Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Kuala Lumpur's Iconic Sporting Event Runs to 2015 with

Standard Chartered Bank

(L-R)Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012 event's co-organiser, Rainer Biemans - Director of Dirigo Events and Osman Murad - Managing Director & CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia signing an official agreement, signifying their collaboration for the next four years.

Kuala Lumpur, 1 December 2011 – Kuala Lumpur’s iconic sporting event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, returns for another four years from 2012 – 2015 through an official agreement marked at a signing ceremony between Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad and Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. today.

The signing signifies Standard Chartered Bank’s strong commitment as the first international bank for sports in Malaysia, by bringing back the country’s largest marathon for a fourth successive year continuing up to the seventh edition in 2015. Representing Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia as the marathon’s title sponsor was Osman Morad, Managing Director & CEO, and the event’s co-organiser, Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events.

The next ‘Standard Chartered KL Marathon’ will be held on the 24 June 2012 and expects 27,000 participants from over 45 countries worldwide to participate. The prize package remains the highest amongst marathons in Malaysia, with a total prize money of USD100, 000.

Osman Morad, Managing Director & CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Bhd, said, “The elements of a marathon is a clear representation of the Bank’s brand philosophy – going the distance, persevering for excellence, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, creativity and passion. Year on year, we at Standard Chartered are encouraged by the enthusiasm as well as the determination and commitment all Malaysian and international runners show during the marathon. Just like a marathon, we are committed to the country for the long run and we are proud to be part of Malaysia’s largest sporting event.”

Rainer Biemans, Director, Dirigo Events., co-organiser of the ‘Standard Chartered KL Marathon’ added, “We’re overjoyed to be organising the next four Standard Chartered KL Marathons which continues to show exceptional progress each year. The success of the marathon is also a testament of our solid partnership with Standard Chartered Bank as an active and involved title sponsor, and we believe the marathon will continuously grow over the coming years to be one of the largest running events in Asia.”

The ‘Standard Chartered KL Marathon’ also aims to encourage Malaysians to view sports as a way forward towards unity and national development, which is in line with the vision of the Sports Ministry in Malaysia. Additionally, the marathon brings together runners and spectators from various countries, making it a major tourist attraction for the country.

Next year's marathon will continue to be a key calendar highlight as organisers continue to secure all aspects of the marathon to make it a positive and exciting running experience for participants. With the introduction of more training programmes, additional incentives, new apparel designs as well as charity partners, the ‘Standard Chartered KL Marathon’ will definitely be an event not to be missed.

About the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012

Back for the fourth time, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is scheduled to take place on 24 June 2012. The marathon aims to grow to 27,000 total participants, ranging from elite professionals to first-time amateurs. A truly international event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and 45 countries.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012 continues as Malaysia’s flagship running event with top runners competing for a total of USD 100,000 prize money.

About the Event Organisers

Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd
Dirigo Events is a Kuala Lumpur based company that provides strategic event management expertise for high scale sporting events. Dirigo is headed by Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng that collectively have over 30 years in planning international sports events and managed previous Standard Chartered KL Marathons. The company was also recently signed with Standard Chartered Bank to organise Standard Chartered KL Marathons from 2012 to 2015. For more information on Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd, please call +603 7725 0881

About Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered – leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Standard Chartered PLC, listed on both London and Hong Kong stock exchanges, ranks among the top 25 companies in the FTSE-100 by market capitalisation. The London-headquartered Group has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets, leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its income and profits have more than doubled over the last five years primarily as a result of organic growth.

Standard Chartered aspires to be the best international bank for its customers across its markets. The Group earns around 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, from its Wholesale and Consumer Banking businesses. The Group has over 1600 branches and outlets located in over 70 countries. The extraordinary growth of its markets and businesses creates exciting and challenging international career opportunities.

Leading by example to be the right partner for its stakeholders, the Group is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. It employs around 70,000 people, nearly half of whom are women. The Group's employees are of 125 nationalities, of which about 70 are represented in the senior management.

For more information on Standard Chartered, please visit

Standard Chartered in Malaysia
Standard Chartered Bank, a member of the Standard Chartered Group was established in Malaysia in 1875 and incorporated as Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad on 29 February 1984. As Malaysia’s first bank, Standard Chartered leads the way through product innovation, consistent and strong growth performance and sustainability initiatives. The Bank’s two businesses – Wholesale and Consumer Banking – provides a comprehensive range of financial products and services to corporates, institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals through its network of more than 30 branches across Malaysia.

In 2001, Standard Chartered PLC established a global shared service centre named Scope International in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to provide software development, banking operations, IT support services and customer service capabilities to the Bank in up to 70 countries – the first international bank to do so in Malaysia. It now houses the biggest software development division in the country, International Software Centre Malaysia (ISCM) and has a total workforce of more than 4,000 people. Scope International Malaysia was conferred the ‘ICT Organisation of the year’ Award on 18 November 2011 by The National ICT Association of Malaysia or PIKOM at the PIKOM 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner and ICT Leadership Awards making it the first hub of an international bank to win the prestigious award. Standard Chartered’s two other global shared service centres are in Chennai, India and Tianjin, China.

Price Solutions Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank UK is also located in Malaysia. The company promotes and markets Standard Chartered’s financial products in Malaysia through a network of direct sales agents.
Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad’s Islamic Banking subsidiary was established in November 2008. It offers a full suite of Shariah-compliant products and services to individuals and corporates through its financial centres.

Standard Chartered employs more than 6,000 employees in all its Malaysian operations.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Date : 11 December 2011 (Sunday)
Venue : Cahaya SPK Resort Club House, Shah Alam U9
Reporting Time : 6.00am
Flag off : 7.15am

If you are coming via Exit 3506, make a U-turn at the RED arrow to Cahaya SPK Resort Club House

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


One of my favorite event but I'm away again on this date. This will be the 2nd year I'm missing this walk. . . . .

Date : December 4, 2011
Time : 6.30am
Venue : Malaysia Tourism Centre, Jalan Ampang
Distance : 2.3km
Entry Fee : RM10.00 (Participant will receive a Batik sarong)

Source from THE STAR

Monday, October 24, 2011


Lets take a tour on the 'Dragon Back' route and why you wanna run there to kick start the year 2012. And the reason why they called it Dragon Back . . . ..

As you arrive there at the wee hours when all livings still asleep and you drive thru under the blue sky. . . . . .

As it brightens up when you are running along trying to conquer the first loop of the Dragon Back you can almost feel the morning misty drops and the freshness of the air.

The serenity of the green takes away the doubts as the beauty of the nature captured your sight. The smell, the misty air and the greens simply endear you to the beauty of the nature.

The town is still asleep but the sound of the nature keep singing its mesmerising tune to keep you company in your journey. You ain't alone . . . ...

What goes up, must come down. Yes .. . the dragon hear you out loud. And you slowly decended from the dragon's back to regain your momentum.
Now, perhaps this virtual journey will help you to decide how best you wanna start a brand new year.

Looking forward to see you at the start line.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Date : 11 December 2011 (Sunday)
Venue : Puncak Alam, Shah Alam
Reporting Time : 6am
Start : 7.15am
Distance : 10km (TBC)

Entry fee : RM25.00 (with medal)
No of entry : Limited to 500 runners only

Others :
- Water station will be provided at the running route
- Light breakfast after the run
- Lots of prizes for lucky draw sponsored by Adidas Malaysia

Please confirm your participation by sending an email to (Julie Wong) and include the following details -

Name (as per IC no.)
Contact No
Emergency contact no

Sunday, October 16, 2011


01 JANUARY 2012

Kelab Penembak Bandar Di Raja Klang
Lot 4417, Batu 2 1/2, Jalan Paip
Pekan Meru, Klang

Reporting time:
5.00am - 6.00am

Start time:

Entry Fee:

Closing date:
13 November 2011 or first 500 entries

Registration, Contact & Enquiry:
SP Wong - 012 310 1379
SH Teh - 017 302 4882
Julie Wong - 016 2284088 (email :
Jensen Chong - 010 242 4254
Michelle Yong - 017 558 0212
James Wong - 03 7877 7221

Online registration:

Friday, October 14, 2011


Date : 22 October 2011
Venue : Pusat Rakan Muda, Kompleks Arena Petaling Jaya
Time : 7.30am
Distance : 7km

A) Men Veteran -50 years & above
B) Women Veteran - 50 years & above
C) Men Open - 18 to 49 years
D) Women Open - 18 to 49 years

Entry Fee
Category (A) & (B) - RM5.00
Category (C) & (D) - RM15.00

Category (A) - 80th position
Category (B) - 30th position
Category (C) - 60th position
Category (D) - 30th position

Trophy for all TOP 5 in each category.

For further enquiry, please email to

Puan Khairani - 03 7956 0203 / 03 7956 0206
Julie Wong - 016 2284088

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011


The River Jungle Marathon is just round the corner.
Am I ready? NO!

Yeah. . . . with not one single training besides that 6.35km mini LSD at Oren Run 2 weeks ago, huhhhhh just wonder how am i supposed to complete this run? This is unlike the 'runway' Songkhla Marathon. This RJM's route is surely devilish with a 3km stretch of uphill! Whatever goes up will surely goes down as many said. And thats how fast this gonna send me to the holy land

I really need You to Believe in Me to get me thru. And I know I can count on You as always in my Pilgrimage.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Songkhla Marathon 2011 has never been in my running calendar until I saw that posting in Facebook. But there is this inner voice ‘urging’ me to be part of this running event. And so, I asked CC Choi and Khairul Annuar to put me in the loop.

Things do happen for a reason. I didn’t have much time to train and with Zero mileage, I totally rely on my mental strength instead of physical fitness. He has always been an angel looking over me. I know I’m going to be fine as he will (as usual) give me his full blessing.

Despite having bought and packed the Power Gel and some Peanut Chocolate nuggets, I left the entire supply behind and only realized it at the Puduraya Bus terminal! How am I going to survive that 6 hours or more on the road without any supplement back up?

With only a bar of Kit Kat chocolate that I bought at a stall in Puduraya, I hold on to it like a lifeline. I can survive the first 10km without any food and pray hard for some miracle. Sighted a 7-Eleven store at km11 and quickly dashed in to grab 5 Milo nuggets. With that, I ate the Kit Kat chocolate as my breakfast. I drank at every water stations located at every 2km.

Then, at km16, I felt a sharp pain at the inner side of my right knee. The pain got worst with every pounding. I have to change my strategy from running for a distance of 3 lamp posts and walk for 1 lamp post to running 1 lamp post and walk for 3 lamp posts instead to reduce the pounding or risk further injury.

After making the U-turn at km21 at the end of the bridge, I had done 2hours 46mins. Will I be able to make it back in 6 hours? Can I complete the race? I wanted to but I’m in doubt. The thought of not being able to finish put me in low spirit. Each step became heavier. At km22, I told myself that I must do something and make a decision. To quit and climb onto the pick-up truck (as there were a handful of marathoners already gave up) or I must bounce back quickly.

The weather has been really kind to me. At km 24, I decided to continue with the ‘journey’ and walk all the way to the finish line. For the next 18km, I power walk all the way counting down every kilometer. I re-live his famous phrase during his life time, ‘take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Keep repeating until you feel good and give yourself a smile.’

Finally, after a long 6 hours and 21 minutes I made it to the finish line! Thank you my dearest friend for ‘walking’ along with me. We know you are in HIS good hand and you will always have a special place in our heart. I fully dedicate the 42km in your memory and may you rest in peace, my dearest friend.

(Special thanks to Tey Eng Tiong for the photos)

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Another half marathon down south.

18 September 2011

Dataran Tasik Putih, Kluang, Johor

Closing Date:
15 September 2011

Organised by:
Majlis Perbandaran Kluang

What is so interesting about this run?

The Entry Fee - its only rm20.00 for all category. And if you opted not to have the event t-shirt, the entry fee is only rm5.00 and students are charged rm2.00 only.

Cash reward - quite high pay out for a half marathon. But with such high stake, I do hope they have sufficient check point and road marshalls to ensure fair play.

For more info, call Puan Aspalela - 019 7591770 or Mr Rajasegram - 012 2241615

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Longest Yet Shortest Marathon of 709

‘ . . . .. 10 routes, 6 hours and a mere 5 kilometres for a JUST cause.’

The night before, I took out that tee and slipped it into the trousers. Then carefully fold the trousers and wrapped over with another favorite running tee – The River Jungle Marathon and carefully wrapped all with a plastic bag. Filled up a 1.5lit water bottle, a face tower, disposable poncho and another casual tee . . . just in case. The mobile phone battery – charged to the maximum. Since I’ll be meeting a group of running friends for a farewell run in FRIM Kepong before the event, I decided to dress in the running attire. I gotta disguise myself well or I may miss the show too early.

By 11.00am, Karen Loh dropped me off at Kelana Jaya LRT station where there were a handful of men in blue checking on some train commuters and searching through their bags. All of them gave me a pass probably because I look more like a tourist or a backpacker instead. But I rehearsed all the questions and answers very well days before THE day. I even did a dry run in front of the mirror to get to the perfection.

As I alight from the Central Market station, I can hear singing and chanting from across the Klang River – the KTM Station. Ahhh .. I was greeted by a platoon of good looking men too. Tried calling some friends but they kept changing their plan and location every single minute. I was told to just go with the ‘wind’. Heading to Chinatown I tried to remain cool but alert of everyone in the surrounding. It was quite hostile but surprisingly no sign of the men in blue. Then I saw the familiar faces, a group of youth from 3 human rights organizations – KOMAS, Dignity International and SUARAM. All are first timer in such a rally.

The Waiting was a process filled with curiosity, anxiety, apprehension, fear and vigilance YET everyone seems so calm and serene. This is something I never experience before. Amazing . .. simply amazing. A group of middle aged sang patriotic song and the National anthem and later joined by others. I saw ONEness in everyone.

At 1.30pm the crowd slowly moved to Jalan Sultan and out of nowhere a huge entourage appeared right in front! With my eyes and mouth wide open, I was totally speechless. Black & White, Yellow & Brown, all merged into ONE. Awesome!

That 5 hours journey was an awesome brand new experience. It has truly enriched me in all senses and definitely helped me in being a better community facilitator. This has also strengthen my believe to continue with my work for a better and just society in seeing a community that is independent in their mind and deed that they no longer be a follower but a leader themselves.

I did not see a single car screen being smashed. Not a building being broken into. No unwarranted items left on the streets.

The warmth and trust shown by everyone was so immense. I was so touched by the generosity shown by all. What took place on 709 is not a dream but reality.

When the People’s mindset is Independent
The country will mature
When the People lives in harmony
The country will flourish
When the People can accept diversity
The country is INEPENDENT

Monday, August 1, 2011


Wishing all Muslim friends a blessed Ramadan


Category A – Men Open 10km

34:50 Jayakumar a/l Ramasamy
35:40 Peh Yong Heng
37:23 Jasni Khairil
38:59 M. Saddam B. M Pittli
39:49 Vigeswaran a/l Jayakumar
40:04 Annalan a/l Devasugum
41:25 Chan Chen Siong
41:44 Naresh Kumar a/l Panjimaradan
41:58 Loh Voon Leong
42:00 Teh Yee Chuan

Category B – Men Veteran 10km

36:05 Ganesan Subramaniam
37:32 Karmukilaa Mariam
38:12 Casey Lai
39:42 Malayalan a/l Arumayam
40:15 Ong Chin
40:27 Ng Say Neong
41:08 Chen Keat Hong
41:20 Velusamy a/l Govindan
41:30 Dhan Bahadur
43:03 Bong Teck Yong

Category C – Men Senior Veteran 10km

36:55 Rama Kusunan
42:00 Goh Choon Aun
42:08 C. Kuswaan
42:25 Ridzuan Salims
42:50 Tang Chee Choong
43:35 Lim Kim Huat
43:55 Seow Kek Kiong
44:11 Yasan Rahmin
44:42 Tan Wah Sing
44:55 Raja Arumasan

Category D - Women Open 10km

47:44 Loh Voon Ying
50:53 Seah Bee Lian
51:09 Ardini Murdin
52:07 Oh Yann Shie
56:31 How Wei Xin
57:18 Tam Lai Theng
57:22 Hau Li Ping
57:44 Lee Siew Chu
58:56 Lim Soo Yong
60:25 Teh Siok Hoon

Category E – Women Veteran 10km

46:28 Lian Bee Hoon
47:03 Annie Lee Khuin Chiew
50:18 Somoko Fukumito
50:48 Hung Yoke Chun
50:56 Low Wah Leng
52:25 Tan Bee Ngoh
53:81 Tan Pei Leng
54:22 Can Lai Fan
55:23 Lim Wei Ing
56:55 Chan Yin Yian

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

BHPetrol RUN 2011

Download Entry Form HERE

Organised by : BHPetrol
Date : 24 July 2011
Venue : Piazza, The Curve, Mutiara Damansara, P.J.
Entry Fee : RM5.00
Entries : 5,000 runners

Start time
7.00am - Women
7.10am - Men
7.20am – Boys & Girls

Registration & Collection of Bibs
Date : 9 & 10 July 2011
Time : 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue :
BHPetrol stations located at –
Mutiara Damansara
TTDI Kuala Lumpur
Damansara Utama
Damansara Jaya
Sg Kayu Ara
Bandar Sri Damansara (Kepong/Batu Caves bound

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Date : 16 September 2011
Venue : Car Park AEON Bukit Tinggi, Klang

Reporting : 6.00am
Start : 7.30am

Closing Date : 25 August 2011 or 3,000 entries
Entry Fee : RM25.00
Distance : 7km

Finisher Medal for all.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

the Xtra Mile Run

The xtramilerun is an invitation to invite the community and corporations to go the extra mile for the less fortunate. For the first time, StART Society is organizing “The Extramile Run” to raise funds for the StART Society’s Music and Dance Programme which will benefit some 200 underprivileged children to build their artistic and creative skills. Our hero runner, Alex Au-Yong will be running all 100km on that day. You can support through pledging your donation online. Every RM10 is equivalent to 10 meters.

Alex Au-Yong has 'donated' his leg to run 100km to raise fund for the cause.

For more information, please log on to

If you wish to support Alex and wish to pace with him, you may do so by being at any of the check point. Please ensure that you have a friend (a non runner) to pick you or carry your baggage as the organiser is not providing any baggage services except for the official pacer.

The itinerary :

Here it is! The final route and estimated time of arrival (ETA) of the 100 kilometers.
6:00 PM (0 KM) FLAG OFF!
Palace of Justice, Precinct 3, Putrajaya
- Be here an hour before for all the fun stuffs!

9:40 PM (24 KM) Pacers pick up/drop off
IOI Mall main entrance, Puchong
- Those of you who would like to run with him from here onwards, please be here at least 20 minutes before the ETA

10:15 PM (28 KM) CHECKPOINT 1
Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, Orange Zone entrance (Italiannies, TGIF area)
- Light the Way campaign: we will be lighting up approximately 500 candles here to welcome the runners. Join us for games, goodie bags, dance, and all the fun stuff here while we wait for Alex and the runners! Be here at least 45 minutes before so that you won't miss all the fun organized by Rotaract. Bring your friends!

12:50 AM (43 KM) Pacers pick up/drop off
CIMB @ Empire Subang
- Those of you who would like to run with him from here onwards, please be here at least 20 minutes before the ETA

1:35 AM (48 KM) CHECKPOINT 2
Dream Village, Glenmarie (No.10, Jalan Pemaju U1/15, Glenmarie) next to DHL
- Light the Way campaign. Join us for games, goodie bags, dance, and all the fun stuff here while we wait for Alex and the runners! Be here at least 30 minutes before so that you won't miss all the fun organized by Rotaract

4:45 AM (70 KM) CHECKPOINT 3
Carolyn's School of Rhythmic Gymnastics (No. 1-01, No 2, Central Park, Jalan PJU 5/13, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara)
- Carolyn Au-Yong, the national gymnast who won us the gold medal in the Commonwealth 1998, who's also Alex's sister has graciously let us host one of our checkpoints for the grueling 100km run. Join us here to cheer Alex and his pacers on as he reached the 70th km. Come here with your friends at least 30 minutes before the ETA to win yourself goodie bags and play some awesome dance games!

7:00 AM (84 KM) CHECKPOINT 4
Vizeum, Damansara Heights
- Join us for games, goodie bags, dance, and all the fun stuff here while we wait for Alex and the runners! Be here at least 30 minutes before so that you won't miss all the fun organized by Rotaract

8:25 AM (91 KM) Pacers pick up/drop off
SS2 Mall, main entrance
- Those of you who would like to run with him from here onwards, please be here at least 20 minutes before the ETA

8:35 AM (92 KM) CHECKPOINT 5
KDU Section 13
- Charity Bazaar starts at 8:30 AM! There will be food, craft, games booths and a while lot more for all you early birds out there! Also, special performance by Kabuki Breakers, Wanted Symphony & Once Upon A Time There Was A Sausage Named Bob.

9:25 AM (98 KM) Fun Run Zone
PurpleHouz Art Gallery, Jalan Gasing
- All who wish to join us for a short and fun run with the StART's kids, Carolyn's students and Alex, be here at least 20 minutes before the ETA. There will be a surprise for you here!

10:00 AM (100 KM!!!) CELEBRATION POINT !
StART Society (No. 1, Jalan 5/39, Off Jalan Gasing) behind KWSP building
- Please come and join us for this wonderful celebration as we welcome Alex Au-Yong to the finishing point of 100 kilometers!! Be here at least 20 minutes before the ETA to meet some of the underprivileged children Alex is running for. They will be singing to celebrate the completion of the 100 km!

*All distance are estimates (±1.5 KM). Be assured that we do our best to ensure the accuracy of distance and time.
*Runners should provide own transportation.

Please do not hesitate to send us an email at, message us on Facebook or comment at this note here should you have any questions at all.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


CICM Responsible Care Run is back for the 2nd year. This time, its gonna be better and incorporating a longer distance - the 21km category.

But . . . wait . . there is something more than just running. Yeah . . . the LUCKY DRAW with a state-of-the-art prizes!

3 units Branded iPad II
3 units Mountain Bike

And many more prizes awaiting.

Limited to 4,000 entries, please register early to avoid disappointment. Closing date is 25 September or upon reaching 4,000 entries. So, HURRY while its Hot & Spicy!

For enquiries, drop a line at

Wednesday, June 8, 2011



In conjunction with the upcoming Standard Chartered KL Marathon which will be held on the 26th of this month, all full marathon participants are invited to join us at our exclusive “Meet the Pacers” Running Clinic.

With only two weeks before the race day, the session will serve as the final check-point for good health, speed and endurance of the participants. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon pacers will be on hand to help full marathoners strategically plan their pace to reach the finish line during a certain timeframe.

Participants will not only be able to meet the Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s pacers, but will also get the opportunity to meet Mark Williams, the Head Coach of Standard Chartered KL Marathon. Mark will share his expertise and give tips on marathon race preparation.

For registration, please log on to

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011 “Meet the Pacers” Running Clinic

Sunday, 12th of June 2011

6:30am – 9:30am

Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Cheras

For media enquiries, kindly contact:
Essence Communications – 03 7943 5588
Daren Yong Devendran – Tel: 016 - 319 5099, Email :
Sylvester Hiew – Tel: 017 – 830 2228, Email:

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Life is separated only by a thin line with death. Thats how fragile life is. Each of us do have a choice - to live the life that we want or to live the life of others. But how often and how many of us truly live a life in its true sense?

When I first started running, I ran around the Kwantung cemetary in Old Airport Road where the Warisan Jogathon is being held every year. It all started because of the severe headache and the Australian doctor whom I met during my one term assignment with Club Med Cherating recommended that perhaps I should take up an exercise on a regular basis.

Since then, there is no looking back.

And in 2006, I was introduced to the Kuala Lumpur Association of Veteran Athletes. A year later, I was nominated as the Honorary Secretary for 2 terms. It was during this short time that I began running more regularly either running in road races or on the ground meeting members and suporting them.

It was in one of the Master's meet at Stadium MSN, Bukit Jalil that I met many other veteran athletes around Asia including Chin Ah Lan @ Jacinta.

Since then, she never failed to walk up to me and greet me at all road races and other veteran meets. In her 60s, she is still very active taking part in many road races. Tho running in slow pace, she is a very consistent runner. She is also a regular face volunteering in many road races organised by Pacesetter.

Last week, she had a fall and fainted at her home. A while later after recovering, she managed to call a friend to drive her to the clinic and immediately being referred to Hospital UKM, Cheras. She later slipped into coma.

Yesterday she was operated on and was warded at the ICU still in critical condition. This morning, she was transferred to the surgical ward but still unconcious.

I visited her this afternoon. There is a small tube attached into that tiny little hole on the right of her head to allow some kind of fluid flowing into a tiny pocket by the pillow and another tube on her neck. She is also on drip as her body temperature has been running high.

Doctor could not confirm anything now but her future to live her normal life could be bleak and uncertain. And there is medical bill to take care. I met her younger sister, Judith with her son at her bedside caring for her. The rest of the siblings live in other states.

Jacinta is now warded at
Hospital UKM
Jalan Yaacob Latif
Bandar Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur
(Opposite Taman Tasik Permaisuri)

5th Floor, Ward 5E, Bed 24
(Chin Ah Lan)

For those who wish to contribute, you may bank in your contribution to :
(joint account)
Albin Aleinus / Chin Ah Yung @ Judith (hp no : 016-588 7011)

Banker : Malayan Banking Berhad
Acc No : 160193004740

No amount is too small to bring a ray of hope to human kind.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


10 July 2011

Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Start Time

Download Entry Form HERE

Wednesday, May 18, 2011



Normal registration period to end 15 May 2011

Kuala Lumpur, 4 May 2011 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011 is expected to break another record this year. To-date, less than two weeks before the closing date of normal registration period on 15 May 2011 at 11.59pm, the organizer has received registration from more than 16,500 runners and is confident to break last year’s 17,500 entries soon.

Besides Malaysia, runners from 68 countries have also registered their participation in this race, exceeding the organizer’s initial target of runners participation from 45 countries. The organizer is targeting for 25,000 runners this year, comprising of local and international runners

The 3rd running of the nation’s largest annual marathon is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2011 with the first flag raise at 5 am for full marathon runners at Dataran Merdeka.

“We are very pleased with this overwhelming response we received to-date, especially from Malaysian runners. For full marathon category alone we have recorded 20% participation increase compared to last year. This clearly solidifies Standard Chartered KL Marathon as the biggest and a truly Malaysian running event where everyone, regardless of age, experience, or background, can run and have fun together,” said Rainer Biemans, Project Director of Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2011.

The normal registration period has started from 1 March through 15 May 2011, with registration fee for Malaysians RM 45, RM 60, RM 65, RM 70 for 5km fun run, 10 km run, half marathon and full marathon, respectively.

Besides the above, the organizer is also still opening registration for the followings:

- Corporate Challenge – More than 25 companies have registered participation for the Corporate Challenge, including Genting Malaysia, IJM Corporation and FIAMMA Sdn Bhd. The last has committed RM 10,000 to the Standard Chartered Trust Fund. The Corporate Challenge is a platform for companies to compete in the race as a team, while also giving back to the community by raising money for charity.

- Volunteers – More than 700 people have registered as volunteers to help support the Standard Chartered KL Marathon this year. For the 2011 event the organizer is looking into 1,000 volunteers to help monitor the race route and distribute beverages to runners, among other activities throughout the race.

- Cheering competition – students nationwide are encouraged to form a team and register themselves to participate in the cheering competition, an integral part of this annual race. The most vibrant, creative, dynamic and energetic team even stand a chance to win great prizes.

For more information on registering for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the Corporate Challenge, becoming a volunteer or entering the cheering competition, please visit:

Thursday, May 5, 2011


The last few years, entry fees for road races have escalated by 2 folds. Gone are the days when one can run a road race for RM10 with a cotton t-shirt. Yes, the t-shirt’s quality may have improved to micro fiber material but does that really justify the high entry fee? What about the quality of the event? The safety precaution and the very essence of sportsmanship – ethical and fair competition.

Below is an open letter from a runner to the organizer of Shape Run 2011. Shape Run started off with a registration fee of RM20 few years ago and this year the fee has been hike up to RM50! So, what does a runner really want? Is that goodie bags really worth RM300? How many of you really redeem the voucher at the fitness centre? Those little bottle of shampoo, conditioner and some other supplement foods/products expiring in matters of few weeks or a month . . . . aren’t runners being used as ‘dumping ground’ by these marketing agent in the name of sponsorship?

Read what one of the runners wrote to a road race organizer voicing out his sentiment.

Dear Merina/Michelle,My name is Calvin Chan and I'm a regular participant in local and international road races. The reason I'm addressing this email to you is because I do not know the name of the person in your organization who is in charge of the Shape Run.

As an avid runner, I really do appreciate the initiative shown by your organization in promoting running locally. However, there has been growing dissatisfaction within the running community regarding the Shape Run.

To make it simple, please allow me to put my comments in point form.

1. The entry fee of RM50 this year is 25% higher than the RM40 charged this year. The increase is exorbitant.

2. No doubt that your organisation is using the Shape Run to promote your brands and that, I believe all runners can accept. However, runners are starting to feel that we are paying too much to help promote your brands and are getting too little in return.

3. You keep promoting that runners will be getting goodies worth more than RM300 in the goody bag. In actual fact, most runners feel that the goodies are not worth that much. You may include the market value of those items (including True Fitness trial vouchers etc) to arrive at RM300, but to us the items are not even worth RM100 as we won't spend our hard earned money on most of the things you are giving away anyway.

4. To organise a run, you should first understand what runners want. Actually we runners are not difficult to please. We just want a well organised run, sufficient water stations and a finisher medal. Every runner would like to go home at the end of the run with a momento in the form of a finisher medal to preserve their memory of the run. You have to understand that 12.3km is not a fun distance. Runners do have to put in a lot of effort to complete the run, even those who need to walk to complete.

5. Since Twenty First Century Sports is your co-organiser, why not seek their view on finisher medals? Almost all races organised by them provide runners with finisher medals.

6. It is true that the total number of medals for this year's Shape Run have increased to 450 from last year's 375. But almost all races charging RM30 and above and for distances of 10km and above are providing runners with finisher medals.

7. I have attached herewith a summary of races for the past 2 years for your reference. You are welcomed to cross check the accuracy of my list with anyone who is a regular participant in road races. You will find that in terms of fees charged, the Shape Run gives runners the worst deal. Please remember, we don't want the shampoo, the energy bar nor do we want any of the vouchers.

8. I am guessing that you have in the past consulted FTAAA on medal allocation. Why? Because FTAAA are the most stingy when it comes to medals. But then again, FTAAA normally charges registration fees of RM20 and below. That's why runners tend to understand why there are fewer medals given.

Thank you for spending your valuable time in reading my mail. I would really appreciate if your organisation can seriously consider the points I've mentioned above.

It will be to everyone's benefit if the Shape Run continues to be held annually and all participants of the run can go home happy.

Best regards,

Calvin Chan

Lets take a look at some of the road races that Calvin mentioned to back up his claim on some the the events that are reasonably priced. I will just take a summary of the long list.

Event /Entry Fee /Race Kit

CICM Responsible Care Run (10km) : RM25/RM30 - T-shirt, Medal, Cert

Bareno Run(5km/10km/15km) : RM15/RM35 - T-shirt & Medal

Setia Eco Half Marathon (5km/10km/21km): RM30 - T-shirt, Medal, Cert

Saucony Pacemakers Network Run (12km) : RM30 - T-shirt. Medal

BHP Orange Run : F.O.C. (11km) - Top Prizes Only

NB Klang Pacers Run4it (12km): RM30 - T-shirt, Medal

Centro Klang (10km) : RM30 - T-shirt, Medal

Saturday, April 30, 2011


DATE : 30th April 2011
TIME : 7.00am
VENUE : Metropolitan Park, Kepong

Runners are required to complete a minumum of 3 loops mesuaring 3.3km per loop. They can also continue run for a duration of 120 minutes to test their endurance and test their limit.

Men Open

1:49:30 Jasni Khairil - 8 loops
1:56:00 Mohd Syahidan Alias
1:56:03 Jason Loh - 8 loops

Women Open

1:57:44 Lee Saik Yeng - 6 loops
1:47: 59 Yap Siew Leng - 5 loops
1:50:00 Sylvia Moey - 5 l00ps

Monday, April 25, 2011


Date : 30 April 2011 (Saturday)
Time : 7.00am
Venue : Metropolitan Park, Kepong

Fee : RM20.00

Medal Design

Terms and conditions

Runners will be running in loops of 3km per loop

Running duration is 2 hours

To complete minimum 3 loops to qualify for the medal

Top 3 prizes for Men & Women will be accorded to the runners who complete most number of loops within 2 hours

Light breakfast will be provided

There will be 2 water stations and 1 sponging station

For those who are interested, please drop a line to for registration.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Final note on the trail run. The event is just round the corner and perhaps this little note will help you getting there easier for those who are unfamiliar with the destination.

The organising team especially Dzul & Irwan have go the extra mile to ensure a safe and fun run for all. So, do take a little time to read up on the DOs & DON'Ts.

Date & Time : Sunday 3rd April 2011, 8am sharp
Venue : Kg Batu 16, Jalan Bentong Lama, Gombak Organiser : Run With Orang Asli Support Group

Enquiries : Dzul via FB message

This unique run will involves running in a special jungle trail cleared by a group of Orang Asli. Unlike the heavily trodden Gasing or FRIM trails, this trail is rarely used but it is a relatively safe environment.

  • Throughout the path, runners will pass three small rivers for crossing. It is advisable for runners to use old running shoes or ol’skool rubber boots (aka ‘adidas Kampung’) for this event.

  • The water station is set-up at the starting point and one loop will be approximately 8km. There is no plan to have a water station in the jungle trail. Runners are advised to carry small bottles, or a hydration pack.

  • Insect and leech repellant is advisable. Compression socks will also help.

  • Wearing long sleeves and long pants may help avoid scratches and insects. Garden gloves are useful.

  • There is a nice river, suitable for a dip. Perhaps you might want to bring your bathing suits along.

  • Running bibs will provided during the registrations

  • There will be a small post-run gathering. Wait for the surprises!

The race will begin at Kampung Batu 16, next to the Pusat Pengajian Luar Universiti Malaya. It will end, at the same place.

Drive yourself towards Karak Highway either via MRR2, Duke Highway or Jalan Kuching. Before reaching the toll, follow slight left towards the direction of Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM). Continue straight onto Jalan Sungai Pusu for 1km. Upon reaching the traffic light, take a right turn into Jalan Gombak and you will be in the area of Kampung Sungai Salak. Drive along for approximately 6km and you will reach Kampung Sungai Rumput. Continue for aprox 7km until you see a sign ‘Pusat Pengajian Luar Universiti Malaya’ on your left. From there on, there will be volunteers directing you to the nearest available car park.

For those who is driving with Sat-Nav GPS system, you may enter the following coordinates: 3.325979,101.754792 into your devices

The car park area is by the road side. We will try our best to make sure all cars are safe through the stay but please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle. Please bring them along and leave your belongings at the left luggage area at the registration area. Alternatively, you can car pool with your friends and here are few suggestions for the meeting point.

1. From Bukit Aman
2. Petronas Sri Hartamas
3. Padang Astaka

We let you decide among yourselves to arrange the car pool. We are strongly urging you to car pool to reduce the congestion and at the same time save on the fuel and toll money. WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START? Race Briefing (compulsory): 8.00 AM Race Start: 8.30 AM

First thing first: THIS IS NOT A RACE!

  • There is nothing technical about it. SO what is we run 8km in the trail run.

  • There will be local Orang Asli helping us out along the trails.

  • The route is marked with the red cautionary tapes at various locations.

  • If in doubt, stop and look out for the red-white tapes.

  • Since we are running on a trail in the relatively thick forest, be mindful of your own safety and stay alert of the other runner’s well being.

The run will be divided into 3 groups. This is purely for allowing ample space between each runner in the narrow path of the trail Make way for faster runners who want to pass you.

HOW DO WE MANAGE HYDRATION? We recommend all runners to bring some form of their own hydration system. As we are running through a very remote area, there are no mamak-stalls or 7Elevens for you to buy water.

The organizer would recommend for each of you to have a hydration bag or water bottle carrier. Water station will be available at the beginning/end of the run at the registration point. You may fill your hydration pack, water bottles with drinks provided at the starting point

Wishing all a FUN DAY out there!!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


The 2nd Edition of The River Jungle Marathon - A Boutique Run is BACK! A well organised run thru scenic route, challenging and fun. Mark your calendar and make a date with the nature. - specially brought to you by TheMarathonShop

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


These are just a handful of scenic pictures which I managed to snap with my S302 Sony Ericsson mobile in our first reccee outing.

You will run from the village main area heading out 500mtr to the main road. Stay on for another approximately 1km before turning into the wood.

Its a little narrow at the start.

As you move further in, Rahman (one of the local leader) leading Dzul and Irwan deeper into the wood. Ahhhh . . . . what a refreshing sight . . .

This is part of the little stream that cut across the wood. Its knee deep and the current could be a little strong if it rained the night before. But I just love the cool and refreshing water that 3 of us almost refused to move away.

You may indeed take a dip and enjoy the fresh air. Maybe just bring your little sandwich basket along for a picnic

As you come off the water to higher ground, beware of the RED spot!

These pails are traps for some experiment. I was in a hurry so maybe you can learn something about this in your trip.

Some wild plants . . . . . .. . .

The last stretch of the little river before heading back to the open . . .

This is approximately 5km of which we intend to extend another 2km a little uphill in our next recce session before heading back to the start line.
So, are you ready for some fun??????