Thursday, June 30, 2016

Media Release: adidas Drops The Next Generation Of Running Greatness With Ultraboost Uncaged



KUALA LUMPUR, 22 JUNE 2016 – The wait is over. adidas embraces the future of running with the introduction of UltraBOOST Uncaged, a shoe inspired by fans and perfected by the innovation experts of adidas Running. Featuring a new adidas Primeknit upper, an internal support system and unique tiered lacing system, UltraBOOST Uncaged is engineered for maximum performance.



Originally created as an evolution of the greatest running shoe ever, UltraBOOST Uncaged continues the performance legacy of its predecessor with each element designed to collectively deliver an unparalleled running experience. To transform the Uncaged look into a performance vehicle, adidas adapted an internal midfoot skeleton using technology developed for the world’s top track athletes, delivering highly technical support and comfort with a rebellious look. A re-engineered adidas Primeknit upper provides flexible breathability and natural movement through each stride to complement an adaptive knit collar. A new multi-tiered lacing system allows runners to personalize style and fit, while specially-designed flat laces offer enhanced comfort and stability.



Alongside its new innovations, UltraBOOST Uncaged also maintains its signature UltraBOOST features. A supportive heel counter showcases the iconic embossed UltraBOOST name and keeps the foot locked in place for additional stability; a full length BOOST midsole provides industry leading Energy Return and a Stretchweb Continental Rubber™ outsole flexes naturally for superior traction with every step.



In addition to providing running greatness, UltraBOOST Uncaged represents the commitment adidas has to its fans and athletes. After global trendsetters first modified UltraBOOST by cutting off its cage, adidas embraced the movement and invited partners to create their own stylized versions of the shoe. Following this collaborative approach and in line with its dedication to delivering only the best for the athlete, adidas created its latest running innovation - a sleek new silhouette with the performance benefits that separate UltraBOOST from every other running shoe.



“UltraBOOST Uncaged combines the performance and innovation standard of UltraBOOST with the unique flair of our passionately creative fan base,” says Ben Herath, Vice President of Design for adidas Running. “adidas is committed to making athletes better through innovation and UltraBOOST Uncaged is another prime example of that pledge being met with the input of runners from around the world.”

adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged is available on shop.adidas.com.my and in adidas performance stores from June 29 at RRP RM750.

Join the adidas Energy Running movement by following @adidasrunning on Twitter and Instagram using #UltraBOOST.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Media Release: Allianz Pacesetters 4x3km is back!



Kuala Lumpur, 28 June 2016
– Running enthusiasts, block your calendars as the Allianz Pacesetters 4x3km 2016 makes its return this November.

The relay run will be held at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur on 5 November 2016 and it features Allianz Malaysia as the title sponsors for the third consecutive year. Organised by Pacesetters Athletic Club, the biggest running club in Malaysia, the run hopes to attract some 200, as compared to 170 teams, last year.



“You can truly well say that Malaysians have come to love running as much as their food and have really taken in the running culture. Running can be a solitary sport but if you are a family of four or more, the Allianz Pacesetters is the perfect chance for the whole family to get involved and start making healthy choices. And you can also do it for a good cause,” said Susan Ong, Chief Market Management Officer, Allianz Malaysia Berhad during the launch at Menara Allianz Sentral in Kuala Lumpur today.



Allianz Pacesetters 4x3km 2016 features five different categories; Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Under 26 Mixed and Kiwanis Pace-It- Forward (Mixed). To compete in the Kiwanis Pace-It- Forward category, a minimum donation of RM1,000 is required by each team. All proceedings from the donations received will be contributed to the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation.

“This year we are looking to break the 200 teams mark. Over the last two editions we garnered close to 170 teams each year, so we hope to break that this year.

We also hope that this means more teams will sign up for the Kiwanis Pace-It-Forward in support of Down Syndrome and do something good this year,” said Susan.

Ultron and Lucozade Sports are the official apparel and sports drink for the event.

Registration for the Allianz Pacesetter 4x3km 2016 closes on 16th October 2016 or when it reaches 250 teams, whichever happens first.

Below are the participating fees according to the category:

Category Number of Teams Fees (RM) / per team

A – Men Open 60 / 200
B – Women Open 30 / 200
C – Mixed Open 60 / 200
D – Under 26 Mixed 30 / 120
E – Kiwanis Pace It Forward (Mixed) 70 / Minimum 1,000 donation
Terms and conditions include that runners must be at least 13 years old as at 31 December 2016. Teams participating in category C, D and E should have at least one woman as the first runner. As for category A, B and C, Pacesetters member teams will enjoy a RM40 rebate per team. All four team members must have a valid membership that expires in December 2016 or later to be eligible for the rebate.



Fr left : Luzozade Assistant Brand Manager Ong Sheng Yi, Kiwanis Project Leader Ngau Wing Fatt, Allianz Malaysia Berhad Chief Market Management Officer Susan Ong, President of the Pacesetters Athletic Club Wan Yew Leong and Ultron Chief Operations Officer Mark Chua during the sponsorship presentation.

For more information and registration, please visit www.checkpointspot.asia.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Giveaway: Cold War 2 Premiere Screening Tickets @ GSC Pavilion KL



“COLD WAR 2” is the highly anticipated 2016 Hong Kong Summer Blockbuster being the sequel to the blockbuster hit ‘COLD WAR 1’, the story continues where it left off in 2012 with Chow Yun Fat joining the assembly of powerful cast – Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Charlie Yeung and many more.



Aaron Kwok reprising his role as DCP Sean Lau, who is now promoted to Commissioner of Police after the success of the Cold War rescue operation. The main villain – who was briefly mentioned in the first film – returns to the scene to kidnap Sean’s wife and daughter. Sean convinces former rival, the retired DCP of Operations officer Waise Lee (Tony Leung), to return to his post to help Sean solve the tricky kidnapping case.

Release date: 8 July 2016 (Friday)
Language: Cantonese
Genre: Cop Action Thriller
Director: Longman Leung and Sunny Luk
Casts: Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Chow Yun Fatt, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Charlie Yeung



The generous people at RAM Entertainment is giving 10 lucky readers of this blog two tickets each to watch "COLD WAR 2" Special Premiere Screening.



COLD WAR 2
Date: 4th July 2016 (Monday)
Venue: GSC Pavilion KL
Time: 9.00pm

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Media Release: Great Eastern Bubble Dash 2016 - Penang (5K) & Kuala Lumpur (21K, 12K, 5K)



KUALA LUMPUR, 27 June 2016 – Heart Foundation of Malaysia (Yayasan Jantung Malaysia) announced its collaboration with Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad (Great Eastern Life) to present the Great Eastern Bubble Dash Run 2016 which will be held in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

For the first time in Malaysia, this year’s 5km Fun Run category will be based on multi-coloured bubble (made out of foam) stations placed throughout the running route. The recurring partnership follows the success of last year’s inaugural Great Eastern Colour My Heart Run, which was sold out at both venues. The announcement was made today by YABhg Tun Ahmad Sarji Bin Abdul Hamid, President of the Heart Foundation of Malaysia at Yayasan Jantung Malaysia and YBhg Dato Koh Yaw Hui, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern Life.



YABhg Tun Ahmad Sarji said, “We are proud to collaborate with Great Eastern Life for the second consecutive year and we look forward to another fruitful partnership. Last year’s collaboration was a tremendous success raising over RM82,000 for the Heart Foundation of Malaysia”

According to YBhg Dato Koh Yaw Hui, the collaboration signifies both parties’ commitment in empowering the nation to embrace a balanced lifestyle through health and wellness initiatives.

He also added, “As a LIFE company, we want to empower more Malaysians to turn their health intentions into actions on their journey towards better living. Through this run, we want to demonstrate that an active lifestyle can be exciting, fun and a great way to spend quality time with our loved ones. For 2016, we want to be the first to bring a multi-coloured bubble run to over 25,000 Malaysians and inspire them to be fit and happy”



The Great Eastern Bubble Dash Run 2016 will flag-off at Queensbay Mall, Penang on 25 September 2016 and will make its way to Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur on 23 October 2016. It will be one of the signature events under the company’s Live Great Programme, the first integrated health and wellness programme developed by an insurance company in the region designed to help people in achieving their health goals.

Participants of the highly anticipated 5KM Fun Run category will pass through several stations where they will be showered with coloured bubble and foam, enjoy heart-pumping music and a host of other surprise activities. This category will be a leisure run and caters to runners of all ages and fitness levels. Early bird and LIVE GREAT Card member registrations start at RM 55, which includes a T-shirt, face mask, number bib and a pair of sunglasses.

For runners who are aiming to test their athletic prowess, they will have the option to sign up for either the 12KM LIVE GREAT Run category or 21KM LIVE GREAT Run category. The latter is a newly introduced category that will cater to an increasing demand from professional runners. Both categories will be an endurance race and will only be available at the Kuala Lumpur event. Early birds and LIVE GREAT Card members will enjoy a registration fee of RM 65 for the 12KM category and RM 75 for the 21KM category.

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After completing their run, participants will also enjoy a post-event carnival (also known as the Healthy Heart Carnival) at both locations. The carnival will be open to runners for FREE and will feature exciting on-site offerings such as free health screenings, Live Zumba workout sessions, on-stage entertainment and exciting giveaways. Other attractions include various food and beverage stalls, interactive games and inflatable objects for children to play.

“The importance of providing a wholesome and positive participant experience in an event like this is critical if we are to reinforce the message of having a healthier lifestyle. As heart disease and stroke are still the number one killer in Malaysia (almost double the number of cancer-related deaths) we want to reduce this statistic by inculcating an active lifestyle through more proactive approaches.” stated Datuk Dr. JS Sambhi, Chairman of the Heart Foundation.

While encouraging Malaysians to live healthier and better in line with the Great Eastern Life brand promise, the run also incorporates a charity element whereby a portion of the proceeds from registrations will be channeled to the Heart Foundation of Malaysia.

For information on ticket pricing and discount information, please visit www.greateasternbubbledash.com and follow the Bubble Dash Facebook page for the latest updates and special promotions.

NBOS Run (11K, 5K) & Ride (16K) Putrajaya



What? NBOS Run & Ride Putrajaya

Where? PICC, Present 5, Putrajaya

When? 14 August 2016 (Sunday) 5:30 am

Who? Organised by MAKSAK Malaysia & Kementerian Belia & Suka

Closing date: Monday 4th July 2016 Extended to 31 July 2016 or upon reaching the maximum of 4,000 participants.








For more info, please visit http://msports.com.my/

Race Recap: Onesie Runsie 2016



For those uninitiated, Onesie was originally a term for an infant bodysuit, but in the 2000s has become a commonly used word for loose-fitting casual jumpsuits for adults! They come in various shapes and designs!

For the Onesie Runsie event held in Lake Garden on 29 May, we ordered out onesie online. We opted for a more "Malaysian" design - the Maybank Tiger! Heheh!



We didn't have time to test run the onesie but we had anticipated that it was going to heat up due to its fleece-like material. So, before the start of the run, we ensured that we were properly hydrated by having a chilled bottle of Lucozade! Yummy!



Honestly, we were a bit disappointed with the low number of onesie-wearing runners at the start line.



It was not made compulsory to wear onesie in the run but why go to a onesie run if you didn't wear one? We spotted a bunch of runners in tiger onesies roaring to go!



For those who dress-up to the occasion, we thank you! Thank you for he selfies too. Some onesies were too cute to ignore!



We were sweating buckets in the onesie but we kept moving!



The run took us around the lake twice! The inside of the onesie was dripping with sweat! It was like a personal sauna.



We finished the run nonetheless without getting heat-stroke. Heheh!



Running in onesie was indeed fun but we wished that we would have chosen a lighter material. Anyway, we were glad that we were well-hydrated before the run.



Specially formulated to improve hydration, the carbohydrates in Lucozade provide energy while electrolytes help to replace the sodium lost in sweat. Great tasting too!

See you next year Onesie Runsie!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

AK Balloon Run 3.0 2016 @ Avenue K



[AK Balloon Run 3.0]

Run, Fuchsia, Run!

After an adrenaline packed kick off for the last 2 years, AK Balloon Run 3.0 is back! The fuchsia themed fun run will congregate running aficionados in KL City Center on 28th August 2016, Sunday.

Date: 28th August 2016, Sunday
Venue : Main Entrance, Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur
Time: 6.30am (Collection of Balloons) 7.30am (Flag Off)

Categories :
Men's Open 7km - RM55
Women's Open 7km - RM55
Men's Veteran 7km - RM55
Men's International 7km - RM55
Women's International 7km - RM55
Family Fun Run 5km - RM125

Race Kit Entitlement :
Limited Edition Sling Bag
Race Bib
Dry Fit Race Shirt
Balloons
E-Cert
Pewter Coloured Medal

Cash Prizes & Lucky Draw Prizes total worth more than RM10,000




Manual Registration : Walk in via Avenue K, GF Info Counter
Hotline : +6010 2260345

Online registration is open.
Register Now : www.akballoonrun.com


Monday, June 20, 2016

Race Recap: BOH Eco Trail 2016



We quickly signed up for this race when we saw it was open for registration! Having done the earlier trail run by BOH a couple of years back, we craved for more run time in their beautiful tea plantation!



This time, the BOH Plantations Bukit Cheeding tea garden made an inspiring backdrop for 600 participants of the BOH Eco Trail 2016. We've got our trail shoes on by Reebok! Of course, Lucozade was a must-have item for our run.



At the flag off for the Run, Ms Caroline Russell, CEO of BOH Plantations said, “Many of us are not aware of this special forest with its unique flora and fauna, just off the Elite Highway."



Set amidst acres of tea bushes interspersed with tall coconut and oil palm trees, participants of the 8km charity Run had the unique opportunity of running through BOH’s Tea Garden which is rarely open to public.



And the views are too pretty to ignore. We’ve just have to take lots of break to snap some selfies along the way!



The key highlight was certainly the privileged access given to us into a restricted section of the adjacent Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR).



All the proceeds of the run will be donated towards the Peatland Forest Ranger Programme.



Would you say no to fresh young coconut drink? Nobody said no to these coconut, which were plucked from the BOH coconut plantation within the land itself. Lovely!



It was really a pleasant run. What made it more special - all proceeds from the registration fees for BOH Eco Trail 2016, totalling RM 28,000 were channelled to the Global Environment Centre (GEC), a regional non-profit organisation committed to work on environmental issues of global importance.



As part of the highlights during the run, we were treated to a showcase of Orang Asli performance. Handicrafts made from kulit kayu terap were also in display and for sale. All these items are made using wood and other materials sourced within KLFNR.



We hope BOH will continue to organise trail runs in their plantation! Thank you for opening your doors to us runners to help create awareness about the environment!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Media Release: Arnold Classic Asia 2016 Will Be Hosted in Hong Kong this August



Hong Kong, 14 June 2016, The world’s largest annual multi-sport festival is coming to Asia, with the inaugural Arnold Classic Asia being hosted in Hong Kong on 19-21 August 2016. An initiative of Arnold Schwarzenegger, it is a celebration of sports, fitness and health that brings professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts together in an atmosphere of competition, learning and sharing. It’s a festival for the whole family to participate in. Tickets are now on sale at www.arnoldclassicasia.com from HKD150 per adult, HKD80 for under 18 years and full-time students, and free entry for children under 12 years.



Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival will see global and local sports stars come together over one weekend. The debut festival will feature unique, non-stop sports competitions and interactive workshops from over 20 sports. From mind sports such as chess and Rubik’s Cube, to table tennis, skip rope, rugby, arm-wrestling, weight lifting, cycling, yoga, rowing, martial arts such as tai chi, judo, krav maga, kung fu and more. Attendees will also be able discover the latest in health and wellness trends, with the chance to engage with over 300 participating brands.

Established in the US 40 years ago, the festival has an international following on 6 continents including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and now Asia. Over 500,000 people around the world have attended an Arnold Classic in the last year, with over 30,000 athletes competing in 55 sports and events.

“Fitness teaches you things you could never learn in a classroom or boardroom. Fitness is a way of life. While internationally known as a business hub in the centre of Asia, Hong Kong has diversity even in sport, making it the ideal city to unite the Asian sports community at one event. I cannot wait to get to Hong Kong for the first Arnold Classic Asia. It will be unbelievable. We will have many sports there and some of the most powerful and muscular men and women. Join my fitness crusade. I'll see you in Hong Kong in August for the first annual Arnold Classic Asia!” says Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Mr. Herman Hu, Mr. Vince Ng and Prof. Richard Petty

The Multi-Sport Festival is brought to Hong Kong by businessman Richard Petty, Chairman of Arnold Classic Asia. “Hong Kong’s community comes together in a positive way for a lot of things, but this will be the first festival of sport in the region that brings families, friends and brands together at one time. Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival will be a place for entertainment, education, inspiration and participation. Bringing this global festival to Hong Kong unites people with something for everyone,” comments Professor Petty.



The Hong Kong community has shown strong support for the festival, with sports communities throughout the city coming together for the first time. The Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival advisory committee, made up of the leading sports administers and coordinators in the city, under the guidance of Herman Hu Shao Ming 胡曉明, BBS, JP, Vice-President of The Sports Federation and Chairman of the Olympic Committee of Hong Kong SAR. "It is exciting to see so many Hong Kong sports come together at one festival. It is important to understand the importance of sport in every child’s life as it contributes to a successful future by teaching skills such as team work, having a goal, sharing, focus and reflection to always striving to better yourself. Arnold Classic Asia encourages families, and especially children to try out sports in a fun and safe environment, hopefully allowing them to benefit from sport in all aspects of their everyday lives." says Mr. Hu.

The Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival is proud to have Alisports as a supporting partner. Alisports is organising an exciting Sports Festival in Beijing on July 18 that the team is delighted to support, Alisports "Mid Summer Olympic Night", a grand send-off to the Chinese Olympic delegation.



Arnold Classic IFBB Pro Show (Saturday 20 August, 6pm)

Additional to the festival, families and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy the debut Arnold Classic IFBB Pro Show. Watch the world’s strongest men demonstrate their formidable powers (and muscles) and see awe-inspiring Women’s Fitness showcases which combines gymnastics, acrobatics, dance and plyometrics with elegance and grace. The International Arnold Classic Pro Shows have a reputation for showcasing the best of the best IFBB champions, including current Arnold Classic bodybuilding champion, Kai Greene. Some of the all-time greats who have won Arnold Classic titles include Mr. Olympia champions Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler and Dexter Jackson. Arnold Classic Asia will also see the world’s strongest men battle it out for the Arnold Asia Strongman Classic. Don’t miss the athletes attempting feats of great strength and world record attempts. Tickets are now on sale at www.arnoldclassicasia.com from HKD 389.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Seminar (Sunday 21 August, 11am)

Hear from the greatest bodybuilder and 7 x Mr Olympia; Hollywood superstar; leading environmental advocate and businessman, and former Governor of California Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Don’t miss this inspirational talk from the man himself. Limited seats available. Tickets are now on sale at www.arnoldclassicasia.com from HKD 350.


Perfect Dates For Ramadhan



In observing the Holy Month of Ramadhan, Malaysia’s leading premium fresh juice supplier, Juice Works, has launched its brand new Fresh Dates Shake available at all 25 kioks.

This delightfully refreshing shake is chockful of nutrition to make it the perfect pick-me-up for Buka Puasa. After all, dates have long been a traditional staple served on dining tables across the world for families, friends and associates to enjoy together after a day of fasting during this holy month.

These precious fruits are harvested from palm trees under the Arecaceae family, botanically named as Phoenix dactylifera. Believed to have originated from the fertile riverbanks of the Nile and Euphrates in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, dates have been harvested for many years by nomadic tribes and are now grown commercially for a worldwide market.

“These delicious dates taste incredible when blended together with fresh apple and orange juice and our popular low fat berries yoghurt to make it a very nutritious drink that is ideal for breaking fast,” explains Juice Works Malaysia Director Ling Mooi Li.

“We are excited about introducing this delicious drink in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadhan and this drink will be available on our menu between now and July 31. We are even more excited to introduce our Buy One Free One Date Shake promotion which will run from 6pm to 8pm daily until July 7. In Malaysia, all communities have come to celebrate the breaking of fast together in a unique way that is truly muhibbah. We at Juice Works Malaysia hope to play a part in serving our signature nutritious and delicious drinks throughout this holy month especially with a fruit that has always been a significant part of breaking fast.”



Dates Shake is a made-to-order concoction that is sensational with the natural sweetness of specially selected imported Honey Dates combined with freshly squeezed apple and orange juice to add a scintillating touch. Yoghurt, enhanced with antioxidant-rich berries, adds a lovely creaminess to the refreshing shake.

Dates have long enjoyed a reputation as fruits that taste as delicious as they are nutritious. They aid in constipation and soothe intestinal discomfort and diarrhea. Dates are also rich with essential vitamins and minerals including calcium, sulphur, potassium and magnesium, and are also a source of dietary fibre to help promote a comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract.

What makes dates such an ideal companion especially after a day of fasting is in its ability to aid recovery. Many Muslims break fast by consuming dates, which helps them avoid incidences of overeating following a fast. As the body absorbs the rich nutrition offered by dates, it also helps to satiate hunger. Dates also help to regulate the digestive process, which is crucial after a fast. Additionally, dates boost energy levels well within an hour, as they are rich with natural sugar like fructose and glucose.

Aside from Dates Shake, Juice Works Malaysia offers over 30 choices led by the perennially popular Detox Juices range that includes carefully concocted drinks designed to support dietary goals, boost immune systems, soothe upset tummies or cleanse internal organs. The Berry Lovers range which blends zesty berries with low fat yoghurts and other energising fruits is also a favourite alongside Tropical Paradise which holds the key to a rich repertoire of the exotic delights of sunny regions such as dragon fruits, lychee, jackfruits, mangoes and melons.

Whether in need of a health supplement, a dietary support, or just the thrill of a chilled fresh drink on a sunny day, Juice Works Malaysia offers the finest natural ingredients to create that perfect drink.

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