The inaugural Kuching Marathon 2014 had attracted over 5,500 marathoners from 30 countries according the event organizer Kuching Marathon Association.
Sarawak Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari said the Kuching Marathon is a new pride of Sarawakians.
“I really hope it will be included in the Asian marathon calendar soon,” he said and told Kuching Marathon Association (KMA) to seek international accreditation.
“I heard that many of the international participants love the unique combination of scenic beauty and levels of difficulty of this Kuching Marathon.
“To me, that is a compliment for the people of Sarawak.”
Abang Johari also wanted the organizer to offer bigger cash prizes in future and all the event related facilities to be upgrade by next year.
Kenyan Cherop Ezekiel crossed the finish line in 2hr 22min 2sec to win the men’s open full marathon crown that offer RM15,000 (US $4,750) cash prizes.
He was followed by Peter Keter (2hr 22min 39sec) and Nelson Kirwa Rotich (2hr 24min 47sec).
In the women’s open full marathon, Ruth Chemisto Matebo finished the 42km distance in 2hr 55min 2sec. Viola Jepchirchir Kimeli also went under 3 hours with a time of 2hr 55min 25sec to take second spot ahead of Cecilia Wangui Warutumo (3hr 1min 29sec).
Winners of the other categories included:
- Ling Mee Eng (women’s veteran full marathon),
- Kibarus Alex Kiporir (men’s open half marathon),
- Jackline Nzivo (women’s open half marathon),
- Lim Soo Gek (women’s veteran half marathon),
- Lee Kim Hing (men’s veteran half marathon),
- Norzaliza Mohd Asri (women’s open 10km),
- Peh Yong Heng (men’s open 10km).
Here are few photos of the event taken by John Huong and Kuching Marathon Association.