Monday, September 30, 2013

Notice: Registration for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2013 closes TODAY!

Registration for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2013 closes at 2359hrs on Monday, 30 September 2013. Registration can be made here (

For these last three days of registration, the only two categories still available are the Full Marathon (42km) and the Kids Dash (750m).

Alternatively, complimentary slots in the other categories are available for anyone who can raise a minimum of $200 for charity, including the Singapore Sports Council’s SportCares, via the GIVE Asia platform - To redeem one of the complimentary entries, individuals must meet the fundraising target by 14 October 2013.

Once the target is met, individuals must complete the following form to receive their unique registration code -

SCMS 2013 supports SportCares which is the philanthropic arm of the Singapore Sports Council with the focus on using sport as a force for social good. GIVE Asia is the Official Charity Platform for the SCMS 2013.

The Marathon, taking place on Sunday, 1 December 2013, is Singapore’s marquee running event and was recently awarded Best Sports Event (Local) at the Singapore Sports Awards 2013.

Press Release: The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013

Kennedy Kiproo Lilan emerged as the champion at this year’s Standard Chartered KL Marathon


Kuala Lumpur, 29 September 2013 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon crowned this year’s champions Kennedy Kiproo Lilan of Kenya and Rose Chekurui Kosgei from Kenya, who won the Men’s and Women’s Full Marathon with respective times of 02:19:01 and 02:41:05.

Rose Chekurui Kosgei coming up top in the Women’s Full Marathon Open Category

The Men’s Full Marathon first runner-up medal with a time of 02:19:35 went to Chelimo Luka Kipkemoi of Kenya just ahead of Kosgei Robert Kilagat from Kenya (02:19:50). Viola Chepleting Bor from Kenya was the second to cross the line in the Women’s Full Marathon with a time of 02:41:26, while Rose Kerubo Nyangacha from Kenya finished third (02:42:31).

Malaysian Full Marathoners were not far behind with Fabian @ Osmond Bin Daimor earning the Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s Title and Yuan Yu Fang taking the Malaysian Women’s category with a time of 02:41:55 and 03:37:16 respectively.

Fabian @ Osmond Bin Daimor clinched the title of full Marathon Malaysian Men’s Winner this year

As the prize package offered for Standard Chartered KL Marathon remains the highest amongst all marathons in Malaysia, this year’s marathon prize package was increased to a total of USD112, 000.

Some 33,000 runners took off from the starting lines in Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Parlimen throughout race day, solidifying the Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s position as the largest marathon event in Malaysia. Y. Bhg. Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Hj. Talib, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur started off Race Day with a blast by firing the first gun to signal the start of the Full Marathon category.

Other dignitaries present at the marathon were Y.B Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports, Malaysia, YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Mohd. Sheriff Mohd. Kassim, Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia; Osman Morad, Managing Director & CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Y.Bhg. Dato Zainal Abidin bin Haji Ahmad president of the Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAF) and Chua Seck Guan, CEO of MSIG Insurance.

Osman Morad, Managing Director & CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia said, “We are proud to be the title sponsor of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon for the fifth year. Seeing an increase of more than 17 percent runners gather together to ‘run for a reason’ this year inspires us all to do better and greater things. I’m so pleased to see the Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s tremendous growth this year, and we hope the runners and spectators alike spread the ‘marathon spirit’ throughout Malaysia and the world.”

Rainer Biemans, Project Director, Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 said, “The success of today’s event truly cements the Standard Chartered KL Marathon as one of Malaysia’s premiere sporting events. On behalf of the organisers, I’d like to thank everyone for their dedicated support and commitment that went into making this day a great success. I would also like to extend congratulations to all of the 33,000 local and foreign runners that ran for a reason today!”

S. Vegiyathuman, General Secretary of the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association said, “In the five years that The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has been here, so much growth has taken place and the community is now closer than ever before, thanks to this iconic running event, positive terms of participation and event organisation. But what is interesting to see is how the running feedback from the running community demonstrates the significance of the Standard Chartered KL marathon to them, with some even stating that the highlight of the marathon is to see the city of Kuala Lumpur with the company of family and friends. We hope and wish for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon to continue growing, and we are proud with the success gained thus far.”

Yuan Yu Fang, the winner of the Marathon Malaysia Women category is flanked by Loh Chooi Fern, the first-runner up on her left and Choong Swee Ying, second-runner up on her right

Berbard Mwendia Muthoni, Kenya took home the men’s Honda Half Marathon title, clocking 01:07:26 while Ann Mukuhi Njihia, Kenya won the women’s category of the half marathon at 01:17:04.

The only relay race in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the MSIG Ekiden category saw the winner, Ekiden – New Balance take home the first prize for being the fastest to team to complete the 21km distance.

Ahmad Luth Bin Hamizan took home the winning title of the 10km Speed Category at 00:32:21 while Yuan Yu Fang won the female 10km Speed Category with the time of 00:42:39.04.

The Ministries Challenge category saw Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia emerge as the winner with a time of 03:28:06. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) came in a close second with the time of 03:30:12 and the Economic Planning Unit came in third with a timing of 03:31:31.

In the Corporate Challenge category, in which organisations in Malaysia ran for charity, Telekom Malaysia Berhad took the winning title with a speed of 02:34:14, followed by PETRONAS Chemicals Group Sdn at 03:18:08 and GENTING MALAYSIA BERHAD at 03:24:25.
The Universities Challenge category saw more than 10 universities put on their running gear in friendly competition. The winners, Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman KL were the fastest in reaching the finishing line, demonstrating their strong ability to work together as a team to achieve their goals.

[L-R] Kennedy Kiproo Lilan, Champion of Men Full Marathon this year, Kosgei Robert Kilagat, 2nd Runner Up of the Marathon, Rainer Biemans, Project Director, Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013, with the top three winners from the Malaysian Men Full Marathon.

In addition to the title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Gold sponsors include MSIG and Honda. Official partners are Seiko, MYLAPS, New Balance, NTV7, 100 Plus and Li TV. The event is co-organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 is sanctioned and supported by the relevant international and local sporting authorities- Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF), Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTAAA), International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), Association of International Marathons, Distance Races (AIMS), and National Fitness Council (NFC).

Friday, September 27, 2013

Press Release: Elite Runners Are Back To Break Record in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013

(From left) Liz Kamaruddin, Lili Suhairi, Viola Chepleting, Munyaradzi Jari & Rainer Biemans

Kuala Lumpur, 27 September 2013 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon held a pre-race press conference of elite runners yesterday, just two days before the Marathon, bringing together all three elite athletes all the way from the African countries and Malaysia to Pacific Regency. The elite athletes arrived a few days before race day to start their acclimatisation process.

It’s been said that all it takes to be effective is to find someone else who has achieved what you want, and do what they do. In this vein, there are incredible insights to be gained from the success of these elite runners.

More than 3,600 foreign nationalities from 73 different countries will be part of the 33,000 runners participating in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon this year. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has played a tremendous part in Malaysia gaining a foothold in the world of sports with the continuous achievements by international and national athletes for the past four (4) years in the KL Marathon.

“As an iconic race in Malaysia, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon has placed the nation on the global running map. International and local runners have the opportunity to compete and navigate a challenging route covering historical landmarks around the city of Kuala Lumpur. We have a great blend of very talented athletes that have performed on grand stages around the world. I am sure this will set for some notable competition in this year’s Marathon,” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013.

Liz Kamaruddin, Country Head of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia added, “The blend of international experts and local talents coupled with the experience and best practices garnered from Standard Chartered nine marathons worldwide has contributed to the success of the KL Marathon. The values of the Marathon of perseverance, going the distance and commitment to excellence are synonymous with our values. We are proud to be part of this significant country event.”

When the word “challenge” was mentioned at the press conference - there was little doubt route and conditions are about to play a huge part in the 5th edition of the Marathon that starts bright and early this Sunday with start of the Full Marathon at 4.30am. Athletes took time out to speak with the media, check out what they had to say below.

“My objective for the upcoming Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon is to win first place in the race and, of course try my best to break the previous year’s record. I have been training consistently in Zimbabwe before I arrived in Malaysia and hopefully, the result will be a positive one,” said Munyaradzi Jari from Zimbabwe during the press conference.

Viola Chepleting Bor from Kenya added that, “The environment condition in Malaysia is generally good for running, so this may help to achieve my personal best at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013.”

In a world of constant change, the fundamentals are more vital than ever. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon will continue to grow the sport’s culture in Malaysia making it an important part in nation building. With the theme, “Run for a Reason”, this year’s Marathon comprises of 19 categories; provides participation opportunities for all walks of life to run with different and unique reasons.

“With 33,000 enthusiasts running the Marathon, every one of them has a victorious story. One of the more rewarding aspects of organising the Marathon was putting our arms around the remarkable accomplishments of some of these runners – from raising funds for charity, remembering lost loved ones, losing significant amounts of weight to attempting to set a world record,” added Biemans.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2013 is again made possible by title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank, in partnership with the event owner and organiser, Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd, and co-organiser, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) with strong support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports; and gold sponsors MSIG and Honda.

The Marathon will start and end at one of Malaysia’s most historical sites in the city, Dataran Merdeka on 29 September 2013.

Press Release: TESCO Walk For Life 2013

Register Now and Walk In Support of ‘Helping Children with Leukaemia’ (HCWL)

KUALA LUMPUR, September 27, 2013 –Tesco Malaysia, in escalating its efforts to Help Children with Leukaemia today launched its sixth annual Walk for Life 2013 at University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) in support of underprivileged children suffering from leukaemia.

Under the theme of 'Helping Children with Leukaemia’, the 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. The 5-kilometre fun walk which is set to take place on Sunday, 17 November 2013 will be held at the scenic University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur campus, and is jointly organised by Tesco Malaysia and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

Present at the launch was Azlam Shah Alias, Tesco Malaysia Director of Government Relations & Corporate Affairs, Lee Ann Low, Tesco Malaysia Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Professor Dr. Hany Ariffin, Senior Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at UMMC and supportive celebrities Vince Chong and Vanessa Chong who also visited the children’s ward.

The Walk for Life is expected to raise RM50,000 to help bear cost of medication, treatment and hospital travel expenses for young leukaemia patients.

“With proper medical care and treatment, the underprivileged children we’ve seen suffering from leukaemia have every chance to lead healthy and normal lives. Given the fantastic work at the Paediatric Oncology Ward at UMMC, we’ve seen the remarkable cure rates of 85 percent amongst leukaemia patients. We would like to take the opportunity to encourage the public and corporations to do your part and join us at our exciting Walk For Life 2013. These funds will go a long way to provide for medical treatments for the children,” said Azlam Shah Alias.

In addition to the walk, the event will also feature fun and exciting activities such as a Clubcard Cop!Cop! Day Challenge where Tesco Clubcard members participating in the Walk will have the chance to win up to 1,000,000 Clubcard points (worth RM10,000). To win Clubcard Cop! Cop! Day Challenge, participants would have to race through a series of obstacles including carnival games, a water barricade, a tyre challenge, a maze and ‘Speedy Gonzales’.

“Medical supplies and treatment costs for leukaemia patients can be very costly and many families from poor socio-economic backgrounds are not able to support the additional burden of hospitals bills, loss of income and travel costs in sending their child to the hospital frequently for treatment. We would like to use this fun walk as an opportunity to encourage our customers, vendors, suppliers and the general public to join us and make a difference. Young survivors of leukaemia will also be joining us for the walk to encourage and motivate other patients still undergoing treatment. Together, we can help motivate these children and families in hopes for a better life,” added Azlam.

Since the launch of Helping Children with Leukaemia campaign in August 2012, Tesco has raised over RM500,000 for the University of Malaya Medical Centre. The funds to help finance the children’s treatments are disbursed on a quarterly basis to deserving children with leukaemia identified by University of Malaya Medical Centre.

Giving an account on the success of Tesco’s Helping Children with Leukaemia programme, Prof. Dr. Hany Ariffin said, “Since the launch of the programme last year, 14 underprivileged children with leukaemia have benefited from the funds raised by Tesco. In fact, some of the children have made significant recovery and have returned to school. We are deeply appreciative of the support we have received from Tesco thus far and we hope that we can continue to help more children receive the treatment and care they so desperately need.”

Registration for the Walk For Life 2013 is now open. Sign up now at any Tesco stores in Klang Valley or UMMC or visit for more details.

Participation fees are RM15 for adults and RM10 for children (ages seven to 17). Families of four can also sign up under the family package for RM40. All children under the age of seven are allowed to participate for free. All registered participants will also receive a T-Shirt, starter breakfast and Tesco Green Bag with goodies. Registration closes 3 November 2013.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Run For Her Life Charity Run 2013

What? Run For Her Life Charity Run 2013

When? 27 October 2013 (Sunday) 6:30am

Where? Sunway University

Who? Organised by Sunway University

Why? Charity run to generate fund for Breast Cancer Welfare Association

How far? 5km

How much? RM28 For limited time only

For more info: Click FB Run For Her Life

Photos & Top 3 Results: Reebok One Challenge 18.95km 2013

They ran 18.95km, they did all the 9 challenges and they took home the trophies! Here are the winners of the Reebok One Challenge which took place at Putrajaya on 22 September 2013.

Men's Open

1. Charles Kimingi Thaiya 1:07:15

2. Nattawut Innum 1:08:21

3. Mohd Affindi Nudin 1:11:36

Women's Open

1. Noor Amelia Musa 1:22:12

2. Suwaree Deenak 1:29:50

3. Kimberley Yap 1:36:27

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BFM - The Intermark Race To The Top 2013

What? BFM - The Intermark Race To The Top 2013

When? 7 December 2013 (Saturday) 8:00am onwards

Where? The Intermark, Kuala Lumpur.

Who? Organized by Purple Antz Events Sdn Bhd

Runwitme Says: The Intermark is organising its 2nd charity race, teaming up with media partner BFM89.9 who is celebrating its 5th year anniversary. This time, the race has been designed to be anything but conventional. Not only will you be racing up to the 63rd floor of the Vista Tower but you’ll also be engaging in activities similar to the Amazing Race! Read the full press release HERE.

Press Release: Be The Movement” World Hunger Relief Charity Walk 2013


KUALA LUMPUR, 5 September 2013 – KFC and Pizza Hut Malaysia are extending their invitation to all Malaysians to join them in their yearly initiative to help end world hunger. The Global World Hunger Relief (WHR) campaign under Yum! Brands, Inc., with Malaysia’s local initiative entitled “Step Out, Stop Hunger”, will not only create public awareness, but also generate funds which will be disseminated to those in need.

Aside from generating funds through sales of its WHR meals, KFC and Pizza Hut Malaysia will also be organizing a “Be The Movement” charity walk with all tickets sales going to the fund collection. At the same time, a photo story contest via its WHRMalaysia Facebook page will give opportunities for the caring public to submit an image that pinpoints poverty and hunger in our country, with a view to providing assistance to alleviate the poverty and hunger concerned. The best images submitted will win great prizes, while the person/family captured in the photo will receive help from the donations collected through the WHR funds.

“As we go on our daily lives eating complete and healthy meals three times a day, we ought to stop and remember that there are others out there struggling to get even a bite of food just to keep alive”.

“For that reason, we at KFC and Pizza Hut Malaysia are determined and committed to help eradicate hunger issues,” said Datuk Ahmad Zaki Zahid, Managing Director, QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd (operator of KFC and Pizza Hut), in an announcement on the WHR campaign today”.

The “Be The Movement” charity walk will take place in Putrajaya on Saturday, 5 October 2013, whilst the Facebook Photo Story Contest will commence from 18 September 2013 till 18 October 2013.

“This is the first time that we are getting public participation via social media, to highlight to us those who really need our help. Through this simple contest, we hope that the public would be more aware of their surroundings and play an active role to tackle poverty and hunger.

“As for the charity walk, this is going to be our sixth year organizing the event and we are targeting to get 14,000 participants, if not more,” Ahmad Zaki said.

The walk will cover a route that will begin and end in front of Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3 and will be launched by DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, consort of the Sultan of Johor.

Local celebrities and entertainers including Anuar Zain, Hafiz AF7, Najwa Latif, Sleeq, and Black (Mentor) have also pledged their support to the campaign through entertaining the public and participants at a mini concert on the event day which will be held starting from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Other popular celebrities who will also be joining and supporting the charity walk are Vanidah Imran, Rashidi Ishak, Aishah Sinclair, Atilia, Dynas, Daphne Iking and Sazzy Falak.

The registration fee for members of the public wishing to join the walk is RM25.00 and each participant will get a sporty limited edition microfiber “Be The Movement” t-shirt to wear during the walk, a certificate of participation, a meal coupon, and a goodie bag. They can register from now till 3 October 2013.

Registration can be done through 14 designated KFC and Pizza Hut outlets or through the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (F.T.A.A.A.) Office, Twenty First Century Sports (M) Sdn Bhd or by logging in to

The seven KFC outlets handling registrations are those at Wangsa Maju Drive Thru, Subang 2 Drive Thru, KLCC, Section 7 Shah Alam, Tasik Prima Puchong Drive Thru, KL Sentral, and The Mines. The seven Pizza Hut outlets are those at Mid Valley, Sunway Pyramid, Alamanda Putrajaya, Kajang Semenyih, Kuchai Lama, Kota Damansara and Kepong Metro.

“The walk is to raise money for WHR and to create greater public awareness of the current situation in many underdeveloped nations facing a constant struggle to provide enough food for their people and put an end to famine and starvation,” Ahmad Zaki added.

Since its inception in 2007 and up till last year, KFC and Pizza Hut have raised a total of RM8.6 million in this charity effort.

The funds collected were distributed to United Nations WFP to be spent on hunger relief work in third-world, underdeveloped countries and also to various local charities in Malaysia.

For further details, please visit:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Press Release: Maybank Wild Tiger Run 2013

Run wild to save the Malayan Tiger!

Kuala Lumpur, 17 September 2013 – Today Maybank announced its support for the first-ever run for the Malayan tiger organised by the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT). The Maybank Wild Tiger Run will be held at Bukit Jalil Park on 9 November 2013.

Eliza Mohamed, Head of Corporate Affairs for Maybank, pointed out that tigers have a special cultural significance as it is part of our country’s emblem. “Tigers play a critical role in our ecosystem. As the top predator, it controls the population of its prey species and when its numbers face a dramatic change, it throws the entire ecosystem out of balance. Since humans are a part of this ecosystem, any changes will inevitably affect us as well.”

“That is why telling the tiger story is important to us. In recent years, Maybank has doubled our efforts to support the cause of environmental conservation. Since 2010, we have contributed close to RM1.5 million to support conservation efforts. Our employees have been a part of some of these community engagement programmes, talking to people who live in communities surrounding wildlife habitats.”

“Raising awareness is one thing but it does not bear much weight if it is not followed by action. Everyone has a role to play if we are serious about saving these felines,” she said.

The run aims to increase awareness on the plight of the Malayan tiger and to raise funds for conservation efforts by MYCAT. It also celebrates 10 years of partnership between the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia Programme and WWF-Malaysia on tiger conservation in Malaysia.

“Looking back at the inception of MYCAT in 2003 and our 10th anniversary this year, I must say that the alliance has been a great platform for collaboration among the conservation partners. It has helped us move forward as one unit in facing the ever-growing threats to tigers and the challenges in saving them. With a renewed sense of urgency and hope, we will strive harder to save our national heritage – the Malayan tiger,” said Executive Director/CEO of WWF-Malaysia, Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma.

Ten years ago, only about 500 tigers roamed Malaysian jungle. Today the number is even less. Despite the conservation efforts of the government and MYCAT, forests and tigers are still very much at threat, as illustrated by the recent seizure of a tiger carcass in Kelantan.

“The seizure was a stark reminder of the harsh reality faced by our wildlife. The full brunt of the law must be used against the suspect, and he must face society’s alarm and anger. Maybank, Malaysia’s most valuable brand, is taking a huge lead to make sure that tigers exist, which is most welcomed. This also enables them to wear their corporate logo with pride,” said Director of Wildlife Conservation Society-Malaysia Programme, Dr. Melvin Gumal.

Executive Director of Malaysian Nature Society, Mohamed Shah Redza Hussein added that MNS is proud of this conservation partnership. He said, “Tigers are important for the conservation of other species, including their habitat that is our natural forests. The conservation of tigers will also ensure the protection of our natural forests and our biodiversity, thus enhancing the health and well-being of our planet.”

“We need to up our game in a big way if we are to save tigers. We have a National Tiger Conservation Action Plan that needs greater government and public support.” said Senior Communications Officer of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Elizabeth John. "You can start showing that having wild tigers means something to you by participating in this run. Come and run like you are chasing a poacher!"

The run will consist of a 10km competitive race and a 3km ‘fun run’, and a prize will be given to the best-dressed tiger-themed participant. The 10km finishers will receive a special tiger medal.

There are five categories for the 10km run – Men Open, Men Junior Veteran, Men Senior Veteran, Women Open and Women Veteran. Registration for the 3km ‘fun run’ is open to those aged 13 years and above, while children aged 12 and below may participate for free.

Race pack collection will be held on the ground floor of The School @ Jaya One on 2 and 3 November 2013. A Tiger Expo will be held simultaneously, featuring booths and talks by all MYCAT partners as well as activities for children such as a colouring contest and face-painting.

Open to the public, visitors would be able to hear about the life of tiger biologists, learn more about what is being done to save the Malayan tiger, and how they can help.

To register for the run and for more details on activities at the Tiger Expo, visit

Other sponsors of the Maybank Wild Tiger Run include Malaysia Building Society Berhad (MBSB), Ajinomoto (M) Bhd., Justlife Group Sdn. Bhd., McDonald’s Malaysia, Rohto-Mentholatum (M) Sdn. Bhd. and The Body Shop.

Any other companies or individuals who are interested in supporting the run are welcome to contact MYCAT at

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Is The Rat Race The Most Hazardous Race in Malaysia?

The Kuala Lumpur Rat Race is a unique road race where corporate citizens trade their office footwear with running shoes for charity. The Race covers 4.5 kilometres through the busiest roads in the commercial heart of Kuala Lumpur, starting and finishing at the grounds of Bursa Malaysia. The competition is stiff among the corporate teams who are out to outrun each other.

It was a fun event to watch until we saw two runners dropped down to the ground and had to be carried away for medical attentions.

First case involved a girl who suddenly screamed and then stopped in the middle of the road. She was brought to the road side and the St. John Ambulance was alerted. Her skin was pale as ghost. She complained that her leg hurt so much that she was not able to move. Few minutes later, she was carried away using in a stretcher. She could be suffering from cramps or sprains. Or even worse - broken bones. We don't know....

UPDATE (19 Sept 2013): The girl was admitted to Tung Shing. She had fractured her hip in the final push. She has had surgery and now recuperating.

Second case was kinda weird. This fellow was seen making a detour from the actual race route. He made a turn after the St Andrew Chapel instead of going straight back to the finish line. Later, he was found on the ground semi-conscious.

We suspect the poor man was severely dehydrated which led to disorientation. The heat was intense when the race was flagged off at 4:00pm. Add smog from the vehicles on the busy road and a lung busting 4.5km dash, viola - a recipe for the most hazardous road race in Malaysia!

UPDATE (19 Sept 2013): We have received a thank you note from the guy who passed out - "Hi there - Thanks for the Rat Race blog post! I was the guy who 'fainted', it was due to heat stroke...and to be honest I cant remember anything pass Jalan P Ramlee...much less that I went down the wrong route. I was brought to Tung Shing and they brought my temperature and heart rate down and I passed out for 45 mins..potential dangerous situation but I made it. Thanks for the pics..helps me recount what happen."

We must applaud the St John Ambulance. They came almost instantly upon receiving the distress calls. We hope the two poor souls are OK.

We were also worried about the safety of the runners on the busy roads. Take a look at the photos...

Basically, the runners had to weave through the traffic at the certain parts of the route.

She was lucky that she didn't need 9 lives to survive this....Yes, the bus was trailing right behind her!

Runners trying to cross the busy road...

A disaster waiting to happen...

The safety aspects of the KL Rat Race must be improved in the future.

We are not sure how many of the participants are regular runners. Probably they were signed up by their bosses and didn't had adequate training before the race. But to those who are planning to enter this race next year do take precautions.

1) Get medical clearance from panel doctors before signing up.
2) Have adequate mileage and proper training.
3) Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
4) Wear comfortable clothes and running shoes.
5) Properly warm up before race and cool down after race.
6) Make sure you listen to your body. Stop if you feel something is not right. Check out more tips for running safely HERE.

We have uploaded 324 pics in our FB album, feel free to check them out HERE.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Photos & Top 5 Results: McDonald's Olympic Day Run 2013

Attended by Yang Berhormat Datuk M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia and the newly appointed MD of McDonald's Malaysia, Stephen Chew, this year proved to be another successful round with a turn up of almost 15,000 people. Here's the top 5 results. Congrats to the champs!

Men’s Open (A) Category

1. R.Venugopal (33.08)
2. Thevan A/L Rajoo (33.17)
3. Shaharudin B. Hashim (33.49)
4. G. Elangovan, (34.21)
5. M.Murali (34.29)

Women’s Open (B) Category

1. Sheela Samyvellu (38.57)
2. Chua Khit Yeng (46.01)
3. Tan Boon Gaik (50.53)
4. Lim Qeng Yang (56.29)
5. Tang Siew San (56.30)

Men’s Jr Veteran (C) Category

1. Baskaran A/L Kuppusamy (34:51)
2. Vadivellu A/L Arumugam (36:18)
3. Ong Chin (38:21)
4. Subramaniam AL V. Poominathan (40:07)
5. Silahuddin Salim (41:41)

Men’s Sr Veteran (D) Category

1. Lee Chee Keong (29:48)
2. Liew Ching Lock (30:48)
3. Raja Arumugam (31:22)
4. Yew Fook Keong (32:26)
5. Loh Yeou Jing (33:29)

Women’s Veteran (E) Category

1. Annie Lee (32:00)
2. Phyllis Liew (33:15)
3. Yee Yoke Lan (36:32)
4. Ruth Abellan (39:10)
5. Wong Shook Wai (39:42)

Men’s Junior (F) Category

1. Yashan Raj Annavi (23:56)
2. Ahmad Muhammad B Hamizan (24:05)
3. Sivanesan Gunasegaran (24:19)
4. Asif Rahman Jeyandran (25:13)
5. Rubben Sinnasamy (25:10)

Women’s Junior (G) Category

1. Manissha Arokiasamy (28:58)
2. Zoe Bowden (31:50)
3. Kim Khoo (31:55)
4. Siti Rahmadhani (33:21)
5. Fathiah Syahril (34:56)

Men’s Senior Citizen (H) Category

1. Mohd Yasan Rahman (18:40)
2. Chuah Seih Seng (19:01)
3. Tang Chee Choon (19:42)
4. Sallehuddin Rashid (20:05)
5. Abd Hamid Aris (20:36)

Women’s Senior Citizen (J) Category

1. Lai Yooh Ching (20:31)
2. Lim Lee Ping (21:14)
3. Chew Siew Yeng (22:30)
4. Lee Shew Keng (22:50)
5. Lui Yoke Hing (25:15)

Team of 4 (K) Category

1. Shaick
2. Ronnie
4. Fatty LYN

Primary School Boys (M) Category

1. Russell Liew (11:49)
2. Oliver Rios Trott (11:59)
3. Yap Jing Bo (12:15)
4. Aajitshwar A/L Ganesan (12:21)
5. Khoo Tneg Wei (12:35)

Primary School Girls (N) Category

1. Lau Jin Ying (13:22)
2. Tee Jing Wen (13:24)
3. Kiew Khar Shue (13:45)
4. Shartiqa A/P Lachumanan (14:01)
5. Tan Shi Qi (14:23)

Family (P) Category

1. Gallanher
2. Aril Running Club
3. Teoh Kiat Jin
4. Lim Swee Kheng
5. Raieimahidin