Friday, October 31, 2014

Press Release: Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014 Revised Race Routes for a Smoother Running Experience



SINGAPORE, 30 OCTOBER 2014 — Participants in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2014 can look forward to a smoother and more enjoyable run this year. The event organiser Spectrum Worldwide unveiled a significant amendment to the route which will reduce congestion at the merging point of various categories.

10km Route

1 At approximately 18km along the Half Marathon route, runners will get off the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) via the exit ramp leading to Maxwell Road. They will then make their way through the Central Business District via Robinson Road - Collyer Quay – Anderson Bridge, to finish at the Padang. This revised running route effectively separates the Half Marathon participants (more than 12,000 runners) from the Marathon and 10km runners, thereby significantly reducing the 3km congestion traditionally experienced in previous years.

2 This also enables the Marathon and 10km participants to enjoy a clearer path along the Republic Boulevard - Raffles Ave – Esplanade Drive stretch – until the final 500m, where the runners of all three distance categories will merge just before Anderson Bridge, for their final journey to the finish line.

3 Similar to previous editions, all categories will have wave starts to minimise crowding within the first few kilometres.

21km Route

4 “Feedback from participants has always been very important for us to continuously improve the race experience. Together with the relevant authorities, and with the full support of Sport Singapore and Standard Chartered Bank, we have made these changes to ensure a smoother running experience,” said Chris Robb, Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Worldwide.

6 “While SCMS accommodates runners of all abilities, a key priority for us is to provide an outstanding experience for our long distance runners. It is this group of runners who will benefit the most from the new route change and we’re very pleased to have found an effective solution,” he added.

7 Marathon participants will also be happy to note that with the revised route, they will have the opportunity to run very close to and take in the magnificent sights around the Sports Hub.

42km Route

8 Registrations remain open for all categories until midnight on 31 October 2014. Late entries will still be accepted after this date but participants will pay a $20 late fee and will not receive a personalised race bib.

9 For all SCMS 2014 registration details please visit www.marathonsingapore.com.

Notice: Inov-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 - Partial Road Closure on 2 November 2014



Kuala Lumpur, 30 October 2014 – Twelve roads in Kuala Lumpur will be partially closed from 5.30am November 2, Sunday to make way for the INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014.

The affected roads will include:

Street
Street leading to
Partially Closed from
Fully Open again

Lanes closed 
Jalan Berjasa
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin
5.25 AM

10.30 AM
2
Jalan Sultan Salahuddin

Lebuhraya Mahameru

5.25 AM
10.25 AM
1
Lebuhraya Mahameru

Jalan Tunku
5.25 AM
10.25 AM
1
Jalan Tunku
Persiaran Bukit Tunku
5.30 AM
10.20 AM
1

Persiaran Bukit Tunku

Pinggiran Tunku
5.30 AM
10.20 AM
1
Pinggiran Tunku

Laman Tunku
5.35 AM
10.10 AM
1
Laman Tunku
Jalan Langgak Tunku

5.35 AM
10.10 AM
1
Jalan Langgak Tunku (from Jalan Duta Tennis Complex)

Jalan Duta
5.45 AM
10.00 AM
1
Jalan Duta
Jalan Sri Hartamas 1

5.50 AM
9.50 AM
1
Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Jalan Sri Hartamas 3

6.00 AM
9.40 AM
1
Jalan Sri Hartamas 3
Jalan Hidmat Usaha
5.25 AM
10.00 AM
1


Jalan Hidmat Usaha
Jalan Duta
5.25 AM
10.00 AM
1

As none of the affected roads are totally closed, residents in those affected areas can still travel on those roads, except that they have one lane less in most cases. Please follow the direction of the traffic police at those affected areas.

The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is made possible by title sponsor INOV-8, in partnership with the event owner and organiser, Pacesetters Athletic Club, and with strong support from platinum sponsor, Airasia-X, silver sponsors, the Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd & SWORKE, official timepiece Garmin, official beverage BOH Tea, official media, Running Malaysia and bronze sponsor, Nelson’s Corn.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Press Release: The 24 Hour Race 2014 - Running to Stop the Traffik (RTST) Kuala Lumpur



150,000 STUDENTS JOIN HANDS TO TAKE ON USD 150 BILLION A YEAR INDUSTRY BY JOINING ‘THE 24 HOUR RACE 2014’

Running to Stop the Traffik (RTST) unites students from leading schools in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore to take a stand against Human Slavery

KUALA LUMPUR – 29 October 2014 – Youth-led anti-slavery organization, Running to Stop the Traffik (RTST) is uniting more than 1000 runners from over 50 schools in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore, through The 24 Hour Race 2014, with the aim of taking a stand against modern-day slavery. This marks Malaysia’s first year supporting the cause and to date, there are more than 150,000 youths engaged in the race and more than HKD 2,500,000 [RM 1,051,705] raised for grassroots charities that disrupt the slavery trade directly.

It is estimated that there are currently more than 21 million men, women and children that are living in slavery, more than any other time in history. These victims can be found in factories, construction sites, within fisheries and at sex venues, generating profits for their owners that exceed US$150 billion annually.

This year, The 24 Hour Race is taking place in Nexus International School in Kuala Lumpur, Lugard Road on The Peak in Hong Kong, and Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. Teams consisting of 7-9 runners will run (in relay format) from 9am on 15 November 2014, to 9am the next day, without a break.

Director of RTST Kuala Lumpur, Kasumi Higewake said, “Our vision is a world free from modern-dayslavery and human trafficking. We are an organization by young people for young people who are fighting for this vision. RTST is a charity driven by the commitment of young people who all have the same vision and aim, to empower others by spreading the values of participation and activism.”

“Human trafficking is a silent issue. It’s happening around us but many of us are not aware of it. Hence this race started to bring students from around the world together to fight against modern day slavery through endurance sports.” Higewake added.



Members of the public are invited to come and support the cause by joining in the fun and games of the carnival available on the grounds of Nexus International School and cheers of encouragement for the teams running as well.

Members of the public can also contribute by checking out the Run For Freedom mobile app, produced by FrogAsia, to raise awareness about Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. FrogAsia will donate RM1 to RTST for everyone who completes the quiz and shares it on social media. The app is available on the Google Play store.

The race is presented by The Executive Centre, Asia’s leading serviced office provider, with the expectation of raising up to HKD 5,000,000 [RM2,103,410] this year. It is also supported by numerous renowned brands, such as Bain Capital, Kingdom Wear, Bud On Creation, SG Interactive, Lafuma, Kappa and Rip Curl, to name a few.

This year, RTST is supporting five beneficiaries, including SUKA Society in Malaysia, Freedom Matters, APLE Cambodia, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation and HOME Singapore, which performed grassroots prevention and rehabilitation work in Nepal, Northern India, Cambodia and Malaysia. Online donation are accepted through the Just Giving website, https://www.justgiving.com/company/runningtostopthetraffik/.

Prizes will be awarded to the male, female and mixed teams that run the most laps in 24 hours as well as to those who show the greatest team spirit and raise the most funds.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Press Release: Reebok One Challenge 2014



14TH SEPTEMBER 2014, PUTRAJAYA – Wet weather didn’t stop the 3,000 participants of this year’s Reebok One Challenge from making their way through a 20.5-kilometer route, which included 15 obstacles. In fact, it got them even more fired up and raring to go, making the most of the muddy terrain and cooling rain to have more fun than ever.

Co-organised by Twenty First Century Sports and Hooha.Asia, it’s online portal, Perbadanan Putrajaya was once again the event’s venue host, and TV partner, Astro Awani. This year’s race registration was filled up and closed in just 5 days, a testament to the growing number of Asians who are embracing a healthy and active lifestyle who are always looking for ways to challenge themselves.



All 3000 participants, who came from all over Asia, arriving as early as 5.30am to warm up, mingle, and check out the booths from Reebok’s sponsors and partners, which included TIMEX, Air Asia, Optimum Nutrition, Gatorade, CHI Fitness, Fitness Concept, DailyMuscle, Wow Photo Booth, iON Action Camera, KT Tape, Banana Boat, Salonpas, Shucare, Men’s Health, Running Malaysia, Clive, LOWYAT.Net and Facial First.

The race kicked off with the men’s flag off by Ahmad Azuddin Arshad, Principle Assistant Director of Perbadanan Putrajaya, at 6.30am, followed by the women’s by Manish Sapra, General Manager of Reebok Malaysia/RSH at 6.45am.

The first batch of obstacles were a hurdle, Speed Shift tyre challenge, cargo net crawl and monkey bars, where the fighting spirit of the participants began showing through. Many were seen doing their best to complete despite falling over and over again. The penalty for not completing each obstacle? 20 burpees.

An off-road trail made up the next part of the challenge, followed by another hurdle, the Stairway to Heaven, ant hill (which made up a series of fun slides!), gradient run, another trail and a vertical wall, where many came face-to-face with their fear of height.

With the wall conquered, the participants made their way through a 15-kilogram rice bag challenge, slippery mud crawl, an angled wall and finally, a bath tub, which gave everyone’s feet a refreshing cool-off.



The first to finish the race in the Men’s Open category was Nik Fakaruddin Bin Ismail, who came through the finish line at 1 hour and 21 minutes, followed by Jaya Kumar A/L Ramasamy at 1:32, and Azwan Bin Bunjing at 1:33.

In the Women’s Open category, Noor Amelia Binti Musa took the lead with a time of 1:32, followed by Fatin Nabila Mohamed Sam at 2:05 in second place, and Lee Yan Leng at 2:06 in third place. All the participants were given a cut off-time of 4 hours and 30 minutes to complete the race.



The first place winners walked away with RM1,500 in cash and other prizes worth RM3,000 in total, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners took home RM800 and RM500, as well as prizes worth a total RM1,600 and RM1,000 respectively, from the sponsors. All cash and sponsored prizes came up a whopping total of RM64,014.

Plenty of water and medic stations kept everyone well-hydrated and safe, and everyone looked forward to a delicious prize at the end of the race: A generous buffet meal that helped the runners nourish and recover from the morning’s physical challenges.

From Reebok: A big thank you to all it’s sponsors, partners and participants for making the second Reebok One Challenge another runaway success!

Check out Reebok Malaysia at the following locations:
http://facebook.com/reebokmalaysia ; http://twitter.com/reebokmalaysia; http://instagram.com/reebokmalaysia

For more photos of Reebok One Challenge 2014, click HERE.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Walk for Cure 2014: Stepping Up to Help Underprivileged Children with Type 1 Diabetes



What? Walk for Cure 2014

When? 16 November 2014 (Sunday) 7.00am

Where? Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur

Who? Organised by Columbia Asia, The Hot Shoe Show & Co., and Diabetes Malaysia (formerly known as Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia)

Why? Walk for Cure is a global charity initiative to raise awareness and funds for diabetes, and this will be the 3rd year running that it is held in Malaysia. All proceeds from the walk will go towards helping underprivileged children who have Type 1 Diabetes.

How far? 5km

How much? RM 20 (inclusive of a goodie bag, and a T-shirt)

How to register? Click http://www.columbiaasia.com/walkforcure2014


Note: This year's Walk for Cure platform will take on the nature of a fun walk, with a zumba workout by some of the best fitness trainers in Malaysia and a limbo rock challenge, as well as more fun activities for participants which will include a friendly match with the Malaysian Blind Football team who will be there to support the cause, as well as the Malaysian Para-Badminton team.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Press Release: Puma Night Run - A Night Run filled with Fun



SETIA ALAM (26 October 2014) – Thousands of running enthusiast came from all walks of life and swarmed Setia Alam in Selangor for the first ever PUMA Night Run yesterday



Organised by PUMA Malaysia, the 3,000 allotted running slots were filled up within the first three days of the launch which was held in August this year.



The PUMA Night Run was flagged off by Melvin Siew, Country Manager for PUMA Malaysia, at precisely 7.30pm. The atmosphere was simply electrifying as the runners braced through the cold night under brightly-lit street lights, passing through gazetted tracks as they were cheered on by members of the neighbourhood.

Setia Alam is the choice of the organisers for the PUMA Night Run due to its beautifully planned, well designed infrastructures and environment. Despite the cold weather which enveloped the Night Run, the runners were least perturbed by the weather.

The PUMA Night Run is a custom-designed run spanning across 10km around Setia Alam. The night run was a fusion of fitness together with fun. This night run encouraged runners to experience the joy of running and to work hard in completing this night course.



Jasni Khairil Jamalludin, a 34-year-old government servant, bagged the first place in the men’s open category in a time of (36 minutes and 5 seconds) followed by Moey Wooi San in second place (39 minutes 27 seconds) and Lim Guo Hua Alvin third (40 minutes 4 seconds).

In the women’s open category, Loh Chooi Fern, a 22 year old student, crossed the finish line first (42 minutes 3 seconds). Michele Tan Bee Kiang came in second (43 minutes 25 seconds) while Michele Chua Khit Yeng bagged the third place. (45 minutes 47 seconds).

Jasni, who finished three minutes ahead of his nearest rival, said: “It was a great yet challenging run and I am really proud to win the men’s category. Furthermore this was my first night run, so this win makes it extra special for me.”

As for the winner of the women’s open category, Loh Chooi Fern, 22, commented: “This is the best night run that I’ve ever participated in. The roads were wide for the runners and also the whole running route was well-lit, making it easier for me to complete this race.

Both Jasni and Chooi Fern took home the grand prize of RM 2,500 worth of PUMA vouchers.



Melvin Siew, Country Manager for PUMA Malaysia, mentioned: “PUMA wanted to organise this run specifically for all running lovers. We are certainly very happy with the support for the Night Run.”

“PUMA will surely come back stronger next year with more slots and more excitements. We will work harder to make this an annual event for all running enthusiast out there that missed a chance this year,” added Melvin.



The fun did not stop after crossing the finishing line, as runners were treated to a great big party! Hosted by Phat Fabes there were amazing line ups that were scheduled for everyone in Setia Alam. Performances from DJ Anowl, Elecoldxhot (ECW), Koujee and many more made it a memorable night.



In conjunction with PUMA’s new tagline, Forever Faster, the PUMA Red Wall was also a challenging moment for all.

For more photos of Puma Night Run, please click HERE.

Photos & Top 5 Results: PUMA Night Run 2014 (Malaysia)



MEN'S OPEN 10K


1 A0424 JASNI KHAIRIL JAMALUDDIN - 00:36:05.25
2 A0347 MOEY WOOI SAN - 00:39:24.15
3 A0330 LIM GUO HUA ALVIN - 00:40:00.72
4 A0295 BRYAN GOH - 00:40:25.67
5 A0905 KENNETH YAP KEAN NYEN - 00:41:22.04

WOMEN'S OPEN 10K


1 B3023 LOH CHOOI FERN - 00:41:59.17
2 B2217 MICHELE TAN BEE KIANG - 00:43:22.07
3 B2221 MICHELLE CHUA KHIT YENG - 00:45:43.67
4 B2188 TANG CHAI LING - 00:46:59.87
5 B2766 NATASHA BT NAZAMIL - 00:48:20.73

For full results, click HERE for Male and HERE for Female.

Check out more prize presentation photos HERE.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

What To Expect From Puma Night Run Malaysia Based on the Taipei (Taiwan) Edition



Following successful runs in Seoul and Taiwan, PUMA brings this experience to Malaysia for the first time ever this evening!

Thanks to Puma Malaysia, we have the chance to run the Taipei edition of the Puma Night Run first. Based on our experience in Taipei, here are some of the stuff you might expect from Puma Night Run in Setia Alam Convention Centre later.

Please take note, some of the events depicted here may be different from our local edition but generally you will get to enjoy the similar experience the joy of running and to work hard in completing the night course.



Fusion of fitness together with fun.
What do you get when you bring all 3,000 runners together? Other than sweating it out pounding the tarmac, we get to connect with each other and share our love for running. The fun begins when the sun has set!



Celebrities sighting!
PUMA is not short of celebrity supporters whom are known as friends of PUMA. We are sure you can spot at least one or two donning their running shoes for the run. In Taipei, we bumped into actor Adrian Tan and Ernest Chong.



From Zero to Hero
In conjunction with the inaugural PUMA Night Run in Malaysia, the PUMA Night Cat Club Malaysia is launched where eight personalities led by Coach Ian Cheang undergo a 6-week intensive training focusing on fitness and techniques to complete the PUMA Night Run. Similarly in Taiwan, they also have a bunch of celebrities training together for the Puma Night Run.



Cheers!
The PUMA Night Run practically sums up everything about PUMA. Being brave, determined, confident and joyful defines PUMA. Let's cheer for that! ;)



Fabulous warm up!
Get those muscles stretched and warmed up before the run. Let the Taiwan edition, we expect a great warm up session with great music before we hit the road!



Forever faster
3...2...1...GO!!!!! Go for your personal best. There are prizes for both men and women categories in the PUMA Night Run including PUMA vouchers and Power Bar goodies bag.



Beautiful night scenery
One of the most memorable moments in Puma Night Run Taipei was her beautiful skyline. Nicely lit buildings, a Ferris wheel, magnificent bridges.

We have not run at night in Setia Alam before but it is said to be one of the best locations for the PUMA Night Run this time around due to its beautifully planned and designed infrastructures and environment. This place comes with good security and the roads vary in inclination which leads to a more exciting run.

Well, we will find out soon enough! ;)



Happy runners!
Yeah! Must be the endorphins or happy hormones released during the exercise. We runners, be it from Taiper or Kuala Lumpur are generally happy people. Heheh!



A gorgeous finisher medal
You gotta earn it! The joy of being presented with a piece of metal on a lanyard after you crossed the finish line is indescribable! *Insert excited squeal here*



Photo booth with timing
OK. Honestly, we are not sure if they have it in Malaysia but we think this is kinda cool and we just have to highlight it. Once you scanned your timing chip, your completion time will appear on the photo booth. Now you can relish your finishing moment while your photo being taken. :)



A climatic concert
Enjoy the rest of the night with special performances from various local artistes. We heard DJ Anowl and many more will be performing. We do not have the confirmed list as yet.



A handsome goodies bag!
All runners who have registered for the PUMA Night Run will also receive a race t-shirt, race-bib with timing chip, finishers’ medal, race goodies bag, neck towel, race pouch and PUMA vouchers. There might be some slight differences in term of colours and contents but you will love your loot! Note: Shoes and running shorts are not part of the goodies ya!



A big appetite after the run!
A big guarantee for that! LOL! After the Puma Night Run in Taipei, we explored the world famous night market in search of food, glorious food! We were not disappointed! Similarly here, we can "explore" our 24 hours Mamaks or hawker stalls! Heheh!

Hope you enjoy reading this post! Good luck and all the best for your run tonight! :)

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