Monday, June 18, 2007

10,000 expected to run in NPE Adidas King of the Road 2007

source from The STAR

DETERMINATION and will power push her to continue running every day.
Devamani Sothie has been running for 20 years but she has no intention of retiring.
“My only aim is to be the champion in every run,” said the former bank employee who has bagged at least 10 medals this year in local and international runs.
The 38-year-old athlete said, “I train harder and harder each day. I know there is always someone younger and stronger chasing from behind, so I have to run fast.”
Another runner, Sharul Ambri Mohd Noor, shares Devamani’s strong will to win.
“It is the thrill and joy of winning that spur me to go forward,” said the 33-year-old personal driver.
The two are among an expected 10,000 runners who will participate in the coming NPE Adidas King of the Road 2007, which Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim launched at Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort recently.
Jointly organised by Adidas, Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah Malaysia (MSSM) and New Pantai Expressway (NPE), the run will flag off at Sunway Pyramid on Aug 5.
A 21km half-marathon is being included this year to attract the participation of local runners, in addition to the usual 10km, 7km and 5km runs.
This will be the first time in Malaysian history that a run is held along an elevated highway.
To accommodate the run, the highway will be closed temporarily from 5am to 10am on the morning.
There are 14 categories in all and each participant will receive an exclusive NPE adidas King of the Road 2007 limited edition running vest, certificate of participation and a 30% discount voucher for adidas products.
The champions in the Men’s and Women’s Open categories will receive RM3,000 each and the top three finishers in each category will also receive adidas sunglasses.
Registration is currently open at adidas KL Sentral and Bukit Damansara. The fee ranges from RM5 to RM30, depending on the category.
The last day for registration is July 21.

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