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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3, 2015:

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon, scheduled to take place in the city tomorrow, has been cancelled due to the haze, which has remained at the “unhealthy” level for a few days.

Organisers Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd said the health and safety of all runners remained a top priority.

“Due to the rapidly deteriorating air quality and on the advice from the medical team, the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF), and the Institut Sukan Negara, we regret to announce that the Standard Chartered KL Marathon will be cancelled.

“This decision is further supported by co-organisers, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, as well as title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.

“We appreciate the support shown by our runners throughout this challenging weather situation,” the organiser said in a Facebook posting today.

Registered participants were advised to directly proceed to Dataran Merdeka to collect their race entitlements from 6 am until noon on Sunday (Oct 4).

“For those who are unable to collect their entitlements during this time, alternative arrangements will be announced through the Standard Chartered KL Marathon social media channels,”

Following the cancellation, it said route closures and support infrastructure will remain in place along these roads: Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Cenderawasih, Jalan Lembah and Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin on Oct 4, from 6am until 9am.

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