Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Press Release: Malakoff-UTM Eco Run 2012 Returns With Big, Green Impact

1,300 Students And Athletes Come Together To Spread Environmental Awareness

Skudai, Johor, 26 November 2012 – Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malakoff) in partnership with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has successfully organised its second Eco Run 2012 which saw the participation of 1,300 athletes coming together in support for a green cause.

Organised for the second consecutive year, the Malakoff-UTM Eco Run is a unique sporting event aimed at promoting a healthy and active lifestyle while advocating the importance of environmental conservation among students and the public. In conjunction with the event, a host of fun-filled outdoor initiatives were lined up on the eve of the race, including futsal and mountain bike fun ride.

Speaking about the event, Zainal Abidin Jalil, the Chief Executive Officer of Malakoff said, “Malakoff is an ardent supporter of both sporting and environmental conservation efforts and I am pleased that the Eco Run is a unique combination in support of both. We will continue to champion meaningful initiatives such as the Eco Run as part of our flagship Corporate Social Responsibility platform – the Malakoff Community Partnerships.”

“Malakoff is truly humbled with the encouraging support that the race has garnered by both athletes and environmental enthusiasts. I am also excited to see students of UTM being actively involved in contributing to the Run’s success,” he added.

The Malakoff-UTM Eco Run was opened in five main categories including, the Men’s and Women’s Open Category (20km), Men’s and Women’s Veteran Category (15km), Men’s and Women’s Campus Category for students and staff (15km), Men’s and Women’s Youth Category (10km) as well as the Men’s and Women’s Fun Run Category (5km).

First to cross the finish line in the Men’s Campus Category for Students was Gan Shih Chau representing UTM, finishing the race in 55 minutes. Also beaming with joy was another athlete from UTM, Noor Aini Mohd Tajuddin, the champion for the Women’s Campus Category for Students, clocking in at 83 minutes. All participants were presented with a certificate of participation while the winners in each category were also awarded with a grand prize worth up to RM1,000.

Professor Datuk Dr. Mohd Tajudin Ninggal, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Alumni of UTM expressed his gratitude towards Malakoff’s continuous support. He said, “In addition to the healthy and green values promoted during the race, the initiative is also well in line with our commitment to promote UTM as a prime location in the region for sporting events.”

“We definitely look forward to collaborate with Malakoff again in other meaningful projects in the future,” he added.

For full results and photos of Malakoff-UTM Eco Run 2012, please visit www.malakoff.com.my and www.facebook.com/Malakoff.MCP

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