Running In The Shadows

Running In The Shadows

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EDITOR’S NOTE

I was approached by Running Malaysia magazine to write about the topic of Night Running, and it was a privilege to have my finished article first featured in their Issue No.22 of July/August 2017.

After some minor Editorial Updates, I am posting this article in my blog now to share my personal views on “Night vs Day” Running which I hope will help clear some of the myths surrounding this less explored subject…

Day Vs Night

Normally, running or any form of exercise is best done in the mornings because firstly, we perform any physical exercise better after a good night’s sleep, and secondly, there is nothing like a refreshing morning run to jumpstart our metabolic rate and keep us energized for the rest of the day.

However, this does not mean that we should not run at night at all. On the contrary, there are times when we need to run at night too. So, in this article, I want to highlight the key differences between night and day running, and dispel the myths of night running with the sole intention of making your running experience more effective and more enjoyable, Day or Night.

Timing Is Everything

Time, and in particular, how we manage our time is the key to determining whether we should run during the day or night. Of course, we all have 24 hours in a day, and accordingly, we all follow our personal set routine. For practical reasons, some of us slot our runs first thing in the mornings before we go to work or before we start going about our daily chores. For others, running in the evenings after work, or when they have completed their daily tasks, is more doable. Thus, our personal lives and daily schedule will dictate when we can run. As a fitness coach, my goal is to help people find the exercise and running schedule which best fit into their lifestyle. Therefore, in terms of health and fitness, it doesn’t matter if you run at night or during the day, as long as you just do it Safely and Effectively.

Biological Clock Is Ticking

I believe that the human body functions according to our inbuilt biological clock which is divided into three 8-hour shifts in a 24-hour day as follows :-

From 12pm to 8pm, this is the best time for our bodies to eat our meals and consume the right kind of nutrition, and in the right amounts, for our bodies to function at its optimum level.

From 8pm to 4am, this is the best time for our body to rest, digest and absorb all the nutrients derived from the food we have consumed.

Finally, from 4am to 12pm, that’s the best time for our body to eliminate and expel the toxins from our body.

Being aware of your biological clock and to give your body what it NEEDS at the RIGHT time is important to make the BEST of your run, day or night. In other words, plan your daily activities, including running, in accordance with your biological clock if possible.

HEALTH TIPS – Avoid eating late meals after 8pm or the calories will turn to fat; get enough rest and don’t sleep late after 12pm; and make sure you have enough fibre in your diet to induce bowel movements (detoxification) before noon.

Again, it doesn’t really matter if you run during the day or night, as long as you take care of your body and health first.

Moonshine Or Sunshine

Many of my running buddies prefer to run in the MORNINGS because;

  • It is more peaceful with less people and less road traffic
  • The morning air is fresh and invigorating
  • It jumpstarts their metabolic rate and keeps them energised for the day
  • It is more cooling in the mornings
  • Their schedule is free in the mornings

Similarly, I have met certain runners who will only run at NIGHT because;

  • They hate waking up in the morning
  • They hate running under the hot sun
  • They have free-time only in the evenings

There is also a third group of runners who don’t distinguish between night and day running, and they will run ANYTIME and ANYWHERE because they love running for the sake of running. I would put myself with this group of hardcore runners! Nevertheless, I understand and accept the opinions and preferences of other runners because running is a universal activity which transcends age, gender, and socio-economic barriers.

Twinkle Little Star

If you are of the nocturnal persuasion, here are a couple of safety precautions which you should take whenever you hit the tarmac after dark:

  • Don’t run alone, and instead, run in a group or with a running buddy
  • Tell your family member whenever you go for a run
  • Avoid dark and secluded areas
  • Wear highly visible clothing
  • Carry your handphone in case of emergencies

The above nightly precautions also apply to running in the wee hours of the morning before dawn.

Dispelling A Common Myth

Meteorologically, there’s nothing peculiar about running at night, but there is ONE part which many newbies misunderstand at first. Have you heard someone say, “I prefer to run at night because it’s too hot to run during the day”? Well, the bad news is that it can be equally hot during the night because the heat from the concrete and tarmac rises and it will hit you like a hot furnace. Furthermore, without the sun’s dry heat and in the absence of any wind, the night air can get very humid and sweaty which in turn will lead to a heavy loss of bodily salts and electrolytes by runners. Therefore, you should drink the same ADEQUATE amount of water and electrolytes during a night run as you would a day run.

The only real advantage of running at night is that you don’t need to worry about the harmful effects of UV rays.

Light Up The Night

The good news for nocturnal runners is that there is an increasing number of running events nowadays taking place on Saturday Nights.

If you’re looking to join a well organised Night Run Event, I can recommend the spectacular Putrajaya Night Marathon on 4th November 2017 which includes categories for Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km. Plus, with 12,000 Runners participating, you will never Run Alone. For more information and to register, http://www.twentyfirstcenturysports.com.

Playing After-hours

If running at night suits your lifestyle, then rest assured that you can enjoy the same health benefits as your daytime counterpart as long as you are not afraid of the dark 👻…

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*Disclaimer*
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 is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. 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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ILLUMI RUN 2018 Preview by Happy Runner

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New Fruit Punch Mix

ILLUMI RUN 2018

EVENT | Media Launch On 19-Sept 2017 At Sunway Velocity.

Video 1 : Pouring Glow Water

Video 2 : Malaysia Team Up With Singapore

Video 3 : Official Trailer

Editor’s Note

Infinitus Pte Ltd started Illumi Run Singapore in 2013, and since then, Singapore has staged 4 editions of this unique night time fun run which typically draws massive crowds of 10,000 revellers. Soon, Malaysian Fun Runners will have the chance to experience Illumi Run for the FIRST TIME thanks to a collaboration between Illumi Malaysia, the Organiser, and MPI Generali Insurans, the Main Sponsor.

Wait A Minute! What will happen now to the hugely popular MPI Generali Run which many runners regard as their favourite go-to new year kick-off run in Padang Merbok? If you don’t already know, find-out first what makes MPI Generali Run a crowd favourite, you can refer to my review of MPI Generali Run 2017 .

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Drink Up, Davian (Left) & Joyce (Middle)

Seeking greater public engagement, the visionary people at MPI Generali Insurans has decided to replace a proven traditional-type running event with a trendy fun run which will appeal to the YOUNG and the Young AT HEART.

Through the Illumi Run, MPI Generali Insurans will certainly deliver a good time to the participants as usual, but the focus will be on the FUN, and not the RUN anymore.

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Oliver Tan (3rd From Right), CEO of MPI Generali Insurans Berhad said, “After six years, we felt it is the right time to seek a more engaging activity with our base of runners, new runners, business partners, employees and customers. We are proud to have the opportunity to present this first in Malaysia ULTIMATE FESTIVAL ON THE RUN experience that combines Wholesome Fun, Community Spirit, and Promote Running at the same time”.

Meantime, Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions Pte Ltd is equally buoyant as he declared, “We are committed to creating a glowing experience for all our runners and we promise an evening of ‘good clean fun’. Get read to Run and Glow.”

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Infinitus Team From Singapore

Find-out why 135,000 satisfied customers in Australia, China and Singapore are raving on about an event which makes you Run, Dance and Glow…

NEW EVENT | Illumi Run 2018

Date | 13th September 2018

Time | 7:00pm

Venue | Selangor Turf Club

Distance: 4 KM with 5 Glow Zones

Runner’s Entitlement | Splash Out Tee, Swag Bag, Foam Stick, and Goggle.

Target Participant | 8,000

TAGS – #illumirunmy #illumirunmy2018 #5km #funrun  #night #running #happyrunner #music #party #newevent #selangor #january2018 #mpigeneraliinsurans #infinitus

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Thanks To Artist Hakam (R)

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A SPLASH OF COLOUR

This non-competitive run will see participants RUN, WALK and DANCE through the 5 different themed ULTRAVIOLET MUSIC ZONES whilst being splashed with ILLUMI Glow Water. I was told by a Infinitus staff that the Glow Water is water-soluble and harmless. Hence, this is where the goggles provided will come in handy.

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LET THE MUSIC PLAY

To make full use of the admission ticket, the Participants can dance the night away at the MUSIC FESTIVAL where a line-up of LIVE ACTS will entertain the crowd against the pulsating backdrop of psychedelic neon displays.

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Phyllis with pussy cat

How much? How much?

EARLY BIRD RATE (19/Sep~27/Oct 2017), 13 years old & Above – RM80

NORMAL RATE (28/Sep~08/Dec 2017), 13 years old & Above – RM90

PAIR RATE (19/Sep~08/Dec 2017), 13 years old & Above – RM150

PART OF 4 RATE (19/Sep~08/Dec 2017), 13 years old & Above – RM280

ILLUMI KIDS MORNING RUN 2018

Kids from age 4 to 12 years old can run 2KM with a Parent or Guardian from 7am onwards which entitles them to same Runner’s Entitlement as the Adults for a registration fee of RM40.

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EARLY BIRDS

JOIN US & FEEL THE NEON VIBES – FOR MORE DETAILS & REGISTRATION CLICK HERE

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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.
norAbout The Author

Gus is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. 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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MAKNA FOUNDER’S NIGHT RUN 2017

MAKNA FOUNDER’S NIGHT RUN 2017

Editor’s Note : MAKNA (Majlis Kanser National) or National Cancer Council Of Malaysia is a Not-For-Profit Social Enterprise founded in 1994 by Dato’ Mohd Farid Ariffin after being inspired by his own son’s fight and struggles with cancer.

MAKNA mission is “To mobilise resources in order to provide curative, preventive, research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public, in Malaysia and the world.” In particular, MAKNA provides financial assistance, as well as prosthesis, medical equipment (eg Colonic Starter, Colostomy Bag), mattresses, and such vital items for cancer patients.

🔔Cancer is the second biggest killer in our society; next to only cardiovascular disease.

Cancer is a lifestyle disease which means that how we lead our everyday lives can determine our risk exposure to this horrific disease. This is part of the reason why MAKNA has decided to organise the MAKNA Founder’s Night Run on 30th September 2017 in order to promote a healthy lifestyle and at the same time, through this event, MAKNA aims to create greater public awareness of Cancer and rally support for Cancer Patients. MAKNA General Manager Mr. Vemanna said, “We choose to organise a running event because running is not costly and it is highly accessible to a broad spectrum of the Public.”

Third Time Running : MAKNA has successfully organised a run before in 2013 and 2014, and the last one was attended by 5,000 runners. This time, MAKNA hopes to draw another 5,000 participants with the added distance of 21km under a new Competitive Category together with their existing 12km and 5km Fun Run Categories. So, we can expect a good mixture of elite and community runners coming together for a healthy and fun activity, while supporting an IMPORTANT CAUSE.

Key Supporters : MAKNA Founder’s Night Run 2017 is supported by the following important Sponsors ;-

Perbadanan Putrajaya, M Sports Sdn Bhd, Running Malaysia, Grabmedia, Viva Home Shopping Mall, Instant Exhibition, iM4U, Air Asia Berhad.

Critical Event Dates : Here are the important dates to remember, and for more event details, I have attached the official information below too.

30th September 2017 – Event Day

29th September 2017 – Race Pack Collection 2

24th & 23rd September 2017 – Race Pack Collection 1

30th August 2017 – Registration Closes or earlier upon reaching 5,000 registrants.

REGISTER NOW, AND COME JOIN THE FUN FOR A SMASHING CAUSE!

📣OFFICIAL EVENT INFORMATION

Event Details. Date : Sat 30th September 2017 Time : 6.00 PM onwards

Venue : Dataran Putrajaya, Precinct 3, 62675 Putrajaya

Category Type Distance Flag Off Time Competitive Run 21KM 8.00PM Fun Run 12KM 8.20PM Fun Run 5KM 8.40PM Code Category Age Distance Entry Fee Gathering Time Flag Off Max No of Runners A Men Open 18 – 39 yrs (1978 – 1999) 21km RM70 6.00 PM 8.00 PM 2000 B Women Open 18 – 39 yrs (1978 – 1999) 21km RM70 6.00 PM 8.00 PM C Men Veteran 40 yrs & above (1976 & before) 21km RM70 6.00 PM 8.00 PM D Women Veteran 40 yrs & above (1977 & before) 21km RM70 6.00 PM 8.00 PM E 12km Run 16 yrs & above (2001 & before) 12km RM60 6.00 PM 8.20 PM 2000 F 5km Fun Run 7 yrs & above (2010 & before) 5km RM50 6.00PM 8.40 PM 1000 Eligibility: This competition is open to :

a. All Malaysian and expatriates who have Malaysian working permit and also his/her immediate family members.

b. Category A – D (21KM) are open to participants who are aged 18 years and above.

c. Category E (12KM) is open to participants who are aged 16 years and above.

d. Participants who are aged 7 years and above are eligible to take part within Category F – Fun Run.

e. Parents are allowed to bring along their children below the age of 7 within the 5km Fun Run at their own risk. Parents must take full responsibility of their children’s well-being pre, during and after MAKNA Founder’s Night Run 2017. NO registration is required for children aged below 7 years and therefore they will not be entitled for t-shirt, finisher medal, certificate and etc. Organizer cannot be held responsible for the safety and wellbeing of any child below the age of 7 years.

II. MAKNA Founder’s Night Run 2017 shall be conducted under a set of competition rules.

Age qualification will be taken as of 31st December 2017.

Prizes. Code Categories Distance 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place 5th place A Men Open 21km Cash prize + goodies worth RM 2100 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1800 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1500 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1200 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 900 B Women Open 21km Cash prize + goodies worth 2100 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1800 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1500 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1200 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 900 C Men Veteran 21km Cash prize + goodies worth 2100 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1800 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1500 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1200 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 900 D Women Veteran 21km Cash prize + goodies worth 2100 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1800 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1500 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 1200 Cash prize + goodies worth RM 900 Prize Winners.

All prize winners must produce their identity card or passport for age verification.

Winners must ensure to collect their prizes after the race and upon announcement of results.

All uncollected prizes will be forfeited.

Registration. Everyone needs to register via Online Registration at http://www.msports.com.my

Corporate Registration. MAKNA welcomes the support of corporates companies to make MAKNA Founder’s Night Run 2017, an initiative to drive cancer awareness program via sports, a success. We welcome all corporates to send a team of 10 runners to participate in MAKNA Founder’s Night Run 2017 for a fee of RM3,000. The 10 runners can participate in any one of the categories offered. To register please contact : 013-3663242 or email to customerservice@msports.com.my.

Note:

i. Any online registration that is not followed with online payment will become invalid registration. Therefore, please ensure to pay online when you register online.

ii. No refund will be made for wrongful or multiple registration.

iii. Substitution and changing of categories is NOT allowed, so please select the category you’re eligible to sign up according to the age qualification. Otherwise you will have to re-register.

iv. Postal entries are not accepted.

v. The decision of the Competition Committee is final when accepting entries. The organizers have the right to refuse an entry without having to disclose a reason.

Race Pack. Race pack consists of Running Tee, a number bib, safety pins and race guide (if any). Please be advised that the quantity of the Running Tees’ ordered according to sizes are limited, therefore the distribution shall be carried out on first-come, first-served basis.

Race Pack Collection. Round 1. Date : Sat 23rd & Sun 24th September 2017 Time : 10.00am – 6.00pm Venue : LG, Viva Home Shopping Mall. 85, Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 Kuala Lumpur.

Round 2. Date : Fri 29th September 2017 Time : 10.00am – 6.00pm Venue : Auditorium Cempakasari lobby, Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 3, 62675 Putrajaya.

Note:

I. There will be NO distribution of race packs on race day.

II. All the race packs without any special arrangement with the organizer and not collected during the stipulated collection date, will be deemed as unwanted and the Organizers shall be at liberty to dispose or re-distribute them accordingly.

III. Any late collection of race pack(s) without prior agreement/arrangement with the organizer will be charged RM 10.00 per race pack as the late collection fee. So, please ensure to collect the race pack on the stipulated collection days.

IV. For collection of 10 race pack and above, please email your bulk collection name list (full name and IC number of each participant) to customerservice@msports.com.my latest by Monday 18th September 2017. Please ensure to submit the authorization letter for each participant listed in the bulk collection name list at the bulk collection counter on the race pack collection day. V. Foreigners and outstation runners whom resides outside Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya & Cyberjaya)) who require special arrangement for race pack collection, please drop us an email at customerservice@msports.com.my latest by Monday 18th September 2017.

Race Pack Delivery. Race Pack Delivery to your home/office will be provided at RM 10 per race pack for major town/cities in WEST MALAYSIA only. Please provide an address whereby there will be someone to receive your race pack as the delivery will take place, Mon to Fri from 9.00am to 6.00pm (during working hours). We advise for your good self to state your office address as the preferred delivery address if you will be at work during the delivery duration.

Result. The results of the individual categories (A – D) will be verified by the organizing committee and their decision is final.

Finisher Certificate.

E-Certificates will be awarded to all the participants who complete the 21km and 12km only.

The e-certificate will be made available 7 days after the event day.

All 5km runners will receive their finisher certificate at the finish line. No claims will be entertained thereafter.

Finisher Medal. Finisher Medals will be distributed at the finish line to all participants.

No claims will be entertained thereafter.

General Enquiries. For enquiries on event details, arrangements & etc. Email : customerservice@msports.com.my Phone : 013-3663242.

Registration Closing Date. Wednesday 30th August 2017 or upon reaching the maximum of 5,000 participants.

Whilst every reasonable precaution will be taken by the organizers to ensure the participants safety, participants are strongly encouraged to go for a medical examination and/or consult their medical practitioner prior to registration and before the actual race day. The organizers reserve the right to delay the commencement of the race in the event of heavy rain or thunder storm or extreme weather condition. Should the heavy rain, thunder storm or extreme weather condition persist after delay, the organizers reserve the right to cancel the race without any refund. In the event of heavy rain or thunder storm or catastrophic or natural disaster resulting in a postponement or cancellation of the above event, the organisers shall not be held responsible for any claims whatsoever in any form made by any individual or parties concerned. The organizers reserve the right to use any photograph (including those of participants), motion pictures, recordings, or any other media records of the event taken before, during and after the event, for any legitimate purpose including commercial advertising and distribution to sponsors.

*Disclaimer* 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 is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. 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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SMART Tunnel Run 2017 – Preview by Happy Runner

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SMART Tunnel Run 2017 – Preview by Happy Runner

Editor’s Note

I am always on the look-out for NEW RUNNING EXPERIENCES, and the upcoming SMART Tunnel Run is just one such event which has certainly captured my imagination. Running has taken me to many interesting places, introduced me to hidden oasis, and it has even opened the doors to some restricted zones. For only the second time in its 10 year history will this Motorway Tunnel be totally closed-off from any motor vehicles to accommodate thousands of underground runners.

What is it like to run inside a road tunnel? Will the atmosphere be unusually hot? Will the UNDERGROUND AIR be free of carbon-monoxide? Are all the necessary precautions being considered by the Event Owners Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and JPS, the Organiser, Kelab Sukan, Kebajikan dan Rekreasi (KEJAPS), JPSKL, Technical Partner FTKLAA, and by all of their concerned Event Sponsors and Partners in order to ensure a SAFE and ENJOYABLE event for the public? Hopefully, this report will answer some of the major concerns the hesitant Public might harbour.

Furthermore, I will share with my readers and interested runners, some relevant information about this RARE event, and give you a glimpse into a new experience of running ‘underneath’ KL.

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SECOND TIME AROUND

The first SMART Tunnel Run took place in 2007 to celebrate its opening.
This second time, the caretaker of the SMART Tunnel, the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (Jabatan Pengairan Saliran or JPS) is again opening their road tunnel to community runners in conjunction with their 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS.

MEDIA EVENT

To learn more about this most unique running event, I attended the media launch on 22 May 2017 at the SMART CONTROL CENTRE (Kampung Berembang Ampang) which was graced by Datuk Dr. Ir. Hj. Hamin Bin Samuri, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Check-out the Video Clip of the Opening Speech.

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CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE

I was also fortunate to have joined, on my road bike, a handful of runners recently for a short TEST RUN inside the SMART Tunnel during the last routine maintenance and repair works. At that time, we also became Extras in a running promotional video shot by JPS staff. Check-out the Video Clip of TEST RUNNERS FIRDAUS and KC Tan, and more!

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WORLD’S FIRST DUAL-PURPOSE TUNNEL

SMART is an acronym for Stormwater Management And Road Tunnel. At a cost of RM1.9 billion, the SMART Tunnel was built 10 years ago, and it is made-up of 3 decks which stretches 4 km from Kampung Pandan Roundabout Sungai Besi to KL-Seremban Highway at Sungai Besi. The Upper and Lower Decks of the Motorway Tunnel are for vehicles exiting and entering Kuala Lumpur respectively. While, the bottom drain is reserved only to allow water to pass through whenever the Holding Pond (capacity of 500,000 cubic metres) at Kampung Berembang is at full capacity in order to mitigate flash floods in KL originating from Sungai Klang and Sungai Ampang. The receiving Attenuation Pond with a capacity of 1,400,000 cubic metres is at Taman Desa.

When there are no storms, or when there is a moderate or major storm, the excess water flows through the bottom drain. The Motorway Tunnel has an additional capacity of 250,000 cubic metres is only flooded if there is a PROLONGED MAJOR STORM.

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KEY INFORMATION

Running Event | Smart Tunnel Run
Date | 30 July 2017
Venue | Berjaya Times Square
Distance | 12km (8km Underground)
Flag-Off | 6:30 am (1st wave), 6:45 am (2nd wave) and 7:00 am (3rd wave)
Maximum Runners | 3000
Owners | JPS and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Organiser | Kelab Sukan, Kebajikan dan Rekreasi (KEJAPS), JPSKL
Technical Partner | FTKLAA

GOING UNDERGROUND

The SMART Tunnel is closed to public vehicles once-a-month for maintenance from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. On one such occasion, just before midnight on 7th June 2017, I followed, on my SPEEDX road bike, a four-vehicle convoy consisting of JPS staff, FTKLAA Technical Crew, and a handful of runners to recce the underground route.

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Led by the Chief Of Maintenance, we traveled a short distance from the SMART CONTROL CENTRE, near Kg. Pandan Roundabout, to the barricaded tunnel entrance. After getting SECURITY CLEARANCE, our convoy slowly descended the wide tunnel ramp into the brightly lit Upper Deck which usually carries countless vehicles out of KL to Sungai Besi. During such planned maintenance works, there are only the maintenance crew who are busily checking, cleaning and repairing the tunnel interior.

MEDICAL AND SAFETY MEASURES

Upon entering the tunnel, we traveled less than 1 km to Exit 7 which will be the location of the first Drink Station. In total, there are 17 such emergency exits inside the whole tunnel, and four of these exits have AUTOMATIC LIFT shafts which goes up to ground level. The lift shaft at Exit 7 will be put to good used by the FTKLAA crew to carry drinks to the water stations at the Upper Deck and Lower Deck, as well as act as precautionary emergency exits for any runners who may require urgent medical treatment.

To cope with thousands of excited runners inside the underground tunnel on race day, JPS is engaging the special services of FTKLAA, Ambulance Services, Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (KLGH) and Emergency Responders.

📹Runner KC testing the tunnel 

IS IT TOO HOT?

When I rode my bike inside the tunnel on the upper deck at night, I found the air near the tunnel entrance and exit was cool as a result of the wind-effect. Inside the tunnel, it was no more hotter than outdoors, and runners can expect to sweat as much as any other run.

HOW CLEAN IS THE AIR INSIDE?
The air was odorless and clean during my two hours DEEP inside the SMART Tunnel.

DO I FEEL CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
The space inside the tunnel is huge and well-lit, plus the flag-off will be conducted over 3 waves of maximum 1,000 runners each which will be separated by 15 minutes interval.

BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE will be the backdrop of this event, and it will be cool to see all the runners congregate there for the flag-off and at the finish line at the heart of Kuala Lumpur. After the run, runners can make the most of their time in the city centre and go for a movie, engage in some retail therapy or simply enjoy a good meal.

EXPECTED EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

✔Car-Free 8 km Tunnel Running
✔Once Every 10 Year Event
✔Spinning Finisher Medal
✔Dri-Fit Tee
✔Hang-out At Berjaya Times Square
✔Support JPS who look after our Rivers nationwide

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To REGISTER ONLINE and for MORE INFORMATION, http://www.twentyfirstcenturysports.com/event/smarttunnelrun2017/

Registration Closing 30th June 2017 or upon reaching 3,000 entries whichever comes earlier.

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*Disclaimer*
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 is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. 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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D’Italiane Restaurant Food Preview

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D’Italiane Restaurant Food Preview

Editor’s Note

Last week, my wife Maryati and I broke fast at D’Italiane. Being fasting month, the restaurant was fully packed, and judging by the haphazard manner in which the ‘mostly-foreign’ waiters served our dishes, it seemed that either there weren’t enough staff and/or the staff were new at their jobs.

Nevertheless, since it was Ramadan, I was willing to overlook the lackluster service as long as the dishes turns-out to be tasty. Find-out the results of my taste-test below.

First Visit

All of the other familiar restaurants in which we wanted​ to dine were fully occupied, so by chance, we took a chance with a never-visited-before Italian joint whose menu looked tantalising enough. After all, it’s difficult to go wrong with traditional Italian food, right?

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First Impressions

The exterior and interior decor was in a European cafe chic style with well-spaced dining tables inside and outside.

The Italian menu had a wide variety of entrees, main dishes, desserts and beverages. The prices were not as expensive as a typical fine-dining restaurant, but it was not far behind. Can the quality of food and service justify the menu prices.

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This unappealing blob is actually a very tasty artichoke and spinach lasagna

In Reverse Order

We ordered garlic bread, Caesar chicken salad, artichoke and spinach lasagna, as well as the seafood paella. Funnily enough, the waiter served us the main dishes first, followed by the salad, and only halfway through our meal, the garlic bread finally arrived. I guess that the unusually large dining crowd had overwhelmed the kitchen and waiting staff. However, the unsure waiters had offered no explanation at all for the quirky food delivery service. I hardly expect first-class service, but at least, the service must meet the basic minimum requirements like bringing the food in the right sequence.

What About The Food?

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Generous helping of lemon slices!

The garlic bread and fried calamari salad was good. The lasagna and paella were delicious, but the former did not look appetising as it was grey in colour. Despite it’s dull appearance,, the creamy lasagna tasted heavenly. The paella had a generous portion of mussels, prawns, octopus and clams, but some may find it too salty, and the rice portion was too small to satisfy my hunger.

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Too little rice!

My Verdict

If I happened to be at Paradigm Mall one day, I may go back to D’Italien for the delicious seafood paella and the spinach lasagna, but the next time, I would not give them benefit of the doubt if the service does not come up to scratch, and I would accordingly give them my honest feedback, like it or not….

 

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dessert looks tasty enough

DISCLAIMER

Food tasting and Dining experiences are very subjective and can vary greatly from one individual to another, and from one sitting to another.

The views expressed above are based on my personal experience, and they may not necessarily reflect the views of the Restaurant Owner, Other Diners or any other 3rd party.

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August Man Run 2017 In October – Preview by Happy Runner

August Man Run 2017 In October – Preview by Happy Runner

NEW EVENT MIXES FASHION AND FUN FOR EVERYONE, FAST AND SLOW RUNNERS!

Editor’s Note

They say you only make a first impression once, and dressing-up the part for the right occasion is important if you want to be taken seriously or if you want to project a certain kind of image. To help Malaysia Men stay in touch with the LATEST fashion in the pursuit of an ELEGANT lifestyle, the August Man magazine is a good read, and I was quite surprised to learn that it cost only Rm10.60 for such a thick quality magazine.

Interestingly enough, present-day runners are becoming increasingly discerning when it comes to their selection of running gears, and perhaps, this desire to look good is spurred on by,
The manic sharing of running photos on social media and the undeniable pressure for runners to be hype if they want to belong to the in-crowd,
Branded sportswear manufacturer offering more new products which are not only performance-based, but also stylish and trendy in order to keep-up with market trends.

Of course, not all Runners are narcissistic, and in fact, some runners are not bothered with being trendy at all, while some are downright thrifty to the extent that they will wear their running vest until it’s totally worn-out with holes even! Don’t laugh because I have seen those Uncles running in the parks with my own eyes..hahaha.

Whichever end of the fashion scale you may stand, we can all agree that there is always room for another running event which can give runners a quality and thrilling running experience on and off the route.

So, I am thrilled to report here that the fashion experts at the August Man magazine house are launching their first August Man Run in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on 22nd August 2017. Read on to find-out what August Man Run have in store for its inaugural event and what caught my eye about it.

New Event | August Man Run 2017
Date | 22 October 2017
Venue | Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, KL
Distance | 12km (Competitive + Fun Run), mEN oPEN/vETERAN, wOMEN oPEN/vETERAN
Flag-Off | 06:45am

Runner’s Entitlement | Timing Chip, Cool Saucony Tee, Finisher Medal, BIB BELT and Refreshments.
Maximum Participants | 2000
Event Organiser | Hubert Burda Media Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Berbuka Puasa With Running Bloggers

I met-up with the August Man magazine team and Race Director Julie Wong at Stripes Hotel on 19th June 2017, and I got a chance to pick their brains on their August Man Run project.

📹Steven and Julie

As Rubin (Editor-In-Chief) declared, “”Our magazine started 8 years ago, and we decided to hold this run because we realised that many of our staff were themselves runners, and we wanted to give slow and fast runners an opportunity to partake in an enjoyable running event”.

Associate Publisher Steven Chan pointed out that they collaborating with many reputable brands like YTL, Suunto, Mercedes Benz, Starbucks, which means more goodies and prizes for the participants. There would also be refreshments provided and food trucks available at the race venue.

RD Julie added that every measure will be taken to ensure that the KL race route will be safe from public vehicles, and for the rookies, the cut-off time will be generous. At the same time, the Top Runners will be well rewarded with prizes for their winning performance too.

📹Run + Lot 10 Carnival

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
✔Top 3 Winners for each category will receive Suunto Watch, Hotel Vouchers and Saucony Shoes, total RM 6000 ~ RM 3300 per person.
✔ Sponsored Product Prizes For Top 15 Runners
✔The 1st 500 Ladies Registrants Will Receive Stylish Pendant 😍
✔ Lucky Draw And Best Costume Prizes

GAYA MESTI ADA OR COME AS YOU ARE!

Early Bird – RM 65 ( Ends 30th June 2017 )
Standard – RM 75 ( 1st July 2017 Onwards )
REGISTER AT WWW.MYRACINGEVENTS.COM

What Can You Expect?

Being a new event with a new organiser and a new venue, it is not impossible to predict the outcome with any degree of certainty. However, from my brief time connecting with the key people who will be responsible for staging this new running event, I do expect them to professionally fulfill their plans and promises to produce a gala experience which will add style to the running calendar.

Funny Question

Q: Why is the August Man Run held in October and not in August?
A: According to Rubin, the meaning of the adjective “August” in August Man is “respected and impressive” and does not refer to the month of August at all.

The August Man Run Press Release

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 JUNE 2017 – Fashionistas and health enthusiasts rejoice as August Man has decided to chime into the running scene this year with The August Man Run.

Created with the objective of encouraging a stylish and healthy lifestyle, the August Man Run is an event that caters to the welfare of the entire community; great fashion after all, is a complement to a healthy body.

With music and fun activities for everyone, The August Man Run will be a lively outing that encourages a positive lifestyle while promoting the debonair qualities that August Man is known for.

The August Man Run will be held on the 22nd of October and we’re absolutely elated to have partnered with Lot 10 as our Official Venue Sponsor.

The run will cover a comfortable 12km, well within the capabilities of most individuals.

The goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle, thus participants can choose to complete it at their own pace.

Those who are more accomplished runners can aim to place high for some luxurious prizes, while others can set their sights on just completing the run.

The top 15 finishers for each category will win grand prizes courtesy of our esteemed partners such as Suunto and Saucony. All finishers will receive a medal for participation, as well as various other gifts. Some of our other partners who have agreed to support us in this event include Mercedes-Benz, Starbucks, SUEN, Celebrity Fitness and Technogym. 

The fun doesn’t stop there however, as many fun activities such as lucky draws will await runners after the race.

For the latest updates and offerings on The August Man Run, follow us at the August Man Malaysia Facebook page and @augustmanmy on Instagram.

925 Silver Pendant by e-SUEN for female runners of  The August Man Run.

*Only the first 500 women who register will be able to claim the pendant once they finish the run.

*Please note only 1 pendant and chain set will be provided to each female participant.

*Only those who register AND participate in the run will be allowed to redeem the set after the run.

*Pendant sets will only be distributed AFTER the run is completed.

About AugustMan

August Man is Malaysia’s quality men’s style journal, a glossy monthly magazine that is designed for the affluent, globetrotting, cosmopolitan man who covets success and the finer things in life.

The August Manapproach is fresh, irreverent and provocative. From the sharpest styling, hip designers and essential luxury accessories to the latest and greatest in travel, business, music, technology, pop culture and motoring, August Man has it covered.

With insightful feature articles, in-depth celebrity profiles and razor-sharp writing, it’s truly the intelligent man’s read.

*Disclaimer*
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 is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. 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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2017 Men’s Health Women’s Health Night

The 2017 Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality, which was originally scheduled to be held in Dataran Putrajaya, has now been moved to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (or MAEPS).

LATEST NEWS!

Registration Closing Is 30 June 2017.

Especially for you, we are offering 30% off for the Followers of Happy Runner!!

Simply use the pin code below when you register online.
30% off code: MHWHNRGUSG17

Please go to this link to enjoy the 30% off: https://mro.myraceonline.com/mhwh17/registrations/pincode

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS

🏃JOIN 20K RUNNERS IN MAEPS SERDANGON 22 JULY 2017

  • SAVE 30% ON REGISTRATION FEES
  • MULTIPLE CATEGORIES 21KM, 12KM OR 5KM
  • NEW KIDS CATEGORY (aged 7 to 15 years old)
  • FESTIVITIES & FOOD TRUCKS FOR THE FAMILY
  • COME FOR THE RUN, STAY FOR THE FUN
  • ENJOY NIGHT AIR IN MAEPS

 

READ MY PREVIOUS MHWH NIGHT RUN PREVIEW

 

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