Saturday, June 20, 2015

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015 - Running Clinics


Kuala Lumpur, 15 June 2015 – With registrations secured and calendars cleared for the 4th of October, all focus will now be on achieving personal goals when running the race.

For runners upgrading their distances, preparation is crucial as one needs to get physically and mentally ready for the challenge, while those looking to achieve a new personal best will need to build up their physical and mental endurance as well as their muscles for the task.

To help runners prepare for the road ahead, Race Owner and Organiser, Dirigo Events will be conducting a series of running clinics at various locations in the Klang Valley.

The running clinics are serialised into 14 sessions (8 general sessions and 6 specialised sessions) organised on selected Sunday mornings across 4 months under the supervision of Mark Williams, the official coach for Standard Chartered KL Marathon. Each session is differentiated -- designed to get beginner, intermediate and advanced runners prepared for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon.

Mark Williams talks about different foot types while sharing the importance of running footwear during the session. 

As Mark William advises all runners planning to participate in the clinics, “Whether this is your first ever race or you’re already a veteran of many Marathons, the structure and topics of these clinics have been designed to give relevant information, training tips and guidelines for every participant to get the most out of their efforts. We urge them to come along, listen, learn, and share the knowledge with their friends and family!”

Director of Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. and Standard Chartered KL Marathon owner and organiser, Rainer Biemans sees it as part and parcel of a great race experience, “Our role as race organisers goes beyond planning the routes and delivering the logistics. It is also our responsibility in getting runners trained properly and safely. The training journey can be challenging and long, but we will be helping runners along every step of the way. The running clinics are more than just a platform for training; they are platforms to form new friendships, discover new ideas, and find encouragement to go further. This is also in line with our title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank’s brand values.”

Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd. together with adidas will also be using the running clinics to spot and nurture talented potential runners. The running clinics are part of SCKLM organisers’ commitment to grow the sport as well as a platform for community building.  

The schedule for the running clinics are as follows:

The running clinics are just one part of Dirigo Events’ and Standard Chartered’s commitments to give back to the community; other initiatives include the Corporate Challenge in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and the “Run For A Cause” programme.

Mark Williams, the official coach of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015, demonstrating a plank exercise as he shares warm up techniques, stretching and strength exercises in the running clinic

Corporations who are interested to partake in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon are encouraged to join the Corporate Challenge, a competitive and fun platform for organisations to register and compete as a corporate team and raise money for the beneficiaries. It is not only a great way to foster camaraderie and team spirit in the office, but also acts as an initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles amongst the workforce.

Further to the initiatives, the “Run For A Cause” programme aims to raise funds and awareness for the beneficiaries in the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. This year, the four participating beneficiaries are Standard Chartered Foundation, Hospis Malaysia, National Cancer Society Malaysia and EcoKnights.

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