Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Our CNY Eve Makan Besar

Whilst I had to go to work on Friday, the eve of CNY celebration, Hubby and Son enjoyed their day offs.

It was school holiday from Thursday to Wednesday while Hubby's office was closed from Friday to Tuesday. Lucky git!

They waited to have lunch with me on Friday before I went back to work and later was able to go off early as my office closed a bit early,
Since it's lunch time, we ordered from the Set Lunches promotion. Hubby had whatsapp me to ask what I want to order before I was able to head down for lunch and by the time I reached Tony Roma's, my soup was already waiting for me!
Creamy potato soup which I love.
Beef ribs. I had wanted lamb ribs but lamb ribs are not featured in the set lunches. Boo!
But beef ribs also good. Son sure had no problem with it too! ^^

I love the mashed potato and cleaned up everything on the plate.
Hubby had burger.

Our table was waited by an efficient and friendly guy, Bikram. I have to say, I like the wait staff at Gardens Mall. There is a lady that I like. Could never catch her name (she has African style accent) and used to have her hair in dreads. Now it's been re-bonded straight as an arrow. She's good too. 

Anyway, if I have anything to bitch about, it's the fact that some staff need to reminded to wear deodorant la... ^^!
Ended my meal with a cappuccino. 
And mint that we get with our bills. (IOI Mall staff didn't have any mints I think...)

Look glamour la, this black candy but as Hubby said "it's HACKS"! LOL

Lunch for three with two of us eating beef ribs was RM156.90. Not too bad lah. For once in blue moon treat, right?

We're thinking of trying the Set Dinner during our next visit to Tony Roma's. The Set Dinner had Lamb Ribs. 

Hubby and I sure had been eating a lot at Tony Roma's lately. 
New Year was with Son at IOI Mall
Then it was the food review session with Hubby Sunway Pyramid
And this time at Gardens Mall for lunch.

I wonder where we should go for our dinner?

*macam pergi buat mystery shopper visit pulak* Hahaha

Monday, 30 January 2017

What's Our Plan?

I was hungry by the time it's dinner time.

But both Hubby and Son weren't and they vetoed out from eating banana leaf rice at Nirwana Maju.

So what else to do?

Fall back on my second plan. Go to second plan for salmon. I was hoping that Plan B's "Makan Malam" promo is still available as I took quite a liking at their  Pan-Seared Salmon with Pesto Rice but alas, no more promotion.

And the main menu selections aren't all too exciting.

Haih. What to do? Sat down already after all...
So I ordered this Nacho Everyday Salad (this one was presented way better than the one served to me last November. Hah hah)
To go with my Asian fusion pasta (forgot the name). Lazy to google for it also.
While the two boys shared this salted egg fries.

It was raining that night, and after finishing our meal, we kinda just sat back and relaxed. But we couldn't help but notice the service staff watching us and kept looking at our table. Maybe to check whether we want to order more food but it made us felt like she wanted us to cabut cepat-cepat. So cabut we did, and lepaked elsewhere.

I actually had wanted a cuppa and maybe a slice of cake, but cake choices wasn't inspiring.

I did get my cuppa the next day and it was served by an excellent and friendly waiter named Bikram at Tony Roma's Gardens Mall. Hah!

Anyway, is it just me or Plan B has just gone too boring? I can't find anything worth eating (read: kenyang) in the menu!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

A Trip Down Tiger Lane, With The Boys Of '86

What do you do when you accept a copy of a school memoir to read? Make that the memoirs of STAR '86.
STAR or Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, is a premier all-boys residential school in Ipoh and named after the first Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, Almarhum Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad.
The publishing of the batch's memoir; titled "I Wuz 'Ere, Memoirs of STAR 86" coincides with the batch's 30th anniversary and is a collection of tales and memories from the '86 batch, written in Bahasa Malaysia and English.

Why am I reading it, then? Especially since I am obviously not a STAR Old Boy or one of the spouses? And do I dare to write about the book in my humble blog when the alumni boasts many prominent names, grammar Nazi notwithstanding?

I picked up "I wuz 'Ere, Memoirs of STAR '86" with no expectation other than to read on tales of yesteryears, as the Batch of '86 (now already in their late 40s) reminisce about their formative years.

The setting may be different. School cultures too. But as one reads through the tales, one was brought back to one's own years in a boarding school. That definitely was the case for me even though my school field wasn't huge, my old school had no grey blanket requirement or even a Pak Lau equivalent.

But as you read through the book, you are reminded how privileged some of us are, being given the chance to study in such a school. Be it as a student from a rural area, having the opportunity of going to such a prestigious school or city boys swapping their home luxuries for the life of a boarding school.

Kampung or City boys, both carry the hopes and pride of their family as they enter STAR.

Some of the stories were poignant. Some quite matter-of-fact. Some were downright hilarious. Some, I read and ponder. Some I skimmed through. 

Of all the stories, one strikes a chord.

And this particular conversation; on Page 13 stuck to me.

"But why did you sit in the front row?"

"Because my late Mum told me to always be in front".

ALWAYS BE IN FRONT.

I am in tears just re-reading these three sentences.

It is a reminder for all of us to strive for the best, regardless of our circumstances.

So thank you STAR Batch '86 for sharing your memories.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Two Runs, Surrounded By Nature In Kuala Kubu Bharu

Tired of joining races around the same route in Klang Valley?

Love the trails? Love running on the tarmac but want to enjoy some (or a whole lot of greenery)? Or both?

One of those crazy back2back runners who likes running in races both on Saturday and Sunday in the same weekend?

Joining these two races in Kuala Kubu Bharu may be the answer to your itchy feet.
Highlanders Series Bukit Kutu is a stunning trail run with a distance of 15km through Orang Asli village at the foothill (Kg. Pertak, Kuala Kubu Bharu) to Batu Tedung of Bukit Kutu. The challenging race course designed for both novice runners and more seasoned trail runners who crave for a challenging multi-element race course with crazy elevation.
 
The first Bukit Kutu Run was held in March last year, with the distance of 12K. Those who are joining this year sees a 3K "upgrade" to the distance.
 
I was there last year but not as a runner lah. I was helping only. Plan to help out again, this year. ^^
 
Anyhoo, race (crew) recap of last year's edition here.

For the 2017 eidition, it will be held on Saturday May 13,2017.
Photo credit : Highlander Series Bukit Kutu Trail Run 2017 FB page
Excerpt from the registration website : https://event.howei.com/event/highlanders-series-bukit-kutu-trail-run-2017

"The race course is a single trail that offers a serene environment and extraordinary diversity of river crossing, old logging road, rain forest trail, steep hill inclines and uneven terrain. Starting off flat and easy before the trails properly begin with some hill climbs and more technical terrain. Runner will make a crushing climb to Batu Tedung of Bukit Kutu after few river crossing. The second half of the course takes a scenic route along the banks of Luit River continues with long climbs up towards Lata Medang waterfalls before making a u turn and exhilarating 5km descent back to the finish line. Expect hard, compact trails on a dry day or in wet condition. The race course excludes the summit climb due to safety reasons."
15K trail run isn't enough? Especially when you already drove dunno how many kms to get to Kuala Kubu Bharu?
 
Then, ROI your petrol usage by joining the Hulu Selangor 30K which will be held on Sunday, May 14 2017.
 
Registration is not open yet, but I was informed that there will be 5K, 10K and 30K categories offered. Last kopek chance to get in some mileage before SCKLM for some of us. ^^

Hulu Selangor 30K is NOT to be confused with Hulu Langat Marathon, okey?

Photo credit : Race Director
The route sure beats running around a busy city road, right?

For updates on both events, you can also visit these following Facebook pages:
Highlander Series Bukit Kutu Trail Run 2017
Running Project

If you're joining or plan to join, see you there! I'll probably be grinning by the roadside and wonder why lah you all like to torture yourself. Hahaha

And both races are good for those who are not looking to run any ultramarathon distance. Like me.

But also good to get some mileage in to prepare for any ultramarathon. Especially if you plan to join stages races. 

BUT join lah. Suffering makes one feels alive, right? #eh


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Ultra Marathon World Heritage Series & Geopark Series Press Conference

A short news from Japan.

Ultra Marathon World Heritage series & Geopark series Press Conference was held in Ariake, Tokyo today.

The Series is held in order to convey the importance of "World Heritage", "Intangible Cultural Heritage" and "Geopark" to the domestic and overseas participants and promote the wonder of cultural heritage and natural heritage through the marathon in the area hosting 100 km Ultramarathon races.

It is Japan's first effort to cooperate with multiple Ultramarathon events for the same purpose, with each chairperson gathers and share the charms and strengths of their respective areas.
The press conference was held today on January 25, 2017 (Wednesday)

Venue: Ariake 3 - 6 - 11 Koto Ward, Tokyo Building East Building East 902 Conference Room

Organized by:Ultra Marathon World Heritage Series · Geopark Series Executive Committee

With cooperation: UNESCO Japan, Association of Japan Geopark Network(NPO)

Sponsored by:The North Face (by Goldwin Co., Ltd.)
Tango Ultramarath Executive Committee Chairman and Kyotango Mayor's Misaki Masaaki
Speakers:

1) Challenge Fuji 5 Lakes Ultramarathon, Masashi Watanabe President of Fujiyoshida Athletic Field Association

2) Hidatakayama Ultramaran, Mayor of Takayama city, Yoshiaki Kunishima

3) Nikko 100 km Ultramarathon ,Mayor of Nikko , Fumio Saito

4) Hakusan Shirakawago 100 km Ultramarathon, Mayor of Hakusan City, Noriaki Yamada

5) Hakusan Shirakawago 100 km Ultramarathon Mayor of Shirakawa village, Shigeru Narihara

6) Tango 100 km Ultramarathon Mayor of Kyotango City Misaki Masakazu

7) Race Producer:Yuji Sakamoto

8) Secretary General, Japan Geopark Network, Kiichi Saito,

9) General Manager, The North Face ,Mori Hikaru Executive Officer, (Goldwin Corporation)

For more Information
World Heritage Series Ultramarathon Race Committee
Geo-Park Series Ultramarathon Race Committee
Runners Wellness
Japan,Kanagawa
Phone81-463-70-6660 FAX:81-463-70-6266
E-mail: press@r-wellness.com

Footnote:
I had run in the 2015 Tango Ultramarathon and hope to join Nikko Ultramarathon next year. Maybe I can aim to complete all the heritage series, one day, yeah? ^^

More information about Runners Wellness races is available at http://www.r-wellness.com

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A Season Of Sharing, At Tony Roma's

Did you guys notice the current Tony Roma's promotion; Tony's Sharing Platters, that is on-going from January 1 to February 28, 2017?

Our family had actually tried one of the sharing platter that is offered during the New-Year weekend, though our outing kinda ended in a sour note. Not that the food was at fault though, just the service needed a lot of bucking up.

Anyhoo... here we are again, back to Tony Roma's. Albeit at a different branch.

As I said, I don't have much problem with the food. Tony Roma's lamb ribs is still my favourite ribs that I enjoyed devouring. Their beef ribs are good too. 

But this time around, we had a chance to attend a food review session at their Sunway Pyramid outlet and try out all three of their Tony's Sharing Platter.

3 amazing sharing platters are available and they are:
The Lamb Lover’s Platter consists of Lamb Ribs Roma Rack, Lamb Cevapi, ½ BBQ Chicken, three cups of Soup of the Day and three sides of your choice at only RM139*. All prices quoted in Ringgit Malaysia, inclusive of 6% GST and applicable to 10% service charge.
The Lobster & Friends Platter offers an amazing Lobster, Grilled Salmon, Shrimp Scampi Pasta, three cups of Soup of the Day and three sides of your choice for RM179*.

*All prices quoted in Ringgit Malaysia, inclusive of 6% GST and applicable to 10% service charge.
The Tony’s Beef Ribs Platter consists of World Famous Bountiful Beef Ribs, ½ BBQ Chicken, 10oz NY Strip Steak, three cups of Soup of the Day and three sides of your choice for RM169*. *All prices quoted in Ringgit Malaysia, inclusive of 6% GST and applicable to 10% service charge.

Quite a good deal, I might add. Just make sure the staff remember to serve you your soup. (They forgotten about it when we were at IOI Mall. heh heh. Sorry, can't resist mentioning it)
We started our dinner with one of the refreshing mocktails offered at RM15.90*. I had Cranberry Fizz which is a fusion of cranberry, apple and mango juices with a tinge of lime soda and Hubby chose the Miami Breeze, a mixture of pineapple juice, ginger ale, grenadine, cherry and lime soda.

My Cranberry Fizz was so good, I ordered them TWICE! Hur hur
We had the choice of potato or chicken soup to start our dinner. We chose both and shared them between the two of us. I must say, I LOOOOVE the creamy potato soup more. 

Then it was time for the STARS of the night to appear.

Starting with the Ton'y Beef Ribs Platter.
10oz NY Strip Steak and 1/2 BBQ Chicken.

The BBQ Chicken spent 24-hours in brine before being grilled and served to customers. The BBQ shelf-life is only 3-hours to maintain its freshness.

I was skeptical about the chicken at first (as I am not much of a poultry fan) but after being coaxed by Hubby to try it, I was surprised at how flavourful, moist and tender the chicken was.

It was reminiscent of the turkey we had at Hilton KL for Christmas last month! That's how good it was.  (Anyway, if you get hard and dry chicken at Tony Roma's, I guess somebody isn't doing their QC properly lah... Heh)
Of course the Beef Ribs Platter comes with ribs, and three sides of our choice.

Then it was time for the Lamb Lover's Platter which was the same platter we ordered earlier this month at IOI Mall, Putrajaya.
Lamb Cevapi with our choice our side dishhes.
And of course, our favourite: Lamb Ribs Roma Rack and 1/2 BBQ Chicken.

Man, we certainly were eating a helluva chicken that night. Hahaha

Absolutely no complaints about the lamb ribs, as always.

Then time for a luxurious close - we tried the Lobster & Friends Platter.
A whole, Sabah mari lobster for us with grilled salmon and side dishes.
I was so stoked about eating the lobster, I totally forgot to take photos of the rest of the platter; which was the Shrimp Scampi Pasta.

Sorry!
We were joined by Encik Bashir; Tony Roma's Senior Kitchen Manager who shared plenty of interesting facts about Tony Roma's with us.
Thank you Encik Bashir for the sharing session and it was a privilege to be able to meet you. As we said earlier, we'll return to Sunway Pyramid outlet for great food and service. 

I'll bring my whole family next time as "GREAT FOOD IS BEST TO BE SHARED!"

Someone mentioned I should give the IOI Mall outlet a second chance. I'm a bit wary, but should I?

Monday, 23 January 2017

Off To Conquer Kiara Trail

Well, not exactly lah.
I joined the Conquer The Trails@Kiara last Sunday as a volunteer and not as a runner. Volunteering and crewing at races is something Hubby and I occasionally do to support the running community and as a way for us to give back to the community. Plus it is interesting to be on the other side of a race too.
We reported to duty at 3am on Sunday morning for race briefing (that's like waking up and reporting to run a full marathon wei!!!) but first order of business was for us to eat. The organiser was really nice in taking care of us volunteers.

 
After having a very early breakfast, it was roll-call and briefing time before we head off to our respective stations.
 
But not before being reminded to "tapau" food for our own consumption to eat while on duty and get our bottled drinks too. A few of the volunteers at a couple of stations were reminded to take extra water bottles for runners although they were not manning a water station. "They will understand why after seeing the station" was how the organiser put it. Must be on top of a tough hill lah... Hahaha
 
My station. Hubby's station was further in the trails, after mine.
 
There were already runners and joggers running the route where we passed as early as 5.00am and by 7.00am plenty of them had stopped by and asked about the event that is going to be held.
 
Before the flag-off and because we arrived at our station early, I used the time to walk up and down the hilly route. Walk only lah, not running. Off-season mah. HAHAHA
 
The race was flagged-off at 7.30am so by 8.00am runners were already approaching my station. The last runner to arrive came two hours after the flag-off and after the sweeper came, I took off the sign and head back to the start/finish line.
Just as I was about to pack my stuff, ini monkey grab my food pack and ran away with it. Adoi!
 
With nothing else to do, I decided to help out distributing medals to runners who had finished.
Look who I bumped into at the finish line.
 
And I was asking her where Anay was. How come Anay wasn't running with Lecthumi, dei???
 
The organiser didn't impose a cut-off time for the race as he said to just let all participants finished it so although the programme was to end at 12.00pm, we were still waiting for runners even after 12.00.
 
It was a nice experience for me as a race volunteer. Plus I met plenty of my running buddies too, those who were participants and those who joined as volunteers/crew too.
 
For participants of Conquer the trails@Kiara, results are already out at : Runners Unite website.
 
Congrats and well done!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Press Release: STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON 2017 SOLD OUT

Runners snap up all individual race slots within four days.
Congrats SCKLM for another record breaking sign-ups!
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 January 2017: Dirigo Events, race owner and organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 (SCKLM), announced today that registrations for the race has officially closed as they have sold out all individual race slots for the event. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon turns nine this year and the 2017 edition will take place on Sunday, 21 May at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

“We are grateful that interest in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is as strong as ever. After our pre-registration period for 2016 participants closed, we opened registrations to the public on 16 January and have sold out four days later,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events and Project Director of SCKLM 2017. “We thank all our loyal supporters for continuing to support the marathon and will now focus on delivering the best race experience possible,” he added.

An incredible 12,512 race slots were snapped up on the first day of registrations on Monday, 16 Jan, which is about a third of the total number of race slots available. According to Rainer, an encouraging aspect this year was that registrations for the Full and Half Marathon categories sold out quicker than the usually more popular 10km and 5km categories.

“We have been consciously trying to increase the level of competitiveness for SCKLM 2017 and we are very happy to see that the popularity of the longer distances are increasing. In fact, we’ve closed the Full Marathon category with 8,000 runners in total this year, constituting a 7% increase from 2016 and the highest number recorded in this category so far for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. So for the first time our Running Clinics will have two sessions specifically for runners who are going to attempt their first Full Marathon and first Half Marathon,” he said.

The data gleaned from the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017’s registrations this year also show that there will be 1,381 runners from 63 different nationalities taking part, with the highest number of international runners coming from Indonesia (325) followed by the United Kingdom (146) and India (132).

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia that draws thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2017 edition of the race will once again see sponsorship from Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, along with Honda Malaysia, Brooks, Lucozade, Seiko and Pacific Regency.

Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank said, “It gives us tremendous pride to be the title sponsor of such an iconic event that has come to symbolise the coming together of communities and fostering nation building through sport. We wish all runners the best of luck and we look forward to welcoming them at the race.”

Elite runners will be competing to earn a slice of the almost RM500,000 in total that is on offer at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017,which include bonus prizes for record breaking course times.

In an effort to reduce congestion and make the race more competitive, SCKLM 2017 will continue with a seven hour cut-off time for the Full Marathon with checkpoints at designated areas along the route to ensure runners are within the specified time frames. Runners who don’t make it to the checkpoints within the required times will not be allowed to complete the race and will be transported to the finish line. This is also meant to ensure the safety of runners as the public roads need to be opened to regular traffic at times strictly stipulated by the authorities.

A perennial feature of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative Run For A Reason that aims to channel funds raised to deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in dire need. This year the participating beneficiaries are the Standard Chartered Foundation, National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.

Participating runners can also look forward to a total of 12 running clinics that will be provided by the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017, including 5 Junior running clinics and specialised clinics for those attempting their first Half and first Full Marathons.

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

p.s. see you guys there!
I've managed to sign-up this year and will be running in the FM!


Thursday, 19 January 2017

When The Legs Are In Need Of A (Not-So) TLC

I guess I've been hard on my body lately and especially to my legs that they do need a pummelling of sorts (massage la) to make it feel better.

I've been experiencing pain at my left legs for two weeks, prior to Twincity Marathon; which I joined last Sunday and had been foam rolling it. It felt better after the foam rolling but the niggling pain was still there.

A friend then highlighted that PRO MMR (that's short for PRO Medicine Massage Rehabilitation, ya) is having promotional rate for Twincity participants and crew so I made an appointment.
I made my appointment on Friday night, just a couple of days before running my marathon. A bit late but that was the only time I was free. ^^! Better than nothing, right?

Anyhoo, this wasn't the first time I used their services.

I had an ankle injury a few months before running in Chiba Aqualine Marathon and had a session at PRO MMR a month before the run. I had spent many weeks hobbling about, before I had the massage, so to say that I was feeling quite panicky about running in Japan would be an understatement.
A much better ankle, with the help of Kinesio taping (for insurance) and I ran in Chiba and finished!
Nurul, the therapists who saw me on both occasions was great. Friendly too. And boy, was it painful when she massaged me!
Bruises. On both legs.

But a good kind of bruise.

The pain that I experienced located around the area behind my knee is now gone. So does the tightness in my calves.
Photo credit : WK Album for Twincity Marathon
And thank goodness for that.

I didn't have any leg pain issues during my run in Twincity Marathon. If not for the unfortunate not-feeling-so-great moments there, I would have had a more enjoyable time there.

Truthfully, both legs felt fine after Twincity Marathon. No DOMS whatsoever. (I guess that was because I was walking like going to the park, wahahaha).

I highly recommend PRO MMR (and no, they didn't pay me to say this) so for those looking for a massage, injuries treatment and recovery; you can try them.
Just contact the number listed on the bunting.

You do need to make an appointment to see them!

And oh, more info about PRO MMR can be found at their Facebook page. Just type PRO MMR. Jangan malas.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Conquer The City Again, With SCORE Run 2017

SCORE Run is back and for 2017, it will be held in April. April 9th, 2017 at Berjaya Times Square, to be exact.
Three distance are offered this time; 6K, 12K and 21K. There is also a Virtual Run offered for those who are unable to join the run at Berjaya Times Square.

I did the 15K last year and I quite enjoy the route which was a tad different from the usual KL City runs route. Race recap here. I'm looking forward to check how the route will be for this year.

Anyways, registration is now open at: http://www.score.my/events/score-run-2017/ so do hurry and register to avoid paying for the late bird fees.
Participants' entitlements.
SCORE Run medals.
Event tee.
 For 21K runners, we will also get this finisher tee upon completing our run!

Who's joining me on Apr 9th?

Come. Come.
Let's tour the city of two feet.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Press Release: STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON OPENS REGISTRATIONS TO THE PUBLIC

KUALA LUMPUR, 16 January 2017: Dirigo Events, race owner and organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 (SCKLM), announced today that runner’s registration will be open to the public from 10.00a.m. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon turns nine this year and the 2017 edition will take place on Sunday, 21 May at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

A new pre-registration system was introduced for the 2017 race to acknowledge and thank runners who took part in the 2016 event. This would give previous participants a better chance of ensuring they have a spot in the much sought after event.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia that draws thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2017 edition of the race will once again see Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia returning as title sponsor, along with a host of returning and new sponsors.

Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank said, “It gives us tremendous pride to be the title sponsor of such an iconic event that has come to symbolise the coming together of communities and fostering nation building through sport. We wish all runners the best of luck and we look forward to welcoming them at the race.”

Rainer Biemans, Managing Director of Dirigo Events, added “We are delighted to have retained our Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Bank and Gold Sponsor Honda Malaysia, along with our official partners Seiko and Pacific Regency, and we’re very excited to welcome new sponsors Brooks and Lucozade, for apparel and energy drinks respectively, to the SCKLM fold”.

Elite runners will be competing to earn a slice of the almost RM500,000 in total that is on offer at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017,which include bonus prizes for record breaking course times. In last year’s race, Malaysian runner Sheela Samivellu broke the Half Marathon course record with a time of 1’24:44s.

“Sheela made Malaysians proud last year with her record breaking effort. We want to keep raising the competitive level of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon and we hope that records will continue to fall as the quality of the field increases,” said Rainer.

In an effort to reduce congestion and make the race more competitive, SCKLM 2017 will continue with a seven hour cut-off time for the Full Marathon with checkpoints at designated areas along the route to ensure runners are within the specified time frames. Runners who don’t make it to the checkpoints within the required times will not be allowed to complete the race and will be transported to the finish line. This is also meant to ensure the safety of runners as the public roads need to be opened to regular traffic at times strictly stipulated by the authorities.
Other initiatives to look forward to this year include the Friendship Run and Pasta Party, which will be held on the eve of the race. Only Full Marathon participants are eligible for these events which are intended to foster camaraderie amongst runners from around the world.

A perennial feature of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative Run For A Reason that aims to channel funds raised to deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in dire need. This year the participating beneficiaries are the Standard Chartered Foundation, National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.
Apart from the Full and Half Marathons, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 will also feature a 10km distance and a 5km Fun Run for social runners, along with Kids’ Dash categories for children under 12 years of age. There will also be several categories like the Corporate Challenge, Media Challenge, Universities Challenge and Ministries Challenge to either raise money for charity as well as provide friendly competition and bragging rights for the eventual winners. A full list of categories and their eligibility details can be found at www.kl-marathon.com.

Participating runners can also look forward to a total of 12 running clinics that will be provided by the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017, including 5 Junior running clinics and specialised clinics for those attempting their first Half and first Full Marathons.


For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:


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