Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the international Penang Bridge (PBIM) 2020 marathon will go virtually.
State Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin, said that PBIM 2020 will give a different experience as it would through a global virtual app.
He said the PBIM virtual application is scheduled for launch by the third week of September, known as "PBIMVR 2020," and is available free to all with registration to be opened by Oct 1.
“We believe that this will be a unique PBIM experience, as the distance will no longer be a limitation,” he said in a press conference.
The virtual run will begin at Nov 21 midnight and ends at 11.59 pm on Nov 22 according to Malaysia time zone (GMT+8).
PBIM virtual run participants will be given 48 hours to complete the run of their registered categories, namely 10 km run, half marathon (21 km) or full marathon (42 km).
However, he estimated the virtual run participation to be approximately 3,000 participants and would not be so many compared to PBIM last year compared with approximately 25,000 participants.
Yeoh said that about 7,000 PBIM 2020 registrants will need to re-register so they can participate in the virtual run this year.
He also said that the early PBIM 2020 registrants would also be automatically brought forward to PBIM 2021.
The registration fee is not refundable, but it is transferable for those who can not participate in PBIM next year.
“The date for PBIM 2021 would be announced in January next year once it is confirmed given the current COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.
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