Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mizuno Wave Run 2014 @ Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3

What? Mizuno Wave Run 2014

When? 24 August 2014 (Sunday) 6:45am

Where? Dataran Putrajaya, Presint 3 Putrajaya

Who? Organised by World of Sports

How far? 16 & 10km

How much? RM60 (16km) & RM55 (10km)

How to register? Click



28 May, 2014 (Singapore) – Indonesia’s most loved Full and Half iron distance triathlon returns for its third season, with the organisers targeting its highest number of participants yet. Held over three-days, Saturday, 23 August through to Monday, 25 August, the main race day will take place on Sunday, 24 August, amongst the stunning backdrop of lush jungle and crystal clear waters of the Indonesian resort island of Bintan – a 45 minute ferry ride from Singapore. Each year Metaman Bintan attracts some of the world’s best professional triathletes such as Australia’s Olympian Courtney Atkinson and Switzerland’s iron distance legend Caroline Steffen, making it one of the top competitions on the calendar.

Organised by MetaSport, a leading sports management company in Asia with its head office in Singapore, MetaMan Bintan will provide endurance athletes with a unique race that will test their mettle in the competitive swim, bike, run to the finish line. The favourite remains the MetaMan Half consisting of 1.9km swim – 90km bike – 21.1km run. The race returns with its Full Category and an all New Metaman Blitz as well.

Nathalie Marquet, Managing Director, MetaSport said, “Triathlons for any new comer can be intimidating. We want to encourage more enthusiasts to take up challenging endurance races and with the MetaMan Blitz category; it still allows participants to have a taste of the iron distance triathlons without the physical demand. However, our core events, the MetaMan Full and MetaMan Half remains a strong draw and we are encouraged by the response to these categories each year”.

New Category for the Non-Competitive
After a successful test event last year, the MetaMan Blitz is back. A perfect race for the non-competitive:

MetaMan Blitz
The Blitz will comprise of a 1.2km swim – 55km bike – 7km run. Created to encourage wider participation of endurance races, the MetaMan Blitz is an ideal category for first timers who want to try their hands at such demanding races without having to commit to grueling distances. The Blitz is also a chance for non-competitive participants to truly enjoy the nature of such events.

The two favourite categories returning are:
MetaMan Full – 3.8km swim – 180km bike – 42.2km run
MetaMan Half – 1.9km swim – 90km bike – 21.1km run

Spectacular Setting for a World-Class Race
Taking place in the northern part of Bintan, participants will set off from the sandy beaches of Nirwana Gardens Resort Hotel, before diving into the crystal clear waters of the South China Sea. After triumphing over the East-West currents, the swim route will bring them back to the island of Bintan where they will begin their bike route, cycling through lush jungle, alongside the calm blue sea and stunning beaches. With rolling hills as part of the terrain, the bike route will be the ultimate test.

The end of the bike route will signal what most professionals deem as the true start to the race, the marathon. The marathon route will take participants through the famed, Wakatobi Jungle Track. The jungle bed is soft making it ideal for such a challenging race, which is bordered with dense trees, providing a shady respite through the last stage of the race. The final stretch is the slight incline along the Mayang Sari Beach Resort, where participants will take on six, 7km laps, through the resort’s grounds, rallied by the support and energetic cheer from the spectators and organising team.

Deeper and More Attractive Prize Purse
With a total price purse of S$134,000, the top prize for both men and women pros of the MetaMan Full will be US$30,000. There will be prizes for the top 6 men and women of the MetaMan Full. Courtney Atkinson, former Australian Olympian and professional triathlete, and Caroline Steffen, former Ironman European Champion and Vice-World Champion, clinched top spots in their respective categories last year.

Training and Safety Never Compromised
MetaMan Bintan as has an impeccable safety record with no safety breaches for both its 2012 and 2013 races. Also, to ensure that participants are physically ready to take on the challenge, participants can sign up for catered training programmes that will take place in Singapore.

For MetaMan Half there is a 14-week training plan that can be purchased for USD$150 that will take you through a step-by-step plan from the moment you register till event day.

For MetaMan Full there are personalised programmes that can be purchased from USD$120 that are designed to be detailed and focused on your goals. Participants who prefer some physical guidance can also take part in group-training sessions for only S$12 per session. There will be 10 sessions every week taking place at different locations throughout Singapore and will be a great opportunity for participants to meet like minded enthusiasts and train alongside them in a fun yet disciplined environment.

Triathlon Training Camp
In addition to this, participants can also take part in a 2 night Triathlon Training Camp that takes place from the 1 August 2014 to 3 August 2014 held in Bintan itself. This provides participants with the chance to feel the route itself and also familiarise themselves with the location. The camp with also have trained coaches who can guide them with any difficulties they might be facing and comes at the cost of S$435 which will include accommodation, meals and ferries.

Registration Fees
Registration fees for individuals are as follows:
MetaMan Blitz – US$175
MetaMan Half – US$295
MetaMan Full – US$585

Participants can also sign up for a relay with a group of three at:
MetaMan Blitz – US$320
MetaMan Half – US$460
MetaMan Full – US$730

The fee will include on top of participation, the goodie bag, medal, race certificate, polo shirt, beach towel, carbohydrate loading dinner, post-race massage and post-race buffet. There will be a 25% discount for participants with disabilities.

For more info, please visit

Friday, May 30, 2014

Press Release: KL SOGO & Peak Fitness bring Fashion and Fitness to the KL Car Free Morning!

Kuala Lumpur, 26 May 2014 - The city’s major department store, KL SOGO and its fitness centre, Peak Fitness will be part of the new sponsors for the upcoming KL Car-Free Morning. This is officially announced by the city mayor, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal during a press conference held at KL SOGO today.

He said the City Council is committed to implement the sixth series of KL Car-Free Morning with more outdoor recreation and activities planned to be implemented targeting youths and urban dwellers.

“Driven by go-green campaign, we are looking into new activities including mass fitness exercises apart from the normal cycling, jogging, roller blading, skateboarding, walking and jogging that is promoting health lifestyle to domestic and international tourists,” he added.

He also stated that the June series is also intended to celebrate 40-year-old Sino-Malaysia relationship which is part of the nation’s effort to enhance Malaysia and China ties This is crucial as it will impact our economy and tourism industry as tourists from China are the highest visitors from East Asia,” he ended before receiving mock cheques from KL SOGO, Peak Fitness, Milo and 100Plus.

Also attended the session is Managing Partner of Peak Fitness, Dr. Shaun Alexander Isitt and KLCFM 2014 Implementation Committee Chairman, Datuk Naim Mohamad.

Datuk Naim Mohamad who is also the deputy president of Malaysian National Cycling Federation stated this kind of programme has snowballed in every state of Malaysia.

“As of today, we can see municipal councils, organisations, clubs, government agencies and even residents’ associations hold cycling and outdoor activities now and again. This shows that Malaysians are looking forward to activities that help to improve not just health but also strengthen family bonding and this is where KL Car-Free Morning plays its major role on top of initiatives to reduce carbon emission.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Shaun Alexander said participation of Peak Fitness will create added values where we will let our certified trainers to lead chains of programme including the Mass Warm-Up, Zumba, Peak Fitness Climbing Challenge amongst others soon.”

More info about KL Car Free Morning at

Check out Peak Fitness website at

Friday, May 23, 2014

Press Release: Energizer Night Race Malaysia 2014

Energizer Malaysia Brings Back Signature Energizer Night Race To The Heart Of City

Power to unite and make positive changes for a brighter community

Kuala Lumpur, 22 May 2014 - Runners who are looking for something exciting and spectacular can certainly look forward to the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World.

The Energizer Night Race is back with a renewed commitment and will flag off 9th August from Dataran Merdeka, delivering not only a fulfilling race experience for runners but also to go the extra mile to make a positive impact to the community through a race for a brighter world.

In line with this global initiative, Energizer Malaysia is calling everyone to lace up their running shoes and power positive changes by bringing light to dark areas. Mr. Mike Foong, the Managing Director for Energizer Malaysia and Singapore, explains the drive powering the initiative, “Being a responsible portable power and lighting solutions market leader, we constantly recognize how we can do better to inspire public and deliver a world-class sporting event that embodies our aspirations and corporate responsibility.”

Together with race organizer Twenty First Century Sports Sdn Bhd, collaboration partner Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), and sanctioning body Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Association (FTKLAA), the race targets to have an estimated 15,000 runners to join Energizer Night Race 2014, making it the largest night race in Malaysia and at the same time, lead the charge of positive changes in our communities.

There will be six categories altogether: The 15 KM Men’s Open (18 years and above), 15 KM Women’s Open (18 years and above), 15 KM Men Junior Veteran (40-49 years old), 15 KM Men Senior Veteran (50 years old and above), 15 KM Women Veteran (40 years old and above) and the 5 KM Fun Run (7 years old and above). Registration fees are RM50 for the 5 KM route and RM60 for the 15 KM route.

With the starting point at Dataran Merdeka, a landmark for many momentous events in the city and Malaysian history, both the 5 KM and 15 KM routes have been carefully designed for runners to take in the wonderful vista of the city’s famous locations such as the National Monument, the Parliament, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building. There will also be a massive celebration waiting for runners when they reach the finish line.

The ‘Light Up The Dark’ initiative will be powered by participants registering for the Energizer Night Race and a further announcement on its details are coming. “We will soon be finalizing with the authorities on the specifics and I encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook to stay updated on Energizer Night Race 2014,” Mr. Foong added.

The signature global race series first had its beginnings in South Africa in 2007. To date, it has been held in Peru, Philippines, Mexico, and Spain with more than 220,000 runners lacing up their running shoes to help make a positive impact through the Energizer Night Race for a Brighter World.

The upcoming race is a key component of Energizer’s That’s Positivenergy implementation in Malaysia, and highlights its legacy of category leadership in bringing responsible portable power to the marketplace.

Inventor of the Energizer Ultimate Lithium Battery – the World’s Longest Lasting battery which is the perfect fit for all high-tech devices, and the Energizer Max which comes equipped with the Power Seal Technology that helps protect devices from leaks and store power for up to 10 years (when not in use), Energizer will continue providing longer lasting batteries that help people and their essential electronic devices stay powered while reducing waste at the same time.

The Energizer Night Race 2014 will be supported by Banana Boat, Schick, Brooks, Evian, Jake’s Charbroil Steaks, GNC Live Well, 100Plus, HooHA! Asia, Milo, Nestle Fitness, PowerBar, Nikon, and Soleus Running Watches.

Interested participants can register online at from 22 May to 8 July, and visit the Energizer Malaysia Facebook page for more information.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reebok ONE Challenge 2014

What? Reebok ONE Challenge 2014, Malaysia

When? 14 September (Sunday) 5:30am

Where? Precint 3, Putrajaya

How far? 20.5km (All terrains)

What obstacles?
01. first hurdle
02. Speed Shift - tyre challenge
03. cargo net crawl
04. monkey bar
05. Offroad Hill
06. second hurdle
07. stairways to heaven - stairs climb
08. ant hill
09. gradient run
10. trail run
11. the wall
12. Rice bag challenge (15kg)
13. mud crawl
14. angled wall
15. the bath tub - wet obstacle

How to regsiter? Click

More info? Click HERE

Press Release: Centro Klang Run 2014 is back with a new event- Centro Tower Run!

Centro Klang Run is back for the 6th consecutive year and this year, runners will be treated to a greater challenge- the Centro Tower Run.

Organized by Centro Mall, the Centro Klang Run will be held on 24 Aug 2014 (Sun) whilst the Centro Tower Run will be held on 23 Aug 2014 (Sat). We will be expecting 4,200 runners on Sunday and 500 runners for Saturday event.

CENTRO KLANG RUN is a half marathon event which consists of 9 categories: Men and Women Open, Veteran and Senior Veteran category; School Boys, School Girls, Fun Run and a Family Fun Run category. Back by popular demand, this has been the 3rd year for Family Fun Run where parent and child runs in pair. Open to runners of all ages; from budding runners at the age of 4 years old till the golden age of 50 years old and above. Runners must also be Malaysian citizens.

The theme of the run is Klang Heritage Trail where runners will run past various historical sites in Klang ie Little India Street, Kampung Kuantan, The Royal Gallery, Klang Railway Station, Istana Alam Shah and Klang Power Station before heading back to Centro Mall.

For the very first time in Klang and probably in Selangor, Centro Mall will organize its very first CENTRO TOWER RUN where runners get the fantastic opportunity to race up the staircase of the Tallest Tower in Klang!

This one of-its-kind race event will challenge runners to run up the Centro Office Tower- starting from the outside of the building before entering the mall to the tower staircase, to run up 567 steps or 90.72 metres to reach the finishing line on 31st floor.

Only participants who finish within the cut-off timing will be able to run to the top where they may take photos at the top for 5 minutes and will be ushered down via the lifts to attend the prize presentation ceremony at the Forecourt on Ground Floor.
This event is open to everyone but will be limited to 500 participants only. We believe this run will be physically demanding for some but it will be a good ground for runners to challenge themselves.

Early-bird registration opens now until 31 May 2014. There will be RM5 discount for runners for sign-up for a category in Centro Klang Run and Centro Tower Run. In conjunction with opening of the new non-halal hawker food court ‘Klang Ho Chiak’ at level 2, we will be offering RM10 free when runners sign-up for Centro Card with their IC and with a min top-up of RM10. This promotion will be extended only to participants of both runs only.

Prizes: The top 10 runners for category A to G of Centro Klang Run will win trophy & fabulous prizes consisting of K-Swiss sports voucher, Klang Ho Chiak and Dubu-Dubu dining vouchers, fitness passes and more!

The top 5 runners of Centro Tower Run will win trophy, K-Swiss sports vouchers, Klang Ho Chiak and Dubu-Dubu dining vouchers, fitness passes and more! Besides, participants from both events will be entitled to lucky draw during the prize presentation to win smartphones, fitness equipment, Klang Ho Chiak dining vouchers and many more!

Qualifying finishers will receive a custom-made finisher's medal and certificate. Runners will also receive a limited edition running t-shirt and goody bag filled with valuable cash vouchers & goodies!

Sponsors: Centro Klang Run and Centro Tower Run is made possible with the support of old and new sponsors and partners. Our new partners are Pej ADUN Sg Pinang, Multi-Purpose Insurans who played a bigger role as Main Sponsor this year; Marigold as Co-Sponsor; Revive, MBG (one of tenants of Centro Mall) and Perskindol are our new partners.

Our faithful supporter who are also our tenant- Shepherdoo Restaurant and Chopsticks, CHI Fitness, Dubu-Dubu; other event partners ie Active Guard, Kodomo Lion, Pusat Tuisyen A1, Gardenia, Garmin, Hospital Wanita Metro IVF, Vico and Waters. This year runners may also register online with our new partner-

Registration is open now via Customer Service Counter, Level 2, Centro Mall or online at

For further information, kindly contact Centro Mall Customer Service Counter at 03-3343 3011 (10am-10pm), visit Centro Mall facebook or website

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Locks Of Hope Charity Fun Run 2014 - Run With Wig, Run for Cancer

What? Locks Of Hope Charity Fun Run 2014 - Run With Wig, Run for Cancer

When? 19 Oct 2014 (Sunday) 7:30am

Where? Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur

Why? Part of the Locks of Hope Campaign to raise fund for cancer patients.

How far? 7km

How much? RM25

How to register? Click HERE.

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Runwitme Says: One of its kind in Malaysia. This run will see ruunners running with wigs to support cancer patients who lost their hair during chemotherapy treatment. The most outstanding wig worn througout the run will be awarded and the particular runner will be invited to model for Locks of hope's upcoming Fashion Show. Runner's entitlement includes running Tee, medal and goodies bag.

Organ Donation Night Run 2014

What? Organ Donation Night Run 2014

When? 24 May 2014 (Saturday) 8pm

Where? Dewan Tunku Chansellor, UM KL

Why? To promote organ donation as the rate is still very low in this country, making many people still suffer from organ failure, especially kidney failure!

How far? 5km and 10km

How much? RM35 and RM40

How to register? Registration is still OPEN. Registration can be done at FTKLAA and also before the run, at Dataran Tunku Canselor.

Runwitme Says: All participant are entitled to finisher medal, Brooks Tshirts and goodie bags with refreshments/food from Pullman Hotel, Bangsar.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Press Release: BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2014 Targets 10,000 Runners to Experience Wholesome Improvements


KUALA LUMPUR, 19th May 2014 - BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon is back again for its 5th edition with some 7,000 marathon runners already confirmed their participation for Malaysia's most sought after night run.

“I am deeply encouraged by this year’s early registration for BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon”, said Race Director, Mr. V. Nithiaseelan during the Press Conference of BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2014 held here today at Royal Chulan, Kuala Lumpur.

He is also confident that the night marathon is set to achieve 10,000 participation before the end of 31st July even though there have been an increase in such events in Malaysia.

"I believe that the enthusiasm to participate in BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon is due to the fact that it is a marathon with a difference, and every year we make it a point to make changes that will reflect our uniqueness," continues Nithi.

This year is no exception, BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2014 features changes which includes a new race route, tag line and insurance coverage for the runners.

Commenting on the route change, Nithi mentions that the new race route will highlight a mix of popular landscapes and the outskirts of Putrajaya.

"We believe the new route would present a more challenging race for professional runners, whilst at the same time allowing new runners to enjoy the amazing environment that Putrajaya has to offer," adds Nithi.

As an effort to stay true to the stature of being a night run with a difference, BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2014 also adds value for the runners with insurance coverage provided by the newly re-branded life insurance company, Gibraltar BSN.

According to Ahmad Latfan Mohd Amran, Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate Support) of Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon runners will be insured from the starting line up until they finish the race.

"We are glad that Gibraltar BSN is on board with us this year. The protection will give the runners an ease of mind during the race," said Latfan.

In addition, BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon 2014 also announces the new beneficiary for its 10km Corporate CSR run category. This year the night marathon is set to raise funds for Persatuan Disleksia Malaysia, an NGO that helps develop the ability of Dyslexic children to learn.

"We raised RM100,000 for our beneficiary last year and we hope the enthusiasm to participate in the 10km Corporate CSR run category will continue to grow for 2014," continues Latfan.

This year’s BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon’s new tag line is Night Runner, Nulli Secundus.(Latin for "Second to None")

Those interested to participate should visit or for more details on registration and payment methods.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

1st Charity Road ‘n’ Trail Run 2014 @ Taman Rimba Kiara

What? 1st Charity Road ‘n’ Trail Run 2014

When? 28 June 2014 (Saturday) 7.00 am

Where? Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Who? Organised by National Caring Society

How far? 7 km and 5 km

How much? RM 60.00

Why? To raise funds to support identified needy single Mothers with basic needs such as monthly food rations, medical expenses and sponsor the educational needs of their children as well as the underprivileged children residing in a number of Welfare Homes (irrespective of culture and religion differences) and to create awareness and values to respect the environment.

How to register? LIKE this FB Page

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rise 'N' Run 3.0 2014 @ Sekolah Sri Bestari Bandar Sri Damansara

What? Rise 'N' Run 3.0 2014

When? 10 August 2014 (Sunday) 6.30 am

Where? Sekolah Sri Bestari Bandar Sri Damansara

Who? A annual charity run organised by students of Sekolah Sri Bestari.

How Far & How Much?

How to register? Click

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Walk of Hope 2014 @ Bandar Utama

What? Walk of Hope 2014 (7km run and 2km amputee walk along)

When? 15 June 2014 (Sunday)7.30am flag off

Where? Dewan MBPJ , No 3 Jalan BU 3/1, Bandar Utama

Who? Organised by Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS) Youth

How far & How much?
A - Adult Open (Men/Women) 18 years old AND above - 7km - minimum donation of RM 60
B - Youth Open (Boy/Girl) Below 18 years old - 7km - minimum donation of RM 50
C - Amputee Walk Along - Open to all ages - 2km minimum donation of RM 30
D - Corporate Team - Group of 10 - 7km minimum donation of RM 1000

How to register? Click

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Press Release: RM 260,921 collected at Terry Fox Run KL 2013 in aid of Cancer Research In Malaysia

(Sitting from left to right) Mak Chin Kow, Josephine Tan, HE Judith St George, YM Tunku Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Yahaya, Dr Khoo Boo Khean, Prof Dr Teo Soo Hwang

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 May 2014 – The Terry Fox Run KL organising committee today presented a cheque of RM260,931 to – YM Tunku Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Yahaya, Chairman of the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF),at the CARIF laboratories in Ramsay Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya.

In all, a total of RM 260,921 was raised at the run held on 1 December 2013 at Taman Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur.

The presentation was made before an audience comprising HE Judith St George, the Canadian High Commissioner, and representatives from the Terry Fox Run organising committee, CARIF - donor organisations and individuals who had generously donated their products and services, as well as their time and effort, to the run.

Josephine Tan, Chairman, TFR KL Organising Committee presenting momento to HE Judith St George, High Commissioner of Canada

“We are very pleased to support CARIF in its efforts to make a difference in the fight against cancer not only in Malaysia but also at the global level,” said Josephine Tan, Chairman of the Terry Fox Run KL (TFRKL) organising committee

“No donation or contribution is too small or trivial, and we hope that more corporations and businesses will support the run. Most importantly, we hope more Malaysians will participate in 2014 to help increase awareness and contribute to cancer research” .

After the cheque presentation ceremony, HE Judith St George, corporate supporters and the volunteers were given a tour of the CARIF facility with an introduction to the cancer research programmes conducted by CARIF. “Funds from the Terry Fox Run have been used for research to identify new therapeutics for the treatment of oral cancer, the continued provision of BRCA genetic testing and counselling for breast cancer patients ,research into the discovery of new breast cancer loci and to look for pathway-specific anti-cancer compounds from our natural resources,” said Professor Dr Teo.

“CARIF is privileged to be working with - Terry Fox Run in support of cancer research - in Malaysia. On behalf of CARIF, I would like to thank the Terry Fox Run organising committee and all of the volunteers and participants of TFR KL, for their invaluable support and their dedication to carrying on the Terry Fox vision to seek a cure for cancer,” she added.

The Terry Fox Run, named after the young man who inspired these events, has been held in KL for the last 17 years and has attracted thousands of Malaysians from all walks of life. The Terry Fox Run KL has raised close to RM 2 million since 2003. Globally, since 1981, the Terry Fox Run has raised more than RM 1.9 billion, and attracts over 2 million runners each year, in aid of cancer research around the world. Last year’s run in Kuala Lumpur attracted an estimated total of more than 7,000 participants.

Terry Fox was 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. His right leg was amputated above the knee. Whilst in hospital, Terry was so moved by the suffering of cancer patients, especially the children, that he resolved to run across Canada (a distance of 8,500 kilometres) to raise money for cancer research. He called his journey the “Marathon of Hope”. He ran a marathon (42 kilometres) a day for 143 consecutive days - a total distance of 5,373 kilometres. Terry was forced to abandon his run as the cancer spread to his lungs and died at the age of 21. Before he died, he knew that a fund-raising event would be held each year, with the same objectives as the Marathon of Hope - to help find a cure for cancer.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Purple Walk 2014

What? Purple Walk 2014

Where? Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur (and simultaneously over few others venue nationwide)

When? 25 Mei 2014 (Sunday) 7:00am

Who? Organised by Department of Women's Development

Why? To celebrate International Women's Day

How much? FREE!

Runwitme Says: Bring your family members dressed in PURPLE. We heard there will be prizes for the best dressed. If you are not in KL, you can join other purplelicious people at the venue below.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Exclusive: Interview with AirAsia X’s CEO Azran Osman-Rani on Gold Coast Airport Marathon

Briefly tell us about the Kuala Lumpur -> Gold Coast Route by AirAsia X.
The Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast route has a very special significance for AirAsia X. It was our very first route that we launched on 2 November 2007. The first long-haul, LCC flight. At that time when we first started, we faced many challenges – either we were not given Government approvals to fly to many of the cities we wanted to fly (which we have subsequently overcome), or the airports in those cities were not interested in AirAsia X because at that time, long-haul LCCs were an unknown, unproven model.

We met Gold Coast who were very similar to us. They are a small airport that had big growth ambitions. They wanted to find an airline that would be the first connection for them to Asia (before us, their only international flights were to New Zealand). They believed in the simple, low-cost business model. And, they were hungry and ready to invest.

Today, that mutual partnership has blossomed. We have carried over 1 million passengers on this route alone, and we’ve put Gold Coast on the ‘must-see’ map for many Asian tourists, as well as open up Malaysia and Asia to Australians residing in Southeast Queensland.

You have run a few times in Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Tell us a little bit about this marathon.
The Gold Coast Marathon is one of the premier marathons in Australia. Its known as a ‘fast’ ‘personal-best’ course because of the ideal running conditions: flat course, cool temperatures, nice ocean breeze, and very cheerful atmosphere with many spectators along the course and music/entertainment. Many Asian runners have used the race to try to qualify for the Olympics. AirAsia have sponsored Cambodia’s national marathoner, Hem Bunting and Singapore’s Mok Yin Ren as they both try to get under the 2:18 time to qualify for the Olympics.

When did you run GCAM?
I ran GCAM from 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. 2009 was particularly memorable because GCAM was my first-ever full 42km marathon and I finished in 5:13. AirAsia have been sending our running team every year since 2009 as we are big supporters of the race.

How did you do?
My best 42km time there was 4:49 and 21km at 1:53.
(Personal Best was 3:40 at Osaka in 2012).

What are the memorable (funny, proud) moments in running the Gold Coast marathon?
Can’t beat the feeling of crossing that 42km finish line for the very first time. You always remember your very first completed marathon!

What are the differences between running in Malaysia and Gold Coast?
Gold Coast’s temperate climate and Ocean breeze in July makes for a much more pleasant running experience compared to Malaysia. I would estimate the difference in timing for an average 4-5 hour runner can be as much as 20-30 minutes.

What are the top three reasons a runner should run the GCAM?
1. Personal-Best quality running course
2. Great family destination with many tourist activities
3. Easy and convenient access with direct AirAsia X flights!

What are the tips for first time runner in GCAM?
1. Bring gloves as hands can get cold early in the morning
2. I also use an old long-sleeve t-shirt at the start of the race to stay warm, and discard it after a few kms running once the body heat picks up.
3. No real need to carry water or food because I find there’s enough along the race course. Stop for a quick break (or at least a walk break) at every stop
4. Find a hotel that provides shuttles to the race start venue

How do you reward yourself after GCAM?
Soaking tired legs in the cold salty ocean water – purportedly helps recovery!

What are the must see places and must do things when you are in GC?
Depends on personal preferences. If you bring family, most people like to go to the theme parks or just hang out at the beautiful beaches. My personal favourite is to see the Glow Worm caves at Tamborine Mountain. A very unique natural spectacle.
One year, the AirAsia running team went whale watching after the run, because July is whale season. Pretty fun catching a glimpse of the magnificent beasts out in the open ocean.

Are you going to run GCAM this year?
I’m afraid not this year as it falls during fasting month.

Photo courtesy of Azran Osman-Rani

Find out more about Gold Coast Airport Marathon at and

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.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Press Release: Standard Chartered, WeChat and Sony Mobile in Unique Collaboration

From L to R :Mr. Jason Smith, Director of Marketing, South East Asia and Oceania, Sony Mobile Communications, Ms. Amnah Ajmal, Head of Retail and Personal Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, Mr. Lai Shu Wei, Head of Brand and Marketing, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and Mr. Louis Song, Country Manager, WeChat Malaysia and Singapore.

Partnership to allow the Bank to offer promotions in conjunction with SCKLM

Petaling Jaya, 8 May 2014 – Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia (Standard Chartered) WeChat and Sony Mobile are working together to introduce innovative products and services in conjunction with the biggest running event in the country, Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM), to promote health and wellness.

This partnership reflects a strong, shared objective to reach out to the Gen-Y demographic. The collaboration will provide the opportunity to leverage on social media and to use a different approach to reach and engage customers.

The historical significance of this collaboration lies in the fact that Standard Chartered has become the first bank to work with one of the leading social messaging providers, WeChat, at the same time, the two parties will work with Sony Mobile to exclusively launch the global smartphone player’s SmartBand.

“Traditionally, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon has always been a corporate sponsorship event where Standard Chartered is the title sponsor and we promote our branding through the Race. This year, we are leveraging on the marathon to continue our commitment to serve our customers through innovative products and solutions.

“In order to do this, we have partnered with a social messaging provider, WeChat and via our official account – Standard Chartered MY to provide live updates of the marathon to our customers whilst driving our Standard Chartered JustOne Marathon account.

“We are also partnering with Sony Mobile to offer the SmartBand (exclusive to us) to all marathoners at a special price to bank on the health and wellness theme of the marathon,” said Amnah Ajmal, Head of Retail and Personal Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.

Recognising the huge potential of the marathon, the Bank has launched its JustOne Marathon Bonus Promotion. The first 5,000 new accountholders to sign up for the JustOne account will receive a RM120 discount to purchase the latest Sony SmartBand or Sony Xperia phones. Each successful application will receive the promotion code via SMS and customers can log on to to purchase the device.

Customers can further benefit from this promotion by making deposits into their account; the more they save, the higher the interest they will earn. This promotion will run from now till 31 July 2014.

In addition, customers and marathoners can follow the Official Account on WeChat (ID: standardcharteredmy) to receive a RM100 off the retail price for Sony Smartband which currently retails at RM399, and also the latest updates on other promotions and privileges, running tips, running clinics and the latest announcements on the Marathon.

“We are honoured to be the Social Media Partner for Standard Chartered Bank via their Official Account platform on WeChat. Besides receiving the latest content, users can now apply for a Standard Chartered credit card through the Official Account on WeChat. Our team is working closely with valuable content and services partners like Standard Chartered to enrich and enhance our application to WeChat users in Malaysia and we hope that Standard Chartered will continue to further leverage on our platform.”

“Our ultimate objective is to make WeChat more than just an instant communication application, but an all-in-one smart application that can cater for every user’s lifestyle and needs,” said Louis Song, Country Manager of WeChat, Malaysia and Singapore.

“We are honoured to be a part of this exciting partnership, alongside very dynamic partners like Standard Chartered and WeChat. Sony Mobile’s involvement in this partnership effortlessly embodies the Sony ethos by adding colour, fun and entertainment to the user experiences to create a perfect synergy with the health and wellness concept of the marathon,” said Jason Smith, Director of Marketing, South East Asia and Oceania, Sony Mobile Communications.

The Sony SmartBand and Core represent an entirely different proposition from other products in the “wearable” category. The Sony SmartBand is an innovative life logging wrist band that lets you keep track of everything you do. With lifelog, the Sony SmartBand is the perfect companion for the Standard Chartered marathon participant who wants to keep track of their lifestyle in line with their training regime for the marathon. It is discreet and designed to look great with any clothing style. To top it off, this piece of wearable technology is waterproof, allowing users to keep it on no matter what they are doing.

“The Sony SmartBand stands for a holistic life logging experience, diarising communication and entertainment and making that data accessible, useful and enjoyable for users in addition of course to tracking fitness and health,” Smith added.

With participation increasing every year since its inception, last year’s Standard Chartered KL Marathon registered more than 33,800 runners. This year, the organiser, Dirigo Events, is expecting more running enthusiasts to be part of Malaysia’s biggest running event with 35,000 slots opened to the public.

Six years running and with a new tagline, “Confident. Committed. Courageous,” the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 is set to encourage commitment to a healthy lifestyle, enhance people’s confidence, and to celebrate the courage of participants.

Press Release: "Runbell is Bling with a Ring!" Provides Frustration Free Running for Urban Runners

Tokyo, Japan— Kevin Nadolny, currently living in Tokyo, Japan, has come up with the solution for safely running in the of the high traffic of many cities. “During my runs to and from work in the heart of Tokyo, I realised the need to create a safer running environment for both urban runners and pedestrians.”

The Runbell weighs just one once, but delivers both a powerful and pleasant ring. “Runbell is a stylish running accessory,” said Nadolny, “and will make sidewalks and running paths safer for everyone.” Runbell comes in two sizes, each with two pairs of soft, silicon inserts for adjustability and comfort.

After creating successful prototypes, Kevin is ready to mass produce Runbell and bring frustration free urban running to everyone. “Runbell is both original and beautiful,” Said Nadolny, “You’ll be sure to catch the eyes and ears of other runners and pedestrians.

The Runbell Kickstarter Campaign will begin May 5th, 2014, and are looking to hit the ground running.

Price: 20 dollars for early supporters. 25 dollars typical.
Availability: We ship worldwide from Tokyo. Ship date is September.

For more information about the Runbell, please visit Runbell’s home page at and HERE.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


~ Celebrity Fitness challenges Malaysians to set their record in Celebrity Fitness Indoor Fitathlon ~

Kuala Lumpur, 6 May 2014 – Celebrity Fitness Malaysia will be organizing the first-ever “Indoor Fitathlon”, which will see Malaysians working out with their favourite celebrities, to compete for amazing prizes worth more than RM 30, 000.

A total of eleven celebrities have accepted the challenge to participate in the Celebrity Fitness Indoor Fitathlon, which will be held on 31st May 2014 at the Concourse in Cheras Sentral Shopping Mall, including Sazzy Falak, Nazril Idrus, Yasmin Hani, Azura Zainal, John Oh, Jason Phang, Aenie Wong, Jojo Goh, Thanuja Ananthan, Iz, and Tony Eusoff.

“In conjunction with our 11th Anniversary, and with the overwhelming response for our Celebrity Indoor Triathlon in 2012, we want to take the idea of working out to the next level. This time, we have come up with an interesting twist on staying fit through Celebrity Fitness Indoor Fitathlon, a change from marathons and triathlons that are held quite often in Malaysia,” said Kris Malhotra, Country Group Fitness Manager of Celebrity Fitness Malaysia.

The idea for the Indoor Fitathlon originated from one of Celebrity Fitness signature class, Fast Fit, where members go through a series of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) regimes that will promote fat loss, give you lean muscle tone and definition.

The 11 lucky participants selected with the most creative slogan submitted upon applying for the challenge, will be paired up with their favorite celebrity and compete in three stages of activities which include HIIT, Cardiovascular Conditioning and Core Conditioning. In each stage, participants together with their celebrity partner will be required to execute a series of workouts.

“A total of 11 buddy teams will be judged based on the number of repetitions that each team can do for each activity,” explained Kris.

The grand prize winner of this competition will walk away with Celebrity Fitness 5 Star Makeover Personal Training Package, Star Cruise 4 Days 3 Nights Penang-Langkawi-Phuket-Penang Cruise, GINTELL i-So 3D EZY Fitness Machine (GT888), Horley’s cash voucher, Silka Cheras KL 2 days 1 night stay in a superior room for 2 person and Strip treatment voucher.

The first runner up will take home Celebrity Fitness 3 Months Gym Membership, Silka Cheras KL Buffet dinner for 2 pax at Curvz Café, GINTELL G-Guasa Foot Massager (GT280), and Strip treatment sessions.

Celebrity Fitness is also giving away goodies bag from adidas as consolation prizes to all participants who do not make it to the top three spots.

Those interested in taking part can point their browser to Celebrity Fitness’ Facebook Page at and complete the entry form. Preliminary submissions are due on 23 May 2014, 12pm.

The Celebrity Fitness Indoor Fitathlon was made possible with the following partners: Cheras Sentral Shopping Mall, Silka Cheras KL, Star Cruise, Gintell, Horleys, Adidas, Strip, Boost Juice, CR2, Kinohimitsu, Lecka-Lecka, Watsons Malaysia, Mr. Bean, Permanis, and Code 10.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Sultan Mahmud International Bridge Run 2014

What? Larian Jambatan Sultan Mahmud / Sultan Mahmud International Bridge Run 2014

When? 27 September 2014 (Saturday) 6:30am

Where? Batu Buruk Recreation Beach, Kuala Terengganu

How far? 42, 21, 10 & 3km

How to register? COMING SOON

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Press Release: HOPE worldwide Malaysia kicks off FIFA inspired BOLATHON

Kuala Lumpur, 6 May 2014 – HOPE worldwide Malaysia announced its third Bolathon Event to be held on 1 June 2014 recently. Dubbed as the one-and-only ‘Charity Masquerade Walk’ in Malaysia, the fundraising event is organised once every four years to coincide with FIFA World Cup. Running on the success, the 2014 event will include an additional 10 kilometre run and expects to draw more than 3000 football aficionados and enthusiasts.

Owing to its football theme and popularity as a unique family-friendly 3km masquerade walk, Bolathon has had encouraging participation from Malaysians of all ages. Previous Bolathon held in 2010 saw an array of colourful, creative and outrageous home-made costumes.

Beaming with excitement in launching the event, Darick Wong, Country Director of HOPE worldwide Malaysia said “the proceeds of the Charity Masquerade Walk will be directed towards the implementation of Health, Nutrition and Education programs such as Free Health Clinics, Reading and Food distribution for underprivileged communities. We are immensely grateful to our sponsors like Adidas, Golden Screen Cinemas, Hyundai, Starbucks, Gatorade and others who have been instrumental in developing our capacity to facilitate programs for the benefit of underprivileged communities.”

Adidas also sponsored the Official FIFA World Cup 2014 match ball, Brazuca to be used for the friendly Futsal Matches following the Run.

Max An, Adidas Country Manager said “77.8% of over one million Brazilian football fans voted in favour of ‘Brazuca’ as the name for the official match ball. Brazuca used widely by Brazilians, describes national pride in the Brazilian way of life and signifies emotion, pride and goodwill to all”.

Registrations for Bolathon will close on 19 May 2014. Sign up now.

For details, please log on to and for corporate sponsorship, kindly email Katy Lee at or alternatively call 03-4050 2541.

The launch of Elevate Your Run With Salomon’s newest range CITYTRAIL™ and Suunto’s Ambit 2R

Not very often we get two different brands of products being launched at the same time. Salomon, the innovative mountain sports brand did just that last 22 April in collaboration with Suunto, leading creator of sports watches today.

Themed “Elevate Your Run” the event unveiled Salomon’s latest range; CITYTRAIL™, which is a series of running shoes, designed for running on an urban trail.

Suunto also introduced its Ambit2 R range that optimizes running experiences. Combined, this range offers consumers the ultimate running challenge designed for the dynamic needs of changing running environments.

Elevate Your Run is a conceptual approach to running that incorporates the same passions found in trail running. Salomon CITYTRAIL™ encourages you to find trails with terrains and surface variations that challenge runners to, break up routines.

“Amer Sports offers consumers an extensive range of sporting products and with the pairing of Suunto Ambit2 R and Salomon CITYTRAIL™ under the theme “ Elevate Your Run” we hope to offer our consumers a unique running experience in the urban environment that will challenge them.” said Ms. Sharmin Photographer, Commercial Director of Amer Sports APAC Export.

Salomon’s long heritage in the mountains combined with years of expertise gained in trail running, has generated products that fit the CITYTRAIL™ concept perfectly. The X –Series running shoes (X-Wind. XScream, X-Tour) are at home on any surface, with the cushioning and ride that runners need on pavement, but also the protection and grip needed for rougher trails or looser surfaces.

Suunto’s popular Ambit2 R has been optimized for the perfect running experience. It provides responsive and reliable speed and distance readings thanks to FusedSpeedTM, a unique combination of GPS and accelerometer data from your wrist. Suunto Ambit2 R also measures running cadence from your wrist making it the perfect accompaniment for a varied run.

In addition with the Suunto Ambit2 R, performance goals and training programs can be downloaded and tracked using on your computer.

The launch event was held at Limoncello, KLCC and was officiated by the Country Manager of Amer Sports, Mr. K.L Choong, Salomon and Suunto’s principle in Malaysia. He was joined on stage by the General Manager of World of Sports Ms. Carol Wong and Chief Executive Officer of AD Time, Mr. Kwan; who represented the master distributors for the brands in Malaysia.

The event was hosted by Josiah Mizukami and attended by friends of Salomon and Suunto like Cay Kuijpers and Gabriella Robinson. Harith Iskandar couldn't make it to the event but sent a video greeting to all present.

We also get to meet local Salomon ambassadors, Dino and Puzi to know more about the Salomon’s newest range CITYTRAIL™.

Check out how you can ELEVATE YOUR RUN in the video below:

Salomon CITYTRAIL™ is exclusively available at all World of Sports retail stores and Suunto Ambit2 R is available at all AD Time retails outlets nationwide NOW!