BT6380 Vector Treadmill – Product Review by Happy Runner

BT6380 Vector Treadmill – Product Review by Happy Runner


Editor’s Note

When BH Fitness Malaysia contacted me to write a product review on one of its top-selling home-use treadmill – the BT6380 Vector Treadmill – I was flattered to be asked, and the thought of having a treadmill at my home and at my disposal for several weeks was exciting. In fact, this would be the first time that I could use a treadmill at home, and I was curious to see how this scenario would impact my normal training routine and its subsequent effectiveness. Of course, I was also keen to find-out firsthand what makes the BT6380 Vector Treadmill stand out among the many other home-use models….



As a regular gym user and a regular runner, I have noticed that the basic function of indoor treadmills have not changed significantly over 3 decades.

However, overtime, there have been some useful features added such as the inbuilt heart rate monitor and training programmes. Moreover, the aesthetic looks of treadmills have improved as society became more affluent and people become more design conscious.

I reckon that treadmills are still the most popular cardiovascular exercise machine for gyms and home users wherever you go. Despite the ever growing number of other different kind of cardio machines – such as stationary bicycles, cross-trainers, stairmaster and rowing machines – that are available today, none of these machines can totally replace the treasured treadmill. Perhaps, it’s because we were borned with running genes which subconsciously, make us want to run; whether we like it or not.



BH, Beistegui Hermanos S.A. company, more commonly known as BH – Europe No 1 brand with 100 years of innovation that offer full range of home use and commercial use fitness equipment. The headquarters of BH group is located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Asia HQ is located in Taiwan and BH fitness Malaysia is one of the subsidiary company of BH group.



  1. Auto incline treadmill with Semi Plug & Run hassle-free installation design. Wow! That’s a mouthful of jargon which essentially means that this treadmill is EASY to install.  edfThe running deck can be folded up pneumatically without much effort when not in use to SAVE space. The other benefit of having a foldable running deck is that it is EASIER to wheel the treadmill around and into your preferred position when the deck is folded upright. It only takes 90 seconds to lower the running deck, plug in the power, and start running
  2. Amazingly Fast Start-Up (see VIDEO) ! dav
  3. Multi-Point Shock Absorption: You can adjust the flexibility of your landing zone by adjusting 4 red stoppers located directly underneath the running belt, along the right and left side. If you want to maximise the spring effect of your landing zone, then position the 4 red stoppers at the four corners underneath the running belt. Contrastingly, if you want more solid landing zone, then you should position the all 4 red underside stoppers as close to your foot strike zone as possible. So, why is this flexibility option very useful? Firstly if your knees, hips or backbone is cercaptive to any running impact, then you want to make the striking zone as flexible as possible in order to act as a shock absorption and minimise the ensuing impact to your sensitive joints. Secondly, if you want to assimilate running on road surfaces, you can inversely make your striking zone as stable and hard as possible. Of course, you can also adjust the running belt flexibility anywhere between the two extremes mentioned above to suit your individual preference.
  4. SDS Drop System refers to the pneumatic system to lower and raise the running deck. Watch  Video Below! ozedf This is handy because firstly, it allows you to raise and lower the running deck effortlessly. Secondly, it will minimise the wear and tear caused by the accumulative movement of raising and lowering the running deck. On the other hand, if you have enough space in your house to accommodate the treadmill, then you can just leave the running deck in the horizontal ready-to-run position at all times.



  1. The pneumatic foldable running deck is very PRACTICAL, especially for households with limited workout space, or if you have nosy cats like me.
  2. The control panel is very USER-FRIENDLY, and it’s so simple to operate, even for a technically-challenged user like myself.  edf
  3. The display panel is large & bright enough to read EASILY, even for a shortsighted runner like myself.
  4. Many users will find the inbuilt training programmes HELPFUL, but for a control-freak like myself, I like to control the speed, duration and elevation manually.  ptr
  5. Apart from the emergency stop strap, the REAL-TIME heart rate monitor is the most important safety feature because the user can anytime check that they are not exceeding their recommended maximum heart rate. The other useful function of the real-time heart rate monitor is :- (1)

to keep the user informed of the exact intensity levels of the exercise and their respective exercise zones; (2) to monitor user’s performance levels and their progress; and (3) to monitor the user’s recovery rate and fitness levels.

More Reasons To Like It…

  1. Another important plus point for BT 6380 is the stability of its structure which gives me a solid running surface without being shaky or wobbly.
  2. The noise level of the motor is acceptable and it will not disturb people in the next room or my neighbours. WATCH VIDEO & LISTEN TO ITS QUIET MOTOR
  3. There is no overheating of the running motor.
  4. There are several one-touch functions for users to change the speed and elevation quickly without delay. Watch Video Demo! 
  5. The surface of the machine is easy to wipe down after every use.
  6. As a bonus, the design and look of this treadmill is satisfactory.

VIDEO – Save Time & Save Space

VIDEO – Pneumatic & Foldable Deck

VIDEO – Running Barefoot Uphill



In terms of convenience, the BT 6380 Vector Treadmill can certainly enhance my training workouts, especially when l want to fit in a quick running session or when it is raining heavily outside.

In terms of motivation, the outcome of your training will depend heavily on the sweat and tears in which you are prepared to invest, and choosing the right kind of exercise machines, tools and accessories can help you, but it should never be used as excuse for not exercising adequately….

VIDEO –  Training with BT 6380

VIDEO – Train Anytime


#TrainWithBH #GetFitwithBH#BHFitnessMY #exclusiveinBH #BHpatentedtechnology #PlugandRun #AutoInclinetreadmill #bhfitness  #Vector #BT6380

To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.

About The Author

Gus Ghani is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach, and Magazine Columnist.  He has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia Magazine, and Cycling Malaysia Magazine. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider for CYCLING NEWS, Gus Ghani for SPORTS INFOTAINMENT and FOLLOW gusghani @IG for LIFESTYLE.

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Bentong Half Marathon 2018 – Preview by Happy Runner

Bentong Half Marathon 2018 – Preview by Happy Runner


Editor’s Note

Last year, I missed the inaugural Bentong Half Marathon. So, this time, I’m glad to join this half marathon in the lush green environment of Bentong, Pahang which is organised by Majlis Perbandaran Bentong. 

”We want to highlight the beautiful natural scenery of Bentong which offer many great holiday retreats such as Janda Baik & Bukit Tinggi, and this peaceful haven is closer to Kuala than what many people may think,” shared Race Director Azril.

“Last year, there were 1,000 runners, and they really enjoyed the run, especially the Lemang Toki & Rendang snack which await the finishers,” added Azril.

For the 21km runners, there will be the added attraction of the Chamang Waterfall at the halfway point (10.5km).

It seems that this race not only attracts local runners, but there were international runners representing Great Britain, Portugal, Taiwan & Thailand too.


Event | Bentong Half Marathon
Date/Time | 16th December 2018 / ⏲️6.30 am
Dataran Bentong, Bentong, Pahang

Distance | 21km, 10km & 5km

✅Event Tee
✅Finisher Medal

✅Race Bib


✅Timing Chip (for 21km only)

✅21km Finisher Tee


RM10,000.. TV.. Rice Cooker.. Hamper.. Biotropics products…


Race Kit Collection
Date: 14th & 15th December 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Pejabat Belia & Sukan Bentong



To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.

About The Author

Gus Ghani is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach, and Magazine Columnist.  He has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia Magazine, and Cycling Malaysia Magazine. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider for CYCLING NEWS, Gus Ghani for SPORTS INFOTAINMENT and FOLLOW gusghani @IG for LIFESTYLE.

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Aims to inspire many Malaysians to participate in triathlon


Petaling Jaya, 8 November 2018 – When one discipline is not enough, whether it is swimming, cycling or running, combine them into a multisport event and it became a triathlon. When triathletes huddle together to talk about their latest achievements or desired races, it would be impossible not to talk about the mother of all triathlons; IRONMAN.

John Collins, the founder of IRONMAN, once said “To join this very special club (of IRONMAN Finishers), the mantra is simple: Swim 2.4 miles (3.8km). Bike 112 miles (180km). Run 26.2 miles (42.2km). Brag for the rest of your life!”. IRONMAN is one of the long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is every triathlete’s dream to become an IRONMAN finisher, at least once in their lifetime.

This year marks the fifth year since IRONMAN made its return to Langkawi, Malaysia in 2014. From then, many Malaysians triathletes have shown interest in participating in the coveted race to earn that finisher medal. This year’s edition sees a surge of notable names in the gruelling race, with many local celebrities and corporate figures joining. This shows that endurance sports events are gaining the attention of many local athletes, as the growth of Malaysian participants has risen significantly and maturing towards endurance triathlons such as IRONMAN.

Throughout the years, the number of Malaysian participants began making headway at IRONMAN 70.3. Among the notable names that have participated in IRONMAN 70.3 in the past were former Minister for Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin, who participated in IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya in 2016, making him the first Minister to do so. The following year at IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi, Azlan Iskandar, national squash player, Engku Emran, the CEO of Enfiniti (M) Sdn Bhd and Nabil Jeffri, Malaysian racing driver who also qualified for 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. However, he couldn’t take part in it due to conflicting schedule.

In the following years, Malaysians “graduated” from the IRONMAN 70.3 league and began preparing themselves for the demanding IRONMAN full distance. Many prominent Malaysian figures who have also earned their title as an IRONMAN Malaysia finisher in previous years, include Dato’ Razlan Razali, the CEO of Sepang International Circuit, Azran Osman-Rani, the CEO and Co-Founder of Naluri Hidup Sdn Bhd, as well as Sayuti Zahit, former National cyclist.

Seeing the surge of interest from celebrities and corporate figures over the years, IRONMAN became the talk of the town. One of the famous international celebrities that have participated in IRONMAN includes Gordon Ramsay, who participated and qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2013.


This year, celebrities like Alif Satar, members of PASKAL team; Hairul Azreen, Ammar Alfian, Jasmine Suraya and the director of PASKAL The Movie, Adrian Teh, who is a multi-IRONMAN finisher himself will be taking part in IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi.

One of the many factors on why IRONMAN is winning the Malaysian hearts and garnering a lot of attention for the sports industry is because many Malaysians are becoming more health-conscious and would like to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In order to participate in IRONMAN, one must be consistent in training. This will not only help in building their stamina and discipline, it will also motivate them to perform better in their career. Furthermore, participating in IRONMAN also helps in nurturing a healthy lifestyle and promote sports as a way for a healthy lifestyle; to push our limits and motivate others.

“In my career, I have always challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone. If I am not singing, I am either acting or hosting. So taking part in IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi, to me, is stepping out of my comfort zone, a whole new adventure, a dream that is finally coming true. I also hope to inspire others to take part in this sport and its vibrant positive community,” said Alif Satar. He is currently busy preparing himself for IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi this 17 November 2018.

Some noteworthy corporate figures will also compete this year as well, such as Tengku Zafrul, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director at CIMB BANK, Syahrunizam Samsudin, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd and Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin.

CG Lim, the Regional Director of Asia said, “IRONMAN athletes know how vigorous it can be but IRONMAN has taught them to be disciplined, focused and performance-driven. With these attributes, most of the IRONMAN finishers have become sought-after by job recruiters.”

IRONMAN is THE sports for any athlete that wants to push their limits, people start in stages to reach to that level (marathons, cycling etc), seeing the increasing trend of local celebrities signing up for this and training with their heart out, put the Malaysian’s interest for sports to a whole new level.

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2018 IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi – Press Releases

2018 IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi – Press Releases


Editor’s Note

Have you wondered how Ironman started? What can the participants expect at 2018 IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi? Below are the official press releases by Ironman Malaysia to give you a valuable insight into this pinnacle of endurance challenges and whet the appetite of their many fans as we count the days to its exciting start…

*press releases*

image003When John Collins had a debate with his friends if cyclists, swimmers or runners were the most accomplished athletes, little did he know he would be the founder of a fitness revolution called the IRONMAN, founded some 40 years ago.

Of course, tech genius scientist and engineer aficionado Tony Stark in the Avengers would only popularize the word IRONMAN, but we’re not talking cool superhero with an armoured suit who can fly.
image004IRONMAN is defined as the epitome of fitness and endurance, where athletes are pushed to their limits with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike, before finishing off with a 26.2-mile run.

As we reflect on the evolution of IRONMAN after four decades, how exactly did it begin?

A debate birthed IRONMAN

On one sunny Hawaiian day in 1977, former United States Navy Commander John Collins was arguing with his friends on who were the better athletes – swimmers or runners.

John threw cycling into the mix too, and a light-bulb moment of combining all events into one mega-race sprang up to settle this debate.

“I said the gun would go off and the clock would keep running, and whoever finished first, we’d call him the IRONMAN. It got a really good laugh at that time,” John said of the name.

IRONMAN would be no laughing matter, branding itself as one of the signature endurance events in the world.
image005The event started growing both in participation and commercially, and over the next 40 years IRONMAN would reach millions through television coverage.

A budding IRONMAN participant had to be extremely committed and well trained to tackle all three sports at one go, while completing the mission within a stipulated time. IRONMAN athletes are committed, disciplined and focus individuals.

Sports Illustrated took IRONMAN to the next level

While IRONMAN was getting popular through word of mouth, but it was Tom Warren who put the event on the global map.

Gordon Haller, a taxi driver from Honolulu would win the first ever IRONMAN race with only 12 finishers out of 15 participants in 1978, but the following race would propel the event to new heights.

When Warren won the second IRONMAN series in 1979, his victory was lapped up by international sports magazine Sports Illustrated.

A 10-page journey of IRONMAN depicted how some of the key characters faced the grueling challenges to success.

The publicity on pushing one’s body to the limit was a game changer.

Warren became a minor celebrity, and Collins was bombarded with letters of interests from all over the world from people who wanted to participate.

Evolution of IRONMAN

IRONMAN was still considered a hobby in the late 70’s as people continued to push their bodies to test themselves in what would be described as a social setting.

But IRONMAN was rapidly gaining in popularity, thanks to more sponsorship and televised coverage.

Women were also taking part, which added to the lure of the sport.

The IRONMAN series continued to expand, and in 1985, IRONKIDS was born.

A $100,000 donation by an anonymous donor also increased the prestige of IRONMAN, and prize money continued to escalate in the following years. As it became more competitive and demanding in numbers, a governing body was needed to manage and so the World Triathlon Corporation was born.

These additions set the tone for the race to expand to the other continents as well as Asia. The race anchored itself in Malaysia back in year 2000 envisioned by Tun Mahathir to bring international events to the island of Langkawi.

By 2017, IRONMAN was watched by 4.7 million viewers’ worldwide, taking in more than 33 million minutes of live coverage.

Lyn Lemaire makes history as first women finisher

While Warren basked in the limelight after his momentous victory, Lyn Lemaire would stamp her mark as the first female finisher in the IRONMAN.

She finished fifth overall in 12 hours 55 minutes, some 20 minutes behind the winner.

Her feat paved the way for more women to challenge their male counterparts. IRONMAN started the Women for Tri initiative to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon.

The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities.

Participation triples in 1981

Only three years after IRONMAN began, it tripled in participation. 326 athletes took part in the 1981 race where athletes were no longer required to have their own support crew. The participation of women also continued to increase, with 22 ladies piting their forces.

Kona – Where IRONMAN legends are born

IRONMAN continued to evolve as the years progressed.

Valerie Silk, who sponsored the game-changing second IRONMAN wanted to move the race away from the densely populated area of O’ahu to the Kona, a ‘moku’ or district in Hawaii.

Then, Kona was known for its volcanic slopes and ideal temperature to grow specialized coffee.

But it was seen as the ideal new home for IRONMAN, because of extreme conditions that would put contestants to the sword.

With swirling crosswinds that reached up to 45mph and scorching temperatures of 35 degress, Kona became the ideal fitness battlefield.

“You know you’ve been to hell and back, and that becomes part of the mystique,” recalled Silk of Kona.

But more importantly, Kona hosts the annual IRONMAN World Championship every October, where legends are born.

Every year, thousands of participants fight to make it to the holy grail of the IRONMAN, sometimes also dubbed the “Superbowl”, or the “Masters”.

It is a feat like no other, which adds to the allure of Kona.

IRONMAN also needed to change the cut-off timing as a measure of safety, and turned up the intensity to 17 hours from the initial 18 hours and 30 minutes for the full distance.

Why IRONMAN Langkawi continues to attract participants

It is fitting Langkawi will be part of IRONMAN’s 40th anniversary.

With its long, windy roads accompanied by picturesque white sandy beaches and hilly, windy terrains, Langkawi remains a beautiful beast that participants yearn to conquer every year.

IRONMAN Langkawi started off in 2000, and ran for a decade and was reintroduced back in 2014 with the support of Malaysia Major Events under the Ministry of Tourism.

Why bring it back to Langkawi?

“The scenery is stunning, the event is well organized and the race course is one of the most unique,” enthused three-time IRONMAN Malaysia Female Pro-Champion Diana Riesler of the island steeped in history.

“Everybody who wants to do a very special IRONMAN has to put IRONMAN Malaysia on their bucket list.”

The intriguing and challenging terrain, the natural charm of the island and the immense hospitality of its people is why participants keep returning to Langkawi.

IRONMAN Langkawi has attracted other sportsmen too.

Malaysia race car driver Nabil Jeffri participated in the IRONMAN 70.3, LANGKAWI 2017 and finished in five hours 24 minutes, while former national squash player Azlan Iskandar finished in six hours five minutes.

To be a part of the event has been the dream of many young and old in Langkawi.

Lim Chee Yong, a young Langkawaian has watched the event over the years as he was growing up. The dedication of the athletes inspired Chee Yong to be a participant himself.

The 21-year-old started training and worked hard to achieve this dream. In 2017, Chee Yong became the first Langkawian and the only Malaysian to qualify for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in KONA.

The most senior IRONMAN athlete in Malaysia and the author of his IRONMAN journey in his book “The bumble bee in me”, Mr Yee Sze Mun at the young age of 83 years old tells us on what motivates him.

“IRONMAN is about ordinary people performing extraordinary feats thought impossible. I too believe I could do it, and did. Thus began my 20 plus years of love hate relationship with the IRONMAN. Just continue to believe in yourself, follow your dreams and never give up. You will become a better person, physically, mentally and in every aspect of your life.”

The future of IRONMAN

IRONMAN has jumped leaps and bounds since its inception four decades ago. The mission for 2018 will be to see an increase in participation to more than 2,000, and to see an increase in participating nations (60 countries took part in 2017).

Perhaps down the road, another milestone could see IRONMAN making it to the pinnacle of professional elite sports, the Olympic Games?

While that thought is still far-fetched, the continued growth and prestige of IRONMAN could produce the unimaginable.

“Anything is possible” reads the IRONMAN tagline, and aptly so. The sport will not stop achieving greatness.

image007Lim Chee Yong or better known as Chee Yong, was only 20 years old when he won the 3rd Place in his age group (18-24 years old), which automatically qualifies him for IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. To add icing on the cake, he was crowned as the Best LANGKAWIAN for 2017 IRONMAN Malaysia. He is set to compete with top qualifiers from all over the world at IRONMAN World Championship Kona this upcoming 13th October.

Without further ado, here is the Q&A with Lim Chee Yong!

The Basics

Full name            : Lim Chee Yong
Place of Birth      : Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman
Date of Birth       : 29 September 1997
Occupation         : Part Time Swim Coach

1.                   What is your greatest strength?

Answer: My love & passion for this sport.

2.                   How do you handle stress and pressure?

Answer: By asking for friends’ advice and opinions and try to visualize a solution for a win-win outcome. Stay calm and focus on the BIG picture 💡
3.                   What was your greatest accomplishment as an athlete?

Answer: The moment when I crossed the finish line and found out that I finished top three in my age group (18-24 years old) category for 2017 IRONMAN Malaysia and qualified for IRONMAN Kona World Championship 2018!

4.                   What excites you the most about a career as an athlete?

Answer:  To beat my personal best for triathlon races and try my best to inspire people to follow their dreams!

5.                   You are a part-time swimming coach. How do you find time for training?

Answer: I’m a part time swim coach under the Gogetter Triathlon Squad. Normally our coaching class starts from late evening until night, so I will train two sessions per day (morning and afternoon before I start my coaching session)

6.                   Can you list down 5 Fun Facts about yourself?

i.                    Learnt how to swim via YouTube 3 months before 2016 IRONMAN Malaysia (my first ever triathlon race).

ii.                   Never been overseas before. My upcoming race in Kona is my first overseas trip!

iii.                 Never travelled alone before

iv.                 I have big appetite!

v.                   Mommy’s Boy

7.                   What is your favourite discipline and why?

Answer: My favourite discipline is running, because I can always enjoy the beautiful and different while I am running.

8.                   List down your achievements as an athlete: (You may add on more)

I.                    Qualified for IRONMAN World Championship 2018 within 2 years of my triathlon journey.


III.                2017 IRONMAN MALAYSIA 3rd Place in my age group (18-24 years old) and BEST LANGKAWIAN

IV.                2nd Place in my age group (18-24 years old) for 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 BINTAN

9.                   Can you share with us your nutrition plan when doing triathlon?

Answer: For IRONMAN distance, I will eat breakfast (2 pieces of bread and hot drinks) 2-2:30 hours before race. For Bike Leg, I will have 1 Hammer Gel every 45 minutes, 1 Hammer Bar and 2 bottles of ultra-endurance drinks (Hammer Perpetuem mix with Hammer Endurolytes Extreme powder). For Run Leg, I will take 1 Hammer gel every 30 minutes. For post-race, I will make sure to have my usual recovery drinks which is the Hammer Whey protein.

10.               What is your advice to people who wants to try triathlon?
11.               You are the first Langkawian to qualify for IRONMAN Kona in Hawaii. How do you feel about that?

Answer: I feel very grateful and lucky to have strong support from LADA’s (Langkawi Development & Authority) and LANGKAWIAN friends in my journey to IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii this 13th October 2018. I’m proud to represent Langkawi and Malaysia in my BIGGEST DREAM race ever. I will try my very best to finish strong in one of the toughest race in the world and make Langkawi and Malaysia proud!


Mohd Amran Abdul Ghani, a full-time firefighter and Best Malaysian Male for Ironman Langkawi in 2014 and 2016. Mohd Amran was born in Bachok, Kelantan and has been serving in the Fire Department since 2001.

Without further ado, here is the Q&A with Mohd Amran!

The Basics

Full name            : Mohd Amran Abdul Ghani
Place of Birth      : Kg Tok Burung, Bachok, Kelantan
Date of Birth       : 30 March 1980
Occupation         : Fireman

1.       When did your passion for triathlon begun?

Answer: I was a runner previously but it didn’t give me the satisfaction and mental and physical strength that I was looking for. That’s when I decided to join triathlon as triathlon gives me the adrenaline feeling that I was looking for.

2.       What is your first triathlon event?

Answer: My first triathlon is IRONMAN Malaysia in 2004.

3.       How does your career as a fireman helps in preparing yourself for Ironman?

Answer: My status as a full-time fireman is not an obstacle for me. I am very lucky that that the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, especially my department is very supportive and always cheering for me whenever I compete in any triathlon event especially an event like Ironman.

4.       What is your greatest strength?

Answer: There are three (3) disciplines in triathlon; swimming, cycling and running. All 3 disciplines require balance combination. I would say my greatest strength is within cycling and running.

5.       How do you handle stress and pressure?

Answer: The stress and pressure are really high in triathlon especially when you have won the IRONMAN Malaysia Best Malaysian category 2 years in a row. Everyone from your family to your office and sponsors are counting for you to deliver your best at all times. That’s why I believe the best way to deal with the stress and pressure is making sure that I get plenty of rest and eat a balanced and healthy diet in order to help me recover from the vigorous training.

6.       What is/ is your greatest accomplishment as an athlete?

Answer: I was crowned as the IRONMAN Malaysia Best Malaysian in 2014 and 2016, IRONMAN Putrajaya 70.3 Best Malaysian in 2014 and 6-time Sportsman for Sukan Bomba Malaysia and qualified to compete and represent Malaysia at The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) in 2007.

7.       What excites you the most about your career as an athlete?

Answer: Besides the satisfaction that I get from competing in the triathlon, I get to meet and make friends with people from different background. I can also make friend with people from the international level.

8.       What is the biggest challenge in participating in Ironman?

Answer: For me, the biggest challenge is to be mentally and physically prepared as well as strengthening my inner strength, especially during the long hours. I hope that everything goes well during the championship.

9.       Who/what inspires you the most in participating in a triathlon?

Answer: Of course, my main inspiration is my beloved family. They have always been there for me since I first started triathlon. They are my motivation in giving me the drive to do my best in every triathlon that I have participated. I am very thankful for my family especially to my wife who understands my passion as an athlete.

10.   What is your advice to people who wants to try triathlon?

Answer: Triathlon is a sporting event that combines 3 discipline; swim, run and bike. For those who wants to try triathlon, I would suggest that you start with IRONMAN 70.3 first. Then, once you’ve accustomed to the distances, you can start doing the full IRONMAN.


Petaling Jaya, 17 October 2018 – Malaysian triathletes competing at the 2018 IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi this year are set to make 29% up the 2,400 athletes who will do battle in the iconic and challenging backdrop of the historical island. This is a significant growth compared to only 11% of the competitors back in 2014.

That means approximately 720 local participants will bid to make an impact this year, a significant rise from the 600 who competed at last year’s edition.

So how has the sport grown so exponentially in the country?

For starters, Malaysians have eaten into the whole endurance sports culture. This is a huge encouragement, considering the fact Malaysia was deemed the most obese nation in Southeast Asia in 2017. Testimonials from past athletes indicate different reasons. Some do it after being given a new lease of life, some do it for personal gratification, and some just do it for fun.

But the fact is, IRONMAN has inspired community sports greatly because of its appeal to all walks of life. Bear in mind, the evolution to becoming an accomplished IRONMAN is as long and gruelling as the windy and hilly terrain of Langkawi.

Rookies would have to start from scratch from 5km fun runs, to doing half and full marathons (21km & 42 km), to duathlons and swimming.

IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi Continues to Boost Langkawi’s Economy

2018 IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi has not only grown in terms of participation, its economic impact also contributes greatly to the island.

An estimated RM38 million is expected to be generated through the event this year, which gives the tourism sector a much needed injection.

This figure is a significant increase from the RM33million generated in 2017, a testament that IRONMAN Langkawi continues to be economic revelation.

“IRONMAN Malaysia creates job and business opportunities for the locals with the high number of competitors and supporters that visit the island during the event week. Over the years, the local community has embraced the event as part of their annual livelihood” added CG Lim, the Regional Director of Malaysia for IRONMAN.

This year, two men stand out from the 720 local participants.
Meet Shahrom Abdullah and Mohd Amran Abdul Ghani, who are both vying for the Best Malaysian title. The Kelantan-born Shahrom is back to defend his Best Malaysian Male title, won in comprehensive fashion after he finished with a time of 10:19:50’ last year.
1541567757465_image003Shahrom has been aggressively preparing for a second consecutive title in the iconic, yet challenging backdrop of Langkawi Island. “I have been consistently at the top of the duathlon and Powerman scene for many years. Finishing as the first Malaysian at the last year’s IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi certainly motivated me to come back and defend this year’s title,” said Shahrom.

The 39-year-old runs a bicycle shop he owns for a living, and even though he finds his hands literally full with work, never compromises training. “Due to work, I start my training early. Time management is the key for me, as I also coach my students who are participating at the IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi at night.”

“To maintain my energy levels, I usually consume energy gels and bars. But during long bike rides, I consume raw honey to keep my body going.” One challenger who is set to give Shahrom a big run for his money is Mohd Amran Abdul Ghani, a two-time Best Malaysian at the IRONMAN Malaysia, Langkawi.

After reigning supreme in 2014 and 2016, this firefighter was recovering from an accident and had to take a break from competing in 2017. But he is back for another crack at domestic domination. Reclaiming the title won’t be easy, with Shahrom also fired-up to defend his title.

So, how does Amran gauge his chances against Shahrom?

“The stress and pressure is high, especially when you have won the Best Malaysian Category twice. Everyone from your family to your office and sponsors are counting on you to deliver your best at all times,” concedes Amran.

“Which is why I believe the best way to deal with stress and pressure is making sure I get plenty of rest. I also have to maintain a healthy and balanced diet in order to help me recover from the vigorous training.”

The seven-time Powerman Malaysia champion also has advice for budding triathlon athletes who are competing at IRONMAN Malaysia. “I would suggest you start with 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi first. Once you have been accustomed to the distance, you can start on the full IRONMAN Malaysia.”

Another triathlete thrown into the mix is Lim Chee Yong, who finished as the Best Langkawian at last year’s edition. The self-taught swimmer also made history by qualifying for the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona on October 13.

“I’m proud to represent Langkawi and Malaysia in my BIGGEST DREAM race ever. I have a proper training plan provided by my coach, Aldrian Yeo since March 2018. I train twice a day, morning and evening before coaching, and that includes swimming 3-4 times a week, biking 4-5 times a week and running 5-6 times a week.”

“I will try my very best to finish strong in one of the toughest race in the world and make Langkawi and Malaysia proud” affirmed the Langkawi native, 21.

Just after a gruelling competition at the IRONMAN World Championship in KONA, the active and adventurous Chee Yong, is coming back to “warm down” at the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi.

‘Anything is possible’ reads the IRONMAN tagline, and that is what all 2,400 participants will preach as they strive to make an impact this year.



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ACR 2018 – Cycling Event Review By Gus Rider

ACR 2018 – Cycling Event Review By Gus Rider



With a tinge of sadness, I bid farewell to Port Dickson’s glorious ACR 2018 until the next time. Why be sad? Because, frankly, I’m going to miss working closely with the ACR 2018 Project Team who were generous enough to have given me exclusive access to their behind-the-scenes operations. Furthermore, these good fellas even treated me like one of their “family” over the past few months during The Making Of ACR 2018 at our lovely base centre & race venue of Avillion Admiral Cove Port Dickson – from its initial conception until its final closing ceremony.
oznorIndeed, it’s been an extreme privilege to befriend such a professional team who are so dedicated to putting together the best possible cycling event for their keen participants and at the same time, to showcase the beauty and attractions of Port Dickson as a HOLIDAY DESTINATION for active and leisure VISITORS, as well as for All Cyclists.
oznorWatching closely how all the various components of the ACR organising committee interacted, gelled and worked together EXPEDITIOUSLY towards their common goal, was like watching the greatest Brazilian football team do their Samba magic and scoring goals for fun. Deservingly, I applaud the organiser’s BRILLIANT TEAMWORK in making this ACR 2018 so ENJOYABLE & MEMORABLE for all the joyous participants, including this small time Blogger.
rptozRead on and find out how ACR 2018 WON-OVER the HEARTS of 1,500 joyful Cyclists at Avillion Admiral Cove, Port Dickson on an overcast, yet exhilarating Sunday morning…

cofIt seems very lavish to engage 35 Police Superbikes from Bukit Aman for this non-racing event, especially since such police escort services are only reserved for more prestigious events such as the Le Tour De Langkawi professional cycling race. In reality, due to the unexpected Port Dickson by-election on the race eve, it was absolutely necessary to rope-in the assistance of the Bukit Aman Police in order to avoid the unthinkable cancellation of ACR 2018 by the local authorities.
cofIf the event had been cancelled, no one would lose more than the participants themselves. Therefore, the ACR organisers deserve huge praise for not abandoning the hapless participants at a critical stage and going that extra mile to save this cycling event at their own expense, when most other event organisers would have taken the easier route of cancelling their event without having to compensate for the registrants losses. 


34e33abc-1fc8-4e24-95fe-5313a1c1d3e8-0403558363381944The NEW 160km route took 312 ENDURANCE Riders through the heartland of rural Negeri Sembilan, namely, Lubok China, Kota, Rembau, Pedas, Rantau, Mambau and Siliau. Much of this route consisted of rural roads with some beautiful backdrop MIX of mountains, lush greenery, palm oil estates, farms and traditional Kampung homes.

IMG_20181021_173724_078For the record, the well-stocked water stations were located at Dewan Orang Ramai Linggi (31km mark), Sekolah Kebangsaan Salak Nama (69km mark), Masjid Kampung Sawah (102km mark), and Sekolah Dato’ Raja Melana (134km mark).

dd23c674-e1ee-48b0-a772-607612842235-0645872401135417The new 60km route was the same as the 160km route up to Water Station 1 at Dewan Orang Ramai Linggi (31km mark). From there, the 906 SCENIC Riders rode to Air Kuning, and rejoined the 160km route for the last 20km, en route to the nature reserve of Sungai Menyala, and lastly back to Jalan Pantai.
IMG_20181018_103405_453EASY RIDE
a74b2280-86ec-4457-a574-178b87b1c6d6-0403816251954861The 30km Easy Riders had followed the same first 11km route on Jalan Pantai to Teluk Kemang as the 160km & 60km routes. Thereafter, these 139 Fun Riders veered to Teluk Pelanduk, enroute to Army Museum. The last mile took them alongside the popular Port Dickson BEACHFRONT, and right up to the Finish Line. There were several energetic junior riders cycling along with proud mummies and daddies (see video).
IMG_20181015_184736_437Video – Elated Iwan Rathuan Completes 30km
rptoz💐 🚴‍♂️🏖️
Event | Avillion Cultural Ride
Date | 14 October 2018
Distance | 160km, 60km & 30km
Flag Off | 7am, 7:15am & 7:30am respectively
VIP Guests | MPPD YDP Tuan Mohd Zamri bin Mohd Esa, AVILLION BERHAD’s Independent Director Dato’ Faisal Zelman Bin Datuk Abdul Malik & BANK MUAMALAT Malaysia’s CEO Dato’ Hj Mohd Redza Shah Abdul Wahid.
Total Riders | 1,500 (including 250 Women)



The epicentre of ACR 2018 was the elegant, holiday resort of Avillion Admiral Cove (AAC) where many riders like Ben (see photo below) and his son from Johor had taken advantage of the hotel promotional rates to check-in there.


Other cyclist like Cheryl (4th from Left in photo below) & Friends had driven from KL on the wee hours of that Sunday morning to make it before their 7am Flag Off.
rptThe hotel staff made all the visiting Cyclists and their bikes feel welcomed with 5-star amenities and service. Big shout out to Robert, Firdaus & all the helpful gang at AAC. 

Video – Buzzing Finish Area




The Finish Area looked like a colourful carnival parade and full of celebratory Cyclists in high spirits as they chatted away, and snapped countless selfies while showing off their lovely finisher medals around their necks and big grins on their faces.



After a wonderful ride, the peckish riders were treated to some light refreshments in the form of tasty local snacks and Nestle breakfast cornflakes, followed by an irresistible cold Milo choc drink and free flow 100 Plus isotonic drinks too!



The announcements of lucky draw numbers brought big cheers from the hopeful crowd.


Everyone walked away from the race venue feeling satisfied, and some even took home priceless cycling and vacationing memories.


rptI spoke and interviewed several riders and cycling groups after their ride at the race venue, and everybody unanimously gave the event top marks.

Regular cyclists Cheryl (see photo below) and one of 250 female riders at ACR 2018 loved the cool design of the event jersey and medal.


What was is even more impressive – every participant that I interviewed, told me they would come again next year without hesitation!

Fabian (far right in photo below) of BikeZone Cycling Team from Seremban 2 declared enthusiastically, “We were here last year, this year and we’ll be here next year too! “


I asked Nicholas (see photo below) from KL why he chose to join ACR 2018 for the first time, and he replied, “I like to cycle in new places and see new sights around the country. “


Senior Rider Louis (Left in photo below) from KL told me, “The weather was perfect for cycling today – cloudy, dry and cooling.”


Another cyclist enthusiast Saiful (2nd from Right in photo below) admitted, “When I’m training, I will not ride further than 30km. However, during ACR 2018, I was motivated to complete the full 60km route accompanied by my cycling buddies!”


Cycling Teams & Groups Photo ALBUM

There were many cycling groups who came out to support ACR 2018, and special shout out to the 53 Bank Muamalat Riders (including Amalina in photo below), TWCC (Selayang), ECT Cycling Team, BIKEZONE (Seremban 2), and PEDALARE LA BICHI. 






Press Release: A strong 1500 Participants for Avillion Cultural Ride 2018 presented by Bank Muamalat
IMG-0864A strong 1500 participants turned out for Avillion Hotel Group’s 2nd Avillion Cultural Ride 2018 presented by Bank Muamalat despite the uncertain weather condition and a day after the Port Dickson by election.

The Avillion Cultural Ride 2018 presented by Bank Muamalat was flagged off by MPPD YDP Tuan Mohd Zamri bin Mohd Esa along with Avillion Berhad’s Independent Director Dato’ Faisal Zelman Bin Datuk Abdul Malik & Bank Muamalat Malaysia’s CEO Dato’ Hj Mohd Redza Shah Abdul Wahid.
IMG-0855The ride offers 3 categories: 30km Fun Ride, 60km Scenic Ride and 160km Endurance Ride and started & ended at Avillion Admiral Cove Port Dickson. It is cater to bicycles of all disciplines, including road bikes, mountain bikes, folding bikes and all other bicycles.




IMG-20181017-WA0005Upon reaching the finishing line, participants were awarded their Finisher’s Medal, Meal, and some lucky ones won the attractive lucky draw prizes.
rptAvillion is extremely proud to be both the Organizer and the Host of this cycling event.

Negeri Sembilan is blessed with diverse yet unique cultural heritage rarely found in other states of Malaysia hence for our 2nd ride, we are proud to highlight the wonders of Negeri Sembilan cultural. Cultural performances will be arranged on the ride day allowing riders & public to enjoy.

Together with Avillion Hotel Group, the event is supported by strong corporate brands that support cycling as a healthy lifestyle. This event is presented together with our esteemed partners Bank Mualamat Malaysia Berhad, MAA Group Berhad & Mimpi Matamoon.
IMG-20181019-WA0005Other sponsors are Sime Darby Auto Connexion, 100 Plus, F&N Ice Mountain, Nestle Fitness, Milo, Kapal Api, N8, Rosegate, Indadi and Cycling Malaysia.

Avillion Hotel Group looks forward to nurture Avillion Cultural Ride into an international event that draws excitement while promoting sport tourism to Port Dickson.
IMG_20181014_144319_397** THE END **



Race eve at Avillion Admiral Cove was the only day & place that the participants could officially collect their ride kits which consisted of a cycling jersey, bib number and sponsored goodies. Here, there is room to improve the kit distribution system and to make it more orderly in future events.

Also, I would suggest that the participants are given the option to receive their ride kit by courier delivery service at their own cost for better convenience, especially for the many outstation participants.



ACR 2018 Preview by Gus Rider

ACR 2018 160km Route Recce

ACR 2018 Press Conference


ACR 2018 Photo Finish Album (coming soon)


ACR 2018 Riders After Party Album (coming soon)


Only in its second edition, ACR is off to a REMARKABLE start, and with the CAPABLE stewardship of En. Iwan (see 30km Finisher Photo below) and En. Zulkarnain (see Pillion Rider Photo below), along with the STRONG support of all the Sponsors, the Crew and Port Dickson Community, ACR can GROW and DEVELOP to be a permanent and proud fixture of Negeri Sembilan as the PREFERRED Cycling/Holiday Destination for locals and international visitors….



22 LIVE ACTION Video :-

Family Riders

Small Wheels

MTB Finishers

Mummy & Son

TWCC Finishers

Look, No Hands

ECT Riders

Photo Finish

Two Thumbs 

Tahniah Finishers

Medal Awards

60km Finishers

Let’s Toast

Sprint Finish 

Foldie vs RB

Finishing Strong

Bravo Finishers

Last 300 metres

After Finish Line

Winners Never Quit

Where Are Our Medals

Aerial View












To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.
rptAbout The Author

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Mantin Ultra Trail Run 2018 – In Spotlight

Mantin Ultra Trail Run 2018 – In Spotlight

Editor’s Note

Wow! This invitation to a new event with a new trail route came to me on the 11th hour, and as luck would have it, my schedule is blank on that weekend. Despite the short notice, I agreed to join Mantin Ultra Trail Run 2018 (MUTR 2018) because exploring the natural landscape of Mantin is in my bucket list, plus I love running in the wilderness.


As for the ultra distance, I was assured beforehand by my mate Toto of KOW KOW SPORT that the cut-off time for 50km is very doable with only one massive climb halfway . So, let’s see what exciting adventures awaits me in the trails of Mantin…


Event | Mantin Ultra Trail Run 2018

Venue | NSSDC Mantin, Negeri Sembilan
Race  Date (Time) | 28th October 2018 (6.00 am) Distance | 7km, 21km & 50km

Registration Fee | RM50 – 300

Registration Closing Date | 15 Sep 2018

Event Organiser | KOW KOW SPORT

Official Hydration Sponsor | MOMA WATER

In Collaboration with NSSDC (Negeri Sembilan Skills Development Centre

Official Apparels | INNOV

Co-Sponsors | 2XU, BUFF, ZIV…

rptOfficial Description (Provided by Howei)

Mantin is situated in a valley surrounded by hills in the state of Negeri Sembilan. The event will be held in NSSDC (Mantin, Malaysia), start from the NSSDC main entrance taking runners through the oil palm plantations, rubber plantations, star fruit plantations, several Malay village, Chinese Hakka village, Indian Temple, and the challenging hill of Bukit Galla at Labu passing through the narrow alley of Batu Pecah with nature common sight of birds fluttering among the treetops, along with the occasional squirrel and monkey.

This race showcases the typical Malaysian geographical, social and cultural heritage where the runners will meet and see ordinary Malaysian people and wild lives, flora and fauna in the rural settings with a distinct small town feel. During the race, the runners will be sampling the local cuisines in the food and drinks provided at the aid stations along the course of the race.


This is designed to be an international race, with the objectives of attracting foreign and out of state runners to visit Mantin. We are targeting to attract close to 100 foreign participants from 10 countries.

Flag Off
7km run: 8am- 11am(COT 3hours)
21km run: 7am – 1pm(COT 6hours)
50km run: 6am – 6pm(COT 12hours)

Race Kit Collection
Date : 13th & 14th October 2018
Time : 10.30am – 7pm
Venue : Key Power Sports @ Mytown Mall L3-033A, Level 3, MyTown Shopping Centre, No.6, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

**Race kit will be forfeited if failed to collect during the stipulated date and time.
**RACE KIT postal services will not be available
Collection of race kit during race day will not be entertained.
**You may help your friend to collect on behalf. However please along their copy of IC.

Event Schedule
Sun, 28th 5.00am – Mandatory Check / Drop Bag Collection
5.30am – Race Briefing
6.00am – 50KM Flag Off ( 12 Hours )
6.00pm – 50KM categories CUT OFF TIME

Sunday 7.00am – 21KM Flag Off
          8.00am – 7KM Flag Off 
          11.00am- 7KM COT

1.00pm – 21KM Categories COT


6.30pm- Price Ceremony Presentation

          7.30pm- End of Event

Participant Entitlements
All participants will stand to receive the following entitlements:

Event T-shirt 



Race Bib
Goodies Bags
Lucky Draw
Light Refreshment

All Categories for Men & Women
Prizes – TOP 5
Trophy – TOP10

MANDATORY ITEMS CHECKLIST (What should I bring for the run?)

– Hydration bag (at least 1.5 L water)
– Food Bar/Snacks
– Emergency Blanket
– Reflective Vest
– Blinker Light
– Mobile Phone
– Whistle
– Headlamp (Optional)

– At Least 500ML Water
– Reflective Vest
– Mobile Phone

– Water provided
– Fruit Provided

To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.


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Bangi Wonderland Nature Run 2018 – Review by Happy Runner

Bangi Wonderland Nature Run 2018 – Review by Happy Runner


Editor’s Note

This is my first run in Bangi, and thanks to the organiser, CentriSoh Malaysia for the invitation to the SECOND EDITION of Bangi Wonderland Nature Run (BWNR).


There were TWO race kit collection dates and venues, and I chose to pick mine up at the first one at Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), Jalan Ampang on 29th Sep 2018 rather than go all the way to the race venue on race eve.


There was a plenty of free parking space available right in front of the Bangi Wonderland Theme Park on RACE Morning.


When I arrived at the start line, I was glad to see Amelia who is always cheerful and full of energy.


Good to see an ‘old’, familiar face of Jason who was busy doing the camera work.


The 10km and 3.5km runners were flagged off at 7am & 7:15am respectively by Mr. Steven Chang who is the GM of Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort.


We ran  the first 1km on the road, before turning into a palm oil estate which belongs to UPM.


Inside the forest reserve, the surface of the pebbled dirt track was fairly even, and it was certainly easy on the trampling feet.


However, there were endless rolling hills to test the runner’s uphill and downhill capacity.


Since no plastic cups were allowed inside the nature forest, we had to bring our own bottles or cups to refill at the water stations.


I saw one runner drinking water which was poured into their cupped hands by the volunteers.


The weather was not hot, but the air in the forest reserve was pretty humid as the trees had blocked any wind currents, except where the paths & spaces were wider. 



So, it was quite a relief to return back to the road for the final 1km where we could feel the morning breeze again.


After the Finish Line, the runners were treated to packs of nasi lemak and juicy slices of freshly-cut watermelons for breakfast.


There were also a couple of food trucks offering hungry runners more food & drink choices.


Having observed the happy crowd, I noticed a good mix of families running together, regular runners, novices and even a large group of corporate runners who were of all ages.


This was a well-organised event which was an enjoyable outing for the participants, and I’m sure many will make use of their free entrance ticket to the theme park, especially the runners with kids.


If you want to join the next BWNR 3.0, then you ought to block the 6th October 2019 in your diary now…

Event: Bangi Wonderland Nature Run
Date: 07 Oct 2018

Venue: Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort
Flag Off: 7am/Distance: 10km, 3.5km
Total Runners: 1,500

rbtH. I. G. H. L. I. G. H. T. S.
☑️ My 1st Bangi Wonderland Run
☑️ Great Rolling Trails
👍 Many Family Runners & Kids
👍 Met many running buddies
🍉 Refreshing Watermelons
⭐ Amazing Crew


Video Clips

Elaine at MATIC

Cheerful Amelia

Emcee Kelvin

On The Run

Jump For Camera

Thank Policeman

Crossing Finish Line

Watermelon Cutter

Sweeper Truck



Runners Entry Pack Collection (REPC)

Date:    29th September 2018, Saturday
Venue:    Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC), 109, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Time:    12:00pm – 5:00pm
Parking:  There is plenty of space for parking available and it is free.
Date:    6th October 2018, Saturday
Venue:    Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort. No. 2, Persiaran Bangi Avenue, Bangi Avenue, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Time:    12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

More Photos






To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.


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