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Borneo International Marathon 2008

October 12th, 2008 Posted in Photography, Sabah


The Borneo International Marathon was held for the first time this year at Kota Kinabalu.  There are three main marathon categories – full (42 KM), half (21 KM) and 10 KM.  In conjunction with the event there are also mini marathon for kids at the starting venue.

Anyways, I had already survey the route the night before to find a suitable site. I  selected the waterfront for my photo location. Fortunately I was the only photographer there, so I had the whole stretch to myself.  I was already on site by 5 am as I had anticipated the full marathon runners to come through by 6am, so I had lot’s of time to relax.  The light condition weren’t so good as it was cloudy and still dark so my first few photos were not satisfactory.  I didn’t want to use the flash as I wouldn’t want to distract or blind the runners.

The African runners were the most difficult to photograph because of their darker skin and also they ran so fast even my auto-focus servo can’t keep up.  There were a couple of runners who dressed up for the occasion.  Some runners I know.  Another two, called up my name..but I can’t remember their names.  One runner to note however is blogger Kenny Sia with is MP3 player on his arms.  I noticed there were many runners with MP3 players. I just wonder what do they listen to.

Who won the full marathon?  Sure ‘sapu’ by the africans.  I heard from my sister it was the Kenyan guy. He was just a blur when I took his picture..very fast guy.

I took almost 4GB worth of pics. Here are just some of the photos.







These women were very sporting…they gave the marathon more character.


















  1. 21 Responses to “Borneo International Marathon 2008”

  2. By wendell on Oct 13, 2008

    nice set! we were at stadium. i was official photog. my other friends rode a double cab, sit in truck, and went around taking pix. they said, YS building was really good. icon.


    disney reply on October 13th, 2008:

    yup I saw the double cab drove by the waterfront. Yes the YS building would’ve been good but I chose where the waterfront instead as I anticipated the runners converging there and there no other photographers to compete with. Will post more pics. How did your shot turn out.


  3. By Murphy on Oct 13, 2008

    Haha, cool… u got kenny sia


    disney reply on October 13th, 2008:

    Yup I only recognized him at the last minute…


  4. By Debbie Jean Lai on Oct 13, 2008

    Oii, you recognized Kenny Sia..I have a few pics taken with him before and after the race. Sorry, forgot to give you the names of the Kenya guys who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd spots at the finish.


  5. By josie on Oct 13, 2008

    debbie..haiya..u know masa in the stadium, I was tring to bubut kenny but i lost him…so i missed the opportunity to ‘gapus’ him….ehehhehe

    disney…i didn’t know u were there as early as 5am…i woke up at 4am, thinking of going to likas but tiada gia kawan sia…oh yah..can i copy kenny’s pic ni? 😀


    disney reply on October 13th, 2008:

    No problem..as long you mention me


  6. By Shan on Oct 14, 2008

    Hey there. Love your shots. That woman in the neon wig is a good friend of mine Suzanne, who raised around RM5000 for charities.
    Thanks again for being a part of the Borneo International Marathon. You really did capture the feel of the marathon.
    Thanks again


    disney reply on October 14th, 2008:

    Thanks Shan and thanks for stopping by…I’m sure you must be relieved that this event is over. Anyways I had fun taking pics. I hope to put all of it up on my photo gallery soon. BTW I’m looking for this kind of event again next year.


  7. By josie on Oct 14, 2008



  8. By ben on Oct 17, 2008

    1. Kenny Sia linked to you in his post. I am very interested to know by how much your traffic jumped up :-)

    2. Yes, I dont remember reading about any news coverage about this on DE. That’s very strange… The names of the organisers didn’t ring a bell either.


    disney reply on October 18th, 2008:

    Ya I didn’t expect him to link either…anyways it was kind of him to do so. Btw..my traffic more than quadrupled on Tuesday.


  9. By Shan on Oct 18, 2008

    Hi Ben, allow me to jump in here with a link to Daily Express :


    Also, doubt our names would ring a bell. This is the first Borneo International Marathon after all 😉


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