Thursday, 23 March 2017

Media Alert: Running on Hope at PEACE Run 2017

BE HEALTHY & DO CHARITY
Running on Hope at PEACE Run 2017
Cyberjaya, 22nd March 2017 –Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) 2017 cohort of students are organising a relief team destined for Nepal under the project Post-Earthquake Aid & Care for Nepal (PEACE NEPAL 2017). The team will be hosting a run as part of their fundraising activities to support the mission’s fund in July 2017.

There are three categories open for the public which are 3KM, 5KM and 10KM respectively, however, due to the overwhelming responses from the public 3KM category slots have been sold out in just two weeks after it was opened for registration.

The concept of the run is a combination of the classical and virtual run. A virtual run is the new version of run that usually been conducted in the current running scene and the race pack will be shipped to their addresses as part of their participation merchandise. The concept makes easy for some runners who are interested in participating and donating but unable to be present physically at the event.

CUCMS’ students have been championing the international humanitarian mission in the South-East Asia for the past three years. The team divides the activities into two categories as for the short-term activities are medical check-up, mass circumcision and distribution of donation items. While the long-term activities are to build water pumps and provide solar panels to the local community.
The registration will end in 31st March 2017 and participants can collect their race pack at DPulze Shopping Centre Cyberjaya on 13th April 2017. Let’s join the running on hope and don’t miss our #free medical check-up at the event!

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ABOUT CYBERJAYA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences is a top tier university in Malaysia that focuses on niche healthcare programmes. The university has been rated as Tier-5 (Excellent) by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. Strategically located on a modern, fully equipped 5-acre campus at the heart of Cyberjaya, the university currently has over 3500 students who are enrolled in more than 20 programmes ranging from degree to postgraduate research courses in areas such as medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, psychology, homeopathic medical sciences, physiotherapy, occupational safety and health, biomedical engineering technology, paramedical sciences and more. The university can be contacted at +603 8313 7000 or via email at inquiry@cybermed.edu.my.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Makan-Makan With Powerman (Rival) Team

Remember I did Powerman Relay early in March. Our running gang had two groups doing the relay category and our "rival" team invited me for dinner last night.
 
At one of my family's favourite haunt at Mahbub Restaurant in Bangsar. Hehehe
Part of dinner, for four. Not seen in photo was chicken tandoori.
 
And... what Hubby and Son had. Kikiki
I had their famous biryani ayam madu, of course.
 
Later, I put in our group photo which we took after dinner.
 
Anyways, thanks Team Lemak Manis for dinner!
 
It was fun yakking away with you guys!
 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Beauty News: NEUTROGENA: We Welcome Nicole Kidman as our Global Brand Ambassador

Hollywood luminary Nicole Kidman is NEUTROGENA ® Global Brand Ambassador

17 March 2017, Petaling Jaya – Worldwide premium skincare brand NEUTROGENA® has recently announced Academy Award-winning actress, activist for women’s cancer research and Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women, Nicole Kidman as its latest Global Brand Ambassador.

According to Cory Price, General Manager of NEUTROGENA® at Johnson & Johnson US, “Nicole embodies the true spirit of the women that we are committed to everyday. Their passion, strength and focus are what makes NEUTROGENA® women so special. Nicole will help us encourage women to embrace their beauty through the lens of skin health and empower women to see what’s possible with NEUTROGENA®”.

In Malaysia, NEUTROGENA® is known for its wide array of skin health-focused products starting from cleansers, hydration serum and masks to sun protection lotions.

“We are pleased that a Hollywood big name like Nicole Kidman has become our global brand ambassador. Besides keeping the NEUTROGENA® brand top of mind when it comes to beauty, Nicole will serve as an aspiration for our local consumers who appreciate healthy and beautiful skin,” said Raghu Krishnan, Country Director, Consumer, Johnson & Johnson Malaysia.

Nicole Kidman, Australian actress and NEUTROGENA® Ambassador, comments: “The world works in mysterious ways! As you probably know, I grew up in Australia where sun protection is everything – from the time I was a little girl, my mum taught me to protect my skin from the sun. So looking after the health of my skin is something I’ve grown up understanding. But as times passes, I’ve realised that, sun protection has become just part of the story…I’ve learned that your skin needs a lot of attention and support, just like the rest of your body in order to keep it its healthiest.”

“So when I had the opportunity to partner with NEUTROGENA®, a brand that has skin health at the core of who they are, it was like the stars were aligning for me.”

“Right now I can honestly say I am loving life more than ever, so my overall health, including the health of my skin is a top priority. Look, the reality is, we all know choosing the right anti-ageing product is trial and error, hit or miss, some things work and some don’t. But at this point in my life I am looking for something that simply works, that’s why I am really excited to join this passionate and dedicated team. I am also extremely proud to be joining a strong and inspiring group of NEUTROGENA® women who are already a part of the family.”

In January of 2006, Kidman was named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women.

She is also an activist in supporting research of women’s cancer. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she helped raise nearly half a million dollars for the Women’s Cancer Program, a world-renowned centre for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer.

Presently, Kidman can be seen on the big screen in The Weinstein Company’s Lion for which she has received Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Academy Award nominations. She will next be seen in the upcoming films How to Talk to Girls at Parties and The Beguiled and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. On the small screen, Kidman returns to television this month in the limited series Big Little Lies for HBO as well as the second season of Top of The Lake (SundanceTV/BBC Two).

Kidman joins NEUTROGENA® Brand Ambassadors Rachael Taylor, Jennifer Garner, Kerry Washington, Julie Bowen, Kristen Bell, Eiza Gonzalez, Sandra Echeverria, Hayden Panettiere and Olivia Holt.

About NEUTROGENA®:
NEUTROGENA® is a brand of health and beauty care solutions with long-standing heritage founded upon genuine relationships with dermatologist, skin experts and consumers. We are driven with passion to design simple yet extraordinary, high-quality products that are scientifically proven to deliver real results in the most effective and skin friendly way, keeping your skin supple, radiant and healthy. Today, NEUTROGENA® Corporation manufactures and markets a line of premium priced skin and hair care products which are distributed in more than 70 countries. NEUTROGENA® believes that beauty begins with healthy skin so kick-start your healthy beauty journey with us and discover our range of cleansers, moisturizers, skin care and sun care products at www.facebook.com/myneutrogena.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Random Photos

It's been a great month so far; emotionally, physically and financially.

I did two races so far in March, plus a hike.
The #IWillBeOkay Bukit Kiara Hike organised by Fiona, of Street-Love.net.
Photo credit : Seven Chiam Hooi See Photography
And a half-marathon at Bukit Jalil the next day. I finished with a 2:31 timing and although it's not a PB, I was happy with my run nonetheless.
Photo credit : Rany Tan
Powerman the week before was fun too. 
I even managed to fit in a session running to Bukit Cinta after work and bumped into a few GC running kaki.

Had some nice makan too, apart from the celebration of a good run; I received an outstanding payment of some jobs I had done. Finally, phew.

And two more payments which came really fast! I really do appreciate companies that respect people's work and not give lame excuses for holding payment.
Carl's Jr was a treat.

Cannot eat here too often. Premium burgers, wei! Haha
A nice makan at a place near our house too.

Simple, affordable but lovely because it's with the family. ^^

We have about two weeks left for March and then it's April!

April and May will be two busy months, in terms of running.

I have a few races to do and a couple where I'll be helping out instead of running.

And oh! We're taking a day off first Monday of April to attend Son's Hari Anugerah Kecemerlangan! ^^

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Hamburgers & Chicken

I always make a point to splurge and enjoy good food after a good run. I wanted to celebrate my run at  Bukit Jalil Half Marathon as I was pretty happy with it despite it not being my personal best (PB).

Our initial plan was to head to Miyagi (as usual lah...) but the restaurant was fully booked the night that we went there. We decided to drive around and finally decided to have dinner at Wadihana Kitchen Steak House.
Hubby and I the Combo Sizzling and we chose to have beef & lamb patties (can choose chicken or beef or lamb) at RM19.90.
Son had the Nasi Goreng USA at RM14.90.
Portion was generous and price is affordable. But service at Wadihana is not what you call the most efficient there is lah...

We were already half way through our meal and our drinks have yet made its appearance!

Anyhoo, for 3 meals plus drinks (bandung cincau selasih, teh halia and sirap ais), the total was RM69.20.

Not bad lah.

Perhaps next time I'll try their salmon dish. ^^

The next day, I received a good news about a part-time job I applied with a Japan-based company and I got a 6-months contract with them (that reminds me, I must submit my details and consent forms ASAP!) so another makan to celebrate is in order lah...

Nowhere fancy, we just went to Nando's. 
Nando's is currently having this Mango & Lime Full Platter promotion (RM59.90) and we decided to have that.
Our two sides of choice that came with the Full Platter combo.

The sweet potato chips is soooooo sedap, I tell you.

It was nice to have something (or plenty of excuses) to celebrate and enjoy a nice makan session with the family, right?


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Pre-Powerman Dinner

It was the night before Powerman Malaysia 2017 (race recap here) and I wanted to eat something "light" or rather non-spicy.
 
Actually, I wanted to eat salmon so best option was to go to our favourite Japanese restaurant, Miyagi which is located in Bandar Baru Bangi.
 But when we got there, it was Hubby who had salmon. Salmon teppanyaki.

RM37.10 (sudah naik harga a bit dy...)
 And I suddenly decided to eat sanma fish pulak.

Not as nice as the ones I've had in Japan, but passable lah. And still kenyang. Plus it's much cheaper than the salmon sashimi set that I wanted to eat initially; at RM28.62. Hahaha
 Son wanted to eat soba so he ordered the Zaru Soba (RM21.20).
He ordered this a few times before so it must be good. ^^
 
A nice dinner with the family, and as a pre-reward for my Powerman Relay the next day. Hahaha


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Bukit Jalil Half Marathon 2017

Just like in 2016, Bukit Jalil Half Marathon was held a week after Powerman Malaysia. Just like in 2017, I entered both Powerman and Bukit Jalil HM again in 2017. And pretty much just like in 2016, I used both Powerman and Bukit Jalil HM as part of my training for an upcoming event in May. And again, just like in 2016, the day before the race; I had doubts whether to go and run. It was like, “really need to run in a HM kah? Run around carpark also can what…”

I used both events as part of my training for SCKLM 2016 which I ran in the half marathon category (didn’t managed to get a PB though but I was quite happy with my 2:27 finish). For 2017, I’m training for the full marathon.
So here I was, at the starting line of Bukit Jalil Half Marathon. Again. With the intention of just going out for an easy paced run.

The route was somewhat different from 2016. It was back to being flagged-off at Bukit Jalil National Stadium (it was at Bukit Jalil Park in 2016). And as the venue was bigger, all categories of 21K was flagged off at the same time this year. It was female first, male 15min later last year. (Taman small mah, cannot let off everybody running at the same time).

Due to the crowd and the fact that I started rather way behind, the first 6K was a slow one because I was pretty much running following a crowd. That and also because there were quite a number of really dark stretches. I was afraid I’d tumble into something so I was running very cautiously.

Skipped the first water station but stopped at the second water station at KM6 mark, where the surau tent was located. The water station seemed undermanned (or overwhelmed, I dunno) and volunteers were still trying to “susun” cups while runners had to wait.

One runner even helped to set out the cups and I went behind their table to open the mineral water boxes to get some bottles out and help pour water. Generally wasting time as usual lah… Hahaha

At the third water station (KM9 thereabouts) runners were served bananas alongside mineral water and isotonic. I didn’t take any isotonic drinks and just grabbed a cup of mineral water.

I think it was at around KM11 that we start seeing a loooong stretch of incline and as I was running, I was like “this look like 2012 Newton Route”. And yeah, got that one incline where you go up about 800m, then you thought the hill would end, turn into a corner, and go up again. Verrrrrry nice. *pant pant*

Distance markers were placed at every KM and cones were set up along the route. The Bukit Jalil Running Club sure has a huge stock of traffic cones available! Muahaha

It really helped me to take note of the distance with the consistently placed distance markers as I made a conscious decision not to look at my watch until I reached KM15.

Police traffic, RELA members and traffic marshals were great too! I seriously think that uncles and aunties (who are runners themselves) make great crew. They are energetic and enthusiastic and they really cheered you on. (Younger crew and volunteers tend to be quiet and like to look at the smartphones more).

Excellent traffic control at Bukit Jalil Half Marathon. Thumbs up to everyone!

Anyways, it was at KM14 water station that I started to look at my watch and stopped to take a gel. Apart from the one gel and sips of mineral water during my run, I just sucked a few barley mint sweets.

I got to KM15 at 1:46 which is a minute faster than 2016’s 15K point. I was running pretty much by feel until this point and looking at the timing, I kinda figured I can try make it to a 2:30 finish. This is despite the initial plan of running easy and finish within 2:45. Hahaha

I have like 43 minutes to finish the balance 6K and push for a 7’ish pace. So says the brain la…

The next 3K was a slow 22:18 due to some hills and the general drama of not wanting to push on hills. A few walk breaks which I shouldn’t have done and that cost me time. That and not being able to resist stopping at water stations, even the one that was placed a mere 1 mile away from the finish line! (Yeah, I could probably skipped it and not die of thirst but the guy there was holding a few cups ready for runners and I didn’t want to disappoint him by not taking one. Muahaha) 
After a final incline and about 200-300m from the finish line, a guy in 2015 Twincity Marathon tee urged and encouraged us to push for the final dash to the finish line. I managed to do the final 3K plus in about 21min plus. Can la, since it was a decline. *lega*
My official nett time was 2:31:05 and I was quite happy with it initially. But hubby, who was waiting for me at the finish line just remarked “you were lazy, weren’t you? You could’ve gotten a 2:30”.

Huhuhu

OK, next HM we try for another sub2:30 yeah? Actually must try a sub2:20 already lah and aim for a  PB… Can ah I wonder, at SCORE Run in April?

Despite Bukit Jalil Half Marathon being a part of my training run, I didn’t want to take any chances with fuelling and gear. I put on everything that had worked well for me in previous races, my 2ndskin black tee, my usual white adidas cap and I ditched my my newer Adidas UB which I had worn during Twincity Marathon for an old green adidas EB, and with my trusty Thorlo socks. And I did not drink a single drop of isotonic just in case I get tummy discomfort.

Pre-race fuelling was a cup  of hot oat drinks, charcoal pill and gastric medicine. ^^!
 
Race fuelling was 3 pcs of Torrone barley mint candies, mineral water at 7 water stations and 1 energy gel at KM14. The same brand as the one I took at TM Fan Run where I PB’ed my HM.

It worked well and not having the pressure of watching my pace made the run quite enjoyable. Should’ve pushed for that 2:30 then I’d have sweeter memories of Bukit Jalil HM. Hahaha

I probably will register for the 2018 again as I really like the route. And the taufufa and watermelons served for runners after we finished.

So, see you in 2018?

Saturday, 11 March 2017

#IWillBeOkay Fight Against Depression Hike At Kiara

Through Fiona of Street-Love.net and Modern-Mavens.com, I came to know about the "Fight Against Depression" awareness campaign and its Bukit Kiara Trail Hike on Mar 11th, 2017.

The hike is the third campaign for "Fight Against Depression" after a t-shirt line for the first campaign in May 2016 and later the Beauty Bag campaign in Dec 2016.

All proceeds from the t-shirt line goes to All Women's Action Society (also known as AWAM) and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the lovely beauty bag filled with many excellent beauty goodies is used to fund future campaigns, events, donations, etc. Fiona does not take any profit from the sale from the two campaigns.
And now, we come to the third phase of #IWillBeOkay "Fight Against Depression" Awareness campaign and this time it's a hike at Bukit Kiara.

Registration for the hike was free and only limited to 40 participants.

A "smallish" event but was very well organized.
Fiona and her crew of pacers and sweepers for the hike.

Participants were grouped into two groups. Those who want to run/jog and another group for those who want to hike. For each group there were lead pacers and sweepers and they really ensured that everyone is accounted for, safe and sound during the hike.

Thumbs up.
At one of the re-group point.

Participants used the time to take plenty of photos and selfies while waiting for others. 
Sweepers for the hike group were also responsible to pick up markers put up for the #IWillBeOkay Bukit Kiara Hike.
After our 3.8km hike, we were treated with goodies from the event's supporters: PUMA, Meraki Kitchen and Sunplay.

So nice, right? We even got a lovely orange dri-fit event tee before our hike.
Enjoying a healthy breakfast from Meraki Kitchen after the hike. Yums!
It was a fun experience and a chance to get to meet others too. I even met a friend whom I haven't seen in ages! 

I googled up about fighting depression and read about 10 natural depression busters:
  1. Get in a routine
  2. Set goals
  3. Exercise
  4. Eat healthy
  5. Get enough sleep
  6. Take on responsibilities (staying involved and have daily responsibilities)
  7. Challenge negative thoughts
  8. Taking supplements (but check with your doctor first!)
  9. Try something new
  10. Have fun
What do you think?

Being depressed is certainly not an easy feeling. Try to reach out and find help if you feel you are falling into one. Or try to reach out to help somebody who suffers from it.

Thank you Fiona for such a great campaign.

All the best for your future #IWillBeOkay "Fight Against Depression" campaign!

Friday, 10 March 2017

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Stellavingze

On Wednesday; with the invitation from Stellavingze, I had the chance to celebrate the International Women’s Day together with other women in the Lembah Pantai area.
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year and it commemorates the movement for women’s rights. For 2017, the theme is: BE BOLD FOR A CHANGE
With that, the Guests of Honour for the night were indeed formidable women who blazed through stereotypes and bold enough to make a change in the society.
We started the night’s forum with Tan Sri Datin Sei Hajah Zaleha Ismail, the Chairman of Yayasan Suara Wanita (YASNITA).

She reminded us that we, as women have the power to mould our future generation. She shared with us tales on how she raised her son to be ambitious and well-educated.

For her, women in this age are very lucky as we are empowered by education to make a change. A woman is able to influence the future generation and raise them as well.

She ended her speech with a message to all women to take care of their health, gain knowledge and have a well-balanced and active lifestyle because those are women’s most important assets.
Next was Datin Azizan Hj Shariff, Chairman of Majlis Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga, Parlimen Lembah Pantai.

As Chairman of Majlis Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga, Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Datin Azizan stressed on the importance of having a strong principle and sincerity in discharging her duties towards the community and also her family.

She advised women who are leaving the workforce to have skills and know-how of business so that they can supplement their family’s income. For working women, her advice was to have time to meet with family members and friends and have a closer ties with them.

Lastly, she reminded women to always have patience, faith and also to take care of their health.
Datin Noor Faezah Mohd Ashref who is the Vice President of Yayasan Wanita Cemerlang was the next speaker.

She started her forum with saying that women are great because of all the responsibilities that they shoulder; towards their family, career and also community. She added that women are able to stand tall and strong, supporting others, educate them and motivate them; especially for those who are in need.
Lastly, we had Ms Wee Siew Ling, the Managing Director of Stellavingze International.

For her, being a busy working mom; time management is important and she has to juggle between family, career and also time for her own. She admitted that she usually sacrifices her own time for others.

However, she said that it is not impossible for a woman to handle all the responsibilities handed to her if she knows how to handle her time management well.

She quoted Datuk Stella Chin’s: the founder of Stellavingze International:

(+) Women’s happiness = (+) Love, (-) Hate/Anger, (X) Gratitude, (/) gossip

She used the formula for her 13 year long career and found herself much happier.

She also urged women to join Stellavingze International and found happiness through a balanced lifestyle.
She ended her speech with an advice: Women are like water, able to fit in through any adversity but never test a woman because even the calm ocean can launch a tsunami!

For more information on Stellavingze International and also about Stellavingze Guiding Star and Stellavingze Smart Star, visit their website at http://www.stellavingzeinternational.com/

Thursday, 9 March 2017

#SongkRUN2017 5K Water Run and Music Festival signals enthusiasm as Malaysia’s Ultimate Water Run

Dash, Splash and Dance along the music in a spectacular icy experience and rain showers at Asia’s biggest water fun run and music festival. Running has never felt this good.
From Left: Andrew Lee - CEO of Six Foot Fellow Worldwide , Lawrence Song - GM of DAIKIN Malaysia Sales & Service Sdn Bhd, Aria Singham – COO of BAC and Leshanth Raja Singham – CEO of FAC3 Entertainment with all smiles at the official launch of #SongkRUN2017 5K Water Run and Music Festival at Luna Bar, Pacific Regency Hotel Suites this morning. The 2017 edition of SongkRUN prints its footing within ASEAN cities through its’ joint venture by Six Foot Yellow Worldwide and FAC3 Entertainment.

KUALA LUMPUR – After a successful debut in 2016, the SongkRUN 5K Water Run and Music Festival presented by DAIKIN & BAC will return on 26 March 2017 with a new scenic route along MAEPS Serdang, Selangor designed specifically for everyone to dash and splash their way through this fun event. Billed as Asia’s “biggest water fun run and music festival”, SongkRUN assures runners the ultimate feel good factor in the spirit of having fun splashing water to make wet and get wet! Participants will be dashing through a 5 kilometre course that ensures to complete splash from head to toe.

According to Mr Lawrence Song, General Manager of DAIKIN Malaysia Sales & Service Sdn Bhd - the Co-Sponsor of the SongkRUN, “SongkRUN is a running event that encompasses water elements which provides participants with a cooling comfort throughout the event. This aligns perfectly with our DAIKIN brand; providing all our customers a similar cooling sensation and experience through our high quality air conditioners”, he added.

This year the “water and music zones” have been re-vamped with various themes each combining a genre of music and fun. Look out for the “water fountain”, the “foam party”, the “rain shower”, the “icy tunnel” and the final station called the “fire brigade”. To top it off, after finishing the run the participants will arrive at the official SongkRUN music festival featuring well-known musicians and DJs such as ANRK, Chukiess & Whackboi plus many more.

The run organized by Six Foot Yellow Worldwide (SFY) and co-organized by FAC3 Entertainment is designed to offer Malaysians the chance to have outdoor bonding moment with friends, family and kids to experience a cross cultural fitness event.

“Compared to last year, SongkRUN this year is really unique. It lets you work up a sweat while taking in the unique sights and splash amidst friendly camaraderie,” shared Mr. Andrew Lee, Founder of the SongkRUN.”Look out for more exciting news as we reach out to other ASEAN countries this year. Watch this space!” he exuberantly added.

The event also sees another co-sponsor; Brickfields Asia College otherwise also known as BAC who together with DAIKIN is the collaborative partner of the event.

“BAC identified an opportunity in this collaboration as we believe in encouraging our students to embrace an energetic and healthy lifestyle as part of transforming yourself through education, said Mr. Raja Singham, Managing Director of BAC. “Health and Fitness is part of the BAC Experience thus enriching people’s lives. We would like to reach out to more people through SongkRUN to experience that and have fun too,” added Raja.

To join in what promises to be the event of the year, participants can register at www.songkrun.com, where they will get a choice of two race packs. The standard pack includes an official race T-shirt, waterproof pouch, wristband and a medal, while the shooter pack includes additional full-size water gun that can be reloaded at filling stations along the course and in the party zone. RM20 off Early-bird tickets are now available at all MYNEWS outlets in Klang Valley and Kuala Lumpur only.

Participants can also promote their attendance to their friends by liking and sharing the SongkRUN Facebook fanpage – www.facebook.com/songkrun.

SongkRUN 2017
Presented by Daikin Sales and Service Malaysia
Brought to you by BAC (Brickfields Asia College)
Organizer Six Foot Yellow Worldwide
Co-organizer Fac3 Entertainment
Official Apparel Partner Ultron
Official Transport Partner GRAB
Official Aqua Shoes Partner Ballop
Official Beverage Partner Revive
Official Hospital Partner KPJ Medical Centre
Official Retail Partner MyNews
Official Fitness Partner Celebrity Fitness
Official Merchandize Partner 3ciety
Official Delivery Partner Line Clear
Official Social Media Partner Viral Cham
Official Youth Partner Easy Uni
Official Hotel Partner Pacific Regency Hotel Suites

For more information, visit www.songkrun.com or contact Bella at +6013 4742405 or thana@bac.edu.my

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

RETURNING CHAMPION THOMAS BRUINS WINS POWERMAN ASIA DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS – MALAYSIA 2017

Malaysian Jason Loh Strikes Podium at Asian Category
PUTRAJAYA, 5 March 2017 – The highly anticipated Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017 started with over 3,300 registered duathletes taking on the run-bike-run course across Putrajaya. In the end, it was Thomas Bruins from The Netherlands and Annamaria Eberhardt-Halas from Hungary that completed the race in 02:33:57 and 02:52:05 for the male and female elite respectively. This will be Bruins’ third win in the Powerman series this year after securing his title in the inaugural Powerman Thailand and Powerman Indonesia.

“After today’s race, I will be taking a month break and continue with my preparations for the 2017 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Switzerland,” said Bruins. While commenting on today’s race, he added that “numerous long straights made the race highly competitive. With light rain that throughout the race that cools the environment, athletes were highly competitive. I will return again to compete in this edition next year.”
The male category podium was followed by Matt Smith from Australia and Emmanuel Commendador from The Philippines, while the remaining spots for the female elite category were swept by Monica Torres from The Philippines and Alexandra McDougall from Australia.
Despite landing fifth in the overall elite category, Malaysian Jason Loh secured a second runner-up in the 2017 Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships male category with a total time of 02:52:19. The ASTC Elite Men’s podium was dominated by Emmanuel Commendador and Joey Delos Reyes from the Philippines with champion and first runner-up respectively. Monica Torres (Philippines), Airi Sawada (Japan) and Mirasol Abad (Philippines) secured the top three spots of the ASTC Elite Women’s category.

“This can possibly be my fastest race among the five Powerman Malaysia edition I have participated. It was challenging due to the weather, but I was really pleased with my result,” mentioned Jason. He came in eighth in last year’s Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia edition.

“Powerman Malaysia provides the ideal platform for Asian athletes to showcase their skills on an international stage. With the rapid growth of the race, this gives it an opportunity to explore more talents in the region. With the possible addition of more categories for Powerkids and the introduction of PowerYouth in the coming years, we predict that the interest towards the sport will continue to surge,” said John Raadschelders, President of International Powerman Association.

Powerman, the premier label for long-distance duathlon in the world, established its presence in Malaysia since 2002. Last year, its Malaysia edition was conferred as the ‘Largest Participation in a Duathlon Championship’ by the Malaysia Book of Records and was acknowledged as the world’s largest duathlon in a Powerman series by the International Powerman Association.

“The rapidly increasing interest in multi-sport is the primary catalysts for Powerman’s proliferation in Malaysia. We hope to expand our programme and cater to a wider audience next year. The addition of Powerkids in this year’s edition was a great success, and we will expect more to participate in 2018,” said Barbara Lam, Managing Director of E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd.

200 children aged from 5 to 12 years old took part at the inaugural Powerkids yesterday. The grassroots programme initiated by the organiser, E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, aim to nurture and develop more multi-sport athletes in the country.

“It was a competitive race this year in every category. Participants are well prepared to compete for the title, and this is a positive impact of an international race. We foresee that more will follow suit and pick up the skills to be a professional duathlete,” said Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017.

He added that the Asia Championship race would return to Putrajaya on Saturday, and Sunday, 3 and 4 March 2018.

Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, said that the existing Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017 categories are already growing in participation numbers. “With the inclusion of Powerkids to its agenda, international participants have more reasons to travel with their family members, and not as a sole participant.”

He added that the Malaysia race is the biggest race among global Powerman series. “Powerman Malaysia has become an annual event for international sports enthusiasts to mark on their calendars. It has morphed into an iconic event that will not be missed by global athletes.”

Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia 2017 is organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; sanctioned by the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC), International Powerman Association (IPA), and the Triathlon Association of Malaysia; supported by The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Major Events, Malaysia Truly Asia, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Perbadanan Putrajaya, 1 Malaysia Youth Cities, Optima Bike, Shimano, Beyond Ultron Sdn Bhd, 2XU Compression, Suunto, Rudy Project, Hoka One One, Dever Energy Gel, Milo, iM4U, Dorsett Putrajaya, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside, The Everly Hotel Putrajaya, Malay Mail, Cycling Malaysia Magazine, Running Malaysia Magazine, Toyota, Top Gear Magazine, KLezCar, Spacebib, Train Live Compete, RunSociety and Shinjiru.

For more information, visit http://www.powermanmalaysia.com.

Monday, 6 March 2017

My Powerman 2.0 - A Team Effort

Just like in 2016, I entered Powerman Malaysia 2017 in the Team Relay category as I still have yet to upgrade myself to become a multi-sport "athlete". Hahaha

But unlike last year where I ran both legs, I joined Powerman Malaysia as a member of a 3-man team. 
REPC was on Saturday and the family went early in the morning to collect my team's race kit. 

Blur blur queued up at the individual category line only to realise I was in the wrong queue upon approaching the table. Turned out the Relay and Powerkids category shared the same (ONE) table for race kit collection. I realised afterwards that there was a signage to direct participants but the volunteers who were manning the signage kinda blocked it by standing in front of it and weren't really helping as they just stood there, smiling, glancing occasionally at their handphone. I actually advised them to move away from the sign so that participants can actually see the arrows. Bitter la konon. Hahaha
Collection done and it was time to check our timing chip.

Another blur episode for me.

I duly scanned my chip but only some weird numbers were shown on screen instead of my team's bib number and team name. The guy at the table assured me that it was OK without elaborating further.

After a while, I went to scan again, and same thing happen. Again, I was assured that my chip was OK and I kinda bodoh and accept it as it is instead of checking whether I should change my chip to a new one. Bodoh mah. LOL

That bodohness actually cost my team our timing. We had no reading at all. So no official results. 

Anyhoo, race day was on Sunday Mar 5th, 2017.

Unlike previous editions, Powerman Malaysia 2017 started off wet. It rained that morning and the weather continued to be overcast until it was time for me to run. Then it got really HOT! 
The Gaited Community (GC) contigent. Some of us anyway. Some (like me) arrived a bit late. 

GC came well represented and entered in a mixture of caetgories - Classic, Short and Team Relay.

For the Team Relay category, we had Team BNM (the unlucky ones with no official timing) and Team Lemak Manis who managed to tapau'ed everyone.

For Team BNM, we started with our first runner, Bismi.
He started our urmm... campaign with a good lead by finishing his 10K First Run Leg in 50min.

Then it was the cycling leg, with teammate Nizam.

He did his first loop (30K) in less than one hour. Great job, Nizam! I waited until it was about 15 minutes to the 2-hour mark before making my way to the transition tent to wait for Nizam and start the 2nd Leg of the Run.
Nizam, going to the transition area. Looking good!

He did 60K in 2-hour 09 minutes! Woohoo!

Took off the timing chip from his ankle, put it on mine and off I went.
Team BNM and Team Lemak Manis cyclists having a breather, after finishing both their Cycle Leg.
Bumped into friends along the route, both participants and those who came to give support. 

Thank you for the encouragement. I didn't stop to drink during the first 5K loop but I stopped at every single one during my 2nd loop. Hot lah!
On my way to do the second loop. Still happy lah. Not too sure what I was so excited about here. LOL
I finished my Run Leg in a rather slow 1-hour 08 minutes (gah!) and my teammates were waiting for me. Thank you Team BNM!

We collected our medals and of course it was time for a Team photo!
Then it was time to regroup with friends who had finished and those who came to give support. Lepaked and shared battle stories.
And cheer friends finishing their run.
And one last (quite a number last ones) group photos.

As usual, Powerman is a great event. Ample drinks and iced sponges at aid stations. Good traffic control (though some of us had to stop and wait for traffic to be allowed to pass through before we continued). Got finisher snacks. Massage too.

The atmosphere during Powerman is also quite different from just joining a running event and it's a nice change.

But Powerman 2017 felt a bit quieter than previous editions. I kinda miss Ultraman Kannan's chatter. He had emceed previous Powermans and boy, he could talk for hours and had plenty of knowledge to share throughout the event.

Thank you organiser, crew, volunteers, supporters and friends who came and made Powerman 2017 enjoyable.
Special mention to the first time Powerman finisher, Mimi.

She completed her first Powerman on her birthday! Happy birthday Doc Mimi! Congrats!

Apart from the adults, the kids had fun too. On Saturday, Powerkids was held after the REPC.
It was super fun and the kids were all super cute and super serious in completing their event!

Some photos of Powerkids 2017 is available at my FB account (link here).

More information on Powerman Malaysia at https://www.powermanmalaysia.com/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PowermanMalaysia

Powerman 2017 results at http://runnersunite.racetecresults.com

Photo credits:
Gaited Community gangs
Farisha
Zul Hilmi
Lily
Ghaz
Izwan
Ejah

Thank you!

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