Friday, 30 December 2016

The Last Minute Redemption

I finally got my butt out to go "shopping" today.
 
Shopping that cost no money, that is. Hahaha
Where, first.
 
To Key Power Sports at Gardens Mall.
 
Because tomorrow is the last day of redemption and I needed to redeem something, after months of procrastination.
Thanks to SCKLM 2016 Media Challenge, which I was the winner for the Half-Marathon Female Veteran category; I am now a proud owner of a pair of very "atas" 2XU compression socks. Hahaha

SCKLM 2016 was held on Aug 7th, 2016.
SCKLM 2017 will be held in the first half of 2017, just like it used to be a few years ago before haze wreak havoc and cause lotsa postponement and race cancelllations; on May 21st 2017.

Details of SCKLM 2017 is available at: http://www.kl-marathon.com/

See you at SCKLM 2017. I'll be running in the full marathon category next year! ^^


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Press Release: 1st Tehran International Marathon + Half marathon, 10K and Kids’ run

On Friday 7th of April 2017 Iran Silk Road organizes the 1st Tehran International Marathon and second edition of I run Iran.

This marathon starts at Azadi square in Tehran city with a finish at Azadi stadium. Runners from all over the world are invited to participate in this unique event in Tehran, capital of Iran.

The organizer Iran Silk Road is determined to clear the path towards International Friendship. Participants from all over the world will achieve this goal by running together and celebrating with thousands of Iranians along the road. During the "I run Iran" event participants get acquainted with Persian food and culture. This official Tehran marathon is endorsed by local authorities, the Sport ministry and Iran Tourism Organization.

This 1st Tehran International Marathon 2017 is the second “I run Iran” event after the first International Marathon of Iran at Persepolis in April 2016. With participants from more than 30 different countries.

The event intends to emphasize the importance of Clean Air. During the last decade, Tehran is facing a severe air pollution and the event will create awareness among decision makers and the public to protect the environment in which we live and breathe. At least for one day many streets of Tehran will be free of cars which will be the first step towards clear sky.

The second goal of this marathon is to inspire young generation of Iranians to run for fun. By watching runners pass by it is very likely that many will follow their footsteps. It only takes the motivation and a pair of running shoes.

Discover the real Iran
This international sport event offers a unique chance to discover the real Iran. During the event participants have a city excursion in Tehran, will taste Persian food and experience traditional Iranian culture.

After the marathon participants have the opportunity to make a city trip to ancient Kashan, beautiful Esfahan and poetic Shiraz.

Limited edition
For the first time in history Tehran clears its streets for runners. Iran Silk Road expects participants from fifty different countries. The number of male and female runners for Tehran International Marathon and half marathon is limited to 1000. So be fast to register!

Info and registration: www.iruniran.com
Anyone joining me? ^^

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Goosini! Goosana! Let's Win With #GooseySelfie Contest By MyTOWN

Who has been to IKEA Cheras? Raise your hand?

Me! Me! Me! And I want to go againnnnn...
Do you know that there will be a new shopping centre opening soon, which is anchored by the largest IKEA in Malaysia?

MyTown Shopping Centre is located right next to IKEA Cheras and is expected to open next year, in early 2017. Can't wait! The huge shopping centre which is opening soon is very near to my house so quite easy to go there.

With 5 levels of shopping galore, on top of IKEA; we will sure have a complete shopping experience at MyTOWN once it's open, right? *rubs hand gleefully* *caress credit card nervously* hahaha
Anyways, MyTOWN is currently holding a #GooseySelfie contest with more than RM10,000 worth of prizes to be won! Lagi cool!

How to enter, you ask?
Easy. Just follow these 5 easy steps when you visit the website https://www.gooseyselfie.com.my, and click JOIN NOW:
  • Step 1 - Login to Facebook
  • Step 2 - Tell #GooseySelfie what we are
  • Step 3 - Upload our selfie
  • Step 4 -  Goosify ourselfie
  • Step 5 - Share it!
Good luck! We might stand a chance to win something different every week!

I've goosified myself for the #GooseySelfie contest.
And I'm with the Gooseeta Sarawak & MyTOWN Goose Squad.

Jom la. Let's have fun being totally goosey with #GooseySelfie (I know you all like to selfie, anyway) and try win some cool prizes!

Remember, got RM10,000 worth of prizes to be won!

GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Best Of Running Moments In 2016

I set out with a goal to improve my HM timing in 2016. 

Simple and straightforward.

While doing so, I've had fun. Improved my 10K and HM timing. Gain plenty of experience. 

Some highlights of 2016 running:
My one and only virtual run.

There are plenty of virtual runs available nowadays but I like 2ndskin Virtual Run Challenge as it has a challenge within a challenge i.e. run either a minimum of 10K or 1-hour, run 20.16K (or more) within 3-days or run the highest mileage of all the contenders.

I didn't win any of the sub-challenge but it was fun going out during the 3days (between Jan 1st - 3rd) and try to finish the sub-challenges. In the 3 days, I managed to clock in 49.90K. 

The 2ndskind Virtual Run Challenge sure was a great motivation to kick-start my 2016 training for the year. ^^

Will I join other virtual runs? Probably not. I'm not a fan of those virtual runs with the only purpose to join is to get a medal and t-shirt. I've got too many medals to care about adding more needlessly. 
February saw Hubby and I doing our one and only 50K LSD for the year. I'm only training for a half-marathon this year, remember?

The 50K LSD was special because we're finishing an unfinished business. 

We called our run the Darussalam Fun 50 because the idea was conceived when Hubby, myself and a late friend were having lunch during an LSD that we did in Apr 2015. The friend had wanted to train for a 100K race and we promised each other that we'd do a 50K LSD with him. 
My first participation in Powerman. 

But I did the relay lah. Both legs so I ran in Leg 1 & Leg 3. The cycle leg was done by a friend who was introduced to me by another blogger, Missyblurkit

I'll be joining 2017 Powerman Malaysia on March 5th, 2017 but with another teammates. This time I won't be so tamak as my team has three members. I'll only be doing the first run leg. 

Good luck Team BNM in Powerman!
Trail runs.

I don't do a lot of them. Just a few this year, and just short distance. 

I've volunteered in a few too, like the Highlander Series Bukit Kutu and a few other runs too, mostly fun runs which are nice because those who joined fun runs and themed runs are very friendly and relaxed. So syiok to kerja. Hahaha

And oh, I'll be back as a volunteer in the 2017 edition of Highlander Series Bukit Kutu 2017 which will be held on May 13th, 2017. And also Conquer The Trails, Bukit Kiara next month a week after my FM at Twincity Marathon. Gonna mereput for two weeks after the FM so might as well use the time to give back to our running community. 
Route recce/review team.

This is a good way to get the feel of a race-course before the event itself.

Thanks to the organiser of BDB Triple Challenge, I and a few other runners and bloggers had a ball running the course of Langkawi Climb & Run 2016. All 4,287 steps of Tangga Helang Seribu Kenangan and the downhill road back to the start line.

I also had the opportunity to experience part of the 100K route of The Magnificent Merapoh Trail (TMMT) earlier during the year.  Plus The Bursa Bull Charge Run.

Sure was great to be able to try out the route before the event day itself. With the organiser.
Ultra runs.

I totally didn't sign-up for anything more than 25K this year so of course no ultra runs in 2016. The 10 that I did (not including the one I DNF. Wahaha) in 2015 is enough to last me a few years kot. Hahaha

But I had the opportunity to still be around ultra runners as a volunteer and crew for a few ultra runs in Malaysia. Jadi kuli is OK also when one doesn't want to run the distance. 

I'm hoping to be back to Taman Botani and cheer runners as they run around the park for 24-hours again, soon!
Getting better and winning challenges.

That's always good, right? Hihi

Looking forward to run in the Full Marathon category at SCKLM 2017.
The PB of the year! At TM Fan Run Half Marathon.

It was quite accidental as I initially joined the run for the running mileage.

But as friends in Gaited Community (GC) were discussing about race strategy and getting a sub 2:30 finish, I decided to join the 2:30 bus during the run and ran my fastest half-marathon finish ever.

Running with friends sure was fun and I felt good and happy for most part of the run. The last K was crazy though. Another friend from GC paced me and we were pushing a 6min+ pace for the final kilometre. But I was glad he did it as I probably would have just slowed down as I approached the finish line.

I finished way better than I had expected. Thank you GC!
Chiba Aqualine Marathon. I joined the half marathon category.

I had fun, definitely. 

This is my one and only overseas run this year. And yes, my limit is just one overseas run per year because I don't print my own money. Kekeke
Team TMC.

I ran in Putrajaya Night Marathon courtesy of Team TMC. 

Thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance although I certainly am not a podium runner. 
Another chance to run for a team in MRCA Charity Relay Run.

This time in a relay and the awesome part was our team finished 2nd place! Wooohoooo!!!

It was a nice experience to get on the stage after a run, once in a while. Somehow, I managed to do it 4 times this year and it was totally unexpected, for runs ranging from the 900m relay to a HM in Taman Botani, Shah Alam.
The best part of running is running with my family, of course. PB or no PB.

We joined quite a number together this year. From a 1-mile Nestle Walk-A-Mile to a 5K at Ice Watch Light Up The Night Run and a 10K at PUMA Night Run, to name a few. 

Hope to do it more often next year. Hehehe

I managed to achieve my goal for a better HM timing, have fun, learn a lot but all these won't be possible without the support of my family.

So thank you hubby and son. *muaks*

Looking forward to do my 4 Full Marathons for 2017 (yeay, finally can upgrade) and have fun while training and running. Train hard, run smart and most importantly, enjoy running. 

Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Start Of A 3-Days Christmas Weekend!

Yeay! Another long weekend!

We had planned to visit my hometown in Raub for the weekend but had to ditch the plan as I somehow gotten a back injury while at work. Work hazard. Huhuhu

Anyways, will be staying put at home and do plenty of reading for the weekend, I guess. And rest, of course.
We start our weekend with a banana leaf feast at Nirwana Maju in Bangsar for dinner on Friday. ^^

Wishing for a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who celebrates it. :-)

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Online Shopping Spree - With Nashata & 11Street

I attended 11Street Malaysia 2017 Online Shopping Market Outlook presentation last week and had the opportunity to learn about the results of 11Street nationwide market survey with 3,500 correspondents and learn about the Top Malaysian E-commerce Trends for 2017.
At 11street event, ready to dive in and learn about the E-commerce Market Maturity as well as to gain some understanding on the Malaysia Consumers’ Evolving Shopping Preference & Patterns. Fuh~
11street Malaysia's CEO, Mr Hoseok Kim presenting the results of the market survey.

Interesting stuff to learn.

I decided to try shopping at 11street and bought two stuff from the millions products available at their website.
 Of all things, I bought an oven! Hahaha

I ordered it on Thursday night and received it on Tuesday morning.
And I also suka-suka bought a mouse that's on offer (it was RM12.90) with free shipping so order lah. Wait for me to actually buy and replace son's faulty mouse, I think we'd have to wait another year for it! LOL

So far, it's been a hoot shopping at 11street. No, I haven't bought anything Korean yet but who knows? Hehehe

More info on the results of the market survey and the trends for 2017 can be read at 11street's blog: blog.11street.my

I also bought a gym bag (finally) from Nashata.com.
Pro-fitMom bag which I got during promo for only RM39.00. It's currently being sold at RM59.00 so if you have the intention to buy, better hurry before it's back to its original price.

The RRP is RM79.00 so I got it cheap. YES!

I like the fact that it's  compact and not bulky. Look stylish too.
I've even used it when I attended a few press conference, apart from using it to store my sweaty running clothes and stinky shoes! LOL

I wonder what I'll order online next? ^^

Monday, 19 December 2016

Press Release: GABIT TAKES CROWN, MALAYSIAN SWEEPS ASIA SUPERMOTO PODIUM

 
Champ Wins Trophy, USD 3,000 and the Hearts of Malaysian

SHAH ALAM, MALAYSIA, 19 DECEMBER 2016 – The fourth and final round heard the roar of Malaysians as Muhd Habibullah (#27 Gabit) takes the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 for both Open International and Asian Class. He is the first and only person to win at both classes against 21 top international riders from 18 countries. The Asian Class podium was followed by Khairi Zakaria (Hairi) and Mohd Al-Amirul Ashshahid (Gaban) who took the first and second runner-up respectively. A grand gala dinner was arranged after the race in celebration of the successful campaign.

Upon completion of four heated rounds in four countries across two regions namely Australia in September, Indonesia in October, the Philippines in November and Malaysia in December, Gabit said that the race played a significant role in elevating the industry’s standard. “Before the race was founded, it was tough to look for an avenue to compete internationally and expand our skills. While the local races and other small scaled regional races played a role in pushing the boundaries, competing on a global scale will open our eyes to skills, rivals and competition we have not encountered.”

“Riders from Asia has proven to be as competitive as other international riders. We believe that this championship will be the footstep for us to improve our skills and spearhead the Supermoto scene,” he added. Gabit concluded his winning speech with a chant of ‘Malaysia Boleh’.
Gabit completed the race with a best lap time of 53.496 against qualifying leader Richard Dibeen in a neck to neck battle for the title in the final race, with near to collision incidences happened at the final turn of the track. While it was disappointing for Gabit’s brother, Gaban, who ended his brawl earlier than expected due to machine malfunction at Race 2, Gabit surfed through the track with confidence, sweeping both titles at home ground. Gabit scored a total of 171 points standing at the Open International Class, followed by Australia’s Andrew McLiesh with 138 points, Malaysia’s Mohammad Khairi bin Zakaria with 123 points, Malaysia’s Mohd Al-Amirul Ashshahid (Gaban) with 112 points, New Zealand’s Richard Dibben with 108 points and Japan’s Takashi Sasaki with 87 points.

Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, indicates that the race will continue to grow in the future. “Supermoto is an inclusive type of motorsport due to its versatility. Within a short duration, the championship has gained world recognition for its effort to promote the motorsport. Fans can expect a bigger race with more excitement in 2017. Finally, I would also like to congratulate all the riders and express my deepest gratitude to every host country, local promoters, sponsors, partners and the members of the media for their unwavering support and contribution.”

Datuk Zulkefli Hj Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), is pleased with the outcome of the championship. “The race has concluded with resounding success, and we have witnessed its looming potential in driving the economy of its host countries, especially Malaysia. This proves that the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will be the next internationally recognised motorsport race, providing outcome on par with other well-established Grand Prix around the world.”

For more information, visit http://supermotoasia.com.

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Selangor State Government, Shah Alam City Council, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia,Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia, RK South Asia Sdn Bhd, Liputan6.com, Bola.com, Vidio.com and iM4U.




Sunday, 18 December 2016

Having Fun Crewing At PokeHunt Run

Sometimes, once in a awhile, it's nice to be on the other side of a running event. Not as a runner but as part of the event's crew/volunteer.

Hubby and I had done quite a fair bit of volunteering at races this year; from fun runs to ultra runs and PokeHunt Run is the final one for us in 2016. We already have another race we'll be volunteering at, in January. ^^
It was just a simple run. A fun run so everyone who participated were out to have fun and they were a really nice bunch of participants.

We had volunteered a few times for events held by Bubbly Media which is the organiser of PokeHunt Run and it's always a good experience.

The run was held at Metropolitan Park, Kepong on Dec 18th, 2016. The run started at 7.45am but of course we reported to duty much earlier, at 6.30am.
Both of us were stationed mid-route at this "refill" station.

Participants were given a water gun to hunt down "pokemon" during the run.
Turned out that the Pokemons they are hunting and shooting were fellow participants!

Most had a blast shooting around. Kids and adults alike were happily shooting (with coloured water) and getting all wet! Even us crews were not spared from getting shot! LOL
We packed up after checking to see whether all participants had gone through our station and returned to the Start/Finish line.

Quite a number of participants were still around and playing water. And not only the kids, ya!

Really nice to see lah families happily enjoying the day out at PokeHunt Run (although no actual Pokemon were to be seen).

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Press Release: E-PLUS TRANSFORM STADIUM’S VICINITY FOR SUPERMOTO FINALE!

SHAH ALAM, 15 DECEMBER 2016 – While the excitement for the grand finale piles up, E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd (E-Plus), a consortium of Asia Supersports Group, embarks on a journey to transform the vicinity of Stadium Shah Alam into an excitement packed weekend, in welcoming the grand finale of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016!
“Long and in-depth deliberations, planning and finally, the preparation for the largest Supermoto race in Asia. We are as excited as ever to showcase our capability and to raise the bar in organising sport and motorsport events in the region,” said Barbara Lam, Managing Director of E-Plus. The event management conglomerate currently has presence in six countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong.
Other than the highly anticipated grand finale that will determine if Muhd Habibullah (Gabit) will take the overall title or will Australia’s Andy McLiesh snatch the title from the 25-year-old Malaysian, many exciting activities including the inaugural Pangkolo City Enduro Challenge, Pasar Lambak (Malaysian style flea market), street fest and the food truck fest awaits.

Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group, said that he has worked with E-Plus since the race was founded and will continue to collaborate in the future. “E-Plus is the integrated marketing agency and partner for the championship. They have prepared an outstanding line-up and carnival-like race for our spectators. I sincerely believe that their long-standing expertise in this industry will bring the best curtain closure for our 2016 series. Audiences can look forward and expect a fruitful weekend by joining us.”

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Selangor State Government, Shah Alam City Council, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia,Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia, RK South Asia Sdn Bhd and iM4U.


p.s. I am certainly looking forward to watch the race on Sunday!
Anyone else going?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Press Relese: FIM ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 SPEEDING TO THE FINALE!

SHAH ALAM, 12 DECEMBER 2016– The FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 series made it to the final stop of the year. From the scenic view of Australia’s Foreshore Park sprightly environment of Indonesia’s Kanjuruhan Stadium to the eventful spectacles of Philippines’Bayanihan Park, the championship now sets its sails towards Malaysia for its fourth and final round of the season.
This time around, it is the Shah Alam Stadium that will be the hosting ground for 21 of the best riders from around the Asian region, as well as Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Located in the Selangor state of Malaysia, the Shah Alam Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that’s mostly used for football matches. It is home to the Football Association of Selangor, one of the nation’s top professional football club. It has also hosted some of biggest European football clubs with the likes of FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Having a seating capacity of 80,372 and 5,500 parking bays, the stadium is Malaysia’s second largest stadium.

Come December 17 & 18, the grounds that surround the nation’s prided football stadium will be transformed into a 1.15 kilometre Supermoto race track of tarmac and dirt. As every track in this year’s championship had something different to offer, such is the case for this next track. CEO of Asia Supersports Group, Satheswaran Mayachandran stated, “The layout has been designed as such to make it a high-speed track”. Trackside spectators can expect a lot of nail-biting lightning action with plenty of drifting and overtaking being thrown into the mix. Earlier this year, the championship inked a deal with KTM Malaysia which resulted in the latter supplying a set of brand new KTM 450 SX-F bikes to the former. “The new KTM 450 SX-F bikes may perform well on this high-speed track due to the machine’s outright power and delivery,” he added.

Aside from being able to witness some of the best Supermoto riders duke it out, event attendees will also be able to catch Malaysia’s first ever city-built enduro track. Built with a combination of natural and man-made obstacles, the track will see professional extreme enduro riders compete in the inaugural Pangkolo City Enduro Challenge that’s set to take place in conjunction with our Grand Finale. Spectators will also be entertained with a flea market of a hundred over vendors selling vintage goods, antiques, collectors’ items and much more.

The Grand Finale of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 promises to have no shortage of entertainment. So be sure to join us at Stadium Shah Alam this December 17 & 18!

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Selangor State Government, Shah Alam City Council, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia,Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia, RK South Asia Sdn Bhd, Liputan6.com, Bola.com, Vidio.com and iM4U.

For more information, visit http://supermotoasia.com.

Monday, 12 December 2016

The Long Maulud Nabi/Selangor Public Holiday Weekend

Lucky Hubby gets an extra Public Holiday tomorrow as Selangor celebrates Sultan Selangor's birthday which actually fell on Sunday but is replaced to Tuesday because Monday is after all a nationwide public holiday as we celebrates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Me? A three-day weekend only lah... But quite thankful for it, anyway. ^^

We didn't plan for any travelling (yet) knowing that the traffic would be crazy.

I started the weekend with a short run on Saturday. I was supposed to attend MPGIR 2017 clinic graduation run that Saturday but I decided to not join and sleep in instead. Hah hah
Got my 5K done, running around the "neighbourhood" and although I started quite late (at 9.00am), I was glad to have it done.
We took the time to do some back-to-school shopping later in the evening, after I finished and submitted an assignment.
 Then it was dinner at the foodcourt - claypot chicken rice for the two boys.
Sizzling chicken mushroom yee mee for me...

Sunday saw me waking up really early, I had to do a 3 hour 20 minutes run and I didn't want to start too late. The weather forecast showed that it'll rain from 7am onwards so I wanted to start early and do whatever distance I could before it started to rain.
Was relieved to complete the 3hour 20minutes and 25K in my pocket despite a few false alarms in form of rain droplets. Glad I didn't stop. And was glad to have an overcast weather all throughout my run. That made my session much easier.
A nice leisurely dinner at night and we basically stayed put pretty much throughout the day. *Mereputs*
Outing time on Monday morning! But we had to wait until the rain stopped before we went out and that meant a walk that started at almost 10.00am (but after breakfast at Mamak! Ahaks)

We went for a stroll at Taman Botani, Putrajaya.

Much had changed since our last visit here in May. The fenced area around Taman Herba isn't fenced anymore, for instance.

By the time we finished our walk, it was time for lunch and we enjoyed them at Taman Warisan Pertanian.
We enjoyed sate kajang!
And Son gets to be chummy with a kitty there. 

The two boys is supposed to go for a day-trip tomorrow while Mommy is at work. Lucky devil. Hahaha

Have fun, boys!

Don't forget to come and pick Mommy up from the office, ya. ^^

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Press Release: Countdown to MPI Generali Run 2017 Begins

  • Countdown kicked off with Prince & Princess Waltz
  • MPI Generali appreciation of sponsors and partners
  • My First Run Clinic’s Graduation Run and Project Good Deeds highlighted by CEO in speech
Kuala Lumpur – The countdown to MPI Generali Run 2017 started in a stately grandeur with Princes and Princesses gliding into Cristallo Restaurant, Pacific Regency Hotel today.
Artists cosplaying Disney’s Belle and Cinderella danced with their respective Princes to the delight of the guests at the 30 Days Countdown to MPI Generali Insurans Berhad’s upcoming Run. The delight turned to laughter when the local favourite mascots of Mamee and Mr Potato appeared and joined the dance. 

The royalty’s presence showcased the 5km Fun Run’s Prince & Princess theme. The cosplay element is introduced by the general insurer to add more fun to the family-friendly annual community run.
Besides the Waltz, sponsors and partners were each presented with an appreciation plaque for their contribution. MPI Generali Run 2017 is supported by New Balance (Official Apparel), 100 Plus (Official Isotonic), Pacific Regency (Hotel Partner), Running Malaysia (Media Partner – Magazine), KPJ Healthcare (Medical Partner), Affin Hwang Capital, BP Healthcare Group, Mamee, 2XU, Magnum, Nestlé Fitnesse, Nestlé Milo, Pilatique, Garmin, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd., Massimo and Simply Juice.

MPI Generali’s Chief Executive Officer Oliver Tan in his speech thanked the guests for their support: “We are sure with your continuous support, we will have another successful series of Runs to put under our belt.”

In his speech, Oliver also touched on Graduation Run, which is the last session of My First Run Clinic, and Project Good Deeds, the CSR initiative that has complemented MPI Generali Run since 2014.

Graduation Run will be happening at Sri Hartamas large playground this Saturday 10 December 2016 to celebrate the close of the programme and “graduation” of the participants. The session will be capped with Graduation Breakfast.

At the same session, the first collection of pre-loved sports shoes and tees will be made under Project Good Deeds, which seeks to reduce the impact caused by solid waste on the environment. The collected shoes and tees would be donated to four Orang Asli settlements, namely Kampung Orang Asli Bakar Leleh Bumbum, Pulau Carey, Selangor; Kampung Orang Asli Pulau Carey, Selangor; Kampung Orang Asli Batu Semenyih, Selangor; and Kampung Orang Asli Sebir, Negeri Sembilan.

MPI Generali Run 2017 is gathering momentum as the date draws near. The Organising Committee encourages both supporters and followers to visit the Run’s official website or follow its Facebook page for updates leading to the Race day.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, partner or corporate supporter of future MPI Generali Runs, kindly get in touch with Natalie Hau at +603 2034 9888 Ext: 7807 or natalie_hau@mpigenerali.com.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Lighting Up Shah Alam The Second Time With Ice Watch

Last Saturday, the family went down to Shah Alam to join the Ice Watch's Light Up The Night Run 2016.

It was the second year it was held at Plaza Shah Alam (which was the venue sponsor) but the running route was different from last year's edition in view of runners' safety and also crowd capacity.

We did the first edition with me & hubby running in the 10K category and this year, we did the 5K fun run with Son to celebrate his 14th birthday, courtesy of the race organiser; The Marathon Company and of course the Title sponsor, Ice Watch Malaysia.
They had a media counter so I got myself registered first before going around the Plaza Shah Alam mall and to meet with fellow runners and friends before the flag-off. The mall sure was a hive of activities with most of their F&B outlets filled with runners having dinner. The F&B outlets had an extended opening night during the run to accommodate runners and were open till midnight! And yes, plenty of runners were still having their late dinner or supper when we left after the run (about 11.00pm).

The 10K flag-off was delayed while the organiser waited for PDRM to give a go-ahead and confirmation of road closure.

There was a huge crowd of 10K runners and equally big (or bigger) number of 5K runners with both categories having almost 6K participants. It took quite some time to see the 10K crowd moving away from the start line but everyone were off soon after that.

5K runners were flagged off a few minutes after the 10K runners and for us, we just took it easy.

It was really good to note that there was a total road closure for the first 2K of our route. Runners (and walkers) filled up the road and also the pavement.
After 2K, 5K runners turned left towards Bukit Bandaraya and this is where we started merging with the neighbourhood traffic.

We also started seeing the fast (and eventual podium 10K runners) runners running on the other side of the road, together with 5K runners who had by that time done about 3.5K.

The opposite side of the road (it was still full road closure at that time) was also filled with 5K runners and I saw fast 10K runners struggling to find space to run ahead because 5K runners weren't giving way. Lead runners of course had the assistance of lead bike marshall to help clear the way.

And it was at the first junction; where we start seeing runners coming down from Bukit Bandaraya that I saw 5K runners just making shortcuts to finish their run. OK lah, it's just a fun run, you say. Why need be so serious. Short cut a bit only. Right?

But it's this kind of attitude lah later will bring you to think it's OK to shortcut a 10K, 21K and even a full marathon! Yes, I know people who bragged about "finishing" a full marathon when they didn't actually finish the whole damn 42.195K! It start with ala... fun fun only...

Anyhoo...
Enough of that.
Saw a water station on the left side of the road (where the cars were passing through) at KM3 while we were told to keep to the right. So runners who wanted to drink, had to dart through traffic, drink, and cross the road again. I decided to skip the water station.

After 40 minutes of the run (or walk), a police car pass through to signal to partial opening to the road to traffic. Thankfully, Shah Alam drivers were nice lah.

The organiser had placed road marshals at all junctions along the (5K) route and I have to say most did an awesome job. While there were no cones placed along the route (it was full closure earlier, remember) marshall stood along the route to man both runner and vehicle traffic.

Alas, some of us runners do have the tendency to not listen to marshal.

Shah Alam, being a residential area sees plenty of junctions going into housing area. It is ridiculous to stop any vehicle from entering to exiting from their own home for 2-hours. I noticed the race marshals tried their very best to take care of runners' safety and also be considerate of residents. But when marshal stopped runners (for less than 30sec, I timed); it's for the good of runner to not just dash ahead and get banged by cars. It's even more ridiculous to see walkers refusing to stop and give way to ONE car!

With about 200m to go, we saw pacers with their pacer balloons still hanging over them encouraging runners and directing them properly to either the 10K or 5K finishing lane. It was really a nice gesture by the pacers to encourage runners and one runner remarked "I feel like a celebrity".

So good job Ice Watch Light Up The Night Run pacers for the extra effort done after they themselves finish their part. I believe they were from Kyserun group.

6K runners means quite a packed finishing area when we were there to collect our medals but the lines were fast moving. We were later directed to cross the mall for our finisher treats. That was a bit of a headache with everyone cramming back into the mall to get to the other side. Directing us to go around or "tawaf" the mall would be a better choice,

There were an abundance of goodies served for us and it was free flow! Yeay!

Bread, ice cream, water... and most going for seconds (and thirds and fourths. Hahaha)

It was a fun run, as we didn't took it seriously, We were out to enjoy the night and we did.

But I guess for more serious runners, navigating through the 5K runners to finish their 10K could be somewhat annoying. I tied to help by occasionally yelling "runners coming through" when I noticed 10K runners approaching from behind but most just got startled by my shouting and never bother to give way. Hahaha

The route was good.  But I did only 5K la... 5K route was good except for the part where a lot of runners just to cut short their run and finish faster for their medals....

The race director announced after the race that they may provide timing chips for the run in future editions. For me personally, 10K with timing chips is good. 5K, no need lah. Kan?

For Son, he not only got a good workout, he also received another ice watch this year.
Ice Watch Light Up The Night Run is special as for both editions, a few lucky runners (make that 2,000 runners this year) received free Ice Watches from lucky draw. And runners were also able to buy RM699 watches at a promotion price of just RM99!
So, thank you Ice Watch for his birthday present! ^^

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Press Release: 3FIM ASIA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 ROUND 3 RECAP – ANGELES CITY, PHILIPPINES

SHAH ALAM, 6 DECEMBER 2016 – It’ s been two weeks since we concluded the third leg of this year’s championship in the Philippines and we are now gearing up for our fourth and final round that’s set to take place this December 17th and 18th at Stadium Shah Alam, Malaysia. But before that, let’s take a moment to recollect all the action and drama that went down in Round 3. 
The venue was the prided recreational sport of Angeles City – Bayanihan Park. The track was rather unorthodox as the “tarmac” section was converted from the park’s basketball and tennis courts while a slippery field of uncut grass played the role of the ‘dirt’ section. The very narrow track was interspersed with sharp corners and grassy dividers. All of this daunted the riders with a very challenging race ahead but they weren’t Asia’s best Supermoto racers without reason, and they took the challenge head on. Hordes of Supermoto fans and curious onlookers flocked in over the weekend to witness the high-paced spectacle.

The riders had their first feel of the track during the practice sessions on Friday. A few crashes were inevitable given the track conditions, but fortunately, none of the riders got hurt. Saturday’s qualifying round saw Andy McLiesh (Australia), Richard Dibben (New Zealand), Mohd. Al-Amirul Ashshahid aka Gaban (Malaysia), Muhd. Habibullah aka Gabit (Malaysia), Mohd Khairi Zakaria (Malaysia) and Yasushi Matsumoto (Japan) clocking in the six fastest lap times. They then progressed into the Super Chrono session to determine their starting grid positions. Taking the pole was McLiesh followed by Dibben, Gaban, Gabit, Matsumoto and Khairi.

Sunday’s Moto 1 saw McLiesh building a huge lead ahead of all the riders while brothers Gaban and Gabit fought tooth and nail for 2nd. Lap 14 almost saw Gaban high-siding and Gabit capitalised on the opportunity to grasp 2nd. Finishing behind him was Gaban followed by Takashi Sasaki (Japan), Matsumoto, and Khairi. An unfortunate freak accident had caused Dibben’s bike to malfunction, thus prompting a heart-wrenching DNS for the Kiwi rider.

McLiesh’s bike had also caught onto one of the sandbags earlier on in Moto 2, dragging it out into the middle of the track which in turn slowed down the riders behind him, thus gaining him a huge lead ahead of the pack. The battle for 2nd place this time was fought between Gabit and Matsumoto. In the end, it was Gabit who came out 2nd when Matsumoto suffered yet another sandbag incident. Despite the setback, the Japanese rider still managed a 3rd place finish. Finishing behind him in 4th was Sasaki, followed by Gaban and Khairi.

Gabit currently leads the overall standings for both the Asian and Open International classes. Will the KTM Malaysia rider finish off this year with two championship trophies or will rivals Mcliesh, Gaban and Khairi cause an upset? Come on down to Stadium Shah Alam this December 17th and 18th to witness this season’ s Grand Finale!

FIM Asia Supermoto Championship is organised by Asia Supersports Group, a consortium of three companies namely Bikenation Motorsports Sdn Bhd, CW Media Sdn Bhd and E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, with international supporters from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Major Events, Selangor State Government, Shah Alam City Council, Destination NSW, Tourism Hunter, Newcastle City Council, FIM Asia, Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM), KYT, KTM Malaysia,Premium World Motorsports (PWM) Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Husqvarna in Malaysia, RK South Asia Sdn Bhd and iM4U.

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