Thursday, September 6, 2018

S.E.A. Games Bronze Medalist Muhaizar Mohamad Attempts To Break The National Marathon Record

(credit : photo from Berita Harian Online)

Current and four-time consecutive winner of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, as well as S.E.A. Games bronze medalist, Muhaizar Mohamad will be attempting to break the national marathon record at the BMW Berlin Marathon on 16th September 2018. Muhaizar is currently being managed by Dirigo Events, who are also sponsoring his record breaking attempt. This is part of Dirigo Events’ continuing efforts to develop the sport of marathon running in Malaysia, as well as to provide support for one of Malaysia’s best marathoners.

Muhaizar has currently just completed acclimatization training in Cameron Highlands as he tries to give himself the best chance possible to break the current national mark. His personal best was recorded in his first ever overseas event when he posted 2:27:21 in close to freezing temperatures at this year’s Tokyo Marathon. He will attempt to go under the national record of 2:25:28 posted by Leo Tan, also in Tokyo this year.

Muhaizar will be leaving for Berlin on Saturday, 8th September 2018 on a 11.20pm flight from KLIA. You are cordially invited to meet him to offer your well wishes and he will also be available to answer any questions you may have. Muhaizar will be at the The Olive Tree at KLIA from 8.00 – 9.00pm.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Ice-Watch Light Up The Night Run 2018

The wait is over . . . . . .  . . . . .

Date : December 1, 2018

Time : 8.00pm

Venue : IOI Mall, Putrajaya

Organiser :
The Marathon Company

Its been a long 2 years of waiting for this colourful run - Ice Watch Light Up The Night Run 2018. It is now being held at a bigger and better venue.

Act fast! Every 8th participant who sign up online will stand a chance to walk away with an Ice Watch. The slots are selling fast and only 8,000 slots available.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018



Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur @ 5.30am

The Score Run is back! If you have missed the night edition, don't panic. Sign up for the day edition now. One of the unique features of this run is you may have your name engraved on the medal upon  completing the race. There will also be pacers to help you complete your race within a certain target time.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Top Malaysian Runners Gather Pace Before The Big Event

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2018: The 10th Anniversary of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) is expected to be a hotly contested event in several categories. The Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon category in particular will see intense competition amongst several Malaysians who have been posting increasingly fast times in the lead up to Malaysia’s premier running event. The Full Marathon Open category and the Malaysian Women’s Full Marathon category are also expected to be hard fought affairs.

Leo Tan: Tokyo Marathon 2018 
SCKLM2018’s Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon category will see an intriguing battle between a few runners in particular, namely Muhaizar Mohamad, Leo Tan, Nik Fakaruddin and Ow Yong JinKuang. Muhaizar, Leo and Nik recently competed in the Tokyo Marathon and finished spectacularly by breaking their own personal bests. Leo Tan, who is an engineer based in Taiwan, was the first to finish and beat his previous personal best of 2:28:19, also posted in Tokyo last year, by recording a blistering 2:25:28, which is unofficially the new national record.

Muhaizar Mohamad: Tokyo Marathon 2018
Muhaizar, in his first attempt at an overseas marathon also performed admirably despite not being able to travel early to Tokyo to acclimatise and having to run in close to freezing temperatures for the first time in his life. The Armed Forces personnel also bettered his own previous best of 2:31:52 which was posted at the KL S.E.A. Games 2017 and which earned him Malaysia’s first medal in the Marathon for over 44 years. Muhaizar finished the Tokyo Marathon in 2:27:21, which was also faster than the previous national record.

Nik Fakaruddin: Tokyo Marathon 2018 (in the middle - blue)
Nik Fakaruddin, Muhaizar’s colleague in the Armed Forces and training partner, also smashed his previous personal best by almost 10 minutes to post 2:31:01 in his first attempt at an overseas marathon. Ow, who finished in third place behind Muhaizar and Leo at SCKLM2017, could also spring a surprise as his preparation for SCKLM2018 would have been unhindered as compared to the other three runners who ran in the Tokyo Marathon just a few weeks ago. All four runners are in with a shout of claiming victory at SCKLM2018 and the running community will be eagerly waiting to see who emerges as the 2018 Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon champion.

“In fact, all top 10 finishers of the Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon category at SCKLM2017 will be back this year” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events and Project Director of SCKLM 2018. “I’m really happy that the fastest marathon runners in Malaysia all look to participate and perform well in SCKLM to see who is the best in Malaysia. The level of quality that we have locally is showing signs of advancement with Muhaizar and Leo’s rivalry in particular creating great interest and encouragement among local runners,” he added.

A couple of other categories at SCKLM2018 will also be generating a lot of interest come Race Day. The Men’s Full Marathon Open category is also expected to see stiff competition between five-time consecutive SCKLM champion Kennedy KiprooLilan and the person who upstaged him last year to win, Cosmas MatoloMuteti. Both will be back this year and Kennedy will be eager to reclaim his title from Cosmas.

The Malaysian Women’s Full Marathon category will also see a challenger to perennial champion and national record holder Yuan Yufang. Annie Yee, another Malaysian who performed well at the Tokyo Marathon by posting a personal best of 3:15:00 is expected to give multiple winner Yufang a run for her money this time around and a new champion might yet be crowned this year. Loh Chooi Fern, who finished second behind Yufang in 2017 will also be running this year and hoping to do one better at SCKLM2018. And finally, all eyes will be on the Malaysian Women’s Half Marathon category, where Sheela Samivellu, two-time SCKLM winner and national record holder, will be gunning to see if she can better her own mark of 1:24:44, previously set at SCKLM2016.

“We’re expecting a really competitive SCKLM2018 with a few categories expected to see strong competition between the top contenders, which bodes well for the continued success and relevance of SCKLM,” said Rainer. “It is heartening to note that these runners want to take part in SCKLM because they want to compete against the best, and on a fully certified course. On our part, we will do our best to create the best conditions possible for such contests to take place,” he continued.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia that draws thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 201810th Anniversary edition will be the largest yet with more than 38,000 runners taking part, and will once again see sponsorship from Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, along with Brooks, Lucozade, Seiko and Pacific Regency.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017


Bentong is located in western Pahang, Malaysia. It’s about 80km from Kuala Lumpur and approximately 90 minutes drive via Lebuhraya-Gua Musang.

So, why Bentong?

Because Bentong Half Marathon 1.0 will be held on December 16, 2017. And it’s going to be a great getaway for a REAL Makanthon trip.

If you are driving, do stop over at Lentang Forest Recreational Park (Hutan Lipur Lentang) at Km48 Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway. This also happened to be the lunch stop-over for my yearly KL-Maran pilgrimage walk.

Durian season is still ongoing so you can make your way to this popular Jimmy’s Durian Orchard at Km75.1 Jalan Karak.

And of course, if you opt for public transport (which I will), you may board the bus from Terminal Bus Pekeliling, Kuala Lumpur. Bus services start from as early as 7.30am.

Once you are in Bentong, you may wanna check these places out!

Bentong Gallery
17-18, Jalan Loke Yew, Bentong

Bentong Street Art Murals
Jalan Chui Yin

Bentong Morning Market
Jalan Chui Yin
Ohhhh .. .  check out the roti canai stall

Thong Kee Coffee Shop
4, Jalan Chui Yin, Bentong
When you are here, try out their Geng Chau Ping (Fantastic Iced Drinks) Kiam Si, the Hainanese butter kaya toast and croissant, Ji Ki Wantan Mee and Handmade Dumpling.

Don’t miss out the Bentong Tau Fu Fah (Quan Xin Tou Fu Fah).

And for those who loves cooking, yeahhhh the ever famous Bentong Ginger. Mind you. .. .  it ain’t cheap but its spicy and gives out a strong nice fragrance.

All that pretty sum up why Bentong Half Marathon is my Choice.

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Monday, July 17, 2017


5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the PUMA Night Run 2017

The PUMA Night Run is less than a month away and with an overwhelming response thus far, this might be your last chance to register! If you're looking for a reason to attend the PUMA Night Run 2017, we've got not one, but FIVE reasons why you should not miss out on this year’s event.

Reason 1: Even you can run the PUMA Night Run 2017.
Despite being a run that requires a qualifying time, the main goal of the PUMA Night Run is to satisfy both competitive and non-competitive runners. That makes PUMA Night Run unlike any other running events because you can either have a shot at competing alongside some of the best competitive runners around the nation or you can just have fun and run with your friends and family. Signing up for a race like PUMA Night Run, where you can choose to participate in a 6 KM fun
run or 12 KM competitive run, can be the motivation you need to get out there and get it done because accountability is everything!

Reason 2: Stand a chance to meet the uprising Korean star, Lee Jae Yoon.
The word ‘versatile’ best describes this man. From his debut in ‘Stormy Lovers’ to ‘Another Oh Hae-young’ and the recent popular drama, ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’ Lee has tried his hand in multiple acting roles since his debut in 2004. Despite Lee’s busy schedule, he has always been focused on making fitness his priority. Don’t miss this opportunity to run alongside him at the PUMA Night Run 2017!

Reason 3: Exhilarating activities awaits you at the PUMA Village.
Push yourself beyond your limits at the Puma Race Village for the pre-run party! You will be challenged physically and mentally as you make your way to the challenge’s finish line. As participants explore the village, your senses will be stimulated as you encounter various unique games and activities.

Reason 4: The After Party.
PUMA is known as one of the pioneers in the night running scene having first introduced the run in 2014 as a platform for runners from all walks of life to celebrate the joy of running and experience a carnival-like atmosphere filled with activities and performances. The PUMA Night Run will end with the ultimate afterrun music performances, featuring Singaporean Kpop artist Gen Neo, renowned
local artist, Black and many more to come!

Reason 5: Ending the night with a BANG!
Who doesn’t love fireworks? The PUMA Night Run will give you a perfect end to a perfect night with some brilliant fireworks display! Your epic night of running and having fun will be complete as you will watch fireworks beautifully light up the dark skies. How about that for a picture perfect moment?

There you go! Also, don’t forget the most important item for the PUMA Night Run
guys, your race packs! 

Sunway Putra Mall, Concourse Area 

28th to 30th July (Friday until Sunday)

10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. 

So what are you waiting for? This is your last chance to not miss out on an epic night run this year! 

Register today at - 

and like the official FB page ‘PUMA Night Run 2017’ for all the latest updates about the event!