Saturday, November 30, 2013

Press Release: The BFM-The Intermark Tower Race Raised RM130, 000 for 5 Homes



26 November 2013, Petaling Jaya – The Intermark and BFM89.9 recently made “pit stops” at two checkpoints – Rumah Juara and SHELTER Home – 2 of 5 homes which will receive RM130,000 in total, raised from sponsorships and participants of the upcoming BFM-The Intermark Race to the Top 2013. Others beneficiaries of these proceeds are Rumah Jaireh, Special Children Society of Ampang and Yayasan Chow Kit.

“The sincere purpose of this race was to introduce something completely different to what Malaysia deems a race. A ripple effect of introducing such a race was to organise ‘A Different Race to Make A Difference’. Therefore, we can proudly and honestly state that we have achieved our goals,” said Patrick Liau, Director of The Intermark.



Also present during the home visits were sponsors Wearnes Automotive who surprised the children of one of the homes with Volkswagen miniature toy cars, UM, who wowed both of the homes with their kind contribution of endless boxes of essential provisions which included Milk Powder, Detergent, Salt, Sugar and a range of other personal care items. DTZ provided all of the children with stationery kits,
TAGS presented both of the homes with fun and bright inflatable gym balls and well as child-sized notebooks and pens.

Celebrity Fitness presented the children with a range of healthy snacks, followed by a fun aerobic dance which proved to be very much the highlight of the day. To make things even more enjoyable and to provide relief post-exercise, MyTeksi managed to arrange for The Potong Artisan Pops to give out Malaysian’s all-time favourite, the ice-cream potong to all!



AIA was not able to make it on the day but was able to contribute towels for all of the children. Yakult couldn’t attend either but instead furnished the homes with activity books and bookmarks for all of the children. Last but not least, Jaya Grocers kindly contributed a wide range of delicious biscuits.

“We thought that it would be important to go and see some of the children that we worked hard to generate funds for. This experience has humbled me, as I see their desire for parental affection. The visit also brought home the point that there are some remarkable individuals who are putting their own lives aside to house and care for these unfortunate children. They deserve our full support,” said Malek Ali, Founder and Managing Director of BFM.



“We are very appreciative of all of the support that we receive from the race organisers and sponsors. Managing the many SHELTER homes is not easy, as the expenses are high and we do not have a constant stream of cash from contributors. The responsibilities that we have are endless but we are immensely thankful that the more fortunate ones are ever willing to help us out,” said Cheok Hoong Poh, General Manager of SHELTER Homes.

With approximately 500 participants and taking place on the 7th of December 2013 at 8.00 am, the BFM-The Intermark Race to the Top 2013 will see participants going through a series of fun and challenging activities ala Amazing Race, including a walk hunt at the Intermark Mall and a race to climb up to the 63rd floor on the rooftop of Vista Tower at The Intermark, which has a panoramic view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Other attractions that this day will bring are a series of out of the ordinary performances which include a Gym Ball and a SUMA demonstration by TAGS, a dance performance by Celebrity Fitness and an exciting grand finale by HANDS Percussion.



Authorised dealer of Volkswagen Malaysia, Wearnes Automotive, is the Platinum Sponsor while Malaysia’s leading insurance company, AIA Berhad, is the Gold Sponsor. Property advisory firm DTZ Nawawi Tie Leung and media specialist UM are the Silver Sponsors, while Milo 3-in-1, news monitoring agency nama and Secure Parking are Bronze Sponsors. Other sponsors include DoubleTree by Hilton, Spritzer, MyTeksi, Celebrity Fitness, TAGS, Elitkraf, Yakult, 100 Plus EDGE, Mondelez International and Health Today.

For more information about the race, log on to www.theintermark.com

Friday, November 29, 2013

Press Release: MPIB Run 2014 Counting down to Race Day with Launch of Project “Good Deed Shoes 2014”



Kuala Lumpur, 28 November 2013 - “Please do not throw your still good sports shoes away; do a good deed for the Orang Asli Community.” That’s the appeal message from the Organizer of Multi-Purpose Insurans Run 2014 when they launch Project “Good Deed Shoes 2014” in conjunction with the “30-days Count Down” to Race Day Cocktail event at the Royal Lake Club on Friday, 6th December 2013

Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd, the Event Owner and Organizer of MPIB Run 2014 would be collecting clean, wearable, pre-loved sports shoes to be donated to the Orang Asli/ Indigenous community of Malaysia. For a start, 2 such communities were identified and they are from Sungai Larah, Ulu Yam and Bukit Tunggul, Dengil, Selangor.

This Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project came about from regular runners at the My First Run Clinics who shared that they replace their running shoes after clocking 800 to 1,000 km to avoid injuries and most of these shoes are still in good condition. Instead of throwing them, they rather do a good deed by donating them to the Orang Asli community who mostly go bare footed in their daily chores.

Runners are encouraged to drop their pre-loved running shoes or any sports shoes in clean and still good condition at the My First Run Clinic on 21st December 2013 at the Padang Merbuk car park and when they collect their Race Entry Pack from 27th
to 29th December 2013 at the OCM Training Hall, OCM Indoor Sports Centre, Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat.


Another collection opportunity will be on Race Day on 5th January 2014 i.e. before the Race begins. MPIB Run Event Leader Jayne Liew said “we look forward to Runners joining hands to gather as many pairs of pre-loved shoes for the Orang Asli community so that we can reach out to more than the 2 Communities identified at the moment.”

Back for the 3rd year, MPIB Run, a community run event reached the target 5,000 registrants on 29th October 2013, 32 days before the published closing date of 30th November 2013. MPIB Run is based on the theme “Healthy Lifestyle–Work Life Balance” is for all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels. The Organizing Committee is happy to note that there is an increase in registrants for the competitive categories as compared to the MPIB 2013 Run which reflected an encouraging sign that there is a growing community of runners who have taken up running seriously as part of their keep fit routine.

In preparation for the Run, MPIB has anchored 12 scheduled “My First Run Clinics”, especially for first-time runners. The run clinics cover all adequate information for novice runners and it is held at the Padang Merbuk Car Park, at 7.30am on every Saturday until 21st Dec 2013.

This 3rd run will again be held at the Padang Merbuk with 8 competitive categories i.e. 4 categories each for the 12KM and 8KM and 2 Fun Run categories of 5KM. A 3 KM walk is being planned for the Runners’ family members who wish to join in.
MPIB Run is again made possible by main sponsors; Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad and New Balance as well as co-sponsors; BP Healthcare Group, Gleneagles Hospital, Hwang Investment Management, KT Tape, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd., Magnum, Mamee, Massimo, Nestle Fitnesse, Nestle Milo, Nestle Ice-cream, Penyelarasan Angkasa Sdn. Bhd., Pilatique, Revive Isotonic, Safeguards, Salonpas, Simply Juice, and TAGs

For more information on the MPIB Run 2014, please refer to: http://www.mpibrun.com.my/ and http://www.facebook.com/MPIBRun.



Thursday, November 28, 2013

End of Men's Health/ Shape Night Run? MH Urbanathlon Is Coming To Malaysia in 2014?



Men's Health magazine will be published by Mongoose Publishing starting January next year; i.e no longer by BluInc Media Sdn Bhd. (Read news HERE)

So, we guess that will be the end for Men's Health / Shape Night Run because the two magazines are under different publishers now. A little birdie also told us that Mongoose are considering to organise Men's Health Urbanathlon, a signature event by MH.

We will definitely update you guys when we get a full confirmation from the organisers.

FYI, MH Urbanathon is tough urban obstacle race where participants conquer flights of stairs, scale cargo containers and trucks, swing across monkey bars etc and of course run to the finish line. Very popular in Singapore and Philippines.

Whoa...seems like 2014 is a year for obstacle races. Are you excited? We love to hear your comments.

Kuching Marathon 2014 Is A Go On 17 August 2014



It is official! The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Dr Sa'adiah binti Haji Abdul Samat, the Director of the Commission of the City of Kuching North (DBKU) and Mr Wong Chen Yi, the President of the Kuching Marathon Association (KMA) paving the way for the corporation between the two bodies as partners for the Kuching Marathon on 17 August 2014.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Datuk Haji Abang Abdul Wahap bin Haji Abang Julai, the Mayor of DBKU. Also present at the ceremony was KM2014 Race Director, Mr Philip Chua. Other dignitaries in attendance were YB Datuk Wee Hong Seng, Dato Steve Ng (Manager of Plaza Merdeka), Mr Goh Hock Lin (Regional Manager of MSIG Insurance), and Mr Ngui Kwang Phek (Regional Marketing Manager of QBE Insurance).



The categories in KM2014 include: 42km, 21km, 10km and 5km fun run. The full marathon will be divided into open, veteran, and national categories. The cut off times for the event will be 7 hours for 42km, 3.5 hours for 21km and 2 hours for 10km. The flag off time for the full marathon will be at 4:00am in Padang Merdeka, Kuching.

Registration for the event can be done at http://kuchingmarathon.org/.



So, go on and book your cheap plane tickets and start training.

Acknowledgement: Thank you to Fat Old Man Running Blog for the info and photos. Visit his blog for race reports and fantastic coverage of running events in Sarawak and beyond.

Press Release: Top 3 Results of Singapore’s Swissôtel Vertical Marathon



Singapore, 24th November 2013 - Athletes from Australia took the top podium spots at Sunday’s Swissôtel Vertical Marathon, led by race winners Suzy Walsham and Mark Bourne. 2,160 athletes took part, climbing the 1,366 steps from the ground floor to the hotel’s helipad on the 73rd floor.
Walsham, 40, who lives in Singapore, scored her eighth victory at this race, overwhelming her nearest challenger in the women’s open field by almost 90 seconds. Her time of 7 minutes 58 seconds was just shy of her course record of 7:51 set last year.

“Any win is a good win, but I have a real soft spot for this event as it was my first stair climbing race back in 2006, so it’s one that I always want to do and win,” Walsham said. “It means a lot to me and to have eight in a row is a nice record to have.”



Vanja Cnops from Belgium took second in 9:26 and Lenka Svabikova from the Czech Republic, took third in 9:43.

In the male open division, Mark Bourne, 30, climbed to victory, finishing in 6 minutes 51 seconds, beating 39 year-old compatriot Darren Wilson by 14 seconds. Winning the event is Bourne’s third outright victory on this year’s Vertical World Circuit, earning him 100 points on the men’s ranking.

The 30 year-old from Canberra, started in his usual conservative pace and then worked his way through the field.

“The race for me went well. It was good to come out on top and I wasn’t sure how I’d go as I raced last week but it’s good to know that I recovered well,” Bourne said. “I felt really good from the start and I’m just in quite good form at the moment which makes it much easier.”

Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland, got third in 7:06.

As winners of the event, Walsham and Bourne will receive a VWC prize of round-trip airfare to the final in Hong Kong on December 1st, together with tickets and entry to the Empire State Building Run-Up awarded by the organisers.

Race Results:

Men’s Overall
1st: Mark Bourne – Australia: 6 minutes 51 seconds
2nd: Darren Wilson - Australia: 7 minutes 5 seconds
3rd: Piotr Lobodzinksi - Poland: 7 minutes 6 seconds

Women’s Overall
1st: Suzy Walsham – Australia - 7 minutes 57 seconds
2nd: Vanja Cnops - Belgium – 9 minutes 26 seconds
3rd: Lenka Svabikovan – Czech Republic – 9 minutes 43 seconds

Seven races stretch across the globe from New York, to the heart of Europe and on to the Far East in Taipei, Beijing, Hanoi and Singapore, concluding in Hong Kong on December the first with the Race to ICC-100 – SHKP Vertical Run for the Chest where the 2013 VWC champions will be crowned.

High altitude, whether in the mountains or the city, is the playground of the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF), which governs, promotes and sanctions skyrunning (high altitude mountain running) and skyscraper racing worldwide.
Official Event Website: http://www.swissotelverticalmarathon.com
Vertical World Circuit: www.verticalrunning.org

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Engineers For MAKNA 2013 Charity Run @ UNITEN, Bangi



What? 'Engineers For MAKNA 2013' Charity Run

When? 22 December 2013 (Sunda) 6:45am flag off

Where? Uniten Putrajaya Campus

Who? Organised by IEM-SIR Society from Universiti Tenaga Nasional

How far? 12km

How much? RM 10 (UNITEN Students) @ RM15 (Public)

How to register? Find out at http://www.facebook.com/uniteniemsir

Monday, November 25, 2013

Diamond Jubilee Run 2013



The Royal Selangor Club (RSC) Hash Section (HHH) is organising the Hash Diamond Jubilee Run to commemorate 75 years of Hashing. The event, which is expected to welcome close to 1,500 hashers from all over the world, will be held from Friday, 6th December to Sunday 8th December 2013. The three-day event will kick start from the very site where Hash Run No. 1 was set in December 1938 - thus allowing Malaysian hashers to indulge in nostalgia and take pride in this international sport, which has its beginnings in Kuala Lumpur.

The term “Hash House Harriers” (HHH) was derived firstly, from the name “Hash House”. Hash was the “fun” name for its then unimaginative food given to the Selangor Club Chambers, a social centre for the British Civil servants and business men who lived in Malaya in the early years between the two world wars. Located in close proximity to the current RSC, it served as the first run site. Runners chasing the paper trail laid by a Hare were called Harriers.

75 years on, there are more than 2200 chapters in 185 countries throughout the 7 continents of the world namely Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia and Antarctica. Hashing is arguably the world’s largest and most popular Sport for All Movement and is recognized as such by the International Olympic Committee.

The RSC HHH is pleased to announce that the Hash Diamond Jubilee Run is supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME), a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism and Culture. International and local Hashers will also be able to sample “Malaysian Hospitality” at its best and enjoy complimentary tour packages in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

Mr. Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events (MME) said, “Sporting events has become an integral part of Malaysia’s event calendar, with a lasting impact for the country’s health, social and economic values. The Hash Diamond Jubilee Run not only gives the international attendees an experience of Malaysia’s unique culture and traditions, but also highlights the many attractions along the run’s trail. Athletes and runners from different countries come to Malaysia to show their pride of nation, which makes the Hash Diamond Jubilee Run an interesting appeal for embracing sportsmanship and bringing nations together.”

RSC President, Mr Bryan Perera said, “The Royal Selangor Club is proud to present to you the Hash Diamond Jubilee Run. For a club steeped in sporting tradition, hosting this commemorative Run is another feather in our cap. In essence, this is a homecoming event for all hashers.”

He thanked Malaysia Major Events for their endorsement and support of the event. “It is fantastic that you have included the Hash Diamond Jubilee Run in your calendar of events. The event is certainly in line with the promotional campaigns for Visit Malaysia Year 2014. On our part, we will certainly encourage the foreign hashers/ visitors to take the opportunity to stay on after the event and explore the many attractions Malaysia has to offer.”

The Hash Diamond Jubilee Run is a three-day event; with runs held at various sites around the Klang Valley. Each Run culminates in social events, which is synonymous with the spirit of Hashing. The event kicks-off with a Red Dress Charity Run on Friday, December 6, followed by a “Street Party” to welcome all hashers. On the 7th and 8th, various run activities will be held at RSC’s Sports Annexe in Bukit Kiara and Taman Rimba Templar, followed by the Grand Party. For the first time, the RSC Hash is organizing an extra long 25km cross country fun run termed the “Hash Ball Breaker Run” which is a real test of strength and endurance.

Organising a prestigious event, as large as this is not possible without the support of sponsors, such as the Olympic Council of Malaysia and the Malaysian Hash Council for their support and sponsors, Genting Highlands, Guinness Anchor Berhad and Tanjong Golden Village for their sponsorship.

What? Diamond Jubilee Run 2013

When? 6-8 December 2013

Highlights of the run:

- 3 Days Hash Party
- Free Flow of Cold Beer
- Mouth Watering Food
- Great Entertainment
- Affordable Hotels
- Direct Flights
- Certificate of Participation
- Visit Malaysia Year 2014- Free trips

Find out more at: http://www.rschhhdiamondrun2013.com/

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Press Release: TESCO Walk for Life 2013



4000 TESCO WALK FOR LIFE PARTICIPANTS RAISED OVER RM100,000 FOR THE ‘HELPING NEEDY CHILDREN WITH LEUKAEMIA’ FUND

KUALA LUMPUR, November 17, 2013 – Today Malaysians put on their walking shoes in support of raising funds for the underprivileged children who are undergoing leukaemia treatment at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). Tesco Malaysia held its sixth annual Walk for Life 2013 today at the scenic University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur campus. Walk for Life is one of Tesco Malaysia’s fundraising efforts aimed to raise RM1 million to help 100 children with leukaemia from underprivileged backgrounds within three years.



Jointly organised by Tesco Malaysia and UMMC, this year’s Walk for Life raised over RM100,000 in cash as well as in kind. In total, the Walk for Life campaign has raised RM600,000 since the launch in August 2012. The funds raised today will help families bear the cost of medication, treatment and hospital travel expenses for young leukaemia patients. The funds to help finance the children’s treatments are disbursed on a quarterly basis to needy children with leukaemia identified by UMMC.

The 5-kilometre fun walk was flagged off by Dato’ Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development and Georg Fischer, CEO of Tesco Malaysia.



Along the campus’ scenic walk, participants were also challenged to walk, conquer and collect Clubcard points with the Clubcard Cop!Cop! Day Challenge and race through a series of obstacles including carnival games, limbo rock, a tyre challenge, a maze and ‘Speedy Gonzales’. By participating in the Clubcard Cop!Cop! Day Challenge, Tesco Clubcard members will stand a chance to win up to 1,000,000 Clubcard points (worth RM10,000).



“We are very thankful for the community’s support today because the funds raised from registration of the walk will aid our efforts to help the families with children diagnosed with leukaemia who are in need of financial support. With proper medical care and treatment, the underprivileged children we’ve seen suffering from leukaemia have every chance to lead healthy and normal lives. I am very encouraged to see several young survivors of leukaemia joining us for the walk today. It warms my heart to see their lives turned around and I believe this gives further motivation to other patients who are still undergoing treatment,” said Fischer.

Professor Dr. Hany Ariffin, Senior Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at UMMC said, “Roughly 450 to 500 children are diagnosed with leukaemia every year in Malaysia. The cost of treating leukaemia can be overwhelming for most families. We are thankful for the support we received from Tesco Malaysia through the Walk for Life campaign. Now more needy children are able to undergo and complete treatment. I believe poverty should not rob a child’s chance of achieving cure”.

“With an 85 percent chance of recovery today compared to the approximately 60 percent chance a few years ago, and through the efforts of Tesco Malaysia we hope to change these statistics in the future and bring hope to more children that are diagnosed with the disease,” added Professor Hany.



The walk was also attended by local celebrities such as Vince Chong, Vanessa Chong, Moots from Pop Shuvit, Najwa Latif, Ben Ibrahim, Belinda Chee, Lisa Wong, Nicholas Mak, Rina Omar, Khai and Sahri Sarip from Akademi Fantasia 1, Michelle Lee, Dian Sharlin and the reigning Miss Malaysia Tourism, Thaarah Ganesan. Tesco also pledged to donate RM500 for every celebrity that came to support the cause.



The Walk for Life is made possible with sponsorships from Tesco Malaysia’s partners including The Continuity Company (M) Sdn Bhd and Protect & Gamble Malaysia Sdn Bhd, among others.

From a three-year-old to her 84-year-old grandmother, leukaemia patients, charity homes and students, Walk for Life saw the community coming together to battle childhood leukaemia. An array of performances by Najwa Latif and Batteryheadz Percussions Group also made it a lovely day out for everyone who took part.



For more photos from Tesco Walk for Life 2013, please head over to our Facebook Page HERE.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Celebrunner: Noh Salleh (Hujan Band) @ New Balance Concept Store, Suria KLCC Launch



Heheh! How cute is that? We asked rock band Hujan lead singer, Noh Salleh to gave us a running pose wearing his new New Balance shoes. We guess he must have learned how to strike a pose and pout like that from wifey Mizz Nina. LOL!

We managed to have a brief chat with Noh before he was ushered away for the ribbon cutting ceremony. He is busy preparing for Hujan Band first show at the prestigious Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. The show is scheduled next month on 2 December 2013, 8.30pm. So Raingers, please get your tickets fast! On the personal side, Noh told us that he is trying very hard to have a baby with Nina. Heheh! Good luck, Noh & Nina!



Back to the launch…..

The official distributor, Stream Enterprise (M) Sdn Bhd celebrated the launch and opening of its New Balance flagship concept store, marking the official distributor’s fourth retail outlet since its launch in 1997.

The outlet is home to the latest range of New Balance footwear and apparel for men and women including a number of exciting New Balance collections, from its range of performance running shoes, to lifestyle models including sought after 'Made In England' and 'Made In USA' collections and a new range of stylish lifestyle apparel.



Celebrating the global brand's past, present and future, New Balance proudly highlights its heritage and product innovation to bring the brand’s retail experience to life. The store features a visually stunning internal design concept, engineered to reflect the heritage and prestige of the brand's 107-year history. The store is themed around performance -referencing a stadium, track and arena, which reflect the grit of an urban environment.



The store is surrounded by a timeline ribbon which takes visitors on an impactful chronological journey documenting the brand's powerful past, present and future, and uses vintage and modern images, taking in everything from the New Balance history of manufacturing right up to its current technology-led 'Runnovation' campaigns.

The result is an inspired theatre ideally suited to display the New Balance's range of athletic shoes and lifestyle classics, whilst reflecting its unmatched reputation for performance, heritage and style.



“Today’s launch marks Stream Enterprise’s continuing support to New Balance and the company’s drive to accelerate the brand’s global retail programme. With a new establishment in SURIA KLCC this also marks a new milestone for Stream Enterprise as a distributor, to be able to set up at such an iconic site for our customers living up to the New Balance motto of ‘Let’s make excellent happen’” said Robert Lim, Managing Director of Stream Enterprise (M) Sdn Bhd.



Fans and customers are most welcome to visit the flagship concept store located on the third floor of SURIA KLCC at Lot 315, Level 3, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.



For more photos from the launch, please visit and like our Facebook page - http://facebook.com/celebrunner

Press Release: Sunway Pyramid accredited as Malaysia’s first Health Promoting Mall



FIT FITNESS IN, THROW FLABBINESS OUT!

“You’re what you eat, but what you eat can help you to be much more than what you are” - Sunway Pyramid became Malaysia’s first Health Promoting Mall (HPM) as accredited by MySihat or the Malaysian Health Promoting Board. HPM is part of MySihat’s initiative to put shopping malls as a recreational setting, that promotes the well being for its shoppers, visitors, employees, tenants and local community towards healthier and active lifestyles.



The launch of Sunway Pyramid – Healthy Living: Health Promoting Mall was officiated by the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam on 19 November, with the Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Chairman of Malaysian Health Promoting Board (MySihat) Tan Sri Dato Sri Dr Hj Mohd Nasir b Mohd Ashraf, CEO of MySihat Datuk Dr. Yahya Baba, Corporate Advisor of Sunway Group Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Managing Director of Sunway Property Investment Division Dato’ Ngeow Voon Yean, CEO – Sunway REIT Dato' Jeffrey Ng,COO of Sunway Shopping Malls Kevin Tan, along with Sunway Medical Centre and MySihat officials in the audience.

“Sunway Pyramid has now become more than just a shopping centre, it’s also a one stop centre for healthy lifestyles and entertainments,” said Tan Sri Navaratnam.

“With us being the Malaysia’s first Health Promoting Mall accredited by MySihat, it is hoped that our shoppers will join in our quest to become healthier, leading a much fitter life when they shop here.

“The Health Promoting Mall campaign is also part of Sunway Resort City’s global initiative to curb smoking by moving towards becoming a Smoke-Free Township.

Sunway Group has always been a consistent and active advocator of smoke-free environment. The Group regularly conducts public health talks to our 12,000 employees on the dangers of tobacco smoke at Sunway Medical Centre,” he added.



The launch also revealed the 3 main icons for Sunway Pyramid’s HPM: The “Beat It”, “Pump It” and “Ease It” characters. Aptly named so, “Beat It” focuses on being fit and active – getting your hearts’ rate beating healthily, “Pump It” is all about keeping your lungs clean from smoking and “Ease It” relates to choosing your food wisely, in making your stomach healthy.

Guests and shoppers were entertained by a preview energetic performance of Muay Thai by T-Rex, upbeat Fitness Class by Celebrity Fitness and soothing Tai Chi by Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association of Malaysia. Shoppers can sign up for these activities during the weekends, starting from November till March 2014.

There were plenty of buzz around the driveway of the mall during the launch, which include photo stations for shoppers to pose along with the props, On-the-spot Pedometer challenge and Community Health Screening from Sunway Medical Centre.

The Minister of Health, along with the other guests were then brought on the “Walk of Health” – doing the Mall Walk and proceeding to the Canopy Walk while looking at some of the posters and health messages – with the aim to achieve the recommended 10,000 steps daily. Calls to “Beat It”, “Pump It” and “Ease It” are spread across the mall and on the Canopy Walk, connecting the mall to Sunway University and Monash University, to remind shoppers on ways to stay healthy easily, besides promoting healthy living among students.



From now till 31 March 2014, the mall encourages shoppers to participate in the Pedometer Challenge. All they have to do is complete 10,000 steps in 90 minutes to win limited edition of Sunway Pyramid :Healthy Living exclusive prizes. The Ultimate Pedometer Challenge from 20 Nov – 8 Dec 2013 sets shoppers on a roll to be the fastest to complete 10,000 steps within 60 minutes. The winners will walk away with the fabulous prizes such as Fitness Concept Outdoor Folding Bike for the Grand Prize, Nike Products and Puma Goodie Bags.

Sunway Pyramid also produced a booklet – “Fit for Thought”, containing some tips on eating right, combating flabbiness through exercise and ways to snack healthily. Shoppers can pick up “Fit for Thought” in the mall, and in addition, this booklet also provides a few fashion tips that they can follow while sweating out the fat cells - "When you feel good, you look good!"

Let's "Beat It!”, "Pump It!" and "Ease It!” for a much better you! Let’s all head for a healthier lifestyle and celebrate Sunway Pyramid as Malaysia’s first Health Promoting Mall by participating in the various fun and healthy activities. As shoppers are required to pre-register, they can contact 03-7494 3000, log on to www.sunwaypyramid.com or approach Main Concierge Counter on Ground Floor and Blue Concierge Counter on LG1 for more information.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Press Release: Salomon X-Trail Run 2013



Early morning drizzle and heavy rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of trail running fans today 10 November 2013. In fact, the wet and slippery conditions of trail provided the challenges trail runners have been anticipating for, in the 4th edition of the Malaysian Salomon X-Trail Run, with a brand new route located at Malaysia Agriculture Research and Development Institute (Mardi). Approximately 2,500 runners gathered as early as 6am to experience the new trail mapped out.

This year, 70% of the overall 10km predominantly focused on trail running. After flagged off from the starting line at 7am, runners were faced with an uphill and challenging climb. It was a true test of traction, stability and comfort for participants throughout the whole entire experience. At the same time participants are immersed within the natural greenery of MARDI Trail Forest and its outdoor environment according to Joachim Heng – Senior Marketing Communications Manager of World of Sport Malaysia.



The following were 4 categories competed and their respective winners:
Men’s Open (Age 18 & above) - En Mu hamad Affindi, clocked in after 28:46minutes
Men’s Veteran (Age 41 & above) - Mr Casey Lim, clocked in after 29:19minutes
Women’s Open (Age 18 & above) - Ms Kimberley Yap, clocked in after 31:31minutes
Women’s Veteran (Age 36 & above)- Ms Lim Hooi Kheong, clocked in after 36:09minutes

The top three winners in all categories were presented with Trophies and Salomon products worth RM1,000, RM800, RM600 respectively and also prizes from other sponsors as well. The sponsors for this event were World of Sports Malaysia, Salomon, Suunto, Bootcamp Malaysia, Perskindol and Revive.



Overall this trail was catered for runners who are gamed for an adventure and a good adrenalin pumping experience. Every year SALOMON holds this trail running event as a way of appreciating loyal X-Trail runner and Salomon brand supporters. It is also a way of recruiting new runners and retaining experienced runners. After the run, participants had opportunities to catch up with fellow runners and backdrops were set up by organisers for photo taking purposes. Participants also tested their skills on the wall climbing activity. There were also sales booths set up by sponsors to showcase their products .

For more information on the event, please log on to
www.facebook.com/worldofsportsmalaysia or https://www.facebook.com/SalomonAPACex

Brooks Half Marathon 2014



What? Brooks Half Marathon 2014

When? 9 March 2014 (Sunday) 5.30AM

Where? National Stadium, Bukit Jalil

How far/ How much? 21km (RM75)/ 10km (RM63) / 5km (RM33)

How to register? Click HERE.

Friday, November 15, 2013

First Look: Mid Valley City Charity Run Medal and T-shirt Designs



Fancy running around two of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia? You get to do so next year in this charoty run where the route will take you around Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens. This charity run aims to give back to the humanitarian services and to build awareness of safety and health in the general public.



The route is a refreshing change from the usual race routes (Dataran Merdeka/ Putrajaya). Hurry, open to first 1,000 runners only.



What? Mid Valley City Charity Run

When? 23 February 2014 (Sunday) 7.00am flag off

Where? Mid Valley City Ring Road

Who? Organised by Mid Valley City Sdn Bhd (Company No. 102986-K) and Mid Valley City Gardens Sdn Bhd (Company No. 186198-P)

How far? 5km

How much? RM33 (RM3 as online registration fee, RM30 towards charity)

Why? To raise fund for St. John Ambulance Malaysia



How to regsiter? Online only at http://event.themarathonshop.com.my/

Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2014 Date Is Set?



Breaking News! We heard from a little birdie that the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2014 has been set on 12 October 2014 (Sunday).

A quick check on the AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) website has more or less confirm the date. However, there is no official release from the organiser yet. We expect the annoucement will be made soon...like on next week.

We also heard that from then onward, the SCKLM will be held on the first week of October until 2018.



We will update you guys as soon as we have the official media release from the organisers. Do follow our blog, twitter and facebook page for the latest running news in Malaysia.

Are you guys excited with the new date and month? Comments, please. :)



UPDATE: An official announcement was made via the Standard Chartered KL Marathon FB page on 21 Nov 2013. So, it is official! You have heard it here first. :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Press Release: Rock to Rock Run 2013 - Charity Run with a Rock Factor Raises Fund for a Local School



The Rock to Rock Run organized by Hard Rock Hotel Penang took place for the fourth consecutive time on 27 October 2013. The run was a success as RM65,000 was raised to benefit SJK(C) Permatang Tinggi, Bukit Mertajam and more than 2000 registered runners turned up for the event. The ambience was greatly enhanced with some runners coming in as rockers, superheroes and even cowboys to contend for the best dressed medals. Flagged off at 7 am, the Batu Ferringhi coast was rocked by excited runners.

The run which aimed to benefit the local community was inspired by Hard Rock’s founder, Isaac Tigrett. Living up to his mantra of Take Time to be Kind, Hard Rock Hotel Penang took the opportunity to organize this philanthropic run annually and had to date supported a total of 7 non-profit organizations which focus on children and the disabled such as Rumah Seri Cahaya, Crystal Family Home and Association of Rehab of the Disabled.



This year, SJK(C) Permatang Tinggi, Bukit Mertajam was chosen as a benefactor and the fund raised will be used to upgrade the school in order to provide a more conducive learning environment for its students.

High profile runners spotted at the run include YB Steven Sim, MP of Bukit Mertajam as well as YB Lee Khai Loon, Machang Bubuk’s Assemblyman. Both runners played a role in raising the fund to an additional RM15,000.

Apart from that, kind sponsors such as Penang Butterfly Farm and Delta helped to further raise funds on the day of the event by encouraging the public to donate to free butterflies and a photo booth was set up so that runners could get their shots taken with a donation.



“It was a very happy day for me. I finally, finally got my lovely guitar - the Hard Rock Medal of the Best Dressed category. A really a hard earn medal for me,” said Chung Mei Ling, one of the winners of the best dressed medal who had been supporting the Rock to Rock Run since 2010.

Runners were also treated to a lineup of entertaining post-running activities such as lucky draw and live band performances by a local favourite band, The Jazzhats and Ray as well as Deviate, a 7-piece band that hails from Indonesia. A run like no other, runners let loose to party and dance with the bands on stage. Living up to its tagline “Running in the Name of Rock”, it was a fun-filled run with a noble cause.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Press Release: MILO Flame of Energy Initiative to Support the Malaysian Contingent to 27th SEA Games in Myanmar



MILO® MALAYSIA CONTINUES ITS SUPPORT OF MALAYSIAN CHAMPIONS WITH MILO® FLAME OF ENERGY INITIATIVE

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 NOVEMBER 2013 – MILO® Malaysia today launched its MILO® Flame of Energy initiative, the second phase of its MILO Fuel for Champions campaign which calls on Malaysians to pledge their support for the Malaysian Contingent heading for the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar.

Officially launched by Alois Hofbauer, Region Head of Nestlé Malaysia and Singapore and Dato’ Wira Amiruddin Embi, Chef de Mission of the Malaysia SEA Games Contingent, the MILO® Flame of Energy aims to collect 2.7 million units of energy in the form of “flames” as encouragement for our athletes.



Under the initiative, Malaysians can show their support by spreading the flame to light up the virtual torch on MILO®’s website. With a simple swipe of a finger, they can ignite the Flame of Energy to support the spirit of sports to inspire our athletes as they strive to make Malaysia proud.

Additionally, Malaysians can also show their support by extending their wishes through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by using the official hashtag - #MILOforMALAYSIA.

Speaking at the launch, Alois Hofbauer said, “SEA Games is a Malaysian athlete’s introduction to the international sporting arena. MILO® recognizes the importance of developing and nurturing young talents from the start and guiding them to success in the sporting landscape”.

“Our athletes’ journey will not be easy and it is important that the athletes receive all the support and encouragement from the nation to fuel their journey, giving them the energy to go further during the 27th SEA Games,” Hofbauer added.



Dato’ Wira Amiruddin Embi, Chef de Mission of the Malaysia SEA Games Contingent further added, “As the 27th SEA Games draw closer, besides receiving intensive training, it is vital that our athletes receive our countrymen’s support.”

“With the nation behind them, I believe that our athletes will be prepared both mentally and physically in their quest to bring honor and glory to Malaysia,” he further added.



To light up the MILO Flame of Energy, Alois Hofbauer was the first representative of the country to show his support by spreading the flame via the MILO® website. The MILO® Flame of Energy represents the nation’s support for Malaysia at the 27th SEA Games – each support from Malaysians will contribute to a bigger flame. The bigger the flame, the stronger our support is shown as a nation.



To ensure that every athlete receive sufficient support for SEA Games, MILO® aims to collect at least 2.7 million units of energy as encouragement to fuel our athletes’ journey in Myanmar.

MILO® will be deploying its familiar Energy Trucks across the nation in uniting the nation to show their support for the Malaysia Contingent. MILO® will also be organizing in-store activities at selected supermarkets and hypermarkets nationwide.

“Support our nation’s champions to go further at the 27th SEA Games. Cheer for our team as they strive for victory!” Hofbauer added.

For more information on the campaign, please visit www.milo.com.my/seagames.



Runwitme Says: MILO has been conducting a series of fun runs across the country. The remaining runs will be in Johor (this Saturday), Kampar and Miri. These runs are open to the public in which registration can be done at on-ground MILO activity and even on the fun run day itself.

Please be advised that the first 1200 participants for each run will received a free MILO shirt.

For further information on MILO’s upcoming runs, you can visit MILO’s website: http://www.milo.com.my/seagames/pages/events.aspx#

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