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Penang Bridge International Marathon 2014

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by Justin Ong (subscribe)
Curious, adventurous, and solemnly swearing that he is up to no good.
Midnight marathon made in Malaysia
Held annually since 1985, The Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) is a unique sports event, catering to seasoned competitors, as well as amateurs and first-timers, and even those who are just looking for a fun time on South East Asia's longest bridge.

Thanks to the Penang State Tourism Development Committee, the PBIM has consistently attracted large figures of runners, and has gone on to receive international recognition, with the numbers of foreigners and countries represented in the marathon increasing year by year.

One of the surefire ways to kickstart your Sunday morning

While previous years have seen the marathon take place on the first Penang Bridge, this year marks the first time the marathon will be held on the recently opened Second Penang Bridge.

And the novelty of that fact may be reason enough for this year's Marathon registration to begin right after the 2013 edition was completed. What makes the success of the marathon even more remarkable is the fact that the early bird registration for the first 30,000 participants has already been reached by early March! (The Early Bird Lucky Draw prizes eg. running shoes, return flights to HK/Taipei and a return cruise to Phuket and Krabi might have helped.)

Currently, Stage 1 of registration is underway, allowing for an additional 20,000 participants to go with the 30,000 early birds, but you may want to move very quickly before that number is reached. The later you wait to register, the higher the registration fee. Even for the latecomers, you have until September 30 to register, or until the Stage 3 limit is reached, whichever comes first.

There are multiple categories for various participants to push their limits, or just to enjoy the experience. Along with the 42.195km Full Marathon, there are also Half (21km), Quarter (10km), and Fun (7km tentative) categories.

The scene at the start/finish line at the start of the race

Writing this, it brought me back to when I was mad enough to tackle the Full Marathon in 2011. I remember having my preparatory meal at midnight, getting to the start/finish line and starting the marathon before 2am came to pass.

It was an exhilarating yet physically draining experience, but the experience was well worth it, with a medal, t-shirt, certificate with my official time, and dead legs to show for.

Simply put, it does not really matter why or what for you are taking part in this marathon, all I know is that it is an experience worth paying and living for.

Highway by day, running track by night
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Why? Fun and exercise in the dead of night
When: November 16 2014
Phone: 6016-411 0000 / 604-6505136 / 016-411 0000
Where: 2nd Penang Bridge, Penang, Malaysia
Cost: RM25-RM100, depending on stage of registration and availability
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