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Monday, May 18, 2015

STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY










(Yg Berbahagia Datuk Seri Hj Ahmad Phesal, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur)






It’s now officially launched and officiated by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Hj Ahmad Phesal! And within two hours. . .. .  more than 5,300 entries being taken up and the numbers keep going up! 

Don’t take too long to consider or you’ll miss the boat.

This is my favourite hometown event into its 7th edition. It will be held at Dataran Merdeka on October 4, 2015. The running route will remain the same as in 2014 where full marathoners will have to run on the AKLEH alleviated highway and DUKE highway then through those familiar double hills route along Langgak Tunku and Jalan Parlimen before making its way back to Dataran Merdeka. 
Mahendra Gursahani

“As the proud title sponsor of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, we are delighted to be involved in an event that has put Malaysia on the sporting world map. We also hope to inspire and motivate runners to give something back to the communities and support a good cause in line with “Run for a Cause”, the theme for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon,” said Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia. 

To celebrate Standard Chartered Bank’s 140th anniversary, the Bank recently ran a contest on SCKLM’s Instagram account inviting participants to submit the best photos of the Marathon. A total of 140 winners were selected, and they won complimentary entries to the Full Marathon. 

Rainer Biemans
The Race Director, Rainer Biemans of Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd (the event owner & organiser) said that participation of runners is capped at 35,000 inorder for runners to enjoy the best running experience. He added that the space within Dataran Merdeka could not take on more runners unless the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur extend the perimeter surrounding Dataran Merdeka to accommodate additional runners. Until then, Dirigo Events will capped the numbers at 35,000. This is also to facilitate the logistic and most importantly the safety of all runners on event day.

And this is the reason SCKLM will remain as the BEST marathon in the country as the organiser continuously working towards the betterment of the event year after year.

So, will there be any surprises along both highways, namely the AKLEH & DUKE? I am so looking forward to it!

ADIDAS has been chosen as the official apparel brand. Salonpas, GP Battery and Repucom join the list of sponsors with the returning Gold Sponsors, MSIG Insurance and Honda Malaysia, as well as Official Partners – Seiko, Pacific Regency Hotel Group & F&N in completing the list of supporting brands.


For those who are interested to register for the run, you may do so at www.kl-marathon.com.

For more information and updates on SCKLM please visit:





Friday, May 15, 2015

STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON 2015



PRESS RELEASE:

Run For A Cause



2015 marks the 7th installation of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. The marathon attracts more than 35,000 runners locally and internationally.This event also won the 'Platinum Award' for events category in the 2014 Kuala Lumpus Mayor's Tourism Awards.

'Every years SCKLM becomes bigger, and it has become a well-supported event among the runners. With so much visibility, we wanted to pay it forward with the 'Run For A Cause' programme with all our charity partners,' said Rainer Biemens, Director of Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd.

'Standard Chartered Bank is proud to be the title sponsor of SCKLM again, and we hope the 'Run For A Cause' programme will inspire and motivate runners to not just run for themselves but also for their chosen beneficiaries and causes,' said Mahendra Gurshani, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia.

The Organiser is calling on runners to join them in their community initiative to raise fund for a cause. This year, the 4 beneficiaries are -

The Standard Chartered Foundation
Funds raised will be used for the awareness of autism

Hospice Malaysia
Funds raised will be used to provide palliative care for patients and training for healthcare professionals.

The National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM)
Raising funds for the expansion of the Survivorship programme.

EcoKnights
Funds will be raised for the Seletar Project; focus on providing the basic education needs and safe living condition for Orang Asli Seletar.

For more information or to register for the event , please visit www.kl-marathon.com.

You may also follow the event update through their various social media channels.







Thursday, November 6, 2014

MULTI-PURPOSE INSURANS RUN 2015 (MPIB RUN)


LETS KICK START A HEALTHY 2015 WITH A RUN . . . . . . . . 

Coming back stronger each year, Multi-Purpose Insurans Run is a community run in its fourth year taking place on the first Sunday of the year. Held on the 4 of January 2015 at Padang Merbuk, off Jalan Parlimen, it hopes to garner 5,000 runners to kick start the year on a healthy note

Ms Jayne Liew, the Project Leader said that registration started well when it opened for the public in August 2014 with runners taking advantage of the early bird entry fees but slowed down during the Hari Raya & Deepavali festive holidays. The number started to pick up after the launch of their 1st Running Clinic in early October 2014.

My First Running Clinics anchored by MPIB is to help individuals (especially non-runners as well as new runners) to take up running as a sustainable healthy recreational activity. Runners Malaysia is conducting the 2-months program starting from 18 October to 20 December 2014.

Registration and  more details of the MPIB Run 2015 is available at

http://mpibrun.com.my and http://www.facebook.com/MPIBRun





Thursday, October 9, 2014

INOV-8 PACESETTERS 3030 RUN 2014 - AIR ASIA X-FLIGHTS FOR WINNERS

Kuala Lumpur – The Pacesetters Athletic Club announced AirAsia X as the Platinum Sponsor and Official Airline of the INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014. AirAsia X will be giving away 12 free return flights to 12 destinations in Asia and Australia with a total value of RM35,760.00. The free flights are prizes for eight (8) categories winner, four (4) lucky draw winners and two (2) online contest winners. The free flights for categories winner will enable them to compete in the international level by participating in the marathon events held at AirAsia X’s destinations.

 Wan Yew Leong, president of Pacesetters Athletic Club said that “The participation of AirAsia X is timely and will benefit our club since participating in overseas runs is part of the club’s promoted activity. We look forward to working with AirAsia X in overseas run where AirAsia X flies to” 

PAC’s vision and aspiration is to be the leading running club in the country and region. To achieve this, we will organise three events that aim to be “best in class” in the region. The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is the first of these three events. 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the club and having a 30km run to celebrate this special occasion would be really memorable. There are 10 marathons and several more half marathons in Malaysia, but there are no 30km events. This is a boutique event and provides an opportunity for those wanting to test their readiness for the full marathon. For seasoned marathon runners, this is a long run that is essential for their marathon preparation” 

INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is to be flagged off at Padang Merbok. Runners will get to experience some of the finest run routes in Kuala Lumpur, running through leafy Kenny Hills and Sri Hartamas. They will be well catered to, with 13, 8 and 3 drink stations on the 30km, 20km and 10km routes respectively.

“Our club’s tagline, ‘Setting the Pace Together’ will be printed on the finisher’s shirts. The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run originated from a 30km training run organized by runners for runners many years ago. We hope this event will inspire other running clubs in the country to have their own events in their towns. We have a vision of a circuit of runs organized by runners for runners across the country. PAC will provide the lead in co-ordinating a series of runs by running clubs in 2015.” concluded Wan.

AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer, Azran Osman-Rani said, “Sports sponsorship has always been essential to AirAsia X as it brings communities together and we are X-cited to be part of this event that encourages Malaysian to recognize their potential in sports and run for a healthier life. It is also our privilege to realize the dreams of deserving winners of this run to go further and compete in other international running events happening in AirAsia X’s destinations with the sponsored return flights.”

This is our sixth 30km event and it is made possible by title sponsor INOV-8 in partnership with event owner and organiser, Pacesetters Athletic Club. Garmin is the official fitness watch, Running Malaysia is the media partner and Nelson Franchise as bronze sponsor of the event.

With all 8 categories opened for registration since 16 July 2014, the event has garnered good response from runners. The organisers targeted to get 3,000 runners over the 3 distances - 30km, 20km and 10km. The registration will close on 20 October 2014 or on reaching 3,000 entries.

For immediate registration, go to www.myraceonline.com and for more information, please visit www.pacesettersmalaysia.blogspot.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507084776194776/





Monday, September 8, 2014

INOV-8 PACESETTERS 3030 RUN 2014



PRESS RELEASE

Kuala Lumpur - September 5, 2014



The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 was officially launched today at the Garden Mid-Valley Mall, Kuala Lumpur. Organised by Pacesetters Athletic Club (PAC) with title sponsor INOV-8, the event was officiated by Mr. Robert Lu, the President of Key Power International and Mr. Wan Yew Leong, the President of Pacesetters Athletic Club.

With all 8 categories opened for registration since 16 July 2014, the event has garnered good response from runners. The organisers targeted to get 3,000 runners over the 3 distances - 30km, 20km and 10km. 

Wan Yew Leong said that “PAC’s vision and aspiration is to be the leading running club in the country and region. To achieve this, we will organise three events that aim to be “best in class” in the region. The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is the first of these three events. 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the club and having a 30km run to celebrate this special occasion would be really memorable. There are 10 marathons and several more half marathons in Malaysia, but there are no 30km events. This is a boutique event and provides an opportunity for those wanting to test their readiness for the full marathon. For seasoned marathon runners, this is a long run that is essential for their marathon preparation”  


INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is to be flagged off at Padang Merbok. Runners will get to experience some of the finest run routes in Kuala Lumpur, running through leafy Kenny Hills and Sri Hartamas. They will be well catered to, with 13, 8 and 3 drink stations on the 30km, 20km and 10km routes respectively.

“As a running club, we encourage our members to go natural in their diet as we feel the best fuel the body can get is from natural sources, therefore we aim offer fruit-themed refreshments. We will serve bananas before, during and after the run. In addition, water melons, oranges & apples will also be provided as post run snacks” Wan added.

“Our club’s tagline, ‘Setting the Pace Together’ will be printed on the finisher’s shirts. The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run originated from a 30km training run organized by runners for runners many years ago. We hope this event will inspire other running clubs in the country to have their own events in their towns. We have a vision of a circuit of runs organized by runners for runners across the country. PAC will provide the lead in co-ordinating a series of runs by running clubs in 2015.” concluded Wan.

Robert Lu said, “The Ministry of Youth and Sports’ vision is to champion the empowerment of a superior youth and sports development and to inculcate sports culture within the society by year 2015. Our focuses include Exposure and Opportunities for confidence building; Engagement and Activism for community development and Support and Engage, to the youth of Malaysia.

This is our sixth 30km event and it is made possible by title sponsor INOV-8 in partnership with event owner and organiser, Pacesetters Athletic Club. Garmin is the official fitness watch and Running Malaysia is the media partner of the event.

For immediate registration, go to www.myraceonline.com 

For more information, please visit www.pacesettersmalaysia.blogspot.com 
 











Wednesday, September 3, 2014

G5N - THE ULTIMATE GUNUNG NUANG CHALLENGE




Date/Time
August 30, 2014 @ 0600hour  – September 1, 2014 @ 0600 hour

Venue
Gunung Nuang, Hulu Langat, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

It all started as a casual talk if we could put up in Nuang over a long weekend. While the guys take on the mountain, I will take my time enjoying the nature. Away from the hustle bustle of the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur and to regain my sanity.

Not too long later, I was told that I may get to realize my crave for the mountain but I definitely did not expect the guys to come up with such craziness, G5N - five loops up & down the mountain in 48 hours

The Rules Of The Game

Yes, you read it right. The R & R from one sadist Race Director that will make your spine chilled & cracked! Read them all here –





The Mountain & Elevation Gain


Yes, one has to repeat the same mountain over and over again for 5 times!

1st set - 1640m ( cut-off 6 hours )
2nd set - 3280m ( cut-off 8 hours / 14 hours )
3rd set - 4920m ( cut-off 10 hours / 24 hours )
4th set - 6560m ( cut-off 12 hours / 36 hours )
5th set - 8200m ( cut-off 12 hours / 48 hours )


The Format

And if this is not crazy enough, lets take a look at the format of the game.



The idea was borrowed and modified from Barkley Marathons. Each runner was assigned a random page number (before the start of each loop) to tear off from a book entitled HARD TIMES which was located at the peak. Runner must submit the assigned page upon checked in. Any submission of wrong or missing page number (for whatever reason) will be disqualified on the spot.


The Participants



19 applications received with 13 took on the challenge. Then 2 pulled out at the eleventh hours due to injury. Eventually 11 challengers (2 Singaporeans, 1 Japanese and 8 Malaysians) made it to the starting line.

The Reward

This ultra event gotta be the cheapest in the entire universe – RM9.99 (approximately USD$3.00).

Runners who completed the race within the qualifying time will be rewarded with 3 UTMB points!

The Conquerors Who Made It



36:17:40 - Ewegene Tan
36:41:44 - Henry Yang
39:27:36 - Mantaray
44:42:18 - Aun Utopia
45:59:41 - Naoya

With the heavy downpour in the late evening which carried till way after midnight, we did not anticipate anyone being able to complete the challenge in less than 40 hours. But, the challengers were just too strong to be knocked down by the cold and windy night! 

Bravo to all who dare to take up the challenge. And to the 5 who made it way before the closing time, you are the ultimate warriors. Salute to all of you.

Will the RD make a comeback in 2015? Maybe there will be a more challenging format coming from this sadist RD . . . . . .. let give it a guess . .  . could it be a more challenging cut off time? . . . . 

Watch out for the next posting on my take of G5N as the sadist bystander!

Note:
All the photos & illustrations are courtesy of G5N ( https://www.facebook.com/Gunung5Nuang )