Sunday, July 31, 2011

News: Putrajaya Night Marathon Returns - Define Your Inner Strength!

28 July 2011 - The successful, world-class sporting event held under the moonlight in beautiful Putrajaya is back! At 8pm on 15 October 2011, Putrajaya will come alive with 10,000 pairs of feet stomping the roads and boulevards which offer participants views of sparkling night scenes.

A launch ceremony to kick off the campaign in the run-up to the marathon was held at the site where the marathon will start in October.

The launch was officiated by Datuk M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing, Malaysia, who reaffirmed the Ministry's support for the marathon. The Putrajaya Night Marathon is also fully supported by Perbadanan Putrajaya, Ministry of Youth and Sports, and sanctioned by Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (F.T.A.A.A) and Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU).

Bank Simpanan Nasional is the title sponsor for Putrajaya Night Marathon 2011, while NTV7 and The Malay Mail are the media partners. Other partners for the event include Brooks, 100 Plus, Milo and PowerBar while is the official online partner.

The official beneficiary for Putrajaya Night Marathon 2011 is non-profit organization National Cancer Council (MAKNA). All registration fees collected from the corporates who run as a team in the Corporate Team category will go to MAKNA.

The event has 4 distances and 16 different categories. The 42km run is open to all participants who are up to the challenge of a full marathon while the 21km and 10km categories provide an excellent introduction to up and coming full marathoners. There will also be a casual 10km run alongside the 5km Fun Run while corporates can enter as a Corporate Team of 10 participants per team in the Corporate Challenge. The Putrajaya Night Marathon is expected to draw 10,000 participants, a significant increase from the previous year.

This year, the Putrajaya Night Marathon is wholly owned and organised by Twenty First Century Sports, which co-hosted last year's breakthrough night marathon. They have a proven track record in a myriad of sporting activities such as the Siemens Run, RedBull Futsal National Championships and the Putrajaya Half Marathon, and they are all set to mark another success on 15 October 2011.

Director of Twenty First Century Sports and Race Director for Putrajaya Night Marathon 2011, Nithiaseelan Vegayathunam said, "Last year, the Putrajaya Night Marathon was the first of its kind in Malaysia. For many, it was an unforgettable experience. We are happy to bring back the Putrajaya Night Marathon this year and we encourage everyone to take part and have fun.

We are also very excited to have Bank Simpanan Nasional as our title sponsor, and the support of our other partners. We would like to record our appreciation to Perbadanan Putrajaya for the support and for providing such an excellent venue. There is no better place to hold this run than in Putrajaya!"

Nithiaseelan added, "With night marathons fast becoming a trend in Malaysia, we want to bring Putrajaya Night Marathon 2011 back to basics. We want to remember that a marathon is essentially about running; an activity that helps in recognising and discovering one's inner strength.

So the theme for Putrajaya Night Marathon this year is "Define Your Inner Strength". The strain, sweat and success that runners experience are exceptional. At the end, the person becomes stronger - both in body and mind."

Speaking at the launch, Hasan Mohamed, Deputy Chief Executive of BSN said, "The Bank is proud to support such an illustrious marathon. This event is also a platform for us to sustain our social obligations towards raising funds to assist the community in need. For this event, we are collaborating with National Cancer Council Malaysia (MAKNA) where we aim to raise RM100,000 from the public and our corporate sponsors. We urge the public and our partners to take this opportunity to be part of this event. With this being the first marathon that BSN is sponsoring we hope that it would be a success and a memorable event for all involved.

The registration fee for the full and half marathon is RM65 and RM55 respectively for early birds who register before 30 August 2011, and RM75 and RM65 thereafter. The early bird price for the 10km run is RM45 and RM25 for the Fun Run. The Corporate Challenge have a minimum fee of RM2,000 per team of 10 runners.

There will also be cash prizes for the top 20 winners in all events, totaling up to RM85,000. The closing date to submit the participation form is 15 September 2011.

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