FOR THE LONG RUN - A HISTORY
Founded more than 30 years ago, the Seremban Half Marathon is encapsulated in history, just like its home state Negeri Sembilan. Explore the annals of SHM, one of Malaysia’s longest-running marathons to date!
They’re drawn to the positive effects running has on the mental and physical health
others see it as a chance to socialise with like-minded individuals; many partake in marathons for its charitable awareness; and for some, it’s about creating fresh new experiences in their lives. SHM is one of Malaysia’s most anticipated events amongst Malaysian sports fans and contestants. With additional entertainment like dancing bands, lion dance acrobatic displays and hot-air balloon rides, SHM is ultimately about bringing people together!
This value stays true to SHM’s tagline
“Every Mile Is A Gift”
What we have achieved
The first ever Seremban Half Marathon in 1987 saw 4000 participants from near and far taking part, with an aim to motivate runners to spend time exploring the Seremban landscape. The inaugural SHM saw top-tier runners vying for first place alongside YAM Tunku Naquiyuddin who completed the Half Marathon well within qualifying time. The run
raised RM21,000 to kick-start the Junior Athletes Development Fund, making SHM more than just a run, but an important philanthropic event.
Encik Said Harun took first place and won a terrace house in Taman Tuanku Ja’afar
The Fun Run is initiated to include runners of all ages, genders, races and especially the physically and mentally challenged and along the way, SHM adapted to be more inclusive, providing special categories for the young, old and physically and mentally challenged. This allowed a broader range of participants, which made SHM an exciting annual sporting event for all races, age and gender
Celebrated SHM’s 10th anniversary with a VIP Fun Run!
Open to international runners, 2004 was the year of the “Thai Invasion” where 7 Thai nationals won major prizes.
The international allure of SHM continues with Kenyan runners stealing the show. Unfortunately, this was the same year that saw the passing of Negeri Seremban ruler Tuanku Ja’afar, aged 86.
The year of the Silver Jubilee Run that saw innovative tech upgrades and the most number of participants that amounted to almost 10,000 runners.
Celebrated the 30th anniversary of SHM!
SHM has always been about exploring Seremban and in 2019, the race took place in Precinct 1 of Forest Heights
As Malaysia’s longest-running marathon, SHM has found it essential to be on par with international marathons. This means staying technically innovative for today and the future. From timing chips to microfibre active attire, it’s just a matter of time to see what else the future of running holds for SHM.
A CHAPTER IN HISTORY
An illustrious look at the foundation of Seremban and Negeri Sembilan, the late Tuanku Ja’afar Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman - the tenth Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, and the tenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
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