Kuala Lumpur, 23 April 2012 – McDonald’s and the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) today announced the return of the much anticipated Olympic Day Run, which this year will be one of the main warm up activities in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
With the growing popularity of the event, some 12,000 participants are expected by the organizers for this year’s run; which will take place from 7.00 a.m. onwards at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday, 8 July 2012.
“The annual Olympic Day Run keeps us connected to the spirit of the Olympics but this year’s run is particularly special as it is also one of the main events leading up to the Summer Games and it would be wonderful to see as many Malaysians as possible participating this year as a show of support for the national team,” said OCM Honorary Secretary Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi.
McDonald's, as the Official Restaurant of the Olympic Games, works with National Olympic Councils around the world for this event and in Malaysia has been working with OCM since 2004 for the annual global event that encourages the practice of sport by all.
"Through this alliance with OCM, we are really excited to bring the Olympic Day Run to Malaysians again this year as it is an event which brings people from all walks of life and of varying skill levels, and allows them to be part of the Olympic Movement,” said Corporate Communications Director of McDonald’s Malaysia, Najat Fuad.
“So we strongly urge everyone to sign up for this great opportunity to be part of the Olympic spirit and use it as an opportunity to kick start a healthy, active lifestyle which includes balancing what we eat and how that energy is used,” added Najat.
The 2012 Olympic Day Run is divided into 13 categories – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Junior Veteran, Men’s Senior Veteran, Women’s Veteran, Men’s Junior, Women’s Junior, Men’s Senior Citizen, Women’s Senior Citizen, Primary School Boys, Primary School Girls, Group (for 4 participants aged 15 years and above) and Family (for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged 7-14 years).
The distance for the Olympic Day Run will range from 3 km to 7 km, depending on the category.
A minimal participation fee of RM15 is charged for adult runners, while students with school stamps on their registration forms will only pay RM7 and Groups will only pay RM40.00 per team and Families will pay RM50.00 per team who sign up for the run.
All participants will receive an exclusive Olympic Day Run t-shirt and McDonald’s coupon, while winners will take home attractive prizes, including cash prizes worth RM17,975.00, certificates, McDonald’s gift vouchers and hampers.
Entry forms are available at all McDonald’s restaurants nationwide and the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association’s (FTAAA) headquarters. Deadline for participation is on 24th June 2012 or when participants reached 12,000 participants which ever is earlier.
About the Olympic Day Run
The Olympic Day Run began in 1987 to commemorate the foundation of the IOC on June 23, 1894 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The event continues to grow in popularity internationally, from 45 participating National Olympic Committees in its first year to more than 100 at present. More than ten million people, including those with disabilities, have participated in the Olympic Day Run around the world.
About McDonald’s and the Olympic Games
McDonald’s commitment to the Olympic Movement began in 1968, when the company airlifted hamburgers to U.S. athletes in Grenoble, France, after they reported being homesick for American food. McDonald’s has served its menu of choice and variety to millions of athletes, their coaches, families and fans. London 2012 marks the ninth consecutive Games that McDonald’s will feed the athletes as the Official Restaurant of the Olympic Games
Najat, flanked by Deputy President of Olympic Council of Malaysia Dato’ A Sani Karim and Dato’ Sieh.
Source: Press Released issued for McDonald’s Malaysia
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