Despite of more than 22,000 runners (new record for KL Marathon), I felt alone. I knew no one except my friend that I traveled with from Alor Setar. In cycling events, I’ll meet a lot of familiar faces. I know a lot of people and a lot of people know me. Here, it is like a stranger in a strange land. Maybe, it was my first marathon.
We took 11.30am bus from Alor Setar to KL on Saturday. Most of hotels were full but we managed to rent a room in an alley near Masjid India which is walking distance to Dataran Merdeka. Small, no aircon, no window, outside toilet – all for RM50.
After sleepless night, we woke up at 5.15, took a bath and headed to Masjid Jamek for Fajr prayer. Starting line was packed and we started almost at the end of the pack.
All sort of entertainments at some points along the route and water and 100+ provided at every 2km. A very organised event that runners look forward to every year.
The pressure is off. Just 6km more to go.
1 km to go. Along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman where runners from all categories met.
Everybody else raced to the finish line but I stopped to snap some pictures.
I was aiming for less than 3 hours and Alhamdulillah I managed to clock 2 hours and 41 minutes, even I stopped a number of times for taking photos. From simple calculation, if the distance and the time, times 2, I’m ready for full marathon! The result is here.
We traveled back by 12pm bus and reached Alor Setar at 5.50pm. A very packed and hectic journey but, I’ll be back.