Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Borneo International Marathon Oct 12


Some 10,000 people are expected to participate in the Borneo International Marathon(BIM) 2008 to be held on October 12 this year. Andrew Voon, the Director of Championship Sports Events Sdn Bhd which will organize the event, said this during a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at the latter’s office in Wisma Innoprise here yesterday. He said the full 42km marathon would be flagged off at the Likas Sports Complex and head towards 1Borneo before looping around towards Tanjung Aru and returning to the finish line at the Sports Complex. There will also be a half and 10km marathon. One of the objectives of BIM 2008 is to raise money for local charities. Ten percent of every registration fee goes to charity, said Voon. Event Directors Urs Weisskopf meanwhile said that if this inaugural event proved to be successful, the BIM would be held annually. Musa welcomed the move on BIM 2008 and said it could be another event added to the Sabah tourism calendar. “This event if properly organized, will add vibrance to the City. It also has potential sports tourism value,” he said. Musa said that the State Government namely the Youth and Sports and Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministries would support the event in terms of direction and organizing experience.