Yee wins first women’s marathon
Writer: Brenda Ch'ng
Published: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
SHAH ALAM: Yee Pei Ni won the first Malaysia Women Marathon (MWM) here at I-City last Sunday by beating over 130 women from different parts of the world.
Yee completed the 42km run under the full marathon category in under three hours and 40 minutes.
In total, over 2,000 women took part in the fifth women’s marathon held around the world, including Japan and USA.
“I’m truly happy to share my passion of running with all Malaysian sisters as well as to encourage them to know that they can do anything,” said race director Karen Loh.
Yee (third from right) with other winners. On the left is Switzer while Khalid’s wife Puan Sri Salbiah Tunut is on the right.
She said these women made history be being among the first runners to run in the first Women Marathon organised in Southeast Asia.
There were three categories in this race – the 42km flagged off at 4.30am, followed by the 21km at 5.30am and a 8km fun run at 7am.
In addition, the MWM, organised by Irongirl Malaysia Sdn Bhd, opened a special category for the men to run alongside women in the couples category.
All participants got a chance to run the race in Shah Alam, passing several well-known landmarks along the way such as the Blue Mosque, the Sultan of Selangor’s Palace 2 and museums.
Present to flag off the 8km race which began and ended at I-City was former state executive councillor for women affairs Rodziah Ismail.
Joining in the race was 67-year-old Katherine Switzer, the reason why there are women’s marathons today.
Signing up for the famous Boston Marathon in 1967, which was only opened to men then, she ran and created a social revolution for women runners all over the world.
“This race being held here in Malaysia and being the first in South East Asia speaks volumes,” she said during the launch of the race last Friday.
Joining her at the launch were Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, and former lawmakers Elizabeth Wong and Nurul Izzah Anwar.
MWM will return again next year, and in order to attract more people both locally and internationally, Loh plans on opening registrations as early as October.
“We will begin promoting next year’s MWM this July. In fact we would like to invite more foreign runners, so we will take our promotions to Australia and other countries.” Loh hopes to achieve a target of 5,000 runners for the MWM 2014.