Saturday, December 26, 2009

Muniandy to lead the charge

LOCAL road runner R. Muniandy will be leading Team New Balance’s challenge at the New Balance Pacesetters 30km Run scheduled at Padang Merbok on Jan 17.
Muniandy settled for the second spot in the men’s category at the Singapore Marathon this month.
Stream Enterprise marketing manager Wei Chong Hwa confirmed that their sponsored athlete would be featuring for the team at the upcoming event.
Besides staying as a staunch backer of the club’s 15km event over the years, the running brand is now the title sponsor for the fifth edition of the 30km run.
Wei said they were expecting an exciting year ahead with the brand launching a strong global campaign in long distance running.
“Our aim is to continue a long-term partnership with the club to encourage the running community to come together for social gatherings,” he added.
Recently, Pacesetters Athletic Club Malaysia (PACM) president Rustam Affandi Zaihan also received the contributions from other partners for the club’s opening event in the new season.
Among other sponsors are Milo, Power Bar, Nivea, Perkinsdol and Nestle Fitnesse.
And the seasoned campaigners will be tackling a familiar terrain around the Lake Gardens, Bukit Tunku and Sri Hartamas to get to the finishing line.
“The event has been designed to prepare the runners for the 42km distance. The participants have been receptive to the 30km run because it provides them with the opportunity to gauge their endurance before taking up the challenge.
Even the foreigners, especially our northern and southern neighbours, have also been turning up to join the occasion,” Rustam said.
The organisers are expecting 3,000 participants in the 10 categories for the event offering a total of RM23,000 in product vouchers to the winners.
The six categories for the 30km are women’s open (16 years and above), women’s junior open (30 to 34 years), women’s senior veteran (46 years and above), men’s open (16 years and above), men’s junior veteran (40 to 50 years) and men’s senior veteran (51 years and above).
In addition, they have also included the 10km and 20km routes catering to competitors seeking to complete a shorter course.
For details, visit http://www.pacesetters.com.my/

Muniandy to lead the charge

LOCAL road runner R. Muniandy will be leading Team New Balance’s challenge at the New Balance Pacesetters 30km Run scheduled at Padang Merbok on Jan 17.
Muniandy settled for the second spot in the men’s category at the Singapore Marathon this month.
Stream Enterprise marketing manager Wei Chong Hwa confirmed that their sponsored athlete would be featuring for the team at the upcoming event.
Besides staying as a staunch backer of the club’s 15km event over the years, the running brand is now the title sponsor for the fifth edition of the 30km run.
Wei said they were expecting an exciting year ahead with the brand launching a strong global campaign in long distance running.
“Our aim is to continue a long-term partnership with the club to encourage the running community to come together for social gatherings,” he added.
Recently, Pacesetters Athletic Club Malaysia (PACM) president Rustam Affandi Zaihan also received the contributions from other partners for the club’s opening event in the new season.
Among other sponsors are Milo, Power Bar, Nivea, Perkinsdol and Nestle Fitnesse.
And the seasoned campaigners will be tackling a familiar terrain around the Lake Gardens, Bukit Tunku and Sri Hartamas to get to the finishing line.
“The event has been designed to prepare the runners for the 42km distance. The participants have been receptive to the 30km run because it provides them with the opportunity to gauge their endurance before taking up the challenge.
Even the foreigners, especially our northern and southern neighbours, have also been turning up to join the occasion,” Rustam said.
The organisers are expecting 3,000 participants in the 10 categories for the event offering a total of RM23,000 in product vouchers to the winners.
The six categories for the 30km are women’s open (16 years and above), women’s junior open (30 to 34 years), women’s senior veteran (46 years and above), men’s open (16 years and above), men’s junior veteran (40 to 50 years) and men’s senior veteran (51 years and above).
In addition, they have also included the 10km and 20km routes catering to competitors seeking to complete a shorter course.
For details, visit www.pacesetters.com.my

Muniandy to lead the charge

LOCAL road runner R. Muniandy will be leading Team New Balance’s challenge at the New Balance Pacesetters 30km Run scheduled at Padang Merbok on Jan 17.
Muniandy settled for the second spot in the men’s category at the Singapore Marathon this month.
Stream Enterprise marketing manager Wei Chong Hwa confirmed that their sponsored athlete would be featuring for the team at the upcoming event.
Besides staying as a staunch backer of the club’s 15km event over the years, the running brand is now the title sponsor for the fifth edition of the 30km run.
Wei said they were expecting an exciting year ahead with the brand launching a strong global campaign in long distance running.
“Our aim is to continue a long-term partnership with the club to encourage the running community to come together for social gatherings,” he added.
Recently, Pacesetters Athletic Club Malaysia (PACM) president Rustam Affandi Zaihan also received the contributions from other partners for the club’s opening event in the new season.
Among other sponsors are Milo, Power Bar, Nivea, Perkinsdol and Nestle Fitnesse.
And the seasoned campaigners will be tackling a familiar terrain around the Lake Gardens, Bukit Tunku and Sri Hartamas to get to the finishing line.
“The event has been designed to prepare the runners for the 42km distance. The participants have been receptive to the 30km run because it provides them with the opportunity to gauge their endurance before taking up the challenge.
Even the foreigners, especially our northern and southern neighbours, have also been turning up to join the occasion,” Rustam said.
The organisers are expecting 3,000 participants in the 10 categories for the event offering a total of RM23,000 in product vouchers to the winners.
The six categories for the 30km are women’s open (16 years and above), women’s junior open (30 to 34 years), women’s senior veteran (46 years and above), men’s open (16 years and above), men’s junior veteran (40 to 50 years) and men’s senior veteran (51 years and above).
In addition, they have also included the 10km and 20km routes catering to competitors seeking to complete a shorter course.
For details, visit www.pacesetters.com.my

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Running a marathon under the stars

THE first ever night marathon — the Putrajaya Night Marathon (PNM) — will be held at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya on Feb 6.

About 8,000 participants are expected to show up for the PNM, offering a total cash prize of RM300,000. It is jointly organised by World Action Sports (WAS) and Twenty First Century Sports with support from Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) and sanctioned by the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) and Malaysia Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU).

The PNM was launched by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin recently. Besides the 42km run, the PNM will have the 21km, 7.7km and 5km fun run.

WAS chairman Tengku Zafrul Aziz said the PNM would be flagged off at 8pm on Feb 6.

“About 3,000 participants have already signed up for the various categories in the PNM. The PNM will be an iconic international running experience that is a must for marathon runners.

“The participants will find the run interesting. It will be cooler and for runners even a degree of difference in temperature can make a big difference,’’ added Zafrul.

An added attraction is that participants will run past some of the most distinctive architecture at night, wide boulevards and open green spaces.

“There is no other marathon in the country that will take on such scenic night routes and the PNM will take runners on the main boulevard of Persiaran Perdana through some of the capital’s key landmarks such as the Putra Bridge, the Prime Minister’s Office and Putra Square,’’ said Zafrul.

Nong Chik said the PNM was in line with the PM’s vision to inject more night life into Putrajaya.

“There is not much night activity in Putrajaya and we believe this one-of-a-kind event will promote both the capital and Malaysia to the world,’’ said Nong Chik.

The registration fee for the full and half marathon is RM40 and RM30 respectively for early birds who register before Jan 10 and RM50 and RM35 thereafter.

It is RM10 for the 7.7km for early birds or RM15 thereafter. The corporate challenge and fun run is fixed at RM500 and RM10 respectively.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www.hooha.asia and for more information, contact 012-716 5808.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Walk for Polio Eradication Fund

Rotary Club of Pudu is organising a 510km marathon walk from Dec 22 from Alor Star to the Rotary District 3300 75th Conference opening ceremony on Jan 8 at the Grand Dorsett Hotel, Subang Jaya to raise RM360,000 to match the philanthropic grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For details, call 012-2382389 (Robin Tay).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

End the year with a one-mile dash

The One-Mile Dash: New Year Bash is back and will be organised on a bigger scale starting at the Asian Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur, on Dec 31.
The organisers, Twenty First Century Sports and Hooha.asia, are expecting about 500 people to take part in the run which will start at 6.30pm.
Organising chairman V. Anand said they were encouraged by the response for last year’s event.
“It was an eye-opener as the participants had a good time. The event was timed in such a way that participants were able to join the New Year countdown at Dataran Merdeka at 10.30pm.
“The support from sponsors was also encouraging. Crocs Prepair are joining us as the title sponsors. Their commitment has motivated us to continue with the event,’’ said Anand after a sponsorship presentation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.
Besides Crocs Prepair, the other sponsors are 100 Plus, Milo, Nivea, Nature Valley, Salonpas and Mojo Restaurant and Bar.
Participants of the run, sanctioned by the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Assciation (FTAAA), will start at the Asian Heritage Row and head towards Maju Junction before running along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and finishing at Dataran Merdeka.
The event has 12 categories.
There will be no cash prize but all participants will receive medals as well as prizes.
Anand said they had pledged RM5,000 to Rumah Sejahtera Wargamas Kuala Kubu Baru.
“We contributed a small amount to the home last year. This year we have increased the amount to RM5,000,’’ said Anand.
For more information on the run, contact 03-78748488 or visit www.hooha.asia

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Singapore Marathon 2009 Results

Luke Kibet from Kenya had the number one tag, and he lived up to it by once again winning the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in the men’s elite category — in a course record time.
The 26—year—old clocked 2 hours, 11 minutes, 24 seconds — almost two minutes faster than his winning time last year. He will take home US$35,000 in prize money.
"To win a race is not a joke, to run 42 kilometres, it is a tough race. I’m waiting for the race organisers if they can call me for next year. I will come here for the third time," said Kibet.
Kibet’s double victory in Singapore matches his countryman Amos Matui’s wins in 2005 and 2006.
Johnstone Chepkwony, who clocked 2 hours, 11 minutes, 32 seconds, and Vincent Krop, who clocked 2 hours, 11 minutes, 49 seconds, made it an all—Kenyan sweep of the men’s elite category — all finishing faster than last year’s winning time.
The women’s elite category was won by Russia’s Albina Mayorova Ivanova — in 2 hours, 32 minutes and 47 seconds. This is her second marathon after giving birth to her daughter.
In the Singapore Men’s section, 23—year—old Mok Ying Ren won in his debut of the Marathon. The SEA Games triathlon gold—medallist clocked 2 hours, 43 minutes, 42 seconds.
The Singapore Women’s section was won by Qi Hui in 3 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds.
Some 50,000 runners took part this year, and there are hints that next year’s marathon will be bigger.
Oon Jin Teik, CEO, Singapore Sports Council said: "We definitely have more than 50,000 people asking to join in. So, we definitely have plans for next year for a bigger and better one.
"I think this requires a lot of in—depth planning, especially on the route and everything else. But the demand and enthusiasm from the athletes, I think, is where gives us a lot of hope."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Charity walk with TYT on Saturday

THE Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff will lead over 500 people including children with special abilities, blind senior citizens and orphans at the ‘Charity Walk with TYT’ on Saturday.
The event organised by the Senior Citizens’ Association here will be held at the Botanic Gardens at 8am.
State Welfare, Health and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the 1km walk would see residents from the St Nichola’s Home, Ramakrishna Orphanage and the Spastic Children’s Association taking part.
“The event will be a fun-filled carnival aimed at raising funds for the hardcore poor under the state government’s ‘Partners Against Poverty’ programme.
“Firefly Berhad will give away five complimentary flight tickets to Medan, Phuket, Langkawi, Subang and Acheh to lucky winners at the event,” he told a press conference on Monday.
Phee said the Penang Turf Club would also sponsor RM3,000 for the children with special abilities and blind senior citizens to take part in the walk.
Association president Lawrence Cheah, who was present, said those interested can turn up at the Botanic Gardens on the day and sign up for the walk.
“They only need to pay RM10 for the participation and they will receive a goodie bag and be entitled to a lucky draw.
“All the proceeds from the registration fee will be channelled to the ‘Partners Against Poverty’ programme,” he said.
For further details, call 012-4882419.

650 sign up for walk

THE Race Walkers Association of Malaysia (RWAM) are on course to get 750 participants for the Putrajaya International 12-Hour Walk at Boulevard Putrajaya on Dec 12.
RWAM president Datuk Eddy Chen said about 650 participants had already signed up for the event being held for the second year in Putrajaya.
“We are confident of hitting the target of 750 participants before the closing date. The 12-hour walk has become a popular event among Malaysians. We expect 85% of the participants to be local. Some of the foreign participants are seasoned walkers.
“We anticipate an exciting field for this year’s event,’’ said Chen after a sponsorship ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently.
The sponsors for the 12-hour walk are Rockport, Johnson and Johnson, Sloan’s, Proviton, Isotnic H-Two-O; Resorts World and Eagle brand.
Last year, about 60 participants took part in the 12-hour walk held for the first time in Putrajaya. Last year Belgian Alexander Vandenhoe completed 94km to win the men’s Open category. He was also the winner in the 12-hour walk held in Penang in 2007.
In the women’s category, the winner was Hong Kong’s Kwok Chik Ha with a distance of 83km.
The best Malaysian in the men’s category was R. Thevendra, who completed 91km for a second spot while in the women’s category, Lim Siew Lean completed 71km to finish third.
Chen said the 12-hour walk was not just a competition but very much a physical and mental challenge.
“Participants must be well prepared for the event,’’ added Chen.
The RWAM are organising the 12-hour walk, with support from the Putrajaya Holdings and Fedearl Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA). The event will start at 8pm on Dec 12 and end at 8am the following morning.
There will be two categories — men and women — and the top 30 participants who cover the longest distance will receive cash prizes.
The champions in both categories will receive RM1,500 each.
The organisers are also offering cash incentives to the top three participants completing the 50km and 70km in both the men and women’s categories.
The entry fee is RM70. For more information, visit http://racewalkermalaysia.synthasite.com/ or www.championchip.com.my.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Firm marks anniversary with walk

IN conjunction with Nutrilite’s 75th anniversary, Amway Malaysia which distributes the brand’s wide range of health food supplements, held a Nutrilite Walk and Health Carnival recently.
More than 3,500 Amway distributors and the public gathered at 4.45am to take part in the 7.5km walk.
Amway (Malaysia) Holdings Bhd executive director Paul Yee flagged off the walk.
Special guest from the United States and president of the Nutrilite Health Institute Dr Sam Rehnborg, 73, walked the entire route with his wife, Francesca.
They were in Malaysia as part of their global Super Tour to celebrate Nutrilite’s anniversary.
Dr Rehnborg’s father, Carl Rehnborg, founded Nutrilite 75 years ago after developing a multivitamin product based on plant materials.
“We have had a few carnivals over the years but never one this big. Nutrilite’s 75th anniversary is an important milestone for us not just in Malaysia, but across the world,” said Yee.
“Today’s carnival is about celebrating with our distributors and customers.
“It is about celebrating their hard work and perseverance in striving to achieve optimal health through exercise and a balanced diet,” he added.
Many distributors took the opportunity to turn the carnival into a family affair and brought their family and friends to join in the celebration.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lack Of Sleep Can Kill

A month ago, many of us heard about the sad demise of Ranjan Das from Bandra, Mumbai. Ranjan, just 42 years of age, was the CEO of SAP-Indian Subcontinent, the youngest CEO of an MNC in India. He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. It was common to see him run on Bandra's Carter Road. Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct, he returned home from his gym after a workout, collapsed with a massive heart attack and died. He is survived by his wife and two very young kids.

It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India. However, it was even more disastrous for runners amongst us. Since Ranjan was an avid marathoner ( in Feb 09, he ran Chennai Marathon at the same time some of us were running Pondicherry Marathon 180 km away ), the question came as to why an exceptionally active, athletic person succumb to heart attack at 42 years of age.

Was it the stress?
A couple of you called me asking about the reasons. While Ranjan had mentioned that he faced a lot of stress, that is a common element in most of our lives. We used to think that by being fit, one can conquer the bad effects of stress. So I doubted if the cause was stress.
The Real Reason
However, everyone missed out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used to make do with 4-5 hours of sleep. This is an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program 'Boss' Day Out': Boss' Day Out: Ranjan Das of SAP India.
Here he himself admits that he would love to get more sleep ( and that he was not proud of his ability to manage without sleep, contrary to what others extolled ).
The Evidence
Last week, I was working with a well-known cardiologist on the subject of ‘Heart Disease caused by Lack of Sleep’. While I cannot share the video nor the slides because of confidentiality reasons, I have distilled the key points below in the hope it will save some of our lives.
Some Excerpts:
· Short sleep duration ( <5 or 5-6 hours ) increased risk for high BP by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night. Paper published in 2009. As you know, high BP kills.
· Young people ( 25-49 years of age ) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. Paper published in 2006.
· Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks. Paper published in 1999.
· Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentrations of High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), the strongest predictor of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high!!
· Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha (TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (cRP). They increase risks of many medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Paper published in 2004.
· Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 18% increase in heart disease. Paper published in 2006.
Ideal Sleep
For lack of space, I cannot explain here the ideal sleep architecture. But in brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM ( Rapid Eye Movement ) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. During the night, you alternate between REM and non-REM stages 4-5 times.
The earlier part of sleep is mostly non-REM. During that period, your pituitary gland releases growth hormones that repair your body. The latter part of sleep is more and more REM type.
For you to be mentally alert during the day, the latter part of sleep is more important. No wonder when you wake up with an alarm clock after 5-6 hours of sleep, you are mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep). And if you have slept for less than 5 hours, your body is in a complete physical mess ( lack of non-REM sleep ), you are tired throughout the day, moving like a zombie and your immunity is way down ( I’ve been there, done that ).
Finally, as long-distance runners, you need an hour of extra sleep to repair the running related damage.
If you want to know if you are getting adequate sleep, take Epworth Sleepiness Test below.
Interpretation: Score of 0-9 is considered normal while 10 and above abnormal. Many a times, I have clocked 21 out the maximum possible 24, the only saving grace being the last situation, since I don’t like to drive ( maybe, I should ask my driver to answer that line ).
In conclusion:
Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising ( marathoning! ), maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. In my opinion, that killed him.If you are not getting enough sleep ( 7 hours ), you are playing with fire, even if you have low stress.
I always took pride in my ability to work 50 hours at a stretch whenever the situation warranted. But I was so spooked after seeing the scientific evidence last week that since Saturday night, I ensure I do not even set the alarm clock under 7 hours. Now, that is a nice excuse to get some more sleep.
Unfortunately, Ranjan Das is not alone when it comes to missing sleep. Many of us are doing exactly the same, perhaps out of ignorance.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bridge to be closed for marathon

THOSE from the mainland who wish to cross over to the island this Sunday are urged to use the ferry services, as the Penang Bridge will be closed from 2am until 10am for the Penang Bridge International Marathon 2009.

State Tourism Development, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said the ferries would operate every 20 minutes from midnight on Sunday to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic from Seberang Prai to Penang and vice versa.

He added that public bus operator — Rapid Penang — would also provide free shuttle services from the ferry terminal to Queensbay Mall and vice versa with only one stop to pick passengers at Kristal Point near the Bayan Baru roundabout.

He added that the shuttle services would commence every 30 minutes from 11pm on Saturday to 11am on Sunday.

About 19,000 participants have registered for the international marathon which will be divided into four categories — Full Marathon (850 participants), Quarter Marathon (about 2,000), Half Marathon (about 6,000) and Fun Run (about 10,000).

Law was speaking at a press conference in Komtar on Tuesday to announce the road closure for the Penang Bridge International Marathon.

State traffic police operations chief Deputy Supt K. Wari, who was present, said the Jelutong Expressway would be closed to ensure the safety of the runners.

Other road closures included Jalan Aziz Ibrahim to the Gold Coast roundabout, the road from Pulau Jerejak Jetty heading towards the Gold Coast roundabout, the road leading to Queensbay Mall and Jalan Batu Maung from Bayan Baru roundabout and the junction of Lebuhraya Kampung Jawa leading to Batu Maung.

He added that vehicles entering the Gold Coast area would be diverted to Lebuhraya Sungai Nibong via Pantai Jerejak.

“Only vehicles with working passes (issued by the organiser) will be allowed on these roads,” he added.

Supt Wari said the police anticipated between 4,000 and 5,000 vehicles to be at Queensbay Mall on Sunday and that the mall had a total of 5,500 parking bays to accommodate the vehicles.

Two tow trucks will also be on stand-by at the mall to tow away vehicles that are left in non-designated parking areas.

“Vehicle owners are reminded to park their cars at the designated parking lots. Those who park their vehicles along the roadside and in non-designated areas will find their cars towed away by the enforcement team from the Penang Municipal Council. Vehicle owners will have to pay some amount of money when they go to retrieve their vehicles,” he added.

He also reminded owners to keep their valuables safely due to the rampant car break-ins during the previous marathons.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Three more companies sponsor items for Penang Starwalk 2009

IN SUPPORT of a healthy cause, Kellogg’s Asia Sdn Bhd is sponsoring Special K cereals worth RM31,500 for the Starwalk Penang 2009 on Dec 13.

The company believes that its sponsorship is in line with its healthy lifestyle promotion.

Brand manager Charlene Yeo said Special K was a product created for women or those who would like to keep in shape.

The cereal, which is low in fat and high in protein, is created to keep one stay fuller for longer, and it only has 165 calories per serving of 45gm.

“It’s tasty and packed with a lot of goodness. That’s why we find the product relevant to Starwalk as it’s all about leading a healthy lifestyle,” she said during the sponsorship event at Menara Star recently.

Meanwhile, Ginvera would be sponsoring products worth RM13,000.

Ginvera product manager Eddie Kwong said the company was giving out Ginvera shower scrubs and Olive Bio Oil for Starwalk 2009.

“Staying clean and refreshed after a cardio work-out is equally important and that’s how we find our products relevant to the event.

The company is also the distributor of Ebene, which has a range of bio-ray healthcare products.

To quench your thirst Cotra Enterprises is sponsoring Marigold UHT Asian Drinks (in six flavours) worth RM5,000.

Its deputy general manager, Michael Ong, said it was the third Starwalk that the company was sponsoring.

“Over the years, we have always found our products relevant to the event.” he said.

Penang Starwalk 2009, jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and the Penang Amateur Athletics Association, is divided into competition and non-competition categories with both covering 10km.

The registration fee is RM8 for non-competition walkers and RM12 for competition walkers. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag. Those who complete the walk within two hours will also be eligible for a lucky contest.

Competition walkers will be flagged off at 7am by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas from the Penang International Sports Arena (Jalan Mahsuri) while non-competition walkers will start the walk at 7.30am from SMK Raja Tun Uda in Jalan Tengah.

Registration is open from 9.15am to 5pm on weekdays, except public holidays, at the Star Northern Hub at 202, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah in Bayan Lepas or the newspaper’s George Town office at 15, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

Entry forms can be downloaded from http://thestar.com.my/starwalk.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bauerfeind







Bauerfeind presents a special training workshop focus on Vertical Marathon running.


Conducted by some of the best runners and speicalists in the region, this is definitely a session you wouldn't want to miss!


Date : 21st November 2009 (Saturday)


Time : 10.30am - 12.30noon (registration starts at 10am)


Venue : Raffles City Convention Centre - Orchard Room (Level 4)


Fee : $10 (redeemable upon purchase of any Bauerfeind products)




*Attractive goodie bag for the first 50 pre-registered participants.


*Light refreshments will be provided


"It's All Running.....Your Choice!" Forward, Backward and Upward Running

Men Health Urbanathlon 2010


Monday, November 16, 2009

Entries extended to Monday

THE closing date for Penang Starwalk 2009 entries has been extended over the weekend until Monday due to overwhelming response.

Registration for the Dec 13 walk is open from 10am to 4pm at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas and the newspaper’s George Town office at 15, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, over the weekend. On Monday, registration is open from 9.15am until 5pm.

However, the cut-off point for the total number of participants is 15,000. If the number is reached before the closing date on Monday, registration will automatically close.

Entry forms can also be obtained online at http://thestar.com.my/starwalk

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Five bikes for lucky draw

FIVE Modenas CT110 motorcycles, worth RM3,888 each, will be up for grabs at the Penang Starwalk 2009 on Dec 13.

They are among the many attractive prizes which participants stand to win in the post-walk lucky contest.

Three of the motorcycles are sponsored by Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (Modenas) while the other two are from the organisers. Other prizes include RM20,000 worth of home appliances.

Lucky participants will also get a chance to stay at the hip and happening Hard Rock Hotel Penang which is sponsoring two 3D/2N vouchers, worth a total of RM4,600, at its seaview deluxe room.

“Starwalk is a fun event so we are happy to participate as part of our corporate social responsibility programme.

“We want to give lucky participants a rocking good time at our new hotel,” hotel general manager John Primmer said before presenting the sponsorship to The Star’s advertisement manager (north) Simone Liong on Monday.

Penang Starwalk 2009, jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and the Penang Amateur Athletics Association, is divided into competition and non-competition categories with both covering 10km.

Competition walkers will be flagged off at 7am by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas from the Penang International Sports Arena (Jalan Mahsuri) while non-competition walkers will start off from SMK Raja Tun Uda in Jalan Tengah at 7.30am.

The registration fee is RM8 for non-competition walkers and RM12 for competition walkers.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag.

Those who complete the walk within two hours will be eligible for a lucky contest.

The main sponsors of the walk are Modenas, Pallas, Eastin Hotel, Malta, Milo, 100Plus, DiGi, Eagle Brand, Spritzer, Magnum, Sunquick and BreatheRight.

Registration is open from 9.15am to 5pm at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas or the newspaper’s George Town office at 15, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling.

Those who want to take part in the walk however have to sign up fast as entries close on Friday.

The entry form can be downloaded from http://thestar.com.my/starwalk.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Diabetes walk

Hospital Putrajaya is organising a Putrajaya Global Diabetes Walk to be held on Nov 14 at Perbadanan Putrajaya from 7am.

The campaign, themed Understand Diabetes and Take Control, calls on all those responsible for diabetes care to understand diabetes and take control, be it for people with diabetes, for the government, for healthcare professsionals, and for the public.

By joining the walk, you join hands with the international diabetes community in celebrating World Diabetes Day on Nov 14.

Call the hospital’s endocrine department at 03-8312 4312 or visit: www.worlddiabetesfoundation.org

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

RM15,000 in prizes for Dukethon

A total cash purse of RM15,000 is up for grabs in the inaugural Dukethon at the Duke Highway on Nov 22.

The top three winners in each category will receive cash prizes. The run, to be flagged at exit 33 of the Duke Highway, has six categories — men’s open, women’s open, men’s senior, women’s senior, boys and girls - and also a 1Malaysia Fun Walk.

The champions in the men’s open and women’s open will receive RM2,000 followed by RM1,500 and RM1,000.

The men’s senior and women’s senior offers RM1,000 to the champions while the second and third placed runners will receive RM750 and RM500 respectively.

Participants in the fun walk will cover 1km and the best dressed participant will receive RM500.

The entry fee per participant is RM5.

Entry forms are available at www.duke.com.my, Batu toll plaza and FTAAA office at Wisma OCM

Monday, October 19, 2009

3 runners die competing in the Detroit marathon

A half-marathoner and two other runners died during the Detroit marathon on Sunday, organizers said.

Daniel Langdon, 36, of Laingsburg, collapsed at about 9:02 a.m. between the 11- and 12-mile (around 17-19-kilometers) markers, said Rich Harshbarger, vice president of consumer marketing for the Detroit Media Partnership.

Rick Brown, 65, of Marietta, Ohio, collapsed at 9:17 a.m., near where Langdon went down, and 26-year-old Jon Fenlon of Waterford collapsed at about 9:18 a.m., just after finishing the half-marathon in 1:53:37, Harshbarger said.

It was unclear whether Brown and Langdon were participating in the 13.1-mile (21-kilometer) half marathon or the full race. Harshbarger told the Free Press that there were at least six medical stations on the race course and that emergency personnel were on the scene within seconds.

Every runner must sign a medical release form, and they are encouraged to talk to their doctors before they run the race, Harshbarger said.

"On a day when so many people bring such energy and challenge themselves to do their utmost, this news is very difficult to hear," said Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger said. "Our deepest sympathies are with the families."

The temperature was about 28 degrees (-2.22 Celsius) when the marathon started and had risen to 41 degrees (5 Celsius) by 10 a.m. Running coach Keith Hanson said he doubted that the weather had anything to do with the deaths.

"The wind never kicked up," Hanson said. "In my mind, the conditions were perfect."

Deaths at marathons are relatively rare. The last death at the Detroit event was in 1994 when a 42-year-old man died of a heart attack after running more than 20 miles (32 kilometers).

More than 19,000 people were registered to participate in the 32nd Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon on Sunday.

Nicholas Stanko, of Haslett, Michigan, took first place in the marathon with a time of 2:20:24.

Sarah Plaxton, of Highland, Michigan, was the top female finisher in the marathon with a time of 2:57:09.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Celebrities part of run to raise cancer awareness

PARTICIPANTS of the Elken Quacky Run on Oct 25 can expect to run alongside local celebrities like Joanna Bessey and Amber Chia.

The run marks the culmination of a six-month long Passionately YOU campaign to raise awareness about breast and cervical cancer.

The campaign was jointly organised by Assunta Hospital, Asia Asitance, PJ Live Arts and Jaya One.

Assunta Hospital executive officer Choy Wah Wei said many women came forward to obtain information and conduct check-ups at the roadshows held at various shopping malls in the Klang Valley.
He said there was a total of 379 breast check-ups and breast lumps were detected in 27 women. They were advised to go for further check-ups.

“Early detection saves lives so our campaign was aimed at creating that awareness,” said Choy.

He said they hoped to raise RM200,000 this year to help poor cancer patients.

PJ Live Arts (PJLA) executive director Teri Choong, who is part of the campaign organising committee, said besides the run, funds were also raised through a play staged at the PJLA theatre entitled Wacky Bar.

Directed by Bessey, the play brought together a star-studded cast including Chia, Patrick Teoh, Daphne Iking, Rashid Salleh, Joanne Kam Poh Poh and Na’a Murad.

Proceeds from the Charity Premiere Nights held from Oct 2 to Oct 4 would be channelled towards the campaign.

Besides running, walking or jogging, participants of the 4.5km fun run around Petaling Jaya can also choose to skateboard, rollerblade or cycle.

Elken Sdn Bhd senior corporate and legal affairs manager Vincent Chong said participants were not only contributing to a good cause but would also be enjoying themselves.

The run will be flagged off at Jaya One at 8am. Registration fee is RM40 per person and participants will receive a Run Kit that includes a T-shirt and message bib.

Participants will also receive a RM160 gift bag upon registering for the run.

Registration can be done online at www.hooha.asia and manual counters are located at the third floor of the PJLA, the FTAAA office in Wisma OCM and at the Assunta Hospital ground floor.

For more information, visit www.pjla.com.my or www.assunta.com.my.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

SSL Diabetes Walk 2009
















Date : 8th of November 2009, Sunday


Time: 6.30 am


Mode of Registration:

(in person)1. SSL (Puchong) Dialysis & Stroke Rehabilitation CentreLot PT-39480, Jalan Industri,Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100,Puchong, Selangor,Malaysia.

Refreshments will be provided.


For more information, please refer to



Walk With Love




Quaky Run




Pink Ribbon Walk


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Standard Chartered has decided to cease our sponsorship of The Greatest Race on Earth

Standard Chartered has decided to cease our sponsorship of The Greatest Race on Earth.
Five years has seen the series go from strength to strength, bringing a unique element of teamwork to marathon running, engaging elite runners and Standard Chartered staff members in the only marathon relay series of its type in the world.
The Greatest Race on Earth has been a fantastic success, and we are proud of the way in which it has transformed the sport of marathon running.
However, we feel that the time is right to review our objectives and the options.
We remain committed to our marathon sponsorships in key markets, and will continue to look for opportunities to engage the communities in the markets in which we operate.
Many thanks to all our dedicated runners and followers for all the support over the years.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

50,000 runners in record time

All slots for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 have been taken up. Thank you for your overwhelming support!

Registration is now closed. You can still be part of the race by supporting and cheering our runners on 6 December 2009!

Marathon may go hi-tech

RUNNERS taking part in the Penang Bridge International Marathon on Nov 22 may have to use an electronic timing device for the first time to record their running time.

State Tourism Development and Culture Committee chairman Danny Law said there were certain standards and requirements to be followed for the hosting of such international events.

He said the state government which was organising the event need to ensure there were 10,000 of such devices for the runners.

“We are expecting about 22,000 people to take part in the marathon. Of this, some 10,000 will participate in the full, half and quarter run,” he said when contacted recently.

Law said the devices could be bought from Hong Kong at RM15 each.

“We hope companies can sponsor the devices and also sponsor the Adidas brand T-shirts that are part of an international run requirement,” he said.

Law said those interested to take part in the event could also register online, and use their credit cards to pay for their registration fees.

He said an additional RM10 courier fee would be charged for those who register online to enable their goodie bags to be delivered to their doorsteps.

The fees for the full marathon is RM60, half marathon (RM40), quarter marathon (RM20) and the fun run RM10.

“There is an overwhelming response for marathons in countries such as Australia and the United States with the participation of between 50,000 and 100,000 runners.

“But here, we are looking at only 20,000 people for a start and I hope more will join in the years to come,” he added.

Law said they had invited two members from the International Marathons and Distance Races Association last Sunday to measure the marathon running course and to finalise the route.

He said the association’s board member Dave Cundy, who is also an International Measurement Administrator of Asia and Oceania together with Fran Seton participated in a forum, and later measured the running course by cycling on the bridge with a special apparatus from 10pm to 3am.

“This method is also used during the track events at the Olympics Games,” he added.

Law said to date 2,000 runners had registered online for the event, out of which 80% of the runners were from overseas such as Singapore, Kenya and Europe.

For further details log on to Visitpenang.gov.my or www.penangmarathon.gov.my.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Organisers take on Zero Waste concept this year

THE much awaited Genting Trailblazer is back on the same track with the same adventure but it promises a whole new experience.
The Genting Trailblazer will be held at Awana Genting Highlands Golf and Country Resort on Nov 1.
For the past five years, avid runners and hikers have come together with their partners to run through the rain forest.
This year, however, the organisers and sponsors for the event have taken a pledge for “Zero Waste” to help save the earth.
The launch of the Genting Trailblazer was held at the Bukit Nenas Forest Reserve Information Centre recently.
Genting executive director Tan Sri Mohd Amin Osman said the “Zero Waste” concept was to discourage the use of plastic bottles as well as to recycle non-organic waste like paper and boxes.
“This eco-friendly approach is important because there is a need to develop a sustainable mind set to preserve our natural environment,” he added.
They have also decided to produce compost from organic waste and to organise a post-event clean up.
Genting is working with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) to ensure the event will leave minimal impact on the environment.
They hope the run would also showcase the beauty of the rainforest to participants while they learn to preserve it.
Genting marketing vice president and event director Chow Wei Heng, said there would be no trail route preparation before the run.
“We will not be clearing the trail, not even fallen trees, unless they pose a danger to the runners,” he said.
In order to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, participants will be encouraged to bring their own re-useable water bottles and water dispensers would be placed along the trail as well.
Participants in teams of two can join the championship or the Adventure category which renders the same route but with a higher entry fee.
The championship winner stands a chance to win RM10,000 while the Adventure category offers RM40,000 in kind.
Registration for the championship and Adventure category will close on Oct 4 on the Genting Trailblazer website. The Rush Hour registration ends on Aug 31. For more information log on to www.gentingtrailblazer.com or call 03-2333 6650 03-2333 6650.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hatyai 15th Nature Run

Date : 9 Aug 2009
Time : 5:50am
Venue : Prince Songkhla University
Event : Men Open 21km
Result : 2:01:30

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Adidas KOTR 2009 Photos
















Thanks to Tey & Shirley

Monday, August 3, 2009

RUN Singapore 2009


30,000 register for Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 in record time

Registration for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2009 started with a bang and has not relieved since. When the SCSM 2009 registration opened on 16 July, 20,000 runners had signed up within nine days. The registration now sees 30,000 runners having done so in under two weeks, a 40% increase over the number of runners who signed up in the same period last year. With just 20,000 places remaining, race organisers are encouraging those who have yet to register to do so as soon as possible.

Promotion deadlines are also fast approaching with just nine days remaining for runners to enjoy the Early Bird promotion. All runners, however, still have the opportunity to run for free and help charity at the same time by signing up for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon’s ‘Run for a Cause’ initiative. Runners in this category who raise at least S$300 for the event’s three adopted charities – Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre; Lions Befrienders and the Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School – will get their registration fee waived. Race organisers are targetting to raise a total of S$350,000 to help improve the lives of the underprivileged, the elderly and the disabled in the local community.

Co-chairman of the Organising Committee of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and President of the Singapore Athletic Association Mr Loh Lin Kok said, “We are overwhelmed by the fantastic response that we have received since registration opened on 16 July 2009. This event never fails to astound me with its mass appeal. I only wish we could accommodate all interested parties; but so as to furnish a favourable race experience, we are capping it at 50 000 runners, despite the traction in registration. I can promise all participants that race day will not only be a day to remember but another great step towards our goal of becoming one of the best marathons in the region and the world.”

Runners can sign up by visiting the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon’s official website at www.singaporemarathon.com.

Mizuno Wave Run 2009


Event : Mizuno Wave Run


Date: 25th October 2009


Time : 7:30am


Venue: Stadium UPM, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang


Entry form - click here.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Adidas King Of The Road

Date : 2 Aug 2009
Time : 7am
Venue : Stadium Melawati Shah Alam

Men Open - 11KM

1) Tan Kean Peng - 1:04:55
2) Lee Tiong Hoo - 1:12:41

Saturday, August 1, 2009

2nd Putrajaya International 12 hrs Walk



Website : click here

Reebok Pink Ribbon Walk



Join the only event that features a leisure walk and a competitive run to raise awareness about breast cancer. The event is organized by Breast Cancer Foundation to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Reebok Pink Ribbon Walk-Run will take place on 3 October, Saturday, 8am along the popular East Coast Park. This event offers a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of regular exercise and an active lifestyle in reducing the risk of breast cancer, the number one killer of women in the world. Join us for a good cause!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

JEMPUTAN MENYERTAI LARIAN "KLIUC RUN 2009"

Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College (KLIUC) akan mengadakan acara larian "KLIUC RUN 2009" seperti berikut :
Tarikh : 15 Ogos 2009 (Sabtu)
Tempat : Blok Korporat, KLIUC
Masa : 7.00 pagi - 11.30 pagi
Objektif penganjuran adalah untuk menimbulkan semangat kesukanan dan mengeratkan silaturrahim antara warga KLIUC dan masyarakat setempat disamping membantu golongan yang memerlukan bantuan seperti Rumah Anak Yatim, Rumah Orang Tua dan Persatuan Kurang Upaya.
Kepada yang ingin menyertai larian ini sambil menderma sila hubungi : Puan Asmah Mohd Taib (03 89266993 samb. 200) , Puan Syarina Samsudin (03 89266993 samb. 843) dan Cik Sakinah Kamarudin (03 8926 6993 samb. 813).

Merdeka run on Aug 16 to foster harmony

A SPECIAL run, ‘Larian Merdeka 2009,’ to foster racial harmony will be held in Penang to commemorate the Merdeka celebration.
The 6km run, organised by the Penang Malay Recreation and Sports Club, will be held on Aug 16 at 7.30am.
The run, to be flagged off at the City Hall building on Jalan Padang Kota Lama, will pass through Light Street, Farquhar Street, Penang Road, Burmah Road, Pangkor Road and Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah before heading back to Farquhar Street and Light Street.
Club president Tajuddin Zachariah said they hoped more people from different races could participate in the family run to mark the National Day celebration.
Last year, there were 1,150 participants in the run.
The event is divided into eight categories: Boys’ Youth (13-17 years), Girls’ Youth (13-17), Men’s Open (18 and above), Women’s Open (18 and above), Men’s Junior Veteran (35-44), Men’s Senior Veteran (45 and above), Women’s Junior Veteran (35-44) and Women’s Senior Veteran (45 and above).
Registration can be done from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. Please call Tajuddin at 019-4721217 or Roslina Bakar at 013-2386188 .
The entry fee for youths is RM7 and RM12 for adults. Cheques or money order can be made out to ‘Kelab Sukan Dan Rekreasi Melayu Pulau Pinang’. Closing date for the entries is Aug 10.
Application forms can also be obtained from the club at 163-E, Wisma Seri Perak, Jalan Perak ( 04-2271217 ), Penang State Sports Council, Jalan Batu Uban ( 04-6593713 ), information counter at Level 3, Komtar, Jabatan Taman Botani Pulau Pinang, Jalan Kebun Bunga ( 04-2270428 ), Jabatan Khidmat Kemasyarakatan, City Stadium on Lorong Kulit, Penang Municipal Park ( 04-2270618 ) and Kedai Foto Bagan Ajam, Butterworth ( 04-3331110 ) or Philip Teh ( 012-4785708 ).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Men Health Night Run Photos





























Men-Health Night Run

Date : 25 July 2009
Time : 8pm
Venue : Putrajaya, Justice Palace

Men Open

1) Chua Sang Cheng - 1:01
2) Tan Kean Peng - 1:04:33
3) Lee Tiong Hoo - 1:14
4) Jason Tay - 1:20
5) Howard - 1:30


Women Open

1) Lim Kooi Kim - 1:37
2) Chai Kan Yen - 1:45

Men-Health

Men-Health

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kampar Friendship Run

Date : 6 Sept 2009
Time : 7:30am
Distance : 8KM, 4KM
Venue : Kampar Grand Hotel

The Kampar Runners and RunnersMalaysia are co-organizing this event during the season break of a very busy running season that is ending by mid August 2009.
Take some time off with your family and enjoy some good food in Kampar.
Please also take this opportunity to visit UTAR, our optional program planned for you.
Download the event/itinerary info pack
and Grand Kampar Hotel registration form

Friday, July 24, 2009

4th Malaysia International Ekiden Run 2009



Event : Ekiden Run 2009

Date: 4 Oct 2009

Time: 8am

Venue: Istana Kehakiman

Distance: 5 x 3km

Fees: Category A,B & C - RM100/team, C & D - RM30/team

Registration: FTAAA & Hooha (Online)

Closing Date: 24 Sep 2009

Categories:

A - Mixed Team - (18yrs above)

B - Men Open - (18yrs above)

C - Women Open - (18 yrs above)

D - Men Junior (13 - 17yrs)

E - Women Junior (13 - 17yrs)


Details: here


with courtesy from : Penonton

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Run organisers promise a problem-free run

THE organisers of the Shah Alam-adidas-King of the Road, to be flagged off at the Shah Alam Stadium on Aug 2, have promised that there will be no hiccups.
Race director G. Mohan said they would like ensure participants that the run, organised by adidas and Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), would be well co-ordinated.
“The route is new as the run will start and end at the Shah Alam Stadium. Our marshals will be at strategic locations to oversee the participants. We are confident that the run will be a success.
“We also have the support of the police as well as MBSA.
“All marshals involved in the run will be going on a route survey on Aug 1 and we will brief them on our expectations,’’ said Mohan.
There was concern among participants after the fiasco during the recent Standard Chartered KL Marathon as well as the Ipoh International Marathon. Both the events were marred by allegations of lack of signages, drinking stations as well as wrong results.
In Ipoh, several top runners had alleged that the marshal had led them on the wrong route.
Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor said they were pleased to work with adidas and other sponsors in organising the run.
“We certainly would like the adidas-King of the Road to be a memorable one for the participants.
“We will deploy about 200 enforcement officers to ensure that the run is conducted in a orderly manner,’’ said Mazalan after a sponsorship ceremony.
The co-sponsors of the run are Milo, PowerBar, 100 Plus, adidas timewear and adidas eyewear.
The run has 12 categories, incorporating 22km, 11km, 8km and 6km, catering for all age groups. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 finishers in each category.
About 5,000 participants, including 50 foreigners, have registered for the run. But Mazalan said they were expecting the number to increase to 7,000 on race day. For details, contact 03-2080 4876.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Siemens Run Photos





















Thanks - Weng and Tey

Siemens Run Result

Date : 20 July 2009
Time : 7:30am
Venue : Dataran Merdeka

Men Open (10KM)

1) Chua Sang Cheng - 49:50
2) Tan Kean Peng - 52:55
3) Phuah Phuay Leong - 1:16:30
4) Thium Keng Meng - 1:57

Women Open

1) Siti Aishah - 1:35
2) Amanda - 1:57

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bendang Charity Run slated for August 1

THE annual Bendang Charity Run for the Sultanah Bahiyah Foundation will be held on Aug 1 at the Darulaman Stadium at 7.30am.
There will be five categories — Men’s and Women’s Senior (3km), Junior VIP (3km), Men’s Open (6km), Women’s Open (6km), Secondary and Primary School Students (6km) — with the last category open to both boys and girls.
VIPs (both men and women) aged 50 and above will participate in the Senior category while those aged below 49 years will participate in the Junior VIP category.
The entrance fee for each participant in the VIP category is RM250 while the fee for the Open event is RM10. Secondary school children need to pay RM7 and primary school children RM5.
VIP participants will get a pair of track suit each while the first 2,000 participants in the Open and Student categories will get a T-shirt each.
Prize money of varying amounts totalling RM6,580 and medals will be presented to the first 15 finishers in the Open and Student cate-gories while VIP participants will receive prizes in kind. The closing date for entries is July 29.
The run is organised by Harmony Home Development Sdn Bhd. Application forms can be obtained at Urusetia Larian Bendang Kedah 2009 at No. 94, Jalan Kristal 6, Taman Perindustrian Ringan Kristal, 05150, Alor Setar (Tel: 04-7312288 or 04-7342286 ; Fax: 04-7352287).

Disabled want other runs to include category

PARALYMPIAN Mat Sani Kasbun has urged local road race organisers to include a category for the disabled as well as the wheelchair-bound.
The 43-year-old Mat Sani, who won the men’s wheelchair category in the Seremban Half Marathon (SHM), said disabled athletes were often not given the opportunity to be involved in “We have won medals in international competitions. Malaysia is a developing nation but the needs of the disabled are forgotten. In the sporting arena, there are few events for the disabled community.
“As a Negri-born athlete, I am proud the SHM had included the disabled community from its inception in 1987. Why don’t other runs like the Ipoh Half Marathon and the Penang Bridge Run follow suit?,” he asked.
Mat Sani, a father of two, had not missed the SHM but hoped the wheelchair event would be extended to 10km distance or 21km.
“Although we are grateful to the organisers for including us, we could do with a more challenging race.
“In the past, I have participated in marathons in Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. In fact, I have often managed to come within the top 10,” he said.
Husband-and-wife team Anthony Martin and Chow Mei Hsia, both disabled athletes, who had represented the country, shared Mat Sani sentiments.
“We look forward to participating in these events but sadly we don’t have as many options as our able-bodied friends,” said Chow, who won the first place in the women’s wheelchair category.
Martin finished behind Mat Sani. The SHM is one of the few runs in the country with categories for the disabled, mentally-challenged, wheelchair-bound and the partially blind, deaf and dumb.the mainstream sporting events.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Registration for Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 opens 16 July 2009







Registration for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2009 opens at midnight on Thursday, 16 July. The 8th edition of Singapore’s premier sporting event will take place on 6 December at the Esplanade Bridge. Join us at the launch at the Raffles Place Park on 16 July 2009. Be amongst the first 500 runners to sign up in-person from 11.30am to 5.00pm to receive an exclusive gift pack.
Click to find out more and register on 16 July 2009 to enjoy the early bird discount!

Mcdonalds Olympic Run Photos





















Thanks to Weng's

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mcdonalds Olimpik Run

Date : 12/07/2009
Time : 7:30am
Venue : Dataran Merdeka

Men Open

1) SC Chua : 35:58 (84th)
2) KP Tan : 37:19
3) Jason Tay : 50:00
4) AK Goh : 1:05

Women Open

1) KY Chai : 1:08


Women Senior

1) Kim : 1:10

Saturday, July 11, 2009

SAFRA Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon 2009

Date : 16 Aug 2009
Time : 5:30am
Distance : 21KM, 10KM and 6KM
Venue : Esplanade Bridge, Padang
Registration form : Click Here

15th Hat Yai Nature Run 2009 - 9 Aug 2009





Date : 16 Aug 2009
Time : 5.50am
Distance : 21KM, 10.5KM, 4KM
Venue : Prince of Songkla University
Website : Click Here
Online Registration - Click Here

Prince of Songkla Unversity, along with private organizations, organizes the 15th Hat Yai Nature Run at Hat Yai campus on Sunday 9th August 2009.

The solid organizing units compose of Hat Yai Running Club, Tourism Authority of Thailand (Southern Office, Region 1), Hat Yai Municipality, Kohong District Municipality, and the 42nd Senanarong Military Camp.


Hat Yai Nature Run is one of the national running competitions in the south of Thailand that has the highest number of runners. A number of 3,292 runners came to participate in the competition last year. Among these runners, 2,930 runners were Thai and 362 were foreign runners. This activity aims to support the alert current for the promotion of exercise for health. The rush and competitive life style makes people have less time of relaxing and exercise. Health of general people seems to be in contrast with the growth of the city. Ignoring the health situation, people will have chances of getting sick that will directly affect to the body, family, and economy of such people. Then participants of this competition will include all types of runners such as outstanding runners, amateur runners, school students, and university students.

*** Online registration will end up on 31st July 2009.***

Race Postponement

THE Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya 2009 race which was scheduled for this month had been postponed to Oct 4. All registered participants will have their entries brought forward to the new date. For those unable to compete on the new date, a refund policy is being drawn up and will be released soon. The action was taken to comply with the requirements from the local and national government authorities in order to safeguard and control the number of A(H1N1) cases.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Half Marathon to Help Children







The Fresh Air Fund is looking for runners and sponsors to join our Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon on August 16th. This is a great way to participate in NYC's premier summer road race while helping Fresh Air Fund children. Please feel free to repost anything from our site here:
http://freshair.org/racers
Last summer's NYC Half-Marathon was a huge success and the Fresh Air Fund-Racers raised more than $125,000. We are also still in need of Friendly Town hosts for next month. Host families open their hearts and home to a NYC child who would not otherwise have the opportunity to escape the hot, crowded city streets. Please let me know if you are able to post or have any questions, and if you could send me the link that would be fantastic.
Thank you so much,
Sara
--Sara Wilson,The Fresh Air Fund

sara@freshair.org
http://www.freshair.org/

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Seremban Half Marathon: More scenic route for run

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 ).

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Running Tips

1.Posture
Perfect your posture and you will run smoother, faster and with less fatigue. Here’s what endurance coach and two-time Badwater champ Lisa Smith-Batchen recommends: Keep your pelvis forward, your shoulders squared over your belly button, your breathing regular and puff from your belly, and your thumb pistoning straight back and forth to your hips.

2.Incline-pushup salute
According to Smith-Batchen, the incline-pushup salute is one of the best static exercises to prepare for a run. Push up against a bench with two arms, then twist at the hip and raise one arm until it’s pointing at the sky. “The triceps which you build from this will power your arms and the strengthened pecs will be strong to prevent your chest from caving in when you’re tired,” she says.

3.Train as a runner
To train as a runner, your body needs to learn to have quick hands and feet, says Smith-Batchen. The best training for that is jumping rope. Keep at it until you can reel off 100 reps without tripping on the jump rope.

4.Run smart
Ray Zahab, an ultra-runner who has won an individual title in the Artic Yukon Ultra says that to run smart, you should imagine pedaling a unicycle: keep your shoulders plumb-lined over your hips and kick back with your feet instead of reaching out. “To speed up, lean forwards from the ankles instead of bending forward from the waist; you’ll create a light controlled fall instead of a muscle-intensive series of pushoffs.”

5.To go faster
“By pushing from the ankles, you will go faster with less effort and you’ll preserve your legs by stacking your weight over your strong, protectively arched midfeet, instead of crashing down on the sensitive nerves in your heels or the fragile tendons in your toes,” says Zahab.

6.Build strength
Men's Health columnist and ultra man Dean Karnazes says distance running can be prepped by running stairs to build strength. “It will build strength in your legs and lungs. Find a staircase or stadium, ideally with more than 100 steps for a weekly workout. Start by running to the top a single step at a time and walking back down. Work your way up to 10 sets. Next phase: two steps at a time, walking down, five sets. Final phase: two steps up, single steps down, running both ways, working up from five to 10 sets. Keep at it till you can repeat this routine 3 or 4 days a week.”

7.Running quicker, not harder
You can prevent fatigue by running quicker, not harder. Karnazes says a higher turnover rate (how quickly you put one foot in front of the other), can make you faster with less effort. Elite distance runners stay in the range of 185 to 200 steps per minute. Varying your cadence/turnover can conserve energy and shift the load among different muscles. As you tire and slow down, focus on cadence, not speed. This might mean taking shorter, quicker steps. A rule of thumb: If your stride rate falls below 150 to 160 steps per minute, you’ll want to shorten your stride and increase turnover.

8.Train for recovery
Train for recovery. “Big distance can mean big hurt,” says Karnazes. “The day after you train for a long run, you must force yourself to exercise.” Try a bike ride, a swim, or just a nice walk. “The movement increases bloodflow, clearing the by-products of intense exercise from your muscles and helping restore flexibility.”

9.Always have your hydrations ready
“Carry bottled water and drink all day,” says Karnazes. “Your hydrated cells will thank you.”

10.Focus on running the mile
Record holder of the half marathon Ryan Hall says you should always focus on running the mile you’re in. “Don’t try to think about how far you have to go in the beginning because it can be overwhelming or how far you’ve run near the end because that will give you an excuse to fatigue.”

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ipoh International Half


















Men - 21KM

1) Lorenz Reber - 1:55 (115th)
2) Kp Tan - 1:59:18 (123th)
3) TH Lee - 2:09:56 (146th)

Friday, July 3, 2009

A FATHER'S LOVE for his son...........

One day, a son asks his dad "Daddy, would you like to run a marathon with me?". The father says "yes". And they run their first marathon together.
Another time, the son asks his dad again "Daddy, would you like to run a marathon with me?". The father says "yes son".
One day, the son asks his father " Daddy, would you run the Ironman with me?" The Ironman is the most difficult triathlon ever (4 kms swimming, 180 kms bikin, 42 km running?)
And the dad says "yes". The story looks simple until you watch the following clip. Just amazing, how much can love be.... ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJMbk9dtpdY

Such is the love a father gives to his son - what then should sons do for their fathers?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2009

Octagon as the event organizer of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2009 acknowledges that there were technical and logistical issues that affected a number of runners.
As the Race Director, I would like to apologise to runners who had a bad experience connected to the marathon. It was never our intention to cause any distress. We have always aimed to provide a positive and memorable experience for runners in Malaysia. We have taken all your feedback and this will go towards improving the standard and experience for all runners next year. Once again, my sincerest apologies.
As an update, the complete database of results and timings are now available. You may search for your individual results here.
Should you have further questions, you may contact us at 03 7843 3180 or via email at inquiries@kl-marathon.com

Hemant Dua (Race Director)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009