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.

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