Even before the break of dawn, 2000 enthusiastic runners were already at the Ipoh Padang, waiting for their respective race categories to be flagged off. The MCIS Life Malaysia Women Marathon (MCIS Life-MWM) 2022 was a much-anticipated event as it was held outside of the Klang Valley for the first time, and Ipoh was selected as the venue.
The 10km and 5km races were flagged off by State Tourism Committee Chairperson YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Binti Mohammed Radzi together with Ipoh City Mayor YBhg. Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin.
Meanwhile, the full marathon duo (42km) and half marathon (21km) were flagged off by Mr. Ragunath Murthy, Chief Distribution & Marketing Officer, MCIS Life, along with Samson Vallabouy and Josephine Mary, Malaysia’s own Olympian and Commonwealth Games athletes.
The event day was made more meaningful with the launch of MCIS Life’s mobile clinic dubbed the “Purple Truck”; a mobile cancer screening vehicle to provide screening services and to create awareness of the importance regarding cancer screening and also a healthy lifestyle. DYMM Tuanku Zara Salim, Raja Permaisuri Perak Darul Ridzuan, officiated the launch.
To mark Merdeka month, the route took runners across the city’s scenic historical sites such as the Ipoh War Memorial, Birch Memorial Clock, and Ipoh Mural Lane.
“We were enthusiastic about the idea of showcasing our country’s history and cultural identity in conjunction with August being the month of Merdeka. Coincidentally, this year’s national theme of ‘Teguh Bersama’ is also in line with our credo ‘People Helping People’” said Mr. Ragunath Murthy, Chief Distribution & Marketing Officer, MCIS Life.
“To commemorate our inaugural Ipoh run, a special category was introduced, the first of its kind in the history of the run, which was the Full Marathon Duo category where two runners can team up to complete a total distance of 42km,” said Madam Karen Loh, Founder & Race Director of MCIS Life-MWM.
MWM is the first women’s marathon event in the Asia Pacific region which was first held in 2013, allowing only women runners to participate. Since then, it is an annual event celebrating the sorority of women in the running community while championing relevant issues affecting women and gender equality. In Ipoh, men were allowed to race along as well.
The following individuals emerged as the top winners during the two-hour race:
• Champions of the Full Marathon Duo of the Women Duo, Men Duo and Mixed Duo categories: Kartini Ahmad Kamal & Noor Farina Rusdi, Wong Yize & Mohammad Izul Amirul and Nik Fakaruddin & Noor Amelia
• Champions of the half marathon (21km) of the Women Open, Women Vet and Men categories: Chen Li Peng, Sea Hui Thin and Kipchirchir Lel
• Champions of the half marathon (10km) of the Women Open, Women Vet and Men categories: Law Lee Chee, Lee Sium Louw and Mohd Naim Bin Jamaluddin
Event: MCIS Life Malaysia Women Marathon (MCIS Life-MWM) 2022
Venue: Ipoh Padang
Date: 21st Aug, 2022