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Monday, May 30, 2016

BOH ECO TRAIL 2016


28-May-2016
BOH Plantations 
Bukit Cheeding, Selangor D.E.

8km Trail - Non Competitive



My first (ever) official trail run. Oh....my . . its 8km! I got no clue at all about this trail and I was quite nervous.

But firstly gotta thank Benz Azurie Malik, The Race Director of The Marathon Company for the invite. And of course to Evelyn Ang Loo & her hubby Dennis Loo for so ever generous in offering me the ride to Bukit Cheeding. Ohhh. .  and Marlina for putting my name in the list.

Come Friday and I'm kind of regret accepting the invite. At 2am I was still wondering if I can actually complete the run. OK. Evelyn and Dennis will be picking me up at 4.30am. So, at 3.00am I took a quick bath and change. Packed a bottle of Lucozade sport drinks and some sweets (yaaaa .. . I am taking this as just another makanthon) just in case (just in case...) they run out of water or there is lack of food to take me through the course.

Fast forward . . . . it was quite a long ride. Took us more than an hour passing through some winding road, industrial area and unknown housing area. At about 6.30am, we arrived at the destination. It's still a little cold out there. Looking at the crowd .. . probably slightly more than 500 runners turned up. Set amidst tea bushes interspersed with tall coconut and palm trees, this is a rare opportunity for the public to run through the BOH's Tea Garden and the restricted section of the adjacent Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve.

All proceeds from the registration fee totalling RM28,000 were channeled to Global Environment Centre (GEC), a regional non-profit organisation in support of their Peatland Forest Ranger Programme to raise awareness of peat swarm forest conservation among younger generation.

The Run
The run was flagged off at about 7.45am. It was
a cold gloomy morning and the sky threatened to pour down earlier but fortunately weather was just perfect for the morning till the end. Love the greens surrounding. Mild elevations and later part of the route we get to run into the forest reserve.

There were sufficient signages along the route. Volunteers made up of runners, plantations workers and rangers from the forestry were friendly and cheerful. Love that positive energy in them that make your run seems so easy and fun.

The Crews
Crews are the backbone of an event. The photos below speak a thousand words. Well done!


                                                                                                                       
The Special Station
The best was the Coconut drink station. Coconuts fresh from the plantation were served to all runners.
















The Orang Asli
The orang asli were given a part in the program to showcase their products and made a short
performance. I wish they were given a more significant role to play in the future than just to
showcase some very basic orang asli produce. A bigger pavilion should be allocated to give the general public an in depth existence of the orang asli, the rightful people of this land who has been sidelined and marginalised for a very long time. It would have been even more meaningful if each runners is given a headwear to put on while running the course. I would be more than happy to part with a few more ringgit to put that on and all the collections being channeled to them (the maker).


Wish the safety tape (candy tape) be replaced by some of the handy works made by the orang asli to retain the nature outlook.

Just a little disappointment in not having a hot cup of BOH tea at the race village. Was expecting that as part of the refreshment be it before the start of the race and after the race. Iced drinks is good to cool down the body but a hot cup of tea is great to get the taste on the freshness of the tea.

Overall, the run is well managed. I'll rate the run 9/10. Kudos to the Race Director and the team for their great effort and I'll definitely run it again.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NIKE WE RUN KL 2016 - THE ROUTE AND THE CURVES

If you think the Earth is flat, think again!

Hopefully the numbers can help you plan your pace on race day and make some allowance time for 'jalan-jalan cari makan'. It's not that you can check out the busy city of Kuala Lumpur on foot everyday. NWRKL is just one of those rare occasions that allow you to 'see' the city up-close and personal.








See you at the START line on April 10, 2016


Thursday, March 10, 2016

PUMA REUNITES WITH MONKEY TIME JAPAN FOR THE BLAZE OF GLORY 'SECULAR CHANGE'



Off the back of the success of their first collaboration with the Disc Blaze “Orca”, Global Sports Brand PUMA and Japanese streetwear connoisseur ‘Monkey Time’ hit it off again with a plush adaptation of the perennial running classic, the Blaze of Glory.

Dubbed “Secular Change” that stands for the changing seasons, the Blaze of Glory’s toe and opening in-step are crafted in tanned leather that naturally changes its patina over time. Perforated leather in tonal color-blocking on the heel, all sitting atop a well cushioned Trinomic midsole.

The PUMA x Monkey Time Blaze of Glory is now available at Sole What for RM610.




Monday, August 3, 2015

Trail With Malim Gunung Kinabalu

Venue
Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve
Jalan Merbah 10/1, Kota Damasara, 47810 Petaling Jaya
GPS Coordinates 3.168766, 101.580455

Date
19-September-2015
Saturday

Time
4.00pm

Distance
5km and 2km

Entry
By minimum contribution of RM50
(All contributions will be donated to the 4 families of the late mountain guides)

Format
This is a No Frills Trail run open to maximum of 500 pax only. 

This project is an initiative of Daniel Tan and YS Lee

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To ensure transparency in all monies collected, contributors may check on the list at the link below

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How to contribute?

Step 1:
Fill in the form

Step 2:

Bank in your contribution to -

JW Biznet
Account No : 3-1960215-17
Public Bank, Pandan Jaya Branch

Step 3:
Email the form and confirmation to der_pacemaker@yahoo.com

Once we received your entry form & payment, a confirmation number will be issued to you. You may check on your contribution via the List of Contributors as stated above.

For more details, you may email your queries to - jwbiznet@hotmail.com or call Julie Wong at 016-2284088

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The OBJECTIVE

To pay tribute to all the Mountain Guides of Mount Kinabalu (also knwn as Malim Gunung)
To honor the 4 unsung heroes who give their lives for the safety of climbers whom they regarded as their guests
To raise fund for the families and next of kins of the fallen Malim of Mount Kinabalu
To be in solidarity with the people of Sabah especially those who are directly affected by the earthquake



The BACKGROUND

June 5, 2015 at 07:15
The earthquake struck Ranau, Sabah with a magnitude of 6.0 which lasted for 30 seconds.  Eighteen people died  with most of the deaths being Singaporean students from Tanjong Katong Primary School, while about 137 other people who were climbing the mountain were stranded, but were subsequently rescued.
As a result, from the earthquake, most areas in the Kinabalu Park have been closed temporarily until the situation is cleared and undergoing repairs .


Mountain guides that made a difference.
At about 4pm, the mountain guides collectively decided to lead the group to safety themselves, after not having received any word of help that was coming for them.
"I don't think the climbers would have been able to make it through the night. Most of them were wearing thin layers of clothing. They were hungry and thirsty. We either died waiting, or died trying. We chose to die trying," said Mr Kintai, one of the mountain guides leading the group.
Most of the mountain guides live in the villages surrounding Mount Kinabalu, and depend on the climbing tours for income for their families.
One of the mountain guides identified as Joseph Selungin, 33, was found along with two of his climbers. According to eyewitnesses, Joseph appeared to be using his body to shield two of his climbers from the falling rocks. He is survived by his wife and two children aged four and two.  He promised to return by June 12 to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

The other 3 mountain guides who perished are Robbi Sappingi, Valerian Joannes and Ricky Masirin



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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.