Monday, April 30, 2012

Campaign For A Lane 4 Penang 2012

Date: 9 Sep 2012
Time: 6am
Venue: Esplanade Penang
Distance: 80km
Registration fees: RM70
Contact: 012-486 5869
Closing date: 9 Jul or 3000 participants
Details here
2011 CFAL Photos here

Medal design

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Climb for Green Penang 2012

Date: 13 May 2012
Time: 7:30am
Venue: Botanical Garden Penang
Registration fees: RM10
Contact: 016-437 3633
Closing date: 30 Apr or 800 Participants

Saturday, April 28, 2012

UiTM Pahang MTB Jamboree 2012

Date: 27 May 2012
Time: 7:45am
Venue: UiTM Pahang and Bandar Tun Abdul Razak, Jengka, Pahang
Distance: 45km
Registration fees: RM50
Prize: Cash prize
Contact: 013-949 4465
Closing date: 4 May 2012
Details here

Friday, April 27, 2012

KPAC Trail Relay Run 2012

Date: 21 Jul 2012
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Taman Rakyat Klang, Klang Selangor
Team: 4 members per team
Age qualification: Team with min 1 female runner - 125 yrs old, Team with all male runners - 140 yrs old
Distance: 3km x 4 runners
Registration fees: Member - RM25, Non-member - RM30
Medal: Finisher medal
Cash prize and voucher: Top 5 winners
Contact: 012-323 3777 (John)
Closing date: 30 Jun 2012
Details here 

Karnival MTB DH & XCO 2012

Date: 26 - 27 May 2012
Venue: Taman Cabaran Putrajaya
Distance: DH - 380 meter
Registration fees: RM50
Cash prize: Top 4 winners
Contact: 017-2852855 (Aslan)
Details here

SCKLM 2012 - Registration Closed and Medal, Vest and Finisher T-shirt Design

Medal design

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon provides platform for runners to donate to four worthy causes.

Kuala Lumpur, 17 April 2012 – The organisers of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012 is calling all runners to participate in ‘Run for a Cause’, a charity programme that provides a platform for runners to raise much needed funds for a charity of their choice. This year, the four participating charities in the programme are The Standard Chartered Trust Fund (SCTF), The National Autism Society Malaysia (NASOM), EcoKnights, and Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF).

Runners that would like to take part in ‘Run for a Cause’ must choose a charity to support and raise a minimum of RM500 in total donations to have their entry fee waived. Runners are given the opportunity to design a profile page on the Standard Chartered KL Marathon “Donating Runners” website to spread the word about their involvement to friends, family members and colleagues to help raise money.

“To date, we have raised RM 33,000.00 from 132 runners for ‘Run for a Cause’ and we are very proud and humbled with the overwhelming support. This year, we hope that with added awareness of the programme and of the charities, we can attract more runners to raise necessary funds for these worthy causes. In the past three years, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon has managed to raise almost RM1.4 million for charity. Through ‘Run for a Cause’, we have taken a step forward by becoming a true community event by helping the less fortunate across all ages and races,” says Rainer Biemans, Director, Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd.

One of the returning charities for this year is The Standard Chartered Trust Fund (SCTF). In 2011, runners and corporations raised over RM150, 000 that was dispersed to various programmes such as the Standard Chartered Paediatric AIDS Fund that collaborates with the Malaysian AIDS Foundation to assist 150 HIV infected and affected children across Malaysia. The bank’s staff worked together with the Malaysia National Council for the Blind to produce 4000 units of Braille and Audio books for 160 visually impaired schools and libraries across Malaysia, and special needs children at Pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Sri Eden received computer lab sponsorship equipped with learning development programmes.

This year, funds raised for SCTF will go towards their ‘Seeing is Believing’ Mobile Eye Clinic. The focal point of this initiative is to maximize eye care assistance and schedule vision screening visits in rural areas for the deserving community such as senior citizens, needy families, welfare homes and homes operated by NGOs. The aim is to set up the mobile eye clinic by next year with an optometrist, ophthalmologists and equipment to screen for cataracts, glaucoma and other eye diseases nationwide. The anticipated set- up cost for the mobile eye clinic is RM500, 000.

Another returning charity is The National Autism Society Malaysia (NASOM). In 2011, runners raised RM81, 064. The funds were utilized for the set up of a centre offering intervention programmes to children with autism in Kelantan. To date, there are 9 children in this centre, and NASOM is now progressing with their collaboration with USM Kubang Kerian to set up a facility that will allow more extensive services to be provided to the children- access to auxiliary therapies such as speech and behaviour therapy.

This year, funds raised will be channelled to the construction of a ‘School for Children with Autism’, a premier school for autistic children which will offer alternative formal educational opportunities for these children. Anticipated cost for the set up of the school is RM 10million. Additionally, for the first time, 21 children from NASOM, accompanied by parents and teachers will be taking part in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon Kids Dash 700M category.  Running with the NASOM children this year will be celebrity Bernie Chan, and Capital FM Deejay Joanne Kam

EcoKnights, a foundation formed in 2006 as part of a collective effort to provide environmental outreach programmes for communities and industry players to advance the cause of environmental issues. Recent projects include the 5th Anugerah Hijau nationwide competition that encourages youths to use their creativity to assist in environmental conservation and protection, and the UM Earth Week celebration which aims to address urgent environmental issues among University Malaya students. This year, running on behalf of EcoKnights is TV host Daphne Iking.

The Malaysian National Animal Welfare Foundation (MNAWF) is a foundation that was established in April 1998 as the national body aimed at promoting animal welfare in the country.  Its’ mission is to promote a caring Malaysian society through creating awareness and a balanced approach to animal welfare for the well-being of animal and mankind.This year, funds raised will be channelled towards developing and sustaining a public doggie school “Canine Sportz Club” (CSC) which drives responsible pet ownership, and to promote and introduce Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) as a form of rehabilitation program designed to encourage, motivate, and develop compassion for the special and orphaned children in welfare homes. This year, running on behalf of MNAWF is TV host Joanne D’ Rozario.

Corporations are also able to support the ‘Run for a Cause’ initiative by participating in the Corporate Challenge category. Currently, companies such as Shearn Delamore and Axiata Group will be competing in the race as a team to give back to the community by donating to their selected charity partners.

For more information or to register for ‘Run for a Cause’, and the ‘Corporate Challenge’ please visit: Also, connect with other runners through the Standard Chartered KL Marathon Facebook page at and keep up-to-date via twitter at

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Boston Marathon 2012 - Expo and Race Kit Collection

Date: 14 Apr 2012
Venue: Sea Port Boston US

This is the largest race kit collection and merchandise expo that I have attended so far. Even though there were so many runners attended with their family members and supporters,the site was very well organized and atmosphere was full of joy and excitement.  Many brands with their latest products were showcase here, Adidas, Nike, Brooks, Newton, Asics, NB, Altas and others. Not only shoe and apparel, there were many gadgets, attractive items, services too like GPS watch, all kind of medal design, hair band, medal framing service, exercise equipment, sunglasses, all kind of souvenirs, watches, energy products and so on.

Met with many elite runners, including the speedy Woo Chan Yew.  Also runners from others countries like Bahamas, US, Spain and Japan .....

It's a once a lifetime experience and I am lucky to be here.

Can't wait for Monday, 16 Apr - The Boston Marathon

Seaport, race kit collection venue
 Met marathoners from Bahamas. They are couple.
Guess who is the runner and who is the supporter?
 Pretty quite...not much queue. They split runners into 3 waves, with each wave given different colour bib. Wave 1 red, 2 blue and 3 white.  Each wave were further broken down into Corrals. Will talk more about his in the race report.
 Can buy 4 ekor
 Goodies collection, friendly volunteers

Everybody is excited about the goodies especially the event Tshirt.  Some wear  it immediately.  We saw many  whom were wearing the previous year's event shirt and jacket.  In fact, when I arrived at the airport, I was sharing a shuttle with a lady name Beth. She is 75 years old, wearing a previous year Boston Marathon Jacket, and 2012 is her 8th Boston Marathon.
Once collected bib, everybody start shopping at the expo. Favourite booth were the Adidas - the official merchandise.  I got some too.  All I can say is there is so much to see, took us almost a day
 Nike Super Natural, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0.  The Flyknit were not seen.
 Saw the ALTRA shoes...looks really good.  Maybe one of
 these day will try an ultra race with these.
 Mari, mari, lelong, lelong...but all old model and odd sizes
 Newton booth
 Wish Malaysia has this type of medal
 Want this medal?
 U can join Jamaica Marathon to get this medal
 Big Sur Marathon, happen next week
 Framing medal, bib and photo service
 GPS gadgets...lots of them, and much cheaper than in Malaysia
 Brooks T7 with very nice colour is priced about US70 (special offer) at the Expo
The new NB Minimus, super light 
 Nike dri-fit, made in Malaysia, will you buy?
Nike showcase many of their products including these GPS watch, but surprisingly the much anticipated Fuel Band were not seen on display, although the lady (in the picture) demonstrated her own unit to me.  Will be very appealing to some of the younger runners.
 Asics Noosa. Wide range of Asics shoes were showcase and
offered at much attractive price. 
 With the legendary Woo Chan Yew..buying something  from the official merchandise is almost a must here. Favorites were the jackets with Boston Marathon logo. 
 US Olympic trial champion team.  People were queueing up to get his book sign or you can buy a pair of Sketcher to be signed by him.
 With coach Bart Yasso at the Runnersworld booth, very nice gentleman. This is the only 'celebrity' from Runnersworld that I managed to meet personally,  I missed Bill Rodgers and Dean Karnazes whom made their appearance much earlier.  Sorry sir, due to the few injuries I had before this race, I had no opportunity to try out the Yasso-800 for a time trial.  I will be happy just to finish this race!
Other marathon organizers also took the opportunity to promote their event. Just like back home, medals make perfect bait for medal face runners. And believe me, medal face runners - they are everywhere, not just Malaysia. In this picture, Disney's medals that everyone would likes to collect
This Scandinavian gentleman standing next to me - I used to see him a lots in some of the road races back home  in KL. But I only spoken to once or twice, and never get to  know his name.  I recognized him through his T shirt - how  can you find the  Kinrara Metta Run 2011 T-Shirt in the Boston Expo?  such a small world.  He told me he used to work as an expatriate in KL, but now he is back home in Holland. Shell?
 Huge crowd coming in and out - the expo is free,
so 25,000 plus families you do the math
On the way back to the hotel, we saw the MIT architecture school
 Bibs and goodies - including a packet of jasmine rice?
 Long Sleeve running T instead of vest
Invitation to a carbo loading party and post race party

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