quarter of a Full Marathon, this course will take runners around several famous landmarks along the waterfront of Kuching City.

The Route involves :

  • Jalan Tun Haji Openg
  • Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang
  • Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol
  • Jalan Muhibah
  • Jambatan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub
  • Jalan Merdeka
  • Jalan Tun Datuk Patinggi Hj. Abdul Rahman Ya’akub
  • Jambatan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub
  • Jalan Kulas
  • Jalan Haji Taha
  • Jalan Market
  • Jalan Gambir

The 10KM run starts off at 5:30 AM with the cut-off time of 2 hours (by 7:30 AM).

10Km Run

The official route of the 10Km Run. [Source: marathonkuching.com]

The 5KM Run

The 5KM run is generally regard as fun run. This low to moderate endurance route is good for routine exercise for the family. They allow participants of 7 years old and above. Participants aged 7 years old or below must accompanied by parents or guardian who is participant of 21 years old or older.

The Route involves :

  • Jalan Tun Haji Openg
  • Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang
  • Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol
  • Jalan Muhibah
  • Jalan Kulas
  • Jalan Haji Taha
  • Jalan Market
  • Jalan Gambir

The 5KM run starts off at 6:30 AM with the cut-off time of 1 hour (by 7:30 AM).

5Km Run

The official route of the 5Km Run. [Source: marathonkuching.com]

The Race Day Event Program

Information extracted from the “KM2018 Runners E-Guidebook”.

The Race Day Event Program

12th August 2018

Flag-Off Ceremony at Padang Merdeka, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg

12:00 am Arrival and gathering of Full Marathon runners at start point

1:00 am Flag off for Full Marathon Categories (Men, Women for Open and Veteran)

3:00 am Arrival and gathering of Half Marathon runners at start point

3.20 am Estimated finishing time for Full Marathon runners (2:20 hrs)

4:00 am Flag off for Half Marathon Categories (Men, Women for Open and Veteran)

4:10 am Arrival and gathering of 10KM run runners at start point

5:10 am Estimated finishing time for Half Marathon runners (1:10 hrs)

5:30 am Flag off for 10KM Categories

6:00 am Estimated finishing time for 10KM run runners (30 mins)

6:10 am Arrival and gathering of 5KM run runners at start point

6:30 am Flag off for 5KM Categories

6:47 am Estimated finishing time for 5KM run runners (17 mins)

7:30 am Cut-off time for Half Marathon, 10KM run & 5KM run

8:00 am Cut-off time for Full Marathon

Prize Presentation Ceremony at Padang Merdeka, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg

8:00 am Arrival of Guest of Honour, VVIP, VIP and Guests

8:15 am Speech by Guest of Honour

8:45 am Prize Presentation Ceremony for winners of 10KM Run Category

9:00 am Prize Presentation Ceremony for winners of Half Marathon Category

9:15 am Prize Presentation Ceremony for winners of Full Marathon Category

9:30 am Refreshment

10:00 am End

Partial Road Blocks

There will be several partial road blocks around the Kuching City area and road related to the racing route. Follow the orders of the local authorities and police officers at all times.

Jalan Tun Abg Hj. Openg, Jalan Pearl, Jalan Barrack and Jalan Wawasan will be closed as early as 11th August 2018 for preparation of the Starting and Finishing points.

Road blocks for the race starting from 0001 hrs (midnight) till 0800hrs (morning) of 12th August 2018 will involves:

  • Jalan Main Baazar/Lebuh Wayang Junction
  • Jalan Gambier / Jalan Tun Abg Hj. Openg / Jalan Main Baazar
  • Jalan Lebuh Wayang / Jalan Wawasan
  • Jalan Borneo / Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Jalan Abell to Jalan Padungan
  • Jalan Padungan from direction of Bulatan Sri Aman
  • RTM traffic light / Jalan Satok to Padang Merdeka
  • Jalan Haji Taha
  • Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang
  • Jalan Masjid
  • Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (Tugu Kuching)
  • St. Mary Traffic Light to Lebuh Wayang

For public who wish to witness the event can park their vehicles at :

  • Reservior Park
  • Taman Budaya
  • Green Hill
  • Bangunan Saujana
  • Car Park at Top Spot
  • Dewan Suarah
  • Parking Lot at Jalan Masjid Polyclinic
  • Parking Lot at Padang Jublee MBKS

This year’s Kuching Marathon is one of the biggest ever held in kuching, with total participants of more than 10,000 people in all categories. The participant ranging from local to international, with remarkable more than 800 international runners joining this event.

Early at 12 midnight, marathon runners are already gathered and start their early warming up around the padang merdeka. More than thousands participants waiting anxiously for the flag off at 1AM.

Police, cadets, medical and volunteers had stationed themselves around the route to facilitate the smooth process of the events.

All volunteers are ready to depart

All volunteers are ready to depart.

The human barricades

The human barricades to prevent participants crossing the digital mat at the starting line, which will disqualify the participants timer chip if cross before the flag offs.

Every participants have a disposable timer chip on the them to validate the time record for the Marathon race. Due to mass numbers of participants, the actual time crossing between the starting and finishing line is count for official record (and record breakers) instead of gun time (flag off).

Participants are very happy to be part of the great event

Participants are very happy to be part of the great event.

Thousands of participants are waiting

Thousands of participants are waiting anxiously.

Ready for the flag off

Ready for the flag off.

The flag off of the 42KM Marathon starts exactly at 1AM. With the countdown of ten, and the fire of the horn and gun, participants of the 42KM Full Marathon embarks the journey around Kuching City towards to be the winner and finisher of the great Marathon event.

The VIPs are ready for the flag off ceremony

The VIPs are ready for the flag off ceremony.

 Kuching Marathon 2018 for the 42KM full marathon is officially started

With the sounding of the horn and firing of the gun, the Kuching Marathon 2018 for the 42KM full marathon is officially started.

Thousands of runners navigate their route in the Kuching City roads

Thousands of runners navigate their route in the Kuching City roads.

The finishing gate

The finishing gate.

The 42KM Full Marathon had breed a spectacular time record with a record breaking 2hrs 20mins marking the new record for Kuching Marathon event. Previous year, the record is 2hrs 26mins.

the 21KM half marathon runners are warm up and ready for flag off

Just as the Full Marathon runners slowly returning from their 42KM journey, the 21KM half marathon runners are warm up and ready for flag off.

Barricades before the starting line

Barricades before the starting line.

the 21KM half marathon

Running in the dawn – the 21KM half marathon

Cheerleading at the final 2KM

Cheerleading at the final 2KM.

The 5KM fun run is back

The 5KM fun run is back.

Rest after the run

Rest after the run.

The winners are seated and ready

The winners are seated and ready.

Very friendly host and Master of Ceremony

Very friendly host and Master of Ceremony.

Crowd returning from the run

Crowd returning from the run.

The VIPs had arrived

The VIPs had arrived.

10KM Run (Women) Winners

  1. K32222 KANAKO MAEDA (Japan) 00:47:26
  2. K32791 LAVIANIA KONG JIN QI (Malaysia) 00:53:23
  3. K32015 LEE SIEW SHIEN (Malaysia) 00:53:30
Winners for 10KM women open

Winners for 10KM women open.

10KM Run (Men) Winners

  1. J30385 NYON SIU FAT (Indonesia) 00:37:43
  2. J30116 CHONG YEN BOON (Malaysia) 00:40:47
  3. J30009 SUNNYJONGSHIXIAN (Malaysia ) 00:41:16
Winners for 10KM men open

Winners for 10KM men open.

Half Marathon of 21KM Women (Veteran) Winners

  1. H25109 LING MEE ENG 01:44:01
  2. H25058 TANG SII ENG 01:55:54
  3. H25021 HO HIE KNEW 01:57:24
Winners for 21KM half marathon women veteran

Winners for 21KM half marathon women veteran.

Half Marathon of 21KM Men (Veteran) Winners

  1. G24201 JASRI BIN SAIBIN (Malaysia) 01:31:41
  2. G24303 MOHD SYARIFF BIN MOHD EKBAR (Malaysia) 01:33:47
  3. G24026 WONG CHII KAI (Malaysia) 01:38:50
Winners of the 21KM half marathon men veteran

Winners of the 21KM half marathon men veteran.

Half Marathon of 21KM Women (Open) Winners

  1. F22602 MURUNGI BETTY KATHAMBI (Kenya) 01:22:30
  2. F22755 NAUM JEPKOSGEI (Kenya) 01:26:28
  3. F22701 LEE LEH HA (Malaysia) 01:44:56
Winners for the 21KM half marathon women open

Winners for the 21KM half marathon women open.

Half Marathon of 21KM Men (Open) Winners

  1. E20828 MUTHONI PETERSON KIBUI (Kenya) 01:10:26
  2. E20772 YOUNES AMMOUTA (Morocco) 01:20:20
  3. E21069 JOHN NJIHIA (Kenya) 01:21:30
Winners for the 21KM half marathon men open

Winners for the 21KM half marathon men open.

Full Marathon of 42KM Women (Veteran) Winners

  1. D14022 KAORI TOKAI (Japan) 03:56:32
  2. D14021 KONA LIAU (Malaysia) 04:05:44
  3. D14003 SIM LI WUI (Malaysia) 04:19:37
Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon women veteran

Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon women veteran.

Full Marathon of 42KM Men (Veteran) Winners

  1. C13203 PRASOET PHAISAN (Thailand) 03:17:56
  2. C13128 TAN SONG HUA (Malaysia) 03:24:30
  3. C13306 LIEW JOON KIEN (Malaysia) 03:24:47
Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon men veteran

Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon men veteran.

Full Marathon of 42KM Women (National) Winners

  1. B12019 THO SIAW KHIM (Malaysia) 03:28:59
  2. B12020 NG GEK NGIA (Malaysia) 04:04:49
  3. D14021 KONA LIAU (Malaysia) 04:05:44
Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon women national

Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon women national.

Full Marathon of 42KM Men (National) Winners

  1. A10997 RUSTON MASRI (Malaysia) 02:59:16
  2. A10904 DAVED SIMPAT (Malaysia) 02:59:35
  3. A10603 WINCENTBERT LATIUS (Malaysia) 03:11:23
Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon men national

Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon men national.

Full Marathon of 42KM Women (Open) Winners

  1. B12172 MARAGARET NJUGUNA (Kenya) 02:53:42
  2. B12330 KANGOGO LOICE JEBET (Kenya) 02:57:06
  3. B12325 CHELAGAT RISPER LAGAT (Kenya) 03:03:27
Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon women open

Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon women open.

Full Marathon of 42KM Men (Open) Winners

  1. A10828 MBURU JOHN MUIRURI (Kenya) 02:20:22
  2. A11034 JOSPHATKIPTANUITOO CHOBEI (Kenya) 02:20:33
  3. A10707 STEPHEN MUNGATHIA (Kenya) 02:21:31
Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon men open

Winners for the 42KM Full Marathon men open. All three of them have break the last year time records.

Congratulations to all the winners

Congratulations to all the winners.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs.

The Kuching Marathon 2018 is officially closed by 9AM. There will be next episode next year on 18th August 2019. See you again next year.

The Official Sponsors of the Kuching Marathon 2018

The Official Sponsors of the Kuching Marathon 2018.