Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hospital Sungai Long Fun Run 2014



What? Hospital Sungai Long Fun Run 2014

When? 27 April 2014 (Sunday) 7:00am flag off

Where? Hospital Sungai Long, Bandar Sungai Long.

Who? Organised by Hospital Sungai Long and UTAR Sungai Long Campus

How far? 10 & 5km

How much? Fees: 5km RM20 / 10km RM25 (includes T-shirt & goodie bag)

How to register? Walk in at Hospital Sungai Long Lobby or Contact Customer Service at Tel. 03-9010 3788 / 013-3313 313 or email: enquiry@hospitalsungailong.com

How to get more info? LIKE https://www.facebook.com/hospsglong

Note: Registration Deadline: 6 April 2014



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Run Gold Coast Airport Marathon



The 36th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM) will be staged on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2014 in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world in Queensland, Australia.


1. Its a celebrated and award-winning Australian marathon. Recently, GCAM received the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label.



2. The course is fast, flat and scenic (Well...almost! Heheh!)



3. Its regarded as one of the best courses to run a “Personal Best”. So, go on. Run like a horse!



4. Winter on the Gold Coast is great for running (even when you run barefooted)



5. There is a race for all ages and abilities.



6. Your friends, family and work colleagues can participate with you.



7. The atmosphere on course and at the finish is a celebration of its own.



8. Fantastic finisher’s medal and shirt for your bragging rights!



9. The event delivery and runner servicing is first class. Delivery, geddit? Heheh!



10. Access is easy with direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to the Gold Coast. Even our very own Malaysia Women Marathon race director, Karen Loh ran the GCAM last year!




Photo courtesy of Ultrarunner Tey Eng Tiong who ran the entire route of GCAM in 2013 with his digital camera.

Find out more about Gold Coast Airport Marathon at http://www.facebook.com/GCMarathon and http://www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

For those keen to run #GCAM14, there is a special 5/7DAYS RUN GOLD COAST tour package fr RM2,358 which includes:

Accommodation @ Wyndham apartment or similar (3 or 5 nights)
Return airfares to Gold Coast with AirAsia X
Applicable government/airport taxes and fuel surcharge *
20Kg checked in baggage & 7kg hand-luggage
Return airport transfer at Gold Coast
Return transfer to Sport Expo (collection of race kit)
One-way transfer to race starting point on 06th July
For details, click HERE.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NKF World Kidney Day Charity Dance-a-thon 2014



A CHARITY DANCE-ATHON!

In conjunction with World Kidney Day 2014, National Kidney Foundation Malaysia (NKF) and Celebrity Fitness Malaysia are organizing a Dance Marathon on 16 March 2014 (Sunday), 10am at 1Utama Shopping Centre.

Led by Celebrity Fitness instructors, get ready to dance for three straight hours for a good cause. Monies raised will go towards the betterment of underprivileged patients with kidney failure.

Participation fee is only RM 30 per person and registration will close on 3 March 2014. Space is limited to 500 participants.

Members of the public can register at http://www.simplygiving.com/event/WKDDanceMarathon2014 or download the participation form from www.nkf.org.my.



Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Music Run by AIA @ Selangor Turf Club



What? The Music Run 2014

When? 23 March 2014 (Sunday) 7:30am

Where? Selangor Turf Club - Sungai Besi, Balakong, Selangor.

How much? RM 70

How far? 5km

How to register? http://www.themusicrun.com

Runwitme Says: The Music Run, dubbed the most interactive five-kilometer fun run, will debut for the very first time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The run is not competitive, so you can run, jog, walk or even dance to the concert-quality music blasted across five one-kilometer music zones.



Get updates from www.facebook.com/TheMusicRunGlobal and Twitter @TheMusicRun

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Exclusive: Interview with Zijun, Malaysia’s One Armed Runner



Zijun was born with one arm. That makes running a little more challenging than the rest of us because of balance issue. However, Impossible is not a word that can stop this young man. He took up running and changed his life.

He lost a significant amount of weight within 3 months, ran a marathon in Gold Coast, Australia and now appointed as Reebok Malaysia ambassador. There’s nothing that can stop this guy! We have got the exclusive story here.

Tell us a bit of your background? I was born with one arm. I used to wear prosthetic arm since I was a baby. Due to the restriction of the prosthetic arm, I disliked sport/outdoor activities and as a result, I became obese.

When I started working, I met my ex-colleague (Michelle Chan Mun Yee) and she is the one who motivated me to start running and join a gym. I managed to reduce my weight from 75kg to 56kg in 3 months’ time.



What motivate you to start running? My running buddy/ex-colleague, Michelle Chan Mun Yee motivates me to join gym and running. She is an avid runner. I also wish to challenge myself on doing something that I used to say IMPOSSIBLE in the past. I remember when Michelle invited me to register 10km run, my first responds was - "i don't think I can even run 1km". Once I have registered myself for the run, the people around me start teasing me and think that I will give up halfway. But now my achievement proved it to myself and everyone.

Do you still remember your first run? My first run was the NIKE Malaysia We Run KL 2012 (10km), I feel extremely tired and wish to give up half way. I keep questioning myself “Why should I run?”, and at the end I found the answer that I wish to change myself into more sporty and fitter. I don’t wish to be obese and wear nice clothes in front the mirror. Running is not only train my stamina and determination but I get to know myself better too.

Where do you run? How often? How far? If there is no running event, I will train in gym for about 8-15km or running near to the place I stay. Most of the time I will attend group exercise classes (bodystep, bodyjam, bodycombat, bodyattack, bodypump, bodybalance and etc) at least 6-days a week to build up stamina for running.

Was it difficult for you to start? At the beginning, it was difficult because lack of practice and poor stamina. But after few times of running, I found my timing improve to be better and body getting fitter.

What are the challenges that you face when you run as a one armed runner? The most challenging thing is the hills and road with slopes. I am having difficulties on balancing my body when going up/down hills or in speed, some time I might feel like falling backward.

How did you overcome them? I will slow down my speed when going up/down hills or take some rest with some walk/jog. I don’t force myself to run fast but the most important is I can enjoy the running moments.



Briefly tell us about Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Gold Coast Airport Marathon is one of the biggest marathon event in Queensland, Australia. The marathon held during the winter time which is around 10-20 Celsius temperature. The most attractive part is the beach scenery along the marathon route, you can feel the sea-breeze and listen to the sound of sea-wave. Gold Coast Marathon is one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world, its help a lot runners achieve their personal best time. You also can meet the intelligent runners around the world, such as Australia, US, China, Japan, Korea, and etc.

What are the memorable moments in running the Gold Coast Airport Marathon? The most unforgettable memory in Gold Coast marathon is I met one runner from FuZhou, China – Chen Jing, she keep motivate and pace with me from 27km until finishing line. She told me that “Once you completed this first marathon, there is no other thing in life you will be afraid of. Nothing can defeat your determination.”. Gold Coast residents (kids, adults and senior citizen) all stand along the road cheering for the runners, some of them pour the beers or drinks for the runner too.



What are the differences between running in Malaysia and Gold Coast? Running in winter is much more comfortable compared to hot weather, but once you start sweating it could be part of the disadvantage too. I don’t feel tired on running in cold weather for the first 25km. But once my body start sweating and get wet, I felt extremely cold because lack of preparation and wearing short. Running practice preparation in cold is a must for first timer in Gold Coast. Besides that, they had supporters cheers along the road in Gold Coast, you will never feel alone and always stay motivated. Majority of the supporters is their tourists and residents in Gold Coast.

What are the top three reason a runner should run the GCAM?
1. Different experience on running in cold weather (10-20 Celcius)
2. The most flat and easy road for running for personal best timing.
3. Friendly supporters and able get to meet more international running friends.

What are the tips for first time runner in GCAM? Have some warm-up distances run practice to adapt the cold temperature before the marathon. Pace on your own speed and don’t compete with other international runners. Try not to consume too much water in every water station; the marathon have plenty of water station in every 2 - 2.5km distance.



How did you reward yourself after GCAM? I reward myself with some fun and relax tour to theme park (Movie Bro’s, Seaworld), Whales watching and Country Farm. But of course, a good dinner celebration with friends after the marathon is a must.

What are the must see places and must do things when you are in Gold Coast?
1. Whales in Paradise - watching the whales in the center of the blue sea, if lucky enough you could meet dolphin as well.
2. Sea World - it's a good place for family to explore the sea habitats in Gold Coast.
3. Warner Bros Movie World - The Hollywood Stunt Driver shows is a must-watch in this theme park. You also can meet the childhood hero and cartoon character like Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo, Daffy duck and etc. If you love roller-coaster and some adventurous game can consider about this place.
4. Paradise Country Farm - This is the best place for you to get near with koala and kangaroo! There is few interesting show like sheep shearing and Stockmen & Sheep Dog Show that you shouldn't miss.
5. Skypoint observation desk - View the scenery of Gold Coast from 230 metres off the ground.
6. Beachfront market in Surfer's Paradise Foreshore (Wed, Fri, Sun 4-9pm) - here is the night market for Gold Coast, you can find a lot interesting items such as magic toys, paints, perfume, soaps and etc.



How long have you been a Reebok ambassador? I started to join Reebok family in September 2013. I’m grateful that Reebok Malaysia spotted me through their Reebok One Challenge running event registration. I know the run is full of obstacles but I wish to challenge myself on something new and my fitness level. My spirit and determination highly appreciated by Reebok Malaysia.

What is your role as the ambassador? There is no special request from Reebok; they sponsored me so that I can enjoy running, exercise and daily life. In the Reebok Ambassador family, I am representing as a sportsman and runner. I just need to wear Reebok apparel and sport gears in any sport activities like running, gym and etc.



What is your favourite running gear? My top favourite running shoe is Reebok One Cushion that helps me on achieving few PB (personal best) timing during run. Besides that, Reebok ZigTech and RealFlex shoes series is part of my favourite collection for gym training.

You know you are a runner when... you know you are a runner when you completed the run with sweats and tears. The joy of achievement is indescribable.



Best advice a fellow runner has given you. "If you never try, you will never know how much fun it would be" – by Michelle Chan Mun Yee that inspired me to start exercise and running.

Best advice you have given a fellow runner. "If you can’t run, you can choose to walk. If you can’t walk, you only can choose run. Keep running and never give up."

Your resolution/ plan/ target in 2014. In year 2014, there are a few goals that I wish to achieve. First of all is to run few full marathon (second time) in Malaysia and keep improving my running records. Second is to build up some body muscle and be fitter. Third is to inspire and motivate more people to join running and the importance of exercise.

Message from you to the readers of this blog. Disability is not a limitation. Nothing can stop us from doing what we love because all men are created equally. At the starting line, you may find yourself with thousands of excuses. But at the end of the line, you will find yourself with limitless amount of satisfaction.



Follow Zijun at
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/zijunloh.ck
Instagram ID: ckloh1989

The 36th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be staged on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2014 in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world in Queensland, Australia.

Find out more about Gold Coast Airport Marathon at http://www.facebook.com/GCMarathon and http://www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

For those keen to run #GCAM14, there is a special 5/7DAYS RUN GOLD COAST tour package fr RM2,358 which includes:

Accommodation @ Wyndham apartment or similar (3 or 5 nights)
Return airfares to Gold Coast with AirAsia X
Applicable government/airport taxes and fuel surcharge *
20Kg checked in baggage & 7kg hand-luggage
Return airport transfer at Gold Coast
Return transfer to Sport Expo (collection of race kit)
One-way transfer to race starting point on 06th July
For details, click HERE.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Press Release: David Beckham Bodywear for H&M Spring 2014 Campaign Film Debuts



David Beckham star in a new campaign to launch the spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear at H&M. Shot by director Nicolas Winding Refn, known for his movies Drive and Only God Forgives, the campaign debuted during the US Super Bowl.



In the action-packed plot, David is locked out of a photo shoot on a rooftop in just his underwear, with no way down. He has to go to great lengths to get to safety, performing all his own stunts in the process.



“It was so exciting to work with one of my favourite directors, Nicolas Winding Refn, on my new campaign for H&M. Nicolas pushed me hard to create an action-packed film, which shows off this season’s new heritage-inspired bodywear at its best,” says David Beckham.



“I loved working with David for his new campaign. He is a natural in front of the camera, and was fearless when performing his own stunts. The campaign is funny, smart and spectacular, and shows the many different sides of David’s personality,” says Nicolas Winding Refn.



The campaign features pieces from the Spring David Beckham Bodywear collection, which sees a fresh take on heritage. Stripes of varying widths are introduced on long-sleeved Henleys, vests and trunks, as well as varsity-style lettering on the back of long-sleeved raglan tops.

Also debuting will be David Beckham Bodywear pieces for kids. A mini-me collection for boys includes Henleys, vests, trunks, long johns and pyjama shorts. The collections will be available in selected H&M stores and online from January 30.



These new pieces join the core David Beckham Bodywear collection, which has already become a staple in the wardrobes of men worldwide since its launch in February 2012.

Check out the director's cut (extended version) of the H&M campaign short film here.


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Press Release: KEEN - Protecting Your Toes In The Outdoors



Keen, a brand from the United States started with the notion of developing sandals to protect our toes. Venturing out to the outdoors can be an inspiring ground to rejuvenate our body, mind and soul.



We could be faced with unforeseen circumstances that may endanger us. This original idea gave birth to KEEN sandals that allow you not only to play and, live a HybridLife in urban concrete jungle plus venture into the most fascinating outdoors.



Attributes of KEEN brand resonate to those individuals whose beliefs are to CREATE, PLAY & CARE for nature. Creation of KEEN sandals reflects their commitment to innovative global solutions global communities.



Keen supports non-profits organizations especially communities affected by Tsunami back in 2004 and Keen has been involved in corporate social responsibilities in preserving and conservation land.



Keen’s collection of hybrid sandals such as Waterfront, Boulevard and Kids will inspire you to explore, live and breathe the air of endless possibilities. The SS14 collection will be available in-store by February 2014.



For more info about KEEN and World of Sports, please visit
Website: www.worldofsports.com.my
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WorldOfSportsMalaysia


Monday, February 03, 2014

Leo Run 2014 @ Desa Park City



What? Leo Run 2014

When? 30 March 2014 (Sunday) 7:00am

Where? Desa Park City, Kepong

Who? Organised by Leo Club of Kuala Lumpur Unity, Leo Club of SMK Jinjang and Leo Club of SMK Sultan Abdul Samad

Why? To help raise funds to support KIWANIS Down Syndrome Foundation, Kirtarsh Handicapped & Disabled Children’s Home and Rumble on Jumble.

How much?
RM25 (Under-18, price valid until 9th Feb)
RM30 (Early Bird, price valid until 9th Feb)
RM40

How far?
a) 4.4km Family Run
b) 8.8km Fun Run

More info? Click HERE.

Press Release: Impossible Light, Incredibly Strong: NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR2



Available today, Nike Flyknit Lunar2 delivers two of Nike’s best innovations.

Malaysia, 20 January 2013 - The gossamer strands of a spider’s silk are stronger than steel. A similar lightweight strength and intricacy combine together in Nike Flyknit technology, and today the Flyknit revolution continues with the release of Nike Flyknit Lunar2. The update follows a successful release of last year’s Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ that wowed runners by providing unprecedented strength and support in such a lightweight shoe.



The magic of the Flyknit Lunar2 comes through pairing the powerful and ultra-light Nike Flyknit upper with the super soft and responsive Nike Lunarlon cushioning.

“The Flyknit Lunar2 brings two of our best innovations and technologies together in one package,” says Rob Dolan, Senior Design Director, Nike Running. “You get the responsive, fluid ride of Lunarlon cushioning with this amazing, light but supportive upper through Flyknit. Those two things together are a magical combination.”



The micro-engineered Nike Flyknit upper provides support, stretch and ventilation where needed most. Nike Flyknit construction also eliminates the need for the multiple materials and material cuts used in the uppers of traditional sport footwear manufacturing, providing a virtually seamless upper and helping reduce waste. To further boost support, Flywire cables are integrated into the upper to cradle the foot and provide a supportive lockdown.



After the success of the Flyknit Lunar1+, Nike designers engineered more stretch into the Nike Flyknit Lunar2 upper for a better fit, and attached the tongue to keep it in place. On the outsole, pressure map data helped inform a new pattern that more closely matches how the foot naturally moves through stride.



Designers applied these learnings to Lunarlon foam to enhance the cushioning properties and deliver greater flexibility. The result is an even more natural stride and fluid ride, a lightweight neutral shoe built for runners from elite to beginner.



The Nike Flyknit Lunar2 debuted in the film “Light. Strong. Nike Flyknit” today. The men's volt/white-blue glow and women's atomic orange/white-purple colorways will be available at select retailers beginning Feb 6 for RM579 per pair.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Press Release: ESCAPE by CELCOM Announced Entry Into BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE



Broadcast sponsorship deal signed between ESCAPE Axiata, Astro SuperSport and FOX Sports

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 January 2014 – ESCAPE Axiata Sdn Bhd a fully owned subsidiary of Celcom Axiata Berhad announced their entry as broadcast sponsors of the Barclays Premier League (BPL) in partnerships with Astro SuperSport and FOX Sports. ESCAPE by Celcom -- a personal and digital entertainment space with “unmissable events and irresistible moments” that subscribers can enjoy anytime and anywhere.

Content on ESCAPE is curated to include long and short-length content formats to meet the entertainment needs of the modern mobile consumer, and users can view and purchase content via any device with internet connectivity including smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs.

With BPL around the corner, ESCAPE aims to bring must-watch football league around the world to Malaysian fans through a new integrated football experience. Subscribers are able to enjoy various forms of game content created, produced and packaged to suit a digital mobile lifestyle. Subscribers can watch the live broadcasts in high resolution. They can also enjoy the highlights of past matches where ESCAPE’s unique “pause and play‟ feature becomes an advantage.

The partnerships between ESCAPE by Celcom, Astro SuperSport and FOX Sports was formed in support of further mutual pursuit of world class infrastructure which provides subscribers an opportunity to experience content in high resolution, high quality and high impact, resulting in a unique mobile viewing experience.



At the press conference in Renoma Gallery here, Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, said, “ESCAPE continues to be a revolutionary digital service that is changing the way Celcom’s customers enjoy seamless digital entertainment whenever they are in Celcom’s Fastest Territory. As Celcom continues to work toward refining ESCAPE’s integrated services, we know that by partnering with Astro and Fox Sports, we will jointly deliver the best standard of a seamless experience in digital entertainment. ”



Mr. Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro, commented on partnership, where he said, “We are pleased to announce the first of many win-win collaborations between Celcom, Fox and Astro, thus signaling a positive development not only for the industry, but also for the Malaysian sports fans. As the largest sports producer in the country, Astro remains committed to bring the best of live football events like live BPL matches in HD and On-The-Go.”



General Manger of FOX International Channels Malaysia, Keertan Adyanthaya stated, “We’re excited to forge this partnership with ESCAPE and Astro as it strengthens FOX International Channels Asia’s portfolio. FOX Sports is already the leading sports network in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Latin America and Europe. This is an opportunity to position our brand here in Malaysia, by catering to the growth of integrated and digital entertainment in the country,”



Evolving with the ecosystem

While retaining its core business of mobile telephony, Celcom is branching out with solutions for all three content consumption comportments – nomadic, fixed and mobile. The three comportments are circumstances a subscriber may find themselves in, at the same time wanting quality access to content.

ESCAPE is a real innovation that allows the subscriber to take advantage of all three, simultaneously – subscribers can watch the highlights on their PC at home, pause and continue on a tablet at a local coffee shop, and finish the last bit on their commute from work through their mobile phones.

Celcom continues to adapt, collaborate and cooperate with content partners this time, with Astro and FOX Sports to ensure subscribers are able gain access to high quality content wherever they are.

Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, observes, “Even as a major mobile telecommunications player in Malaysia, we recognised early on that we cannot be competitive within an “ego-system”; rather, we are evolving within an ecosystem of other service providers, local producers and international content to provide the best personal entertainment experience to our customers.”

The service is available for Android and iOS devices as a free downloadable app, meaning subscribers can access their favourite content on their mobiles and tablets for a truly universal entertainment experience. Not forgetting our other brands Celcom First, Xpax and Celcom Frenz where this service already available.

On the back of this partnership announcement, there will be a line of activities in store for subscribers, from viewing parties to more offerings such as immediate mobile access to football-related content and information.

For more information on how to leverage ESCAPE during BPL, visit www.ESCnow.com

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Press Release: ADIDAS Unleashes Explosive Energy With SPRINGBLADE



The only running shoe with innovative blade technology designed to help propel you forward

Kuala Lumpur, February 2014 – adidas recently launched Springblade, the first running shoe with individually tuned blades engineered to help propel runners forward with one of the most effective energy returns in the industry.



Unlike standard EVA midsoles that deliver energy return in a vertical direction, Springblade features 16 forward angled blades made out of a high-tech polymer. The highly elastic blades instantaneously react to any environment, compressing and releasing energy to create an efficient push-off that feels like you have springs under your feet.



“Springblade’s progressive look and blade technology are radically different than any running shoe ever created,” said James Carnes, global creative director of performance at adidas. “At the same time, adidas’ goal is to create a beautiful performance shoe designed to be simple and intuitive.”

Carnes continued, “Every aspect of Springblade is engineered to reflect extensive athlete insights to help make them better. For design inspiration, we drew upon everyday objects that deliver explosive energy return – everything from springboards to pole vaults and motorcycle suspensions.”

Each blade is precisely tuned in geometry, thickness and position for each phase of a runner’s stride to provide support and a full range of movement. Additionally, Springblade’s flexible construction was designed to hug the top of a runner’s foot, locking it in to harness the energy returned from the springs on the outsole.



“adidas is continuing to develop new innovations based on what athletes not only need but demand,” said Mikal Peveto, director of running at adidas America. “We know we have something special with BOOST cushioning introduced earlier this year and we’re confident Springblade will set us apart from the competition once again.”

Peveto continued, “Six years in the making, Springblade provides one of the highest energy returns in the industry.”



aIT (adidas Innovation Team) tested hundreds of materials to ensure each spring produced maximum energy efficiency with every step and conducted rigorous ballistics tests to maintain long-lasting durability. For top performance in all environments, Springblade is seven times more temperature resistant than shoes with adidas’ standard EVA cushioning.

Springblade will be available in February 2014 (RM650) at adidas Sports Performance Concept Stores in KLCC, Pavilion, Midvalley, Times Square and Sunway Pyramid.

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