Monday, September 15, 2014

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 has a new route for your PB?



For the second time in six years, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 will have a new route to test runners’ endurance and skills on more elevated roads. We get to “ride” the 42km in a brand new HopOn-HopOff bus as part of the media tour of the new route which was held on 6 September. (Insert excited squeal here)



We started at Dataran Merdeka where participants will start and finish as usual. However, the new route will take you guys along the Duta-Ulu Klang Highway (DUKE) and the Ampang-KL Elevated Highway (AKLEH) instead of the previous years when you ran mainly on city roads.

The media tour was hosted by Rainer Biemans (left), Director of Dirigo Events, event owner and organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon while live commentary was provided by coach Mark Williams.

“Our first consideration is always the safety of our runners. When designing the routes, we looked into various ways of leading runners onto roads that presented the least traffic hazards.”

“Running on elevated highways means that runners get to enjoy the rare experience of a bird’s eye view of the city skyline plus traffic is more manageable and we are optimistic that the runners will enjoy the experience,” he said.

He also said special attention was paid to the Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman turns, so collisions and congestion between Full Marathon and Half Marathon runners returning and 10km, 5km runners heading to their start points could be avoided this year.

“We have grown from 33,800 last year to 35,200 as of Sept 1, 2014 and we are confident the new route with the highways, will be able to take on that number during the event.

“As the event organiser, our efforts have always been channelled towards making the race better and for our runners to constantly experience something new. I believe we have achieved this once again with the new route,” Biemans said.



FYI, the highways DUKE and AKLEH will be closed for traffic on the event morning. So, you get to run like a king without getting honked at by impatient drivers. Heheh! From what we saw, it will be a scenic route as well where you will pass by majestic landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers, KTMB Station Kuala Lumpur, the National Monument and the Kuala Lumpur High Court to name a few.

The Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) will be taking centre stage this year. Runners will get to see these iconic towers from near, far and from different sides as well.



According the organisers, numerous precautionary measures have been taken to ensure the runners’ safety on Race Day. These include:

• Engagement of 400 traffic police and DBKL enforcement officers to ensure a traffic-free running route and pre-race road closures
• Public conveniences such as 350 toilets, surau facilities and 28 water stations on the route as well as Dataran Merdeka
• 450 medical personnel both on the route as well as Dataran Merdeka
• 350 race officials both on the route as well as the start and finish areas
• Public transportation services from as early as 3am

The media tour concluded at where we started earlier, Dataran Merdeka. Thank you Dirigo for organizing the media tour. It was awesome to see the new route and we are sure the runners will have a blast blazing through the new SCKLM route this year!

And thank you for the cute little SCKLM T-shape towel as proudly shown by Ms. Julie Wong of Run in Diversity blog.



Before the media tour, a bunch of 8 runners were given the opportunity to test run the full 42.195km of the new SCKLM route before anyone else. They started off at 4:30 am in the morning, exactly the start time of SCKLM this year.



The majority is very excited with the new route. We caught up with some of them to give you some of their thoughts on the new course.



Photo clock wise from top left

Kelvin Wan
“This will be my third SCKLM full marathon. The route is well planned for the runners with the two highways closed from traffic. Do not start too fast. Pace yourself and enjoy the KL view”.

Gus Ghani
“The new route is much better than the old one as we will be running closed elevated highways. It was quite windy in the morning. The last five km can be quite challenging. Do at least a 30km run before the event day.”

Joe Liew
“The route is easy and interesting as we get to run on the other side of the city. Just go have fun and enjoy the scenery”

Chan Ming Wai
“I think runners will be able to achieve their personal best on this route. It is not too tough and the elevated highways are free from cars.”



According to Coach Mark Williams, a brand new SCKLM record is possible as the route has been modified from previous years’ to be runner-friendly with a lot of relatively flat terrain.

A summary of SCKLM 2014 Full Marathon route.
Start at Dataran Merdeka heading towards Jalan Raja Laut and run along Jalan Sultan Ismail – Jalan Ampang – KLCC – Jln P.Ramlee – Jln Raja Chulan – Jln Tun Razak – Jln Ampang – Jln Jelatek. Begin the 9.5km in front of Balai Bomba Jelatek into AKLEH. Do a U-turn and enter MRR2 km 19, after running about 2km in MRR2, get into DUKE. Run on DUKE until the exit at Jln Kuching at km 31. Continue on Jalan Kuching for another 3km before entering Jln Langgak Tunku. Pass by Bank Negara, Jln Parlimen, Padang Merbok/Tugu Negara before going into Jln Damansara – in front of Muzium Negara, km 40.5. Run pass the majestic KTM station and Masjid Negara before ending at Dataran Merdeka.



Honda Half Marathon runners will get to enjoy the scenic KL from AKLEH only while the MISC 10km runners will get to see KL without having to run on elevated highways.



Back for the sixth year, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is scheduled to take place on 12 October 2014. The marathon aims to grow to 35,000 total participants, ranging from elite professionals to first-time amateurs. A truly international event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and over 48 countries. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 continues as Malaysia’s flagship running event with top runners competing for a total of USD 116,740 prize money.

For more information on the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014’s new route, please visit www.kl-marathon.com or call +603 7886 1717.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Press Release: Official Professional Start List announced for IRONMAN Malaysia 2014



Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (September 10, 2014) - IRONMAN Malaysia is back and bigger than ever! A field of 32 professional athletes will be among the 1374 strong field of athletes this September 27.

The event, a 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run, marks the return of IRONMAN to the island after a three- year hiatus.

Headlining the professional field and the ambassador of the event is New Zealander, Cameron Brown. Brown is the holder of ten IRONMAN New Zealand titles. The 42-year-old added his 12th IRONMAN title by taking out the win at IRONMAN Cairns earlier this year, in the process becoming the oldest IRONMAN champion in history.

Brown lines up as the number one ranked athlete in the field and also the eldest professional with a bunch of younger legs in the form of Frederik Croneborg (SWE) and Luke Bell (AUS) looking to take the battle to the Kiwi in Langkawi where the temperature is predicted to be fiercely hot and humid.



In the Ladies field Germany’s Diana Riesler wears number one. On hot form and full of confidence after defending her IRONMAN Japan title last month, Taiwan’s Li Shiao Yu is looking forward to the challenge. Australia’s Rebecca Preston is returning to IRONMAN racing after a six year hiatus. Preston a former three time IRONMAN champion, is looking forward to a return to racing in Langkawi.



For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

MMU MRC Charity Race 2014 @ Multimedia University Melaka



What? MMU MRC Charity Race 2014

When? 8 November 2014 (Sunday) 7:00am

Where? President Square Multimedia University Melaka

Who? Organised by Malaysian Red Crescent Society of Multimedia University, Melaka Campus.

Why? To raise fund for selected orphanage children’s and disabled homes in Melaka

How far? 10, 7 & 5km

How much? RM15-30 depending on category.

Need more info and to register? Click http://mrccharityrace.webs.com/

Press Release: World Champion Wins Beijing’s Tallest Vertical Run



Beijing, China, 7 September 2014 – Piotr Lobodinski of Poland won the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run on Sunday, setting the overall fastest time up the China World Summit Wing - Beijing’s tallest building. Winning the event is Lobodinski’s second outright victory on this year’s Vertical World Circuit, earning him 100 points on the men’s ranking. The 29-year old Pole finished in a time of 10 minutes and 1 second to take home the winning prize purse of US$1,500.

“It was amazing to compete with so many athletes and crossing the finish line atop Beijing’s highest building is an incredible feeling. I feel on top of the world.” Lobodzinski said. Second place in the men's event went to Thomas Dold from Germany. He came in at 10 minutes and 10 seconds. Third place went to Omar Bekkali of Belgium in a time of 11 minutes and 11 seconds. Thomas Dold of Germany was placed second, 9 seconds behind, clocking 10 minutes and 10 seconds. Omar Bekkali of Belgium came third in 11 minutes and 11 seconds.

In the female division, reigning women’s Vertical World Champion Suzy Walsham of Australia climbed to victory, finishing in 11 minutes 50 seconds, beating China’s Xue Gan by 1 minute and 47 seconds.

“It was a tough race with so many elite athletes performing so well but I pushed myself towards the end and I wanted to win this race again that is one of the most talked about on the circuit,” she said. “It feels wonderful to share this accomplishment with so many runners from across the globe.”

Haymanot Seyd Ali of Ethiopia finished third in 14 minutes and 7 seconds.

The event is an Official Race for the 2014 Vertical World Circuit (VWC), the world’s premier skyscraper racing circuit, uniting some of the world’s most iconic skyscraper races. The elite runners participating at the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run will gain crucial points to determine who will be crowned world champion at the end of the year.

Race Results:

Men’s Overall
1st place: Piotr Lobodzinski, Poland, 10 minutes and 01 seconds
2nd place: Thomas Dold, Germany, 10 minutes and 10 seconds
3rd place: Omar Bekkali, Belgium, 11 minutes and 11 seconds

Women’s Overall
1st place: Suzy Walsham, Australia, 11 minutes and 50 seconds
2nd place: Xue Gan, China, 13 minutes and 37 seconds
3rd place: Haymanot Seyd Ali, Ethiopia, 14 minutes and 07 seconds

Official Event Website: www.chinaverticalrun.com
Vertical World Circuit: www.verticalrunning.org

Great Eastern Live Great Run 2014 Running Clinic



If you have signed up for the Live Great Run and hate to train alone, you can also join their running clinics for FREE!

Whether you’re a seasoned marathon runner or someone who runs for fun, you will get to learn how to develop proper running techniques so that you run at your best. Who knows, you might discover new and fun ways to prep yourself for the big race day and make some new friends along the way!

The running clinic is divided into three sessions:

SESSION 
LOCATION 
DATE 
TIME 
THEME 
DISTANCE 
1 
Lake Gardens, KL 
13 Sept 2014
, Saturday 
7:00am 
Chit Chat Run 
6km 
2 
Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil 
18 Oct 2014,Saturday* 
7:00am 
Speed Play Run 
11km 
3 
Menara MATRADE, KL 
1 November 2014,Saturday* 
7:00am 
Simulation Run 
12km 

Register HERE.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Giveaway: Golden Awards 2014 Tickets



The much-anticipated Golden Awards happening on 20th September will not only gather the brightest and most dazzling artistes from the Malaysian Chinese TV industry, but also from Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong - bringing viewers the best of Chinese entertainment.

The line-up of international guest performers and presenters this year include Aaron Yan, Mike He, Guo Shu Yao, Chen Han Wei, Kym Ng, Joanne Peh and Edmond Pang.

Organised by ntv7, Golden Awards is back for the 3rd year and will be broadcasted to all Malaysians LIVE from Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

The generous people at ntv7 Malaysia are giving five (5) lucky readers of this blog one double pass each to watch the award show at the PICC.

Here's how you can win. Answer these simple questions:

1)Name one of the international guest performers and presenters of the Golden Awards.

2)Where is the Golden Awards going to be held this year?

The five (5) readers with the correct answers will be chosen to win a pair of tickets each. Send your entry via email to ntv7.pr@gmail.com with the subject "RUNWITME TO THE GOLDEN AWARDS" not later than Thursday 17 September. Winner will be contacted by ntv7. Do include your full name, IC number and phone number.

Press Release: Inov-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014


Wan Yew Leong, President of Pacesetters Athletic Club (left) and Robert Lu, President of Key Power International (right)

Kuala Lumpur, 5 September 2014 – The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 was officially launched today at the Garden Mid-Valley Mall, Kuala Lumpur. Organised by Pacesetters Athletic Club (PAC) with title sponsor INOV-8, the event was officiated by Mr. Robert Lu, the President of Key Power International and Mr. Wan Yew Leong, the President of Pacesetters Athletic Club.

With all 8 categories opened for registration since 16 July 2014, the event has garnered good response from runners. The organisers targeted to get 3,000 runners over the 3 distances - 30km, 20km and 10km.

Wan Yew Leong said that “PAC’s vision and aspiration is to be the leading running club in the country and region. To achieve this, we will organise three events that aim to be “best in class” in the region. The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is the first of these three events. 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the club and having a 30km run to celebrate this special occasion would be really memorable. There are 10 marathons and several more half marathons in Malaysia, but there are no 30km events. This is a boutique event and provides an opportunity for those wanting to test their readiness for the full marathon. For seasoned marathon runners, this is a long run that is essential for their marathon preparation”

INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is to be flagged off at Padang Merbok. Runners will get to experience some of the finest run routes in Kuala Lumpur, running through leafy Kenny Hills and Sri Hartamas. They will be well catered to, with 13, 8 and 3 drink stations on the 30km, 20km and 10km routes respectively.

“As a running club, we encourage our members to go natural in their diet as we feel the best fuel the body can get is from natural sources, therefore we aim offer fruit-themed refreshments. We will serve bananas before, during and after the run. In addition, water melons, oranges & apples will also be provided as post run snacks” Wan added.

“Our club’s tagline, ‘Setting the Pace Together’ will be printed on the finisher’s shirts. The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run originated from a 30km training run organized by runners for runners many years ago. We hope this event will inspire other running clubs in the country to have their own events in their towns. We have a vision of a circuit of runs organized by runners for runners across the country. PAC will provide the lead in co-ordinating a series of runs by running clubs in 2015.” concluded Wan.

Robert Lu said, “The Ministry of Youth and Sports’ vision is to champion the empowerment of a superior youth and sports development and to inculcate sports culture within the society by year 2015. Our focuses include Exposure and Opportunities for confidence building; Engagement and Activism for community development and Support and Engage, to the youth of Malaysia.

This is our sixth 30km event and it is made possible by title sponsor INOV-8 in partnership with event owner and organiser, Pacesetters Athletic Club. Garmin is the official fitness watch and Running Malaysia is the media partner of the event.

For immediate registration, go to www.myraceonline.com and for more information, please visit www.pacesettersmalaysia.blogspot.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507084776194776/

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Larian Utara 2014



What? Larian Utara 2014

When? 21 September 2014 (Sunday) 6:00am

Where? Kompleks Sukan Syed Sirahuddin Areeb Putra and Kampus UniMAP Puah Putra.

Who? Organized by Universiti Malaysia Perlis

How far? 10km

How much? RM70 (Public); RM40 (Uni Students); Rm15 (School kids)

How to register? Click www.larianutara.com

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