Saturday, February 21, 2009

KL Towerthon 2009

LOCAL celebrities will add glamour and excitement to the KL Tower International Forest Towerthon Challenge at the Menara Kuala Lumpur on March 1.
The organisers have included a new section for celebrities to inject additional excitement to the carnival atmosphere to the challenge, offering a cash purse of RM73,900.
Besides abseiling demonstrations, other events lined up are “Rakan Muda Selebriti” exhibition, singing contest, dance performance, takraw competition, mini X-race and “Selebriti Auto” car display.
Menara Kuala Lumpur chief executive officer Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad said they were hoping to entice the locals to take up the challenge and climb up the 2,058 steps at the fourth tallest telecommunication tower in the world.
“We want to encourage Malaysians to achieve a personal goal to reach the level at 382m above sea level and be part of a special occasion. Previously, we have witnessed the participants on the verge of giving up. But they showed their determination and went all the way up,” he added.
About 2,000 participants, including foreign participants from Kenya, Thailand and Singapore, are expected to start the challenge this year. Last season, the challenge attracted 1,400 participants.
The 12 individual categories are men’s open (18 to 39 years), women’s open (18 to 34 years), men’s junior veteran (40 to 49 years), men’s senior veteran (above 50 years), women’s veteran (above 35 years), boys’ junior (13 to 17 years), girls’ junior (13 to 17 years), men’s TM employees, women’s TM employees, men’s media, women’s media and the disabled.
The three team events are corporations, government organisations and institutes of higher learning.
For the locals, the participation fees for juniors (13 to 17 years) and adults are RM10 and RM20 respectively. Entry fee for foreigners is RM50 each. Teams comprising between five and eight members can sign up for RM100 each group.
Entry forms are available at Menara Kuala Lumpur and the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association.
Participants will also get a chance to check out the endurance course in the practice run on Feb 28.
The sponsors are Kuala Lumpur City Hall, F&N Coca-Cola Sdn Bhd, CCM Pharmaceuticals, Nestle, Sunway Lagoon, Johnson & Johnson and Koperasi Telekom Malaysia. Other partners are Muzium Telekom, Menara Alor Star and Menara Taming Sari.
Zulkifli said they were considering offering the top 10 Malaysian men and women who finish the challenge the opportunity to feature at the Empire State Building in New York next year.

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