Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Powerman 2018 - Race Review

Race Review by Wong Chin Chun
First Duathlon for 2018 - Powerman Malaysia 2018 Individual Classic ( 10km Run – 60km Bike – 10km Run). Collected the race kits and checked in my bike a day before.
On the race day, I arrived around 6am and went straight to the transition area to get my bike ready. This time I brought 3 nos of energy gel (lesson learned from Silverman 2017). I was quite nervous as this was a long endurance race.
After the race started, I realized that I forgot to put my water bottles on my bike. Luckily, the run route consists of two loops which coincidentally passed by my parking spot. On the second loop, I run back to my car to get my water bottles and continue the remaining 5km holding two water bottles, haha😂
The transition area was smooth and spacious with markers clearly shown at strategic location. The cycling route was quite flat with gentle elevation and good road condition. Traffic was very well managed but there was some minor congestion at the double roundabout area as the road was narrow and the Short Category's participants also joined in the race. The second and final 10km run was very torturous as the weather was very hot and humid. Luckily there was plenty of waters stations and medic on standby. I managed to hang on but started to slow down on the second loop.

In general, this was a well organised event but I think the registration fees were quite expensive for locals. This was the 1st time that we were served with coke and lemon tea after race, not sure whether it was a good option after a hard race. The organizer also served apples, bananas, hot dog breads, and nice triangle rice ball.
I am very happy with my performance today as I hit my targeted pace for both running and cycling. I finished the race with the timing of 3.33.39, 12th place in the Men age 30 – 34 category.  I am very proud with my buddy (my bike) for the breakthrough today. All is well for my preparation for future races, glad for all the improvement, hopefully more to come...

* Remember to apply sun block for long endurance race ... I learned the hard way today
Photos courtesy from all photograhers, thank you.
Check result here

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Brooks Returns as Official Apparel for Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018

SCKLM2018 Pacers to be outfitted by Brooks gear while more than 38,000 runners will receive Brooks SCKLM2018 Running Tees

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Feb 2018: Official Apparel Sponsor Brooks returns to the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2018 (SCKLM2018) for the event’s 10 th Anniversary, providing more than 38,000 registered runners with Running Tees and outfitting SCKLM2018 Official Pacer with a complete set of running gear.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) 2018 Pacers will be clad in highly visible bright yellow tops. Out of a total of 29 Official Pacers, 18 were on hand to receive their Pacer kits at a handover ceremony at the flagship Brooks outlet at MyTown in Cheras.

Pacers received their exclusively designed Brooks singlets with Equilibrium Technology, along with a pair of running shorts and shoes. There will be 23 Pacers assisting runners in the Full Marathon category and for the first time, there will also be another 6 Pacers for the Half Marathon category.

Pacing is a crucial element if you want to complete a marathon in your expected time and Pacers play an important role in helping to ensure runners keep to the required pace. New runners especially, find it difficult keeping pace due to inexperience and fatigue, and this is where expert Pacers can provide the right encouragement and motivation to get runners back on track to finish the race in the required time.

“We have been fortunate that our Pacers are usually returning ones,” said Gloria Ng, Director of Dirigo Events, the owner and organiser of the race. “They are all exemplary runners who have a great attitude to running and sacrifice their own race to assist others in reaching their timing goals. We started our Pacing programme for SCKLM2010 and we have Pacers who have been with us since then, so we are very grateful for their continued support” she added.

Malcalm Chew and Kelvin Ng are two such runners who have been Pacers for SCKLM since 2010. “From the first time I became a Pacer for SCKLM, I received encouraging feedback from my friends and social media followers. SCKLM was also one of the better organised running events and kept setting bigger and better so it has been an easy decision to come back every year, except for 2014 when I decided to be a runner instead,” said Malcalm.

Kelvin on the other hand, has never missed SCKLM since its inception, and is now part of an exclusive group of runners called the SCKLM Juggernauts, those who’ve participated in every SCKLM since 2009. SCKLM’s 10 th Anniversary this year has special significance for him as it will also be his 10 th . “I have been running for a while now and feel that I have gained a fair amount of knowledge and experience over the years and I’ve always wanted to share and make my own contribution to the development of running in Malaysia. That’s why I’ve been coming back to SCKLM as a Pacer every year,” said Kelvin.

First-time Half Marathon pacer Munitaran Sundram decided to take the plunge after being a serious competitive runner for more than three decades. “I have a strong passion for new adventures and feel that the time is right to embark on a new one. I want to do my part in giving back to the running community and being a Pacer at SCKLM is a great way to motivate and encourage runners to achieve their personal running goals,” said Munintaran.

“This is a special year for SCKLM as it celebrates its 10 th Anniversary so we’re very happy to partner yet again with the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, the premier running event in the country,” said Victor Tiew, Brand Manager, Paragon Vest (Brooks). “We are committed to providing the best possible running experience for SCKLM participants through our innovative apparel and running shoes like the Adrenaline GTS 18 and the new Levitate range with its energised cushioning, quick transitions and intuitive fit. We wish all SCKLM Pacers and participants the best of luck on Race Day,” he added.

For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon
Twitter : www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon
Instagram : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon
Website : www.kl-marathon.com

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Spring Run 2018 - Top 10 Results

Date: 10 Feb 2018
Distance: 3km and 6km

More photos here

2016 and 2017 medal

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


  • Besraya Highway Challenge will be held on 29 April 2018 while NPE Highway Challenge will be held on 29 July 2018.
  • Registration is currently open at www.ijmhighwayrun.com and www.justonlineregistration.com 
  • Malaysia’s only duo highway challenge that highlights the accessibility of two highways and its advantages
  • Registration closes on the 31st March 2018 for Besraya Highway Challenge (E9) and 30th June 2018 for NPE Highway Challenge (E10) 

6 February 2018, Kuala Lumpur: After the success of last year’s IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge, IJM Corporation Berhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad have once again joined forces this year for another round of exciting cruise through KL. The first ever duo highway challenge in Malaysia is organised by Besraya (M) Sdn Bhd (Besraya), New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd (NPE), and EC Pixels.

The Besraya Highway Challenge offers a 13km challenge run and a 6km fun run on the 29 April 2018 while the NPE Highway Challenge offers a much more challenging distance of a 21km half marathon and 10km leisure run on the 29 July 2018.

Since its debut last year, the run is the only duo highway challenge in Malaysia. The run is set to exhilarate the running enthusiast’s interest as the run routes this year for 21KM will be different from last year’s, giving participants an opportunity to run on the new Pantai Sentral Park Interchange, expected to be ready just before the NPE Challenge.

As the venue sponsor, Besraya and NPE are responsible to get approvals to organise this event from the authorities such as Ministry of Works (MOW), Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) and Sports Commissioner. Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Traffic Division (RMP) had given their approval on the traffic management plan for a total road closure on Sunday, 29th April starting at 2.00am to 12.00pm for Besraya Highway Challenge and Sunday, 29th July 2018 starting from 2.00am to 12.00pm for NPE Highway Challenge. During road closure, road users are advised to use alternative roads to continue their journey and we will ensure sufficient publicity and announcement being made to the road users.

“We are proud to announce the return of the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2018 as it gives us the assurance for continuity and aligns to our long-term plans to continue contributing positively to sports and the community. Last year’s run was a success, as participants enjoyed the total closures of both highways without a single vehicle obstructing the run routes. The safety of the participants is our main priority, so that runners can experience the freedom of running on the highways while enjoying the view,” said Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad

Organisers are also delighted to announce 3 beneficiaries that they have chosen to give a special contribution to, from the surplus funds of last year’s IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge. The Lysosomal Malaysia Society will receive a RM10, 000 cash contribution, Sekolah Rendah Agama Medan Harun teacher’s room to be equipped with air conditioners and lastly Project Perumahan Rakyat Seri Malaysia will receive facilities and equipment for their meeting rooms.

Last year, the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge attracted close to 15,100 runners, with about 5,700 runners at the Besraya Highway Challenge and 9,400 runners at the NPE Highway Challenge. An estimated 15,500 participants are expected to take part in the challenge this year with the addition of the new International Category. The top 10 participants who get the fastest timing in their category will get a chance to win from the pool of RM72, 700 prize money. Runners can also look forward to receiving a dry bag (for those who register under the Duo Challenge Category) in their race kits.

The organizers plan to hold 3 running clinics to encourage healthy lifestyle and weekend workout for all that are new to running or for those who want to improve their running. The running clinic is open to the public without any charges. The slots are limited and are by first come first serve basis.

Zakri Khir, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad said “Two runs, two competitive distances, two highways. It’s the kind of event that befits being on your New Year’s resolution or even on your bucket list! And that is why Allianz is very proud to partner with IJM Corporation Berhad once again for the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2018. This partnership was forged on our mutual goal of strengthening our commitment towards driving the healthy living agenda amongst Malaysians. And what better way than to team up and organise this fantastic run which attracted more than 15,000 runners during the inaugural event last year. If giving runners out there a new, daring challenge was the objective, then I think the Duo Highway Challenge has hit the bull’s-eye.”

“This year we have decided to add on the international category to give everyone an opportunity to experience the thrill of running on these highways. We are always looking at new opportunities to keep things interesting for our runners. With that being said, participants of IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2018 will have to chance to sprint through a newly built interchange at NPE Highway.” said Eugene Chan, Group Managing Director of EC Pixels.

IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2018 is supported by Title Sponsors IJM Corporation Berhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad; Platinum Partners- Exsim Development Sdn Bhd, Gold Partner- Gigatera (M) Sdn Bhd, Silver Partner- Magnetic Control Systems Sdn Bhd, Official Isotonic Drink- 100plus, Official Apparel- Brooks, as well as Co-Partners - System Builders Maintenance Services, Affin Hwang, Oakley Malaysia, Mutu Poetensi Sdn Bhd, Garmin Malaysia, 2XU Compression, Rock Tape Malaysia, Sunway Velocity Mall, Sunway Pyramid Mall, IJM Land, Nestle Milo, Nestle Fitness, Ice Mountain, Tanjung Balai and RTS.

For more information on the registration, race and race kits, please visit: www.ijmhighwayrun.com or www.justonlineregistration.com

Registration closes on the 31st March 2018 for Besraya Highway Challenge (E9) and 30th June 2018 for NPE Highway Challenge (E10)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

PUMA Sunway Pyramid

Global sports brand PUMA is all set to bring an exciting addition to its operation in Malaysia with the opening of its all new PUMA ForeverFaster and PUMA SELECT Store in Sunway Pyramid.

The store will feature special PUMA collaboration products such as Fenty PUMA by Rihanna, PUMA x Sophia Webster and the PUMA XO Collection by The Weeknd.

The fashion show will also provide a glimpse of what PUMA has in store for the calendar year 2018 with collections featuring Selena Gomez and F1 racer Lewis Hamilton also added to the lineup.

More photos here

 PUMA Southeast Asia’s General Manager, Philippe Le-Bretton

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