Edan Syah, a Malaysian runner, has recently achieved a Guinness World Record by completing a full marathon while wearing traditional attire within 3 hours.
Running in Baju Melayu
However, Edan had plans to run the marathon a little differently this time – by gearing up in a full traditional Baju Melayu dress!
He broke his inspiring news in a post on his Instagram page, saying,
“Insha’Allah, I will seize a challenging opportunity with the mission to run and complete the 42.2KM Full Marathon at the TCS London Marathon 2023, fully dressed in traditional Malay attire, including a Baju Melayu, a Sampin, and a Songkok”.
He even had a custom-made outfit tailored just for him, designed and created by Bulan Bintang, a local boutique that creates high-quality Muslim contemporary clothing.
Bulan Bintang Road to London : Make Baju Melayu Great Again
Edan made history at the marathon by managing to complete it in under 3 hours, with a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, and 22 seconds proudly dressed in his traditional clothes.
Not only that, he also earned himself the title of a Guinness World Record Holder for the title the Fastest Full Marathon (42.2km) in Traditional Malay Dress (Male)!
In addition, this is not the first time Edan Syah has earned a Guinness World Record. He previously set a record five years ago for the Fastest Marathon With a National Flag Costume, completing the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in Australia with a time of 2 hours and 54 minutes.
WeirdKaya has reached out to Edan for further comments and will update the article accordingly when we receive a reply.
9 years of running and counting
As per Edan’s personal website, he discovered his talent for running nine years ago, when he continuously pushed his limits and enhanced his performance.
This realization sparked a passion in him to chase his dreams and unleash his maximum potential as a runner.
Edan Syah is renowned for being the youngest and fastest Malaysian to complete the 119th Boston Marathon in 2015, with a time of 2:41:55.
Ranking in the top 1.33% of the field size, Edan joined 26,610 marathoners from around the globe who qualified for this prestigious race based on their age groups.
Determined to elevate the sport of running, Edan seeks to share his knowledge and experience with the running community and contribute to the development of talented runners for his country.
Known as the “Citizen Runner,” Edan is not a professional athlete but instead balances his full-time job with training and recovery.
Despite these challenges, he has motivated countless individuals through his running journey.
Congratulations to Edan for snagging his second Guinness title and making his fellow Malaysians proud!