“KL TOWER INTERNATIONAL SUNRISE TOWERTHON CHALLENGE 2013” BACK FOR THE 12th TIME
Jalan Punchak, Kuala Lumpur – For the first time ever, the prestigious “KL Tower International Sunrise Towerthon Challenge 2013” was held on May 19, 2013 as early as 5.00 am, before and at sunrise. It was being held in conjunction with the World Youth Day, which is celebrated in the month of May annually.
The tower challenge is co-organised with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Visit KL.
Over 3,200 local and foreign participants had to run 800m before climbing 2,058 stairs to finish at Mega View Banquet Hall located 200m above sea level.
“Since it was first held in 2008, this event has received a lot of participations from the local as well as the international marathon runners who want to test their mental and physical strengths in conquering the top of this skyscraper,” said the honourable Dato’ Zuraidah Hj Mohd Said, Chief Executive Officer of Menara Kuala Lumpur.
“This year, the event will be more challenging for the participants as there will be a difference, whereby the tower challenge will kick off at the wee hour and ends at sunrise. Indeed it will pose more challenge and the participants will be more excited,” she added.
Kenyan runners made a clean sweep in the men's and women's open categories.
They finished 1-2-3 in the men's category when Collins Kipkorir Kimosop won in 13:5s followed by Wambui Paul Kimani (13:37) and Enock Kipchirchir (13:38).
In the women's category, Susan Jemutai Kosgei won (15:32s) followed by Ann Njihia (15:49s) while Michele Tan Bee Kiang of Malaysia was third (16:4s).
First winners in both categories took home RM3,000 and trophy, second placed received RM2,000 and medal while third place won RM1,000 and medal.
Grace Wayua Kitonga of Kenya won the veteran women's category beating two Malaysian runners, Wendy Wong and Kona Liau who finished second and third.
Kitonga (18:3s) took home RM2,000, Wong (19:30) won RM1,000 while Liau (19:49) RM800, medal and certificates of participation.
Jean Pierre Lautredoux of France won the junior men's category (13.44s) followed by Charles Thaiya of Kenya (14:20s) and Guianus Salagan of Malaysia (14:37s).
The first place winner took home RM3,000, second place RM2,000 and third won RM1,000, medal and certificates.
The people with disabilities category was won by Razali Jaafar (19:11s) followed by Mohd Sabki Arifin (20:11s) and Ahmad Effendi Razaman (27:55 s).
Senior Men's Veterans 1.Khir Salleh (MAS) (15:59s) 2.Khor Ngee Leong (MAS) (16:36s) 3.Ho Ngee Leong (MAS) (17:08s)
TM Staff Men's
1.Mohamad Sani Halid (18:43s) 2.Mohamad Ansahari Abdul Kudus (19:00s) 3.Mohd Khairulnaim Mohd Isa (19:37s)
TM Staff Women's 1.Sadiah Zainal (25:10s) 2.Nur Amira Mohamad Maisa Taha (28:05s) 3.Lai May Yen (28:37s)
1.Juraidi Abdul Wahab (15:51s) 2.Muhammad Farhan Khairul Anuar (16:08s) 3.Muhammad Afiq Saniy Sahid (16:15s)
1.Sharifah Shafiqah Syed Muhd Azam ??Shah (20:49s) 2.T.Thiniswari (22:06s) 3.Hannah Kamaruzaman (22:17s)
People With Disabilities (OKU)
1.Razali Jaafar (MAS) (19:11s) 2.Mohd Sabki Arifin (MAS) (20.15s) 3.Ahmad Effendi Razaman (MAS) (27.55s)
1.Kamirullah Ezuan Sulaini (22:52s) 2.Muhammad Alif Abdul Hadi (24:47s) 3.Ammar Alfian Aziz (28.22s)
Note: Photos courtesy of KL Tower.
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