I love my run, but not the event. May I suggest they downgrade it to ‘Penang Bridge Fun Run’ instead of ‘Penang Bridge International Marathon’?
Let’s take a cup of espresso before a sweet, means let me let go the anger first then only talk about sweet moments…
I really hate to hear complaints and I’m not really a complaint queen, but I got to tell everyone honestly, this is not only me alone is complaining, but 100% of the runners having the same feeling – disappointed, frustrated!
I was suppose to give them a great credit for the preparation at the beginning, good job done in portal, publicity, online registration, booklet, bib collection, entertainment at starting line. However, they have missed the most important points of organizing an INTERNATIONAL RACE! Excuse me, this is an International Marathon, not a fun fair! At the end of the race, the single mistake (the most important factor) spoilt all the hard works!
There were total participants of 16,500, it may look grand, unfortunately they have QUANTITY but NO QUALITY.
All Full Marathon runners (Men Open, Men Veteran & Women Open) started at 3.00AM, first 20+km was running at industrial area… After approx. 2 hours, they joined the crowd at the bridge of about 6,000 men Half Marathon runners (Men Open, Men Jr. Veteran & Men Sr. Veteran) who started at 4.30am.
See the problem? The medium pace Full Marathoners who arrived at bridge’s water stations were behind the huge crowd and the limited water actually already wiped off by the huge crowd of Men Half Marathoners.
5.00am, Women Half Marathoner (Women Open, Women Veteran) came behind and reached the empty water station, even the category lead pack also suffered without water. For me, I only have a cup of proper and enough water at the bridge U-turn point, which is >10km.
Imagine all runners drank from the shared 5L water containers, they shared the water as well as the saliva. And I was thinking to eat the ice cubes from St. John stand-by station when I was desperately looking for water...
As a conclusion, only Men Half Marathoners (excluded the jokers) enjoy the water without issue.
Sorry, never have chance to see a clean sponge nor tub, even organizer announced loudly that there were sponging stations. Even I thought to drink water from the sponging tub also have no chance to do that...
Sorry to say I really hate to see the crowd of fun runners who took part in Half Marathon with NO running spirit, they were there just to sight seeing and take the opportunity of walking on the Penang Bridge (or perhaps were forced to come). They did not understand what a Half Marathon is and their existence were causing traffic jam to the true runners. Many runners including me ended up ran zig-zag to avoid the crowd group by group. The feeling at the moment was really “一山还有一山高”, means after this group of people blocking, there are other bigger ones in front.
The worse case was when 10k Fun Runners made the U-turn at the bride, It was as danger as a volcano, they were exactly like the lava blast out from the volcano (cause they wearing official t-shirt in orange color), and I just shouted ‘Shit!’ Here I need the skill of sliding like a snake.
The distance marker is only mean for Full Marathoner, for Half Marathoners, if your math is not good, then sorry la… my math is not bad, but I really hate to do math during my race. FYI, the distance markers were written in 32km, 37km, etc. I was running Half Marathon 25km, so I did not program the distance point of 32km nor 37km, hence I can't understand what 37km meant to me.
I commented the above from a runner’s point of view, I bet you will not know the true story above through newspaper. And I only have the above strong disappointment after the race, because I do like to run on bridge with the breeze (although the air is not quit fresh).
Next year come again? Depend if I want to accept the fact of 'Malaysia cannot organize a quality international running event'! or 'There is no perfect event in the world, even if there is, it won't be at Malaysia' or just be prepared with own water...