Press Release: 9,000 PARTICIPANTS RUN ON TOTALLY CLOSED NPE HIGHWAY AT THE IJM- ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE

9,000  PARTICIPANTS  RUN  ON  TOTALLY  CLOSED  NPE  HIGHWAY  AT  THE  IJM-  ALLIANZ  DUO  HIGHWAY  CHALLENGE    
Runners get a chance to explore the all-new Pantai Sentral Park interchange before heading towards Pantai Dalam and finally racing towards the finish line at Sunway Pyramid 
Subang Jaya - 29 July 2018: This year’s IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2018 ended on a high note, witnessing the determination and strong will of every runner who huddled through the finishing line as they took full advantage of the opportunity to run on a totally closed highwayThe New Pantai Highway (NPE) attracted more than 9,000 runners from all walks of life who started their run from Sunway Pyramid, making their way through the all-new Pantai Sentral Park interchange towards Pantai Dalam before returning to the finishing line, while thoroughly enjoying the breath-taking view of the sunrise against the city skyline.  

After a successful debut last year and due to popular demand, an international category was introduced to attract international participants which drew interested runners from all over the world including Kenya, Australia, Scotland, France, Japan, Singapore, India, Iraq, Italy, and Hong Kong.   
The final leg of this year’s IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge saw runners crowding the roads of the New Pantai Highway (NPE) from as early as 4.30am waiting for the flag off. The flag off time for 21km was at 5.30am and 6.30am for 10km.  

Runners who also completed the first leg of the challenge at Besraya Highway in April were excited to give their best in the second leg at NPE Highway to claim the title as the Champion of the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge. The final winners were selected based on the fastest combined timing from the 21km and 13km at the NPE and Besraya Highway Challenge respectively. 

The IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge was held in collaboration with IJM Corporation Berhad (IJM) and Allianz Malaysia Berhad as the title sponsors. Organised by Besraya (M) Sdn Bhd (Besraya) and New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd (NPE) under IJM’s toll division and EC Pixels, the organizers took extra measures and precautions to ensure the safety of the runners with a fully closed highway, and most importantly, making sure the participants have a great run.  

The supporters and finishers of the NPE Highway Challenge also participated in exciting activities at the Race Village, which include performances from dancers to pump up the runners, cheerleaders and drummers that cheered the runners as they made it to the finish lineas well as various challenges and photo booths by sponsors. 

Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad said: “Once again, we are thrilled to be the venue partner for this event. The IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge has been providing a positive experience of running on a totally closed highway and has established itself as a unique event for sports enthusiasts of all levels. We hope to continue providing a safe and well-organized venue for the runnersAt IJM, we have a lot of passion for sports and we are committed to hosting an event that promotes healthy lifestyles and wellness, as well as community engagement, all the while having a great time doing it.” 

Zakri bin Mohd Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Bhd said: “It was great to witness thousands of local and international runners living a healthy lifestyle by taking on the Duo Highway ChallengeThis has assured us that our efforts in supporting initiatives that advocate healthy living amongst fellow Malaysians is paying off wellWorking together with IJM has always been rewarding through our mutual support for such running events where there is a growing interest for people to lead healthier lifestyles by participating in running events. Allianz will continue to supporand promote events such as these to benefit the community and encourage people to live healthy.” 

The winner of the NPE Highway Challenge for 21km Men Open’s category goes to Poo Vasanthan Subramaniam, with timing of 1 hour 14 minutes and 31 seconds. MeanwhileMuhaizar Mohamad took second place with the timing of 1 hour 14 minutes and 41 seconds. The third placing goes to Anas Rosli with timing of 1 hour 15 minutes and 25 seconds. Sheela Samivellu took first placing for the NPE Highway Challenge for 21km Women Open’s category with timing of 1 hour 26 minutes and 45 seconds. Second placing goes to Chua Khit Yeng with timing of 1 hour 33 minutes and 44 seconds. Third place goes to Noor Amelia Musa with timing of 1 hour 34 minutes and 34 seconds. 

With his combined timing from the Besraya Highway Challenge, Poo Vasanthan Subramaniamwas named the Champion for the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge Men’s Open Category. Poo said that “I am happy to retain the title as the Champion. The new Pantai Sentral Park route was a bit tough because it was hilly. However, the beautiful view from the hill makes it all worth it.”  

I am very happy to win the Champion of Duo Highway Challenge Women again this year. Although this year’s run was very challenging, I am happy that I managed to win 3 prizes, the Overall Champion for Duo Highway Challenge in Women’s category, 1st place for 21KM Women’s Category and 2nd placing for the International Category. The new route was a bit demanding but at the end of the day, it is all about mental strength and I managed to pull through,” said Sheela Samivellu, the Champion for the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge Women’s Open Category. 
Front row : From L-R
Zakri Bin Mohd Khir,
Chief Executive Officer
of
Allianz Malaysia Bhd
YB Tuan Haji Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir, Deputy Minister of Public Works
Dato
Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of
IJM Corporation Berhad
Pn Wan Salwani Wan Yusoff, Chief Operations Officer for IJM Toll
Division
Back row: From L
R
Sheela Samivellu, Champion for the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge W
omen
s Open Category
Poo Vasanthan Subramaniam
,
Champion for the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge Men
s Open Category
IJM Corporation Berhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad, along with EC Pixels are also pleased to announce that IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge will be back next year on 31 March 2019 for Besraya and 28 April 2019 for NPE.   

For more information about IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge, and to get the latest results, visit http://www.ijmhighwayrun.com/


RESULTS FOR THE IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE – NPE EDITION 

IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 21 KM MEN'S OPEN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
POO VASANTHAN A/L SUBRAMANIAM POO VASANTHAN 
MALAYSIA 
01:14:31 
MALE CHAMPION OF IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE (AFTER COMBINED TIME RESULTS WITH BESRAYA HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 13KM MEN OPEN) 
2 
MUHAIZAR MOHAMAD 
MALAYSIA 
01:14:41 
 
3 
ANAS ROSLI 
MALAYSIA 
01:15:25 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 21 KM MEN'S VETERAN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
VADIVEELU ARUMUGAM 
MALAYSIA 
01:20:19 
 
2 
MUNIANDY RAMADASS 
MALAYSIA 
01:21:47 
 
3 
MURALI NATHAN KANARAJAH 
MALAYSIA 
01:26:22 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 21 KM WOMEN'S OPEN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
SHEELA SAMIVELLU 
MALAYSIA 
01:26:45 
FEMALE CHAMPION OF IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE (AFTER COMBINED TIME RESULTS WITH BESRAYA HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 13KM WOMEN OPEN) 
2 
CHUA KHIT YENG 
MALAYSIA 
01:33:44 
 
3 
NOOR AMELIA MUSA 
MALAYSIA 
01:34:34 
 





IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 21 KM WOMEN'S VETERAN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
SUSAN KHOO 
MALAYSIA 
01:40:00 
 
2 
EWE HONG 
MALAYSIA 
01:42:22 
 
3 
CHOOI YOKE TANG 
MALAYSIA 
01:47:29 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 21 KM INTERNATIONAL MEN (OVERALL) 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
JOHN KIPKORIR RUTTO 
KENYA 
01:12:42 
 
2 
KIPCHIRCHIR 
KENYA 
01:13:05 
 
3 
POO VASANTHAN A/L SUBRAMANIAM POO VASANTHAN 
MALAYSIA 
01:14:31 
 
 



 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 21 KM INTERNATIONAL WOMEN (OVERALL) 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
REGINA JOSHUA 
KENYA 
01:19:09 
 
2 
SHEELA SAMIVELLU 
MALAYSIA 
01:26:45 
 
3 
CHUA KHIT YENG 
MALAYSIA 
01:33:44 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 10KM MEN'S OPEN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
JIVARASAN SUTHANGAR 
MALAYSIA 
00:35:58 
 
2 
SOH WAI CHING 
MALAYSIA 
00:35:59 
 
3 
PRETHIB KUMAR JANAKY RAMAN 
MALAYSIA 
00:37:29 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 10KM MEN'S VETERAN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
SHAHARUDIN HASHIM 
MALAYSIA 
00:38:17 
 
2 
GENESAN SUBRAMANIAM 
MALAYSIA 
00:38:32 
 
3 
ARUL THEVER @ GANESAN MUNIANDY 
MALAYSIA 
00:38:59 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 10KM WOMEN'S OPEN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
PAVITHRA DAS 
MALAYSIA 
00:44:12 
 
2 
MANISSHA AROKIASAMY 
MALAYSIA 
00:45:18 
 
3 
ONG EE LING 
MALAYSIA 
00:45:42 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE - NPE HIGHWAY : 10KM WOMEN'S VETERAN 
POSITION 
NAME 
COUNTRY 
TIME 
 
1 
RITA GANI 
MALAYSIA 
00:51:19 
 
2 
CHEONG MEY LING 
MALAYSIA 
00:53:28 
 
3 
PEI LENG TAN 
MALAYSIA 
00:53:52 
 

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