Survey Ranks Standard Chartered KL Run As The Worst Marathon In The World

It is the lowest-rated marathon among 81 others worldwide.

Cover image via RunSociety & New Straits Times

The annual Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur (KL) Marathon has topped the list of the world's 10 worse marathons

According to a ranking done by UK-based news site The Sole Supplier, the annual marathon scored a miserable 3.69 out of 10, making it the lowest-rated marathon among 81 others worldwide.

The ranking considered a variety of factors when determining the placing of each marathon

According to Sole Supplier, the data they analysed included the altitude, air quality, average finish times, average temperature and rainfall, medical aids, and toilets.

Taking this into account, Sole Supplier said that the KL Marathon was the worst in the world due to KL's air pollution levels and hot climate.

Additionally, the marathon's slow average finish time and lack of medical aid along the course pushed it further down the list.

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Image via Standard Chartered KL Marathon

On the other hand, Germany’s Haspa Marathon Hamburg emerged as the best marathon in the world

The Haspa Marathon Hamburg scored 7.57 out of 10 due to its low starting entry fee of EUR66 (approximately RM305) and favourable altitude (eight metres above sea level).

Sole Supplier also reported that it has a suitable average temperature of 12.3°C, which according to experts, is only 1.8°C higher than the ideal running temperature of 10.5 °C.

Additionally, there are 42 toilet stations along its course, unlike the KL Marathon which only has 24.

While KL's air pollution levels and hot climate cannot be changed, perhaps one thing that the organisers can do is take extra measures to ensure safety. This year's run saw three runners being injured:

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