Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009



Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009

from http://penangmarathon.gov.my/portal/

Penang Bridge, at 13.5km, is the world third longest bridge. More than 100,000 vehicles plying the Penang Bridge daily. Since opened to public in Sept 1985, our Penang Bridge will closed for traffic completely once a year for only one occasion....The Penang Bridge International Marathon.

Our Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009 is scheduled to be held on the 22nd of November 2009. To the participants in our 2008 PBIM, we heard you, and we promise to improve on every aspect and every details....bag handling service, water & more water, running chips and many more.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year and will keep you inform of our progress and activities via our monthly newsletter and our web site.

Thank you for your support! Keep in touch.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Training

Date : 29-12-2008
Venue : Taman Ria Jaya
Time : 37:05
Distance : ??

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Taman Bukit Jalil Green Run

Event : Taman Bukit Jalil Green Run 2009
Date : 15/03/2009
Time : 7:30am
Distance : 10km,5km
Venue : Taman Bukit Jalil, Bukit Jalil ( Car Park B)


Links:

Green Run Entry Form
&
Green Run Event Details

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Training

Date : 19/12/2008
Laps : 4 laps
Time : 38:10
Venue : DJ

Friday, December 19, 2008

KLAVA Open Back to Nature Relay 2009

Date : 11/1/2009
Time : 7:30am
Event : Approx. 3 x 3.9km (11.7km)
Venue : Next to Taman Metropolitan Batu, Taman Mastiara, Off Jalan Ipoh, KL
Organiser : KLAVA


Registration Form

Magazine picks adidas for two awards

ADIDAS Running has been internationally recognised by the world’s leading running magazine Runner’s World, winning two awards at the magazine’s yearend summit in New York.
The Supernova Cushion 7 took the Best Update award after winning over the Runner’s World editorial team with its comfort driven design, breathable ClimaCool upper and the ForMotion heel unit.
Adidas Running will build on this success next year with the introduction of the Supernova Glide.
With specific cushioning properties, the new Supernova Glide will also feature a more flexible sole thanks to material reduction around the Torsion System.
The Response Cushion 17 won the Reader’s Choice: Best Looking Shoe award after receiving over 4,200 votes from Runner’s World readers worldwide.
The stylish silver and white upper with the classic black three stripes caught the eye of Runner’s World readers while the adiPRENE cushioning ensured a comfortable as well as a fashionable run.
Its adiWEAR outsole and ground-adapting heel unit make this the ultimate shoe for dynamic runners.
Next Year, the Response Cushion 18 is destined to also make waves in the running design world. Entering retail in FW, the Response Cushion 18 will feature even smoother transition properties and a lock down overlay for the closest possible fit.
They are available in stores nationwide with the price range from RM329.90 to RM369.90 per pair.

Reader’s pick: The Response Cushion 17 was a favourite.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Training

Date - 17/12/2008
Venue - DJ
Laps - 3
Timing - 25:36

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

'When I Run I Am in a Peaceful Place'

Japanese author Haruki Murakami, 59, also runs marathons. His memoir about jogging has been translated into German, and he talked to SPIEGEL about the loneliness of the writer and the runner.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Murakami, which is tougher: writing a novel, or running a marathon?

Murakami: Writing is fun -- at least mostly. I write for four hours every day. After that I go running. As a rule, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). That’s easy to manage. But running 42.195 kilometers (26 miles) all at once is tough; however it’s a toughness I seek out. It is an inevitable torment which I deliberately take upon myself. For me that is the most important aspect of running a marathon.

SPIEGEL: And which is nicer: completing a book or crossing the finishing line of a marathon?

Murakami: Putting the final full stop at the end of a story is like giving birth to a child, an incomparable moment. A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime. I don’t know how many good books I still have in me; I hope there are another four or five. When I am running I don’t feel that kind of limit. I publish a thick novel every four years, but I run a 10-kilometer race, a half-marathon and a marathon every year. I have run 27 marathon races so far, the last was in January, and numbers 28, 29 and 30 will follow quite naturally.

SPIEGEL: In your latest book, the German translation of which is to be released next Monday, you describe your career as a runner and discuss the importance of running for your work as a writer. Why did you write this autobiographical work?

Murakami: Ever since I went running for the first time, 25 years ago in the autumn of 1982, I have been asking myself for why I decided on this particular sport. Why don’t I play football? Why did my real existence as a serious writer begin on the day that I first went jogging? I tend to understand things only if I record my thoughts. I found that when I write about running I write about myself.

SPIEGEL: Why did you start running?

Murakami: I wanted to lose weight. During my first years as an author I smoked a lot, about 60 cigarettes a day, in order to be able to concentrate better. I had yellow teeth, yellow fingernails. When I decided to stop smoking, at the age of 33, I sprouted rolls of fat on my hips. So I ran; running seemed to me to be most practicable.

SPIEGEL: Why?

Murakami: Team sports aren’t my thing. I find it easier to pick something up if I can do it at my own speed. And you don’t need a partner to go running, you don’t need a particular place, like in tennis, just a pair of trainers. Judo doesn’t suit me either; I’m not a fighter. Long-distance running is not a matter of winning against others. Your only opponent is yourself, no one else is involved, but you are engaged in an inner conflict: Am I better than I was last time? Exerting yourself to the limit over and over again, that is the essence of running. Running is painful, but the pain doesn’t leave me, I can take care of it. That agrees with my mentality.

SPIEGEL: What kind of shape were you in at the time?

Murakami: After 20 minutes I was out of breath, my heart was hammering, my legs were trembling. At first I was uncomfortable when other people saw me jogging. But I integrated running into my day like brushing my teeth. So I made rapid progress. After just under a year I ran my first, though unofficial, marathon.

SPIEGEL: You ran from Athens to Marathon on your own. What appealed to you about that?

Murakami: Well, it’s the original marathon, it’s the historic route -- though in the opposite direction, because I didn’t want to arrive in Athens during the rush hour. I had never run more than 35 kilometers; my legs and my upper body were not particularly strong yet; I didn’t know what to expect. It was like running in terra incognita.

SPIEGEL: How did you get along?

Murakami: It was July; it was hot. So hot, even in the early morning. I had never been to Greece before; I was surprised. After half an hour I took off my shirt. Later I dreamt of an ice-cold beer and counted the dead dogs and cats lying along the roadside. I was furious with the sun; it burnt down on me so angrily, small blisters formed on my skin. It took me 3:51 hours, a passable time. When I arrived at the finish I hosed myself down at a petrol station and drank the beer I had dreamt of. When the petrol pump attendant heard what I had done, he presented me with a bunch of flowers.

SPIEGEL: What is your best time for a marathon?

Murakami: 3:27 hours by my watch, in New York, in 1991. That’s five minutes per kilometer. I am very proud of that because the last stretch of the course, which leads through Central Park, is really hard. I have tried a few times to improve on that time, but I’m getting older. In the meantime I’m no longer interested in my best personal time. For me it’s a matter of being satisfied with myself.

SPIEGEL: Is there some mantra that you recite while running?

Murakami: No. I just tell myself once in a while: Haruki, you’ll make it. But in fact I don’t think of anything while I’m running.

SPIEGEL: Is that possible, to think of nothing?

Murakami: When I am running my mind empties itself. Everything I think while running is subordinate to the process. The thoughts that impose themselves on me while running are like light gusts of wind -- they appear all of a sudden, disappear again and change nothing.

SPIEGEL: Do you listen to music while running?

Murakami: Only when I’m training. And then rock music. At the moment my favorite is the Manic Street Preachers. When I go jogging in the morning, which is the exception, I load Creedence Clearwater Revival into the minidisk player. Their songs have a simple, natural rhythm.

SPIEGEL: How do you manage to motivate yourself again every day?

Murakami: Sometimes I find it too hot to run, and sometimes too cold. Or too cloudy. But I still go running. I know that if I didn’t go running, I wouldn’t go the next day either. It’s not in human nature to take unnecessary burdens upon oneself, so one’s body soon becomes disaccustomed. It mustn’t do that. It’s the same with writing. I write every day so that my mind doesn’t become disaccustomed. So that I can gradually set the literary yardstick higher and higher, just as running regularly makes your muscles stronger and stronger.

SPIEGEL: You grew up as an only child; writing is a lonely business, and you always run alone. Is there some connection between these things?

Murakami: Definitely. I am used to being alone. And I enjoy being alone. Unlike my wife, I don’t like company. I have been married for 37 years, and often it is a battle. In my previous job I often worked until dawn, now I'm in bed by nine or ten.

SPIEGEL: Before you became a writer and a runner, you owned a jazz club in Tokyo. A change in life could hardly be more radical.

Murakami: When I had the club I stood behind the bar, and it was my job to engage in conversation. I did that for seven years, but I’m not a talkative person. I swore to myself: Once I’ve finished here I will only ever talk to those people I really want to talk to.

SPIEGEL: When did you notice it was time for a fresh start?

Murakami: In April 1978, I was watching a baseball game in the Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, the sun was shining, I was drinking a beer. And when Dave Hilton of the Yakult Swallows made a perfect hit, at that instant I knew I was going to write a novel. It was a warm sensation. I can still feel it in my heart. Now I am compensating for the old, open life through my new, closed life. I have never appeared on television, I have never been heard on the radio, I hardly ever give readings, I am extremely reluctant to have my photograph taken, I rarely give interviews. I’m a loner.

SPIEGEL: Do you know the novel “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” by Alan Sillitoe?

Murakami: I wasn’t impressed by the book. It’s boring. You can tell that Sillitoe wasn’t a runner himself. But I find the idea itself fitting: running allows the hero to access his own identity. In running he discovers the only state in which he feels free. I can identify with that.

SPIEGEL: And what did running teach you?

Murakami: The certainty that I will make it to the finishing line. Running taught me to have faith in my skills as a writer. I learned how much I can demand of myself, when I need a break, and when the break starts to get too long. I known how hard I am allowed to push myself.

SPIEGEL: Are you a better writer because you run?

Murakami: Definitely. The stronger my muscles got, the clearer my mind became. I am convinced that artists who lead an unhealthy life burn out more quickly. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin were the heroes of my youth -- all of them died young, even though they didn’t deserve to. Only geniuses like Mozart or Pushkin deserve an early death. Jimi Hendrix was good, but not so smart because he took drugs. Working artistically is unhealthy; an artist should lead a healthy life to make up for it. Finding a story is a dangerous thing for an author; running helps me to avert that danger.

SPIEGEL: Could you explain that?

Murakami: When a writer develops a story, he is confronted with a poison that is inside him. If you don’t have that poison, your story will be boring and uninspired. It’s like fugu: The flesh of the pufferfish is extremely tasty, but the roe, the liver, the heart can be lethally toxic. My stories are located in a dark, dangerous part of my consciousness, I feel the poison in my mind, but I can fend off a high dose of it because I have a strong body. When you are young, you are strong; so you can usually conquer the poison even without being in training. But beyond the age of 40 your strength wanes, you can no longer cope with the poison if you lead an unhealthy life.

SPIEGEL: J.D. Salinger wrote his only novel, “Catcher in the Rye” when he was 32. Was he too weak for his poison?

Murakami: I translated the book into Japanese. It is quite good, but incomplete. The story becomes darker and darker, and the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, doesn’t find his way out of the dark world. I think Salinger himself didn’t find it either. Would sport have saved him too? I don’t know.

SPIEGEL: Does running give you the inspiration for stories?

Murakami: No, because I’m not the kind of writer who reaches the source of a story playfully. I have to dig for the source. I have to dig very deep to reach the dark places in my soul where the story lies hidden. For that, too, you have to be physically strong. Since I started running, I have been able to concentrate for longer, and I have to concentrate for hours on my way into the darkness. On the way there you find everything: the images, the characters, the metaphors. If you are physically too weak, you miss them; you lack the strength to hold on to them and bring them back up to the surface of your consciousness. When you are writing, the main thing isn’t digging down to the source, but the way back out of the darkness. It’s the same with running. There is a finishing line that you have to cross, whatever the cost may be.

SPIEGEL: Are you in a similarly dark place when you are running?

Murakami: There is something very familiar to me about running. When I run I am in a peaceful place.

SPIEGEL: You lived in the United States for several years. Are there differences between American and Japanese runners?

Murakami: No, but when I was in Cambridge (as a writer-in-residence at Harvard), it became clear to me that the members of an elite run differently from ordinary mortals.

SPIEGEL: How do you mean?

Murakami: My running route took me along the Charles River, and I was constantly seeing these young female students, Harvard freshmen. They jogged with long strides, their iPods in their ears, their blonde ponytails swinging to and fro on their backs. Their entire body was radiant. They were aware that they were unusual. Their self-awareness impressed me deeply. I was a better runner, but there was something provokingly positive about them. They were so different from me. I was never the member of an elite.

SPIEGEL: Can you distinguish a beginner from a veteran runner?

Murakami: A beginner runs too fast, his breathing is too shallow. The veteran is at rest. One veteran recognizes another just the way that a writer recognizes the style and language of another writer.

SPIEGEL: Your books are written in the style of magical realism, reality blends with magic. Does running have a surrealist or metaphysical dimension -- quite apart from the pure physical achievement?

Murakami: Every activity acquires something contemplative if you perform it long enough. In 1995 I took part in a 100-kilometer race; it took me 11:42 hours and in the end it was a religious experience.

SPIEGEL: A-ha.

Murakami: After 55 kilometers I broke down; my legs would no longer obey me. I felt as though two horses were pulling my body apart. After about 75 kilometers I was suddenly able to run properly again; the pain had vanished. I had reached the other side. Happiness surged through me. I reached the finishing line filled with euphoria. I could have gone on running. Nevertheless, I will never run another ultramarathon.

SPIEGEL: Why not?

Murakami: After this extreme experience I went into a state that I have called “Runner’s Blue.”

SPIEGEL: What is that?

Murakami: A sort of listlessness. I was tired of running. Running 100 kilometers is terribly boring, you are on your own for more than eleven hours, and this boredom gnawed at me. It sucked the motivation out of my soul. The positive attitude was gone. I hated running. For weeks.

SPIEGEL: How did you restore your pleasure in it?

Murakami: I tried to force myself to run, but that didn’t work. The fun had gone out of it. So I decided to try a different sport. I wanted to try a new stimulus, and so I started on the triathlon. It helped. After a while, my desire to run returned.

SPIEGEL: You are 59 years old. How long do you intend to go on taking part in marathons?

Murakami: I will go on running for as long as I can walk. You know what I would like to be written on my tombstone?

SPIEGEL: Tell us.

Murakami: "At least he never walked."

SPIEGEL: Mr. Murakami, thank you for this interview.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Haruki Murakami - I'am Run

Why do you run, when did you start?

I began running on an everyday basis after I became a writer. As being a writer requires sitting at a desk for hours a day, without getting some exercise you'd quickly get out of shape and gain weight, I figured. That was 22 years ago. I also took it as a chance to quit smoking. You see, I became rapidly healthier since the time I became a writer. You may call it rather a rare case. But because of that, I weigh now just as much as I weighed back then.

Before I became a writer, I was running a jazz bar in the center of Tokyo, which means that I worked in filthy air all the time late into the night. I was very excited when I started making a living out of my writing, and I decided, "I will live in nothing but an absolutely healthy way." Getting up at 5 a.m. every morning, doing some work first, then going off running. It was very refreshing for me.

I have always liked running, so it wasn't particularly difficult to make it a habit. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it anywhere. It does not require anybody to do it with, and so I found the sport perfectly fits me as a person who tends to be independent and individualistic.

How much do you run? Do you do straight mileage or any speedwork?

My goal was always doing about 60K per week: 6 days a week, 10K a day on average. Some days I run more, some days less. It depends. If it is not before a race, I run at a moderate pace at which I feel easy and comfortable. If it's training for a race, I sometimes focus on speed. But otherwise I usually just try to enjoy myself at a casual pace.

I should add, though, that since I also enter triathlons these days, I have added biking and swimming to my workouts. As such, I am now running only 3 or 4 days a week.

You are moving to Boston soon and have run in Boston before. Where do you usually run in Boston?

I've run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people's support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon.

As far as my experience goes, Boston is the most appealing marathon.
(Of course the New York City Marathon is also very exciting, but in a different way).

The challenge is how to set your pace. It's tricky because there are many downhill slopes in the beginning part of the course, so I never know how fast I should go. No matter how many times I challenge the same course, there has never been a time I thought to myself "Yeah, that was the way to do it!"

However, no matter how challenging the race was, crossing the finish line at the Copley Plaza, going to Legal Sea Foods restaurant, eating steamed cherry stones and drinking Samuel Adams beer is one of the happiest moments of my life.

I used to run along the Charles River when I lived in the area before. I really like the course, though it can get really cold in the winter.

Where is your favorite run anywhere in the world, and why?

My favorite run anywhere in the world? I recall when I lived on a small island in Greece. Because I was the only jogger on that island there was inevitably someone who would call out, saying "Why are you running?", "Isn't that bad for your heath?" or "Don't you want to stop for a shot of Ouzo?" It was quite amusing.

I read that you ran every day while writing [i]Kafka on the Shore[/i]. Do you work out plots and dialogue while running? How does running affect your writing?

I try not to think about anything special while running. As a matter of fact, I usually run with my mind empty. However, when I run empty-minded, something naturally and abruptly crawls in sometime. That might become an idea that can help me with my writing.
However, in general, I try to get my mind relaxed and rested while running by not thinking about anything. I run to cool down my nerves that get heated up while writing.


Do you listen to jazz or any other kind of music?

I normally listen to rock while running. I found that the simpler the rhythm, the better. For example, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Mellencamp or The Beach Boys. I record this music on MD disks so I can listen to them with my Walkman on my run. There was this one time when I tried a 100K ultramarathon, I was tempted to listen to Mozart's [i]Magic Flute[/i] from the beginning to the end, but I gave up on it in the middle of the course. It was exhausting. Since then I found opera not to be a good fit for running.


You have expressed interest in running the New York Marathon again. What was the experience of running New York like for you before? What were the best and worst parts of the New York race?


I've run the New York City Marathon 3 times so far. The great thing about the marathon is the fact that I can do sight seeing in that unique and gigantic city while running on my own two feet, taking all that time, to my heart's content.

On the course, there are truly amazing and diverse areas; each with its unique people and cultures--this scene and feel is only possible in New York. Also, I hit my best time in the New York City Marathon.

There is one problem with the marathon, though. You have to put up with the chill while waiting at the starting line, shivering, for a long time in the frigid breeze.

As someone who has run a marathon a year for over 20 years, will you continue to do so? How has the experience of running (in marathons and daily) changed for you over the years?

As long as possible, I would really like to complete one marathon per year. Though my time has been slowing down as I get older, it has become a very important part of my life.

One aspect that I have gained from running in the past 22 years that has most pleased me is that it has helped me develop respect about my own physical being.

I think to realize this is very important for all human beings.

To have such respect for your own body makes it possible to do the same for others. If more people on the earth shared this same feeling, there should be no terrorism or wars. Obviously, to our great disappointment, things are not that simple, that much I understand.

The most important qualities to be a fiction writer are probably imaginative ability, intelligence, and focus. But in order to maintain these qualities in a high and constant level, you must never neglect to keep up your physical strength.

Without a solid base of physical strength, you can't accomplish anything very intricate or demanding. That's my belief. If I did not keep running, I think my writing would be very different from what it is now.

Event aims to educate Malaysians on wine and cheese

WHILE wine and food events are becoming increasingly popular among locals, cheese and wine pairings are something relatively new to many Malaysian palates.
This is probably because wine and cheese pairing are much more tricky, as the strong flavour and aroma of cheese in general, can easily overpower most wines.
For that reason, most people prefer to have cheese cooked with meals or baked to savour a much more mellow and toned-down flavour.
However, in an effort to bring more people to savour the goodness of cheese on its own, especially when combined with specific wines, Quality Wines and Avid Food Services got together to organise a wine and cheese pairing session recently.
The event was held at the Food Hall at the Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur, and it featured some easy to drink as well as complex wines, from reds and whites to port.
There were also an exciting range of cheese, including Mozarella, Parmesan, goat cheese and Cheddar.
Seven wines were paired with seven types of cheese by Quality Wines managing partner Rober Tan and Avid Food Services sales and marketing manager Sanm Y. Chen.
The first wine was Grand Sud unoaked Chardonnay, which was a fresh, crisp and fruity white, that paired excellently with the mild and smooth Austria Real Farmer young Mozarella.
“Similarly, other unoaked, light and refreshing wines such as the Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Albarino can also be paired with the Mozarella,” Tan said at the event.
Marbled pink and cream, the Singleton semi-aged Cheddar with Port and Stout was an instant favourite with most guests. It was paired with the French, Veuve Alban Sparkling White.
Light and heavy: Thegoat cheese was accompanied by a wooded Chardonnay.
The third cheese was also unique in colour and flavour. The Singleton semi-aged Cheddar with Whisky was attractive in brown and cream, and its flavour was neither too salty nor woody, with a pleasant, slight after-taste on the palate.
It was paired with an easy-to-drink red, which was the Chilean Los Riscos Merlot.
The Alcmaria Pure Goat Cheese probably posed too strong a flavour for most, but those with a preference for stronger flavoured cheese enjoyed it tremendously.
It went perfectly well with the Puerto Viejo wooded Chardonnay, which was full-bodied with fine, moderate acidity.
Tan said the wooded Chardon-nay was creamy and the saltiness in the goat cheese was mellowed down by it.
“So the cream in the wine matches the cheese, which cuts through the salt, giving it a balanced flavour as it brings out the best in the wine and cheese,” he said.
The fifth cheese was a Parmesan — Bella Vera Formaggio Rigatello. The semi-aged Italian cheese was not too pungent and was therefore, best for a someone who is just starting off with Parmesan cheeses. It was paired with the robust Campo Rosso Sangiovese, Superiore Riserva.
Spanish red, Conde de Valdemar was a well-rounded and smooth red, with a moderate level of acidity. It was paired with the nutty-flavoured Dutch Old Alkmaar matured cheese. It was a matured cheddar of 12 months which was salty but not over-powering.
The last wine was a port, which was a sweet finale to the event. The special Julian’s Old Tawny Port from the Barossa Valley in Australia was a limited release. It was matched with the Blue Stilton blue cheese.
The cheese was pungent without being over-powering and tasted lovely on its own. The port, on the other hand, was sweet and creamy, leaving it to the guests to decide if it was the perfect combination for them.

Training

Date:15/12/2008
Venue : DJ
Laps : 3 laps
Timing : 34:25min

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Siem Reap Trip











Recommended Local Tour Guide : Mr Tep Sithol
HP : 855 12 758 210
SMS : 855 11 566 050

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Angkor Wat Half Marathon













Association to hold Walk-A-Payung event to raise money for lupus fund

PERSATUAN Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Malaysia (PSLEM) will be holding its annual Walk-A-Payung event on Sunday at Sunway Pyramid in Subang Jaya to raise RM500,000 for its Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Fund.
More than five million people worldwide mostly women are diagnosed with SLE or lupus for short, a potentially life-threatening auto-immune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body’s own healthy tissue.
The fund will be used to help poor patients pay for replacement joints and lenses for cataract surgery, body parts that become damaged with long-term use of steroids that are used to manage lupus.
According to PSLEM vice-president and consultant rheumatologist Dr Yeap Swan Sim, lupus afflicts people between the ages of 15 and 44.
The disease often goes unnoticed because its primary symptoms – joint pain, fatigue, skin rashes, and fevers – mimic many common illnesses, which could cause people to receive treatment for conditions they may not have.
“Lupus is not contagious. At the present time, lupus has no cure and can be fatal.
“It spares no organ – every part of the body can be affected by lupus, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys and brain.
“There have been no new drugs for lupus in over 40 years. Drugs used to control the disease are borrowed from other diseases,” she said.
The organising chairman of the event, Datin Rahmah Kassim, said walkers would be carrying umbrellas during the 2km walk as a sign of solidarity with lupus patients, who could experience a relapse with exposure to sunlight.
“We are aiming to raise RM500,000 to be used to support needy patients to buy what are known as spare parts — joint replacements and lenses among others; as well as to help patients pay for medications used for their treatment.
“The fund will also be used to increase counseling services for lupus patients and their families,” Rahmah said.
“We expect more than 1,000 walkers to take part at the event.
“There will be free health checks, games, quizzes, performances and much more that will keep the family entertained, while supporting this good cause,” she said.
Tickets priced at RM20 each are available at PSLEM’s office in Petaling Jaya and at RealRewards’ office in Subang Jaya.
Members of the public or corporations who would like to support the event can contact Chee at 03-7957 7672 or e-mail: pslem@streamyx.com or pslem@gmail.com or visit the association’s website at www.lupusmalaysia.org.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

澳洲馬拉松女將麥甘癌症病逝.得年41歲

澳洲媒體今天報導,澳洲大英國協運動會兩面金牌得主麥甘(Kerryn McCann)因癌症病逝,得年41歲。
媒體引述澳洲乳癌患者互助網(Breast CancerNetwork Australia)的消息指出,麥甘昨晚病逝於雪梨南方烏隆岡附近的家中,家人隨侍在側。
麥甘是澳洲最成功的馬拉松選手之一,曾獲得2002年於英國曼徹斯特及2006年在澳洲墨爾本舉行的大英國協運動會比賽金牌。
去年她說,在發現懷了第三胎後,她已罹患乳癌,並在生了兒子古柏後,開始進行長期化療。
麥甘去年10月接受雜誌訪問時說:「外科醫生相信治療成功,且他是對的,這實在是太棒的消息。」
但今年9月,她的先生葛瑞格說,他的妻子身體「有些問題」,報導說她被肝癌所苦。
麥甘在墨爾本比賽中令人最難忘的時刻是在接近終點墨爾本板球場最後3公里處,和肯亞選手切羅諾(Hellen Cherono)一決高下獲勝的情景。

Friday, November 7, 2008

Batik Fun Walk is back!

KUALA LUMPUR: The Batik Fun Walk is back for a sixth year this Nov 16. Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia (Penyayang) chief executive officer Datuk Leela Mohd Ali said the 4.5km route will take participants down Lebuh Bandar Utama, Jalan Masjid, Persiaran Bandar Utama and Dataran Bandar Utama.
“Participants will have to come early at 6.30am for registration. The starting and finishing point is at the main entrance of 1 Utama shopping centre’s new wing,” she said at a press conference in Penyayang’s headquarters here yesterday.
Angkasawan Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will flag off the 2,000 expected participants.
The fun walk is an annual event on the calendar of Malaysia Batik – Crafted for the World, a movement started by the Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, the late wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Penyayang chairman Nori Abdullah said her late mother Endon once said that Malaysians should take pride in wearing Malaysian batik.
“By changing the venue closer to a housing area in the suburbs, hopefully more people will come out and participate.
“Participants can help a cause while having fun as proceeds from the walk will be channelled to Penyayang Pesakit Kanser, a group that serves cancer patients,” she said.
Nori also appealed for more corporate sponsors to help with cash donations or sponsor teams for the walk.
Entry fee is RM10 per person, inclusive of a batik sarong. For groups of 10, the 10th participant will be exempted from paying while children under 12 can join for free.
The Star is the media partner for Batik Fun Walk.
For more information visit www.penyayang.org.my or call 03-8946 0222.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Terry Fox Run T-Shirt


12-hour Walk in Putrajaya

FOR the first time in five years, the 12-hour walk, organised by the Race Walkers Association of Malaysia (RWAM), will be held in Putrajaya on Dec 13 and 14.
The last four editions of the 12-hour walk was held in Penang. But this year, for a change, the RWAM has opted to stage the event, the Putrajaya International 12-Hour Walk, in Putrajaya.
RWAM president Datuk Eddy Chen said the last four editions of the event were successful.
“Now we are keen to promote the event in other states as well. We felt Putrajaya will be an interesting venue for the 12-Hour Walk. We have received encouraging response from our partners Putrajaya Holdings and the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association.
“We have also got in touch with our overseas contacts to promote the event,’’ said Chen.
The organisers are expecting about 300 participants to be part of the event. They have already received confirmation from participants in Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Philippines and Belgium.
Chen said they were expecting about 85% of participants to be locals.
The 12-Hour Walk will have two categories - men and women - and there will be cash prizes for the top 30 who finish in each category.
The organisers have also included a 50km event for both men and women in the 12-Hour Walk.
Chen said the 50km walk for men was to prepare Malaysian walkers for the 2010 Common-wealth Games in New Delhi.
“Our initial plan was to have the 50km walk for men only. But several women were also game for the challenge. Our main aim is to provide a platform for Malaysian walkers to prepare for the Commonwealth Games,’’ said Chen.
In the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia won the gold medal in the 50km walk through G. Saravanan.
Chen said Saravanan had proved that Malaysians had the talent to match their rivals in the Commonwealth Games.
“We did not have any representatives in the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. We hope to see a Malaysian starting the event in New Delhi,’’ added Chen.
For more information visit racewalkermalaysia.synthasite.com/ or e-mail whyap@metrok.com.my.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Alumni group pledges support

THE High School Bukit Mertajam Alumni Malaysia (HSBM) has come forward to support the annual charity jog/wheel-a-thon for the disabled at Dataran Merdeka on Nov 9.

Organising seceretary S. Vegiya-thuman said the partnership was an opportunity for the HSBM members to show that they were a caring bunch.

“The members will have the chance to either jog or walk with the disabled participants. We expect the HSBM members to come out in full force to give their support for the event,’’ Vegiyathuman said.

The event has garnered support from McDonald’s, Power, Telekom Malaysia, Milo and 100Plus.
Vegiyathuman said there were eight age categories for participants.

“We welcome participants from 13 years old onwards. Each participant will have to cover a distance of 4km,’’ he said.

The organising committee will be giving away medals to the top 10 finishers in each category.
The charity jog/wheel-a-thon with the disabled is also a recreational and fund raising event to provide opportunities for all welfare-based NGOs to work for a common cause.

Each year about 1,500 participants, including about 500 disabled on wheelchairs, rollators and crutches, attend the event.

Entry forms are available at the FTAAA (03-27152843).

Monday, October 6, 2008

Terry Fox Run 2008


The Terry Fox Run KL 2008 will take place on 2 November 2008 (Flag off 9.00 am) at Taman Tasik Perdana (Lake Gardens).


Participants are to be at the assembly area by 8.45 am.


All participants must run on the designated route.


To participate, you can purchase a limited edition Terry Fox 2008 T-Shirt from the following locations:


T-shirts can be purchased at


1) Ms Chan Siew Wan / Ms Lee Siew Bee

at the Canadian High Commission, 17th Floor, Menara Tan & Tan, Jln Tun Razak (6th October onwards)


2) Ms Yoon / Mr Peter Kang

at the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF), 2nd Floor, Outpatient Centre, Subang Jaya Medical Centre (6th October onwards)


3) Ms Tila

at the Foyer, Ground Floor, Menara Citibank, Jalan Ampang (12.00 to 2.00pm, 20th October until 24th October)4


) At the Lake Garden on Run Day (2nd November 2008)


Would you like to be a volunteer?


Please contact Ms Jo Tan or Ms Yoon at organizer@terryfoxrunkl.org


If you have any question, please send your email to organizer@terryfxorunkl.org

Friday, October 3, 2008

瞄準世界新紀錄.杜拜重金有請馬拉松之王

主辦者今天表示,衣索比亞籍世界紀錄保持人吉布塞拉西將參加明年一十六日舉行的杜拜馬拉松。這項比賽的最高金可達三百萬美元。
瑪里在記者會上說,吉布塞拉西今年一月得杜拜馬拉松冠軍之後,杜拜方面就跟他一直保持聯繫。他當時差點刷新世界紀錄。
這項比賽獎金兩百萬美元,如果創下新的紀錄,將再發給一百萬美元。
吉布塞拉西九月二十六日在柏林締造兩時三五十九的新紀錄,這不僅是他第二十六次締造新的或最佳的世界紀錄,也使他成為第一個打破兩小時四分障礙的馬拉松跑者。

Monday, September 29, 2008

BIG WALK 2008


REGISTRATION FORM:Please click here (PDF- 131KB)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Merdeka Run to celebrate National Day

IN conjunction with the National Day celebration, the Cheras MCA is organising a Merdeka Run in its constituency on Monday.
“It is our National Day and what better way to celebrate it if not with residents and people in the community,” Cheras MCA secretary Dr Jeffrey Goh said.
The 3.5km run passes through housing areas like Taman Segar, Bukit Segar, Taman Supreme, Taman Cheras, Desa Aman Flat, Desa Aman, Taman Mutiara Timur and Taman Gemilang.
The run is jointly organised with Taman Taynton Residents Association. The first 500 participants to sign up will be given a free T-shirt and a flag.
“It is a healthy activity for residents of all ages to participate in this fun run. They can also cycle, roller-blade or just walk the short route,” Goh said.
He said that 51 residents would also be chosen to carry the National Flag along the route this year, to mark the country’s 51st birthday.
Those interested can call 03-9133 2286 for details. Registration begins at 7am in front of the Cheras MCA office at Jalan Manis 1 in Taman Segar.
A light breakfast would be served before the run, followed by a short warm-up session conducted by Fitness First instructors.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

RM35,000 up for grabs

A CASH purse of RM35,000 is up for grabs at the National Open relay in Temerloh on Aug 30.
The 10km relay will start at the Mentakab Town Hall and end at Dataran Temerloh. Each member of the team will run 2km.
The relay, organised by the Termeloh District Athletics Association, has seven categories — men’s open, men’s under-20, women’s under-20, boys’ under-12, girls under-12, men’s veteran and Pahang government staff.
Organising secretary Moha-med Musa Noor Mohamed said they were expecting about 700 teams.
“Several foreign teams have also indicated their interest to join the relay. If we can get 700 teams, then it will be endorsed by the Malaysia Book of Records,’’ he said.
The top 10 finishers in each category will receive cash prizes. The organisers are also giving away four laptops — two each to secondary and primary schools — to the schools with the highest number of participants. For more information, contact 09-278 1572.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

SEREMBAN HALF

THE Seremban Half Marathon (SHM), which will be held for the 21st consecutive year tomorrow, will take runners through a more scenic route, said the run’s organising committee secretary, Loh Kim Heong.
He said the annual event — one of the biggest sporting events in the state — was held in conjunction with the birthday celebration of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Ja’afar and would have about 8,000 participants.
“This year’s edition is sure to be exciting, with the addition of the new route. This new route, through Forest Heights with its beautiful surroundings, will be refreshing for regular participants,” he said, adding that the event would begin at the MPS Hall in Seremban.
As in previous years, students will make up the bulk of participants in the 10km run.
“To encourage more students to take part in healthy activities like this, we are giving cash incentives to the school with the largest number of participants,” he said.
The run also has its fair share of foreign participants and this year, runners from Germany, Japan, India, Thailand and Singapore have already signed up.
Loh said most of the foreign participants, especially those employed in local companies, made it a point to sign up every year.
“We have many regulars this year — four from the Sunita Godara Fitness Trust in New Delhi.
“Sunita herself was the SHM women’s champion for three consecutive years from 1998,” he said.
The 21km run has three categories – (A) women’s open (19 years and above), (B) men’s senior (19 to below 40 years) and (C) men’s veteran (above 40 years).
The 11km run has eight categories – (D) women’s senior (19 to below 35 years), (E) women’s veteran (35 to below 45 years), (F) women’s senior veteran (45 years and above), (G) men’s senior (19 to below 40 years), (H) men’s veteran (40 to below 50 years) and (J) men’s senior veteran (50 years and above), (K) women’s junior (13 to under 19 years) and (L) men’s junior (13 to under 19 years).
The SHM also features special categories for the disabled, wheelchair-bound and a corporate fun run.
The run has a number of corporate sponsors, the latest being Carlsberg Marketing Sdn Bhd which recently contributed RM5,000 and 100 cartons of Nutri Malt for the runners.
Loh said surplus funds raised from the SHM would be channelled to various state sporting bodies to develop new talent in athletics.
“This is our way of giving back to the local community and it has been our tradition for some years now,” he said.
The run is organised by the Antah Group, the Seremban Municipal Council, Seremban Hash House Harriers and Negri Sembilan Amateur Athletic Association.
The Star is the official press sponsor for the event.
For more details and route map, visit www.serembanhalfmarathon.com or call Santha Chitty ( 03-2094 5099 ), Koong Lin Ngen ( 019-661 2605), or Loh Kim Heong (013-353 0322).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Walk for charity

KELAB Darul Ehsan will be organising a Merdeka Charity Walk to raise funds for the Pondok Penyayang Raudhah in Gombak at its premises on Aug 24.
The 6km walk will start at the main lobby at 7.30am.
The club is undertaking the programme to raise funds for the poor in conjunction with Merdeka month.
As part of its community service to the public, Kelab Darul Ehsan, with the support of its in-house team of volunteers, will be organising the walk near the club and its surrounding residential areas.
Part of the proceeds collected will be channelled to the Pondok Penyayang Raudhah in Gombak.
Entries are open to Kelab Darul Ehsan members and the public.
All participants will receive goodie bags, T-shirts and enjoy complimentary breakfast.
Participants will be divided into four categories, — women’s open, men’s open, team and children.
Registration fee is RM30 for members and RM50 for non-members.
For the team category, the registration fee is RM300 and each team should comprise four participants.
Kelab Darul Ehsan’s public relations manager Sannie Wong said it was the first charity walk the club was undertaking.
“We hope to start the ball rolling to help the poor and needy. We look forward to organising more charity events,’’ said Wong.
For registration or further information, call 03-4257 2333 ext 331 or 726. Registration forms are also available at www.berjayaclubs.com/kde/index.cfm

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Larian Perpaduan

IN conjunction with the 51st Merdeka celebrations, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is calling on everyone to take part in its Merdeka Unity Run on Aug 17.
Its minister, Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, is chairing the integrated people’s committee, the run’s organiser.
The run will take place at Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur at 7.30am and end at the same venue.
The ministry’s secretary-general, Datuk Faizah Tahir, said the run’s objectives was to instil the spirit of patriotism and foster national unity among the different races.
Part of Merdeka celebration: Faizah with some of the forms for the run.
“Registration starts at 6.30am,” said Faizah during a recent interview.
“On the day itself, the Prime Minister will flag-off the 10km walk, while the deputy prime minster will flag off the 5km run.
“Ng will flag off the 3km walk.”
While the run is the main highlight, Faizah said a host of other activities had been lined-up for the crowd.
“For instance, there is a carnival with fun activities and a cultural show organised by the Unity, Culture, Arts, and Heritage Ministry.
“The public can also take check their sugar or cholesterol level at the free health screening clinics set up by the National Population and Family Development Board.
“We also have subsidised mammograms for women who are eligible at RM50 a person,” said Faizah.
She added that stars from Bintang Akademi Fantasia and Astro StarQuest would also be perfoming.
A crowd of 10,000 people is expected.
Faizah said the 12 categories of run would appeal to everyone of all ages.
The categories are men’s open (18 years and above), women’s open (18 years and above), men’s junior veteran (40 to 49 years), men’s senior veteran (50 years and above), women’s veteran (35 years and above), boys (13 years and below 18), girls (13 years and below 18), wheelchair men’s open (18 years and above), wheelchair women’s open (18 years and above), unity team event (a three-person team of three different ethnic groups), fun run (for disabled and primary schoolchildren) and fun run for families.
For the two non-competitive fun run groups, the distance is 3km, while the first three categories of men’s open, women’s open and men’s junior veteran will run the 10km distance. The other run is 5km.
Faizah said the run was open to Malaysians aged 13 and above for all categories, except the fun runs.
There is a participation fee charged for the different categories, between RM3 and RM15, except for the wheelchair categories and disabled participants whereby participation is free.
“Each participant, however, will receive a T-shirt and cap and a goodie bag that contains a voucher for snack pack. They will also be entitled to a lucky draw and stand a chance of winning prizes,” said Faizah.
She said in the category of charity run a corporate body could sponsor a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and pledge a donation through the National Welfare Foundation and run with the NGO on the event day.
“If the corporation does not identify any beneficiary, the foundation can do so on its behalf. All donations are tax-exempted.”
Interested participants can register at the 2008 Merdeka unity run secretariat, F.T.A.A.A office, Level 2, Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat between 10am and 6pm (Monday to Friday), and 10am to 1pm (Saturday).
Forms can also be downloaded from websites of www.kpwkm.gov.my, www.jkm.gov.my or www.lppkn.gov.my
The closing date for registration is two to three days before the event.
Participants will need to collect their numbers (for lucky draw) and T-shirts between Aug 14 and 16 from 10am to 6pm at the conference room of Wisma OCM.
For enquiries, call 03-2715 2843.

Monday, August 11, 2008

More sponsors for Seremban run

SEREMBAN Half Marathon patron Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanky Ja’afar said this year’s run will probably the best ever.

“This is the best managed marathon we have had,” he said.

The success of the marathon will ensure that more funds will be donated to the Junior Athletes Development fund that promotes junior and disabled athletes in Negri Sembilan.

“Our main objective is to ensure that we have enough resources for the marathon itself while the second objective is to give all surplus proceeds to the fund,” Naquiyuddin said.

In the past 21 years, more than 12 state organisations and 15,000 sports people have benefited from the fund.

Naquiyuddin said the fund usually subsidised the athletes’ expenses like equipment, supplements and sometimes even transport for those travelling to other states.

To attract a larger crowd this year, more sponsors have come forward with cash contributions and gifts for participants.

ExxonMobil Subsidaries in Malaysia and Tint-Shop (M) Sdn Bhd will both be contributing to the event with the Tint-Shop also providing gifts for the lucky draw.

Exxonmobil has been supporting the Larian Istimewa categories since 1993 and their cash contribution will be used for the special needs runners’ vests as well as the rental of buses to transport the runners to and from the Negri Sembilan field in Seremban.

“It is a great way to give back to the society, especially to the needy and children,” ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia chariman Liam Mallon said.

Royal Selangor International Sdn Bhd, the co-sponsor, will also be contributing to the run, including offering special discounts on the pewter medals for the run.

F&N Coca-Cola will be supplying free flow of 100 Plus Isotonic drinks on the day, plus cups and gifts for the lucky draw while Nestle Breakfast Cereals will provide breakfast cereals for the runners as well as donating boxes of cereals for the lucky draw prizes.

“This is a great platform for us to give back to our consumers,” F&N Coca-Cola (M) Sdn Bhd event and sponsorship manager Muhammad Fauzi Ahmad said.

Milo also chipped in with an extra RM3,000 that will be given to schools with the most number of participants who finish within the qualifying time.

The event that will be held on Aug 24 at 6.30am just before the month of Ramadan and will see about 9,000 participants this year.

The event is held as part of the birthday celebrations of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Jaa’far Tuanku Abdul Rahman who turned 86 on July 19.

For more details, contact Santha Chitty (03-2094 5099), Koong Lin Ngen (019-661 2605), Loh Kim Heong (013-353 0322) or visit www.serembanhalfmarathon.com.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Penang Bridge Marathon 2008

檳大橋馬拉松賽11月16日舉行(檳城7日訊)今年度的“檳城國際大橋馬拉松賽”已鐵定在11月16日舉行,除全程42公里公開組冠軍獎金增至1萬令吉外,啟跑及終點也被改在皇后灣。

每年循例在5月間舉辦的國際大橋馬拉松賽,今年因為主辦賽會的大馬大道局宣佈放棄舉辦權,這項備受國際支持的賽會現改由檳州政府舉辦。

檳旅遊發展委員會主席羅興強今日在檳古蹟中心召開一項新聞發佈會指出,今屆賽會與往年一樣設有全程42公里的各組賽項,也有25公里半程及10公里四分一賽程各組賽項。

他說,除了各組別的賽項外,也設有10公里四分一賽程的歡樂跑,參加者可以攜老扶幼舉家參加,同時也有名人跑。

他希望公眾人士切勿錯失檳城大橋在一整年裡,唯一不開放給車輛使用的難得時刻,可以舉家在大橋上悠閒漫步,及欣賞美景。

參賽者最少13歲

他說,42公里賽項的報名費為每人50令吉、25公里的是25令吉、10公里以及歡樂跑的報名費也是10令吉;12歲以下與父母同時參與歡樂跑的兒童一律免費,參賽者年齡必須最少13歲以上。
他指出,今年除設有7萬令吉的各項獎金外,還有豐富幸運獎及贈品。

有意參賽者可在下星期開始前往設在打石街古蹟中心的秘書處索取表格外,也可上網報名,網址為 www.penangmarathon.gov.my.

他同時呼請熱心商家踴贊助,共同努力辦好這項賽事。去年賽會共吸引約2萬人參加,希望今年也不遜色,獲得各界的熱烈響應。

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Penang Bridge Marathon




Participation is open to those 13 years and above as at 31 December 2008. Eligible participants will be categorized in 8 groups as below:

Categories for Half Marathon (22 km) are:
Men Open 16 years and above
Women Open 16 years and above
Men Junior Veteran 40 to 49 years
Men Senior Veteran 50 and above
Women Veteran 35 and above


Categories for Quarter Marathon (10 km) are:
Boys 13 to 15 years
Girls 13 to 15 years

Fun Run (10 km):
Open for participants 13 years and above

Sunday, July 27, 2008

沒有世界記錄

以前由於馬拉松競跑是在公路上進行的,地形及氣候等不同,難以指定標準,所以沒有世界紀錄,而是以世界最佳成績來表達選手的成績記錄。直至2004年,馬拉松競跑才被允許擁有世界紀錄。

缺乏訓練仍想摘冠‧馬拉松女王飽受戰亂苦

肯雅‧內羅比)世界冠軍埃德利巴面對肯雅國內戰亂缺乏訓練,但她的信心卻不受影響,信誓旦旦要在北京奧運會女子馬拉松摘下金牌。
在2004年雅典奧運會上,埃德利巴以微差敗給日本選手野口瑞希,她說:“我沒有任何的壓力,我已經將雅典奧運會上的陰影拋諸腦後,我現在全心全意為北京奧運會冠軍奮鬥。”
許多運動員在戰亂中死亡
埃德利巴在肯雅監獄擔任接線員工作,但她有足夠的時間進行訓練。然而,肯雅國內時局動亂,很多長跑運動員都因此而死亡。
她說:“這是件很傷心的事,雖然我的親人朋友沒有1個受傷。但因為時局混亂,我已經一週沒有進行訓練了。外面的戰亂使我飽受折磨。我找不到可以訓練的地方。但是我會盡全力訓練,以達到我自己定下的目標。”
一名從1998年開始在肯雅訓練長跑的運動員說,戰亂已經嚴重影響了肯雅整個奧運代表團的訓練,特別是世界著名男子馬拉松選手勒伊和萬吉魯。
不能奪冠便是徹底失敗
埃德利巴在監獄上班的時間裡,擁有很多訓練跑步的時間。
她說:“我的工作給了我很多訓練的機會,所以我不能令他們失望。如果我不能在北京奧運會上奪得冠軍,便是一次徹底的失敗。”
在肯雅,埃德利巴被名眾暱稱為棒的凱瑟琳,她統治馬拉松賽場已很多年,並認為自己選擇馬拉松是正確的,一定可以登上奧運會馬拉松頒獎禮的領獎台。
“每一天都是不一樣的。我一定不能空手而歸,我要為我的祖國奪回這枚女子馬拉松金牌。”

Saturday, July 26, 2008

FRIM Rimbathon




SEREMBAN HALF


Tesco Walk

THE Tesco Walk For Life, to raise funds for the National Cancer Council (Makna), will be held at Taman Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
The event is an initiative by Tesco Malaysia to support Makna's efforts in research on cancer. It is the second time Tesco Malaysia is organising such a fund-raising programme; the first was held in Penang where about 2,000 people took part.
It raised about RM45,000 for the Tesco Makna Cancer Research Fund for Life.
Tesco Malaysia chief executive officer Chris Bush said they would like everyone to take part in the event on Sunday.
“Some will do so for a personal reason; some people may be cancer survivors while others may take part in memory of, or to celebrate the lives of loved ones affected by cancer. This is an excellent opportunity to create awareness about cancer and to do something about it,'' he said.
Participants can walk, jog or run the 5km distance. Participants are encouraged to help raise the much-needed funds through a sponsorship card.
Each participant, who raises a minimum of RM50, will receive a special mystery gift from Tesco.
“We hope people of all ages and back-grounds will join us and inspire each other to complete the 5km course by walking, and having fun. Wear a fancy dress if you like but also wear the special tags to say who you are participating to capture the spirit of the ‘Walk for Life’,'' added Bush.
Registration forms are available at Tesco hypermarkets in the Klang Valley.

TESCO Walk


PACM Breakfast 10km Fun Run

starting at Bukit Aman car park on Sunday 17 August, 7:00 a.m. The purpose is to enable members to have the opportunity to run together and getting to know other members. Entry Fee: Member RM3.00; Public RM5.00. Register with (a) Area Group Leader, or (b) Every Sunday morning at Bukit Aman car park, or (c) On event day. A light breakfast is available at 9:30 a.m.

Larian Perpaduan Merdeka







Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Registration opens for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008!

07 December 2008



Early Bird registration begins for the seventh edition of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon - Singapore's premier running event and one of Asia's top marathon.



Organisers urge all interested to take the first step and register early for the running event of the year.



Click here to register now.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Siemens Run


with courtesy from KC & The Sunshine Runners

Monday, July 7, 2008

SHAPE Run




Mcdonalds Run




with courtesy from tey and KC & Sunshine Runners


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Start saving for your future

SET aside some money for yourself first when you get your pay cheque, that is the advice given by a chartered financial consultant so that you can retire as a millionaire.

K.H. Tan said the idea of “paying yourself first” was good and should start early in one's working life.

“Paying yourself first means before you settle the bills or spoil yourself on designer coffees, you set money aside for yourself. Now this isn't cash to splurge but cash to save for the future,” he said.

Tan, 38, added that many young executives who had attended his financial seminars felt it difficult to set money aside for themselves.

“Salary adjustments, increments and bonuses are earned. No matter how much you earn, you must force yourself to set aside an amount for retirement. If you don't do it, nobody else will,” he said at his recent I Can Be a Millionaire seminar.

However, Tan said: “Human nature makes it difficult as people think they don't have enough to pay themselves first because there's always something to spend the annual salary increase on.
“We advice many to start on a small sum instead of a ambitious sum.

“As income grows, increase the savings and to make the pay your self first effective, the process has to be automatic. Apply for an automatic bank transfer to take effect each time your income is credited to your account,” he added.

Tan's business partner P. Utama Raj strongly believes in the pay yourself idea and suggest that young executives request their employers transfer a fixed percentage of their income from their monthly pay to an investment portfolio.

“By doing so, the process becomes automatic and it makes it easier to hit that million ringgit mark due to the consistent monthly deposits and power of compounding interest,” he said.

Raj, 35, added that young executives must avoid incurring credit- card debts and spend wisely.
“One good approach to spend wisely is to use cash whenever possible.

“Being discipline does not mean a lack of a social life or depriving oneself of every shopping urge.

“We must keep our spending habits within reason thus exercising delayed gratification,” he said.

MILK Run 2008


Saturday, June 21, 2008


In supporting of Creating a meaningful day out for under-privilege children.


Make it a meaningful day for 800 under-privileged children from selected homes.

For each participation, Kenny Rogers ROASTERS will bring in one under-privilege child to join in.


~ Date: Saturday, 5 July 2008

~ Time: 8.00am

~ Venue: Desa WaterPark, Kuala Lumpur.


~ Participants are required to run a designated route with a cone containing an egg. If the egg drops, the participants are discontinued from the race.

~ The race is open to all participants aged 7 & above.

~ For more details, please download the entry form now!

Run to bring smiles to kids

PEALS of laughter filled the air as 80 children from Sunbeams home welcomed the team from Kenny Rogers Roasters into their home.

The home is one of several that will take part in the Roasters Chicken Run on July 5.

“For the past three years, we have organised a charity run called the Roasters Chicken Run and succeeded in raising more than RM100,000 that benefited Tabung Kebajikan Pesakit HUKM, the Paediatric Unit HUKM (Oncology) and Unit Tutur, a centre that helps deaf children,” said Berjaya Roasters (M) Sdn Bhd general manager Lee Siew Weng.

“This year, we want to continue to contribute to young children in need, so with the help of the public who take part in the run, we will have the opportunity to gather as many as 800 children to join in the Roasters Chicken Run for a splashing good day,” he added.

Yayasan Sunbeams Home was founded in 1995 by Pastor Alvin and Lucy Tan to care and provide for orphaned, abused and neglected children.

Since then, it has expanded and now cares for senior citizens and the disabled, too.

The founders have also implemented the Youth Work project, under which they take in youths who are not schooling to keep them out of trouble, as well as children’s day care services, which is extended to lower-income single parents and families.

The home spends an average of RM60,000 a month on provisions, essential home items and education.

“We are always glad when an organisation comes forward to lend a hand.

“We try to provide all the children with a normal upbringing whereby they receive a proper education and have a clean place to live,” said Alvin.

With every entry received, Kenny Rogers Roasters will bring a child to attend the run and enjoy a splashing good day.

Forms are available at all Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurants, or download it from http://www.krr.com.my/.

Remember, with more entries, there will more children with smiles!

The Roasters Chicken Run 2008 will be held at Desa Water Park on July 5, starting at 8am.
The run will cover the area surrounding the park.

Participants can definitely look forward to a splashing good time with family and friends, too.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Larian Olimpik




Healthier Lifestyle With Jacob's Walk Of Life 2008

Jacob's Walk of Life is back, this time with a spanking-brand new purpose. Themed 'Healthy Living, Healthier Future', the 2008 edition of this annual event is set to improve your lifestyle with the idea that change, no matter how small will play a big impact over time. Our campaign will culminate in a public walk at Taman Pertanian Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, Shah Alam on July 6 2008 and is expected to attract close to 5,000 participants.

Jacob’s Walk of Life 2008 will be supported by co-sponsors Fitness First, Anlene, Spritzer, Protex Antibacterial Wash, Mizuno and venue sponsor Taman Pertanian Seri Cahaya in Shah Alam. This event is made for the family so bring along everyone you know and together, join in the fun. That's not all - meet Fara Fauzana, Faizal Ismail, Jack Lim and Gan Mei Yan who will all be there to get themselves sweating for a healthy cause. Malaysian Idol's Dina will also be there to entertain you with her power pack vocals as a big thank you for helping create a healthier Malaysia.

Don't miss out on the fun. Book your place now and sample a spread of the goodness of Jacob's wholesome biscuits. We're excited and we can't wait. See you there, Malaysia!

Date : 6 July 2008 (Sunday)
Venue : Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Bukit CahayaSeri Alam, Shah Alam
Link : http://www.jacobs.com.my/

AVON WALK

AVON Cosmetics Malaysia will be joining over 50 countries in the fourth annual Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer (WAWBC).

The walk is a worldwide series of events that will mobilise thousands of people in a shared commitment to end breast cancer and break barriers to quality care.

Although Avon Cosmetics Malaysia has conducted various fundraising events in conjunction with the previous WAWBC, this is the first time it will be holding the Avon Walk in Malaysia.

Reebok is the official footwear and apparel sponsor for the 2008 Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer event.

“As part of Avon’s Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer programme, WAWBC aims to raise funds and create awareness for the breast cancer cause,” said Avon Malaysia head of marketing Sahara Noon at a press conference on the event recently.

Avon Walk is scheduled to be held at Dataran Merdeka on Aug 10.

The non-competitive but fun and meaningful walk is open to the public at a minimum fee of RM20 per entry.

Besides receiving an exclusive Reebok T-shirt worth RM90 and an Avon goodie bag worth RM50, participants can also look forward to a lot of activities, games and entertainment by celebrities.

To add meaning to the event, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will also extend complimentary health screening to the public during the event.

“Breast cancer is not just women’s issue, as every man has either a mother, wife, sister, daughter or friend; and there is no way of telling the effects this devastating disease will have on him,” said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the spokeman for event during the press conference.

“So, I hope to play my role in maximising awareness on the early detection of breast cancer,” he added.

Reebok will “activate” the walk by offering its Spring-Summer 2008 “Pink Ribbon Collection” products at 35 Reebok retail outlets in Malaysia from July 1.

These products include exclusive footwear, apparel, and accessories.

All nett proceeds will be channeled to Pride Foundation (Pink Ribbon Deeds).

Pride is a charity body that aims to enhance awareness effort and improve accessibility to treatments and care of breast cancer at all levels of society.

Entry forms to the charity walk will be available at all Avon Beauty Boutiques in the Klang Valley, Reebok retail outlets and Pride headquarters starting July 1.

For details, call the Avon Head Office at 03-7965 7100

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Raising funds for marathon

The state govern-ment is collecting funds for the Pe-nang Bridge marathon as it is confident that it will get the nod from Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd (PBSB) to run the event.

State Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said he did not foresee any reason for PBSB to stop the state from taking over the event.

“The Public Works Department (JKR) and the Tourism Ministry have agreed with us and we are currently waiting for PBSB to give us the green light,” he said.

Law was speaking at a press conference to announce A Cultural Charity Night with Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

The dinner will be held in conjunction with Abdul Rahman's birthday at at Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) in Relau at 7.30pm on July 9.

He said the function was to raise funds for the TYT Disaster Relief Fund, charity organisations, the 6th International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championship, which the state was hosting from July 31 to Aug 4, and the Penang Bridge marathon.

Those keen to buy the RM30 tickets can contact Lina at 04-6505136, DAP headquarter at 04-2288482 or Jeffery from PISA at 04-6451934.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Penang Govt to take over bridge marathon

The state government is planning to take over the organising of the Penang Bridge Marathon this year following its cancellation by the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM).

State Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said the state had sought permission from the LLM to hold the event.

"We have yet to fix the date as we need to liaise with the International Marathon Council first so that it won't clash with other events," he said Friday.

Malaysian Highway Authority director-general Datuk Mohamad Razali Othman had on May 11 announced that the run was cancelled due to financial and manpower constraints.

A week later, Law told reporters that Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said expressed her disappointment with the cancellation of the event, as it had been successful in attracting both local and foreign participants in past years.

Law was speaking at a press conference to announce the sponsorship of A Cultural Charity Night with Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas in conjunction with the governor's birthday.

He said E&O Penang and Hunza Properties (Penang) Sdn Bhd were each sponsoring RM300,000 for the event, organised by Taglink Group.

He said the state hoped to raise RM2mil in aid of the TYT Disaster Relief Fund, several charity organisations, the 6th International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championship (IDBF CCWC) to be held in the state from July 31 to Aug 4, and the Penang Bridge Marathon.

For details on the dinner, call 04-538 1110

Saturday, May 31, 2008

EKIDEN RUN 2008



with courtesy from naz

Adidas KOTR 2008



with courtesy from PM1