Monday, 12 February 2018

SCKLM 2018 Running Clinics

For the past three weeks, Standard Chartered KL Marathon has held 3 running clinics on Sunday at Taman Rekreasi Bukit Jalil to help runners prepare for the upcoming Standard Chartered KL Marathon on Apr 8, 2018.

There are 3 type of Running Clinics for SCKLM 2018:
  • General Running Clinics – these clinics guide you through various topics on running, from starting your training to preparation for race day
  • Specialised Running Clinics – specially designed to help runners planning to run their first half marathon or first full marathon
  • Junior Clinics – for kids aged between 6 to 15, these clinics help instill running as a fun activity among the young
I purposely didn't register for any races in February and just joined this free running clinic on Sundays instead.

There are 3 more clinics before race day, and that's on Feb 25, Mar 4 & 11.

I'll probably register for the Feb 25 clinic but will have to skip the March clinic sessions in favour of attending Powerman in Putrajaya on Mar 4 and running in the Bukit Jalil Half Marathon on Mar 11.
The running clinic is a great avenue to train - both for new runners and seasoned runners alike.

What's also great is that the organiser put distance markers 100m apart and it's good to gauge how far one is running even without a fancy running watch.

And we run around a 2.75km loop during the running clinic.

Online registration for the clinic is open in stages and usually opens a week before the next clinic and it does fill up fast. Luckily, the organiser does allow walk-in registration too, so those who were unable to register online earlier. Just arrive earlier to sign-up!
I also love the Lucozade "original" flavour that they serve for runners at the clinic. Best served chilled though. If it's not cold, it doesn't taste as nice.
For those joining the running clinic, there are 3 menus after we had the session with Coach Mark Williams. There is another cool-down session after the run but I usually skip that in favour of getting more mileage. Huhu

Those who registered for 10K needs to cover 3 loops or 60 minutes, Half Marathon to cover 5 loops or 90 minutes and Full Marathon to do 8 loops or 2 hours.

Although I'll be running in the Half Marathon in SCKLM 2018, I ran for 2-hours on Sunday.  Might as well la kan... I had the company, I enjoyed running the route and I have free Lucozade to drink.

And we'll be getting official timing too after we run as our progress log.

All this and my run is FREE!

Anyhoo, if anyone wants to learn more about the clinic can visit KL-Marathon website:
https://www.kl-marathon.com/training/running-clinics/about

The clinic will take a break next Sunday for Chinese New Year. Now.... Where should I go to do my 20K next week?

Friday, 9 February 2018

Conquer The City Again With SCORE RUN Day Edition

SCORE Run is back and this time with two runs in their SCORE Run Conquer The City Series.

The first run in the series is the Night Edition and it will be held on May 5th, 2018 (check out my SCORE Run Night Edition post).

Have you guys registered for the Night Edition, by the way?
I have. Hehehe
The second run in the SCORE Run Conquer The City Series will be held on July 22nd, 2018.
With the same distances as the night edition - 5K, 13K and 21K.

This time, SCORE Run Day Edition will be held at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

Flag off for 21K is 5:30am, 13K at 6:00am and 5K at 6:30am.
Registration for SCORE Run Day Edition can be done at:
http://www.score.my/events/score-run-2018-day

Runners' entitlements.
And finisher medal to complete your SCORE Run Conquer The City Night && Day collection.

21K finishers will also get their finisher tee.

And for those who are not in town that day, there is also a Virtual Run that you can participate in and still get your medal.

For more info on the run, please visit SCORE website at:
http://www.score.my

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Dinner At Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol

I needed to go out and buy some stationeries to support a friend's (Rudy) effort at I Do Care where they are collecting stationeries (colour pencils, pencils, erasers, etc for refugees. He is also involved with Read Now Street Library and they accept new/used books, magazines, stationeries from members of public and also cash contributions.

Rudy, while not working full time and selflessly spending his time helping the needy is also an accomplished ultra runner and ha just completed HK100 Ultra in Hong Kong and TNF100 in Thailand. Congrats Rudy on your recent race!
Anyhoo, here we were in Mines Shopping Center and we dropped by the newly opened Mr. D.I.Y. located on Level 4.

Afterwards, we enjoyed our lunch at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol.
We opted not to order from the promotional meal of RM18.90 because we wanted cendol and ordered a-la carte.
Hubby had Penang Curry.
Son had Nasi Lemak Ayam Kunyit (didn't look to appetising to me). Son remarked that the sambal tasted a bit funny.
While I had the Assam Laksa.

With lunch settled and stationeries all bought, we jalan-jalan a bit around the mall and I did some shopping at Uniqlo.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Press Release: Launch Of "Save Our Rainforest Race 2018"

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 6 - The Save Our Rainforest Race 2018 (SORR 2018) was officially launched by the Organization For The Preservation of Natural Heritage (PEKA Malaysia) at Concorde Hotel, Kuala Lumpur today.
PEKA expects 2,000 participants of all ages to take part in the annual race with the aim of planting tree 1,000 trees.

The event, which runs into its sixth edition this year, will be held at the Hutan Simpan Gading in Hulu Selangor, Selangor on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
PEKA President, Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said the 15km race will start and end at the Pelangi Hill Resort Camp. There will be several 'check points' throughout the race to test and expose participants on the importance of rainforests.

The race trail will include scenic routes along the Kerling Hot Springs in Hulu Selangor.

Similar to previous years, SORR 2018 aims to educate participants on the conservation and preservation of forests.

Previous editions of SORR:

2013: Hutan Lipur Chamang, Bentong, Pahang
2014: Hutan Simpan Sg Besi, Kuala Lumpur
2015: Hutan Lipur Kuala Woh, Tapah, Perak
2016: Hutan Simpan Sungai Menyala Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
2017: Taman Negara Pulau Pinang, Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang

Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina had at the launch of SORR 2018, hoped the race will be a platform for the public especially the young to appreciate and better understand the importance of preserving rainforests.

She said PEKA Malaysia is concerned about indiscriminate logging nationwide which has affected water catchment areas and the loss of wildlife habitats.

Given the present state of affairs, she added PEKA Malaysia will continue to champion issues concerning the destruction of our national treasures and advocate the reforestation activities.

Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina stressed the importance of forest conservation efforts to protect the eco-system, reduce effects of climate change and preserve water catchment areas for the benefit of Malaysians and Malaysia.

Students from Cempaka School had, during the launch, performed a pantomime titled 'Cut The Greed, Not The Green' - which is also the theme of SORR 2018.

Representatives from companies sponsoring SORR 2018 were present at the event. They include main sponsor UMW Toyota, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, Tanah Aina Sdn Bhd, Women's Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia, Pembinaan CW Yap Sdn Bhd and several other supporting sponsors.

Others present include representatives from Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia (JPSM), Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Selangor and founder and mentor of Cempaka School, Dato' Freida Mohd Pilus.
Each participating team comprises two individuals.  The registration fee is RM160.00 (per team).

To register, please visit PEKA Malaysia's website (www.pekamalaysia.org) or contact Haikal at 017-9019920), Andy (017-3302633), Bazlinda (019-2422625) or Rahman (017-9019920).

Enquiries can also be made via email at sorr2018@gmail.com

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Press Release: IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 2018 IS READY TO TAKE OF

IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 2018 IS READY TO TAKE OFF
  • 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).

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