Kuching Marathon 2015

August 21, 2015 by  
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Kuching Marathon had kick-off on 16 Aug 2015. There were thousands of people flooding Padang Merdeka that Saturday in order to join this event. This year was the second time this Kuching Marathon was held as last year’s marathon had been a great success.

There were 4 categories for this marathon; 42km full marathon, 21km half marathon, 10 km run and 5km run. The first category flagged off as early as 3:00 am, while the others started at 5:00 am, 6:00 am and 7:30 am respectively. Several medical posts, drink stations, bar & gel stations and food station were set up along the route.

Flagged off at Padang Merdeka

Flagged off at Padang Merdeka

Image credit to The Borneo Post

First of all, we would like to applaud each participant for bracing the chilly 3:00 am breeze in order to participate in the 42 km marathon. After being flagged off, the participants passed through Jalan Muhibbah, then crossed the river via Jambatan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub which locals usually refer to as Jambatan Satok. They passed Jalan Astana, then Jalan Semariang and probably saw the Kuching North City Council building on top of the hill. After that, they continued to Jalan Diplomatik, Jalan Bako then passed through Borneo Convention Centre and Sarawak Energy before continuing their run to Jalan Pending, then to Jalan Padungan before finishing the marathon. Sounds tough, isn’t it? Even by car, the journey would probably take about 1.5 hour.

42km Full Marathon Route

42km Full Marathon Route

Image credit to Kuching Marathon Official Website


For half marathon, instead of passing Jalan Semariang, they used Jalan Astana, straight to Jalan Demak and they passed toll plaza before crossing the river via Jambatan Tun Salahuddin, then continued to Jalan Pending and Jalan Padungan to finish the run at Padang Merdeka.

21km Half Marathon Route

21km Half Marathon Route

Image credit to Kuching Marathon Official Website

For 10 km run, the route took them around the city centre and the outskirt. They used Jalan Dato Ajibah Abol, which is the main road to Kampung No 1 to Kampung No 6. Yes, you read that right. There are Kampung No 1, Kampung No 2 until Kampung No 6 in Kuching. Then, they passed through several villages such as Kampung Mataim, Kampung Parit Lama, Kampung Laruh and Kampung Dagok before passing by Jambatan Satok. Then, after running through Jalan Merdeka and Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’akub, they returned to Padang Merdeka by Jalan Haji Taha, then to Jalan Market and Jalan Gambir.

10km Run Route

10km Run Route

Image credit to Kuching Marathon Official Website


The 5 km run covered only city centre and Jalan Dato Ajibah Abol and Jalan Muhibbah before going back to the finish line.

5km Run Route

5km Run Route

Image credit to Kuching Marathon Official Website

The first prize for 42 km open category was RM15,000, while the total prize money for the winners from first place to 10th place for all categories was RM125,000. The winners for 42 km and 21 km male and female open categories were mainly from Kenya with Julius Kimtai Rotich as the first place winner for 42km open category for male, and Ruto Beatrice Jepkorir for female category.

Winners for Kuching Marathon 2015

Winners for Kuching Marathon 2015

Image credit to The Borneo Post

Furthermore, the first 200 runners of 42km Full Marathon and 21km Half Marathon who crossed the finish line had received Special Top 200 Finisher Tee. Of course, everyone who finished the run had received finisher t-shirt.

We hope the marathon will be organised as a yearly event. As Sarawakians, we know that this is the perfect opportunity to put Sarawak, especially Kuching as its capital, in the world map as a sports tourism city.

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