From The Star:
PENANG: The Penang Bridge Run 2008 has been cancelled due to financial and manpower constraints.
The organisers will also not be able to ensure the safety of participants on the bridge, which is undergoing renovation work and is narrower now.
Malaysian Highway Authority director-general Datuk Mohamad Razali Othman said last year’s event had "drained all our financial sources to host the event this year."
He said the highway authority would need more than RM500,000 to host the run and did not want to tax their sponsors to fund the event.
Last year’s run, to commemorate the country’s 50th anniversary and Visit Malaysia 2007, drew 21,399 runners including some 800 participants from 50 countries.
The event featured a 42.2km full marathon, a 22.3km half marathon, a 10km quarter marathon and a newly introduced 10km fun run which attracted more than 8,000 participants. There were 11 categories altogether.
Mohamad Razali said the highway authority might organise the marathon next year after the bridge-widening project had been completed and if they were enough funds.
He said highway authority decided to cancel the run at the end of March and had informed the Penang Tourism Action Council.
Damn, it really sucks that they're cancelling this year's marathon. Aside from the annual 10km Starwalk, the Penang Bridge Marathon is the only other opportunity for running enthusiasts to sweat it out and just basically have a fun time.
Originally planned for June 22 this year, the cancellation will upset quite a lot of people like me. The day of the run is the only day where people get to swarm the Penang Bridge instead of cars. Besides that, the sight of seeing the sun rising on the horizon as you run is just too beautiful for words.
I don't mind if they cut down the prize money. I don't mind if they reduce their goodie bag gifts. Heck, I don't even mind if they hike up the registration fee from RM10 to RM20. Cancelling this international event will be a big blow to Malaysians as well as Malaysian tourism, since there's usually a significant number of foreign runners.