PUTRAJAYA – The BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled due to deteriorating air quality in Putrajaya, the race organiser announced today.
Uploading the announcement through their official website www.bsnpnm.com, the organisers said their priority was the health and safety of all participants.
“We are cognizant that outdoor running during hazy conditions is not advisable and have decided to cancel the event based on medical advice,” it said.
About 12,000 marathon enthusiasts had signed up to participate in the marathon which included a full marathon (42.2km), a half marathon (22.1km), 10KM Corporate CSR Run and a 5km fun run with RM89,000 offered as prize money.
The organisers said the decision was made with the support of title sponsor Bank Simpanan Nasional and event partners â€“ Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTAAA) and Perbadanan Putrajaya.
“We made this decision with a heavy heart, as we understand the disappointment participants will feel since they may have trained very hard for the marathon, with some coming from afar to participate,” it said.
The organisers said all participants would be able to collect their race entitlement at Persiaran Perdana, Precinct 3, Putrajaya (race venue area) from 5pm to 10pm this Saturday.
“For participants who are unable to collect their entitlement during this time, alternative arrangements will be announced through our official Facebook and website,” it said.
The organiser said existing funds raised from the BSNPNM 2015 would be channeled to the Department of Peadiatrics in four hospitals, namely Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Selayang, Hospital Sungai Buloh and Hospital Tengku
Ampuan Rahimah, Klang.
The funds were raised through the collection of entry fees in the 10km Corporate CSR Run, it said. – BERNAMA