NEW BALANCE Run Club Launch by Happy Runner

NEW BALANCE Run Club Launch by Happy Runner

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Editor’s Note

There are many running groups in town, but there are much fewer running clubs and associations. What’s the difference? Running Clubs and Associations must be registered with the Registrar Of Society and they are governed by the ROS Acts and Laws. In contrast, Running Groups are not allowed to collect membership fees,and therefore, their activities are either self-funded and/or funded by sponsors.

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For the record, NEW BALANCE run club (NBRC) is a running group which means its activities are fully sponsored by New Balance Malaysia, like their official launch which was held at The Social in Desa Park City where 60 guests and brand ambassadors were treated to a getting-to-know-you session over an English Breakfast.

Running Groups are important focal points for runners to MEET, INTERACT and SHARE their common passion for running, and there’s one group in virtually every neighborhood. If you’re a new runner and looking for a new running group where you will be welcomed with open arms, then you ought to checkout my review below of this refreshing NEW BALANCE run club (NBRC) who plan to EXCITE runners with their forthcoming activities…

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Event | NEW BALANCE run club launch

Date | 3rd February 2018

Venue | The Social, Desa Park City

Guests | 60 Runners & Brand Ambassadors

Who Is NBRC?

NBRC is a brand new running group consist of friends of New Balance Malaysia and a handful of Brand Ambassadors & Coaches. Initially, this sounds like any other running group, but after interviewing NBRC Captain Deric Seah, heck, he even got a running stalwart like me excited about NBRC mission and vision!

Anyone who knows Deric, from his successful introduction of Aftershokz “Bone Induction Technology” wireless headphones to Malaysia market, will tell you that Deric is a likeable guy with a creative and dynamic business mind. So, it was no surprise to learn that Deric will bring the same creativity and dynamism on board NBRC, and I am sure it won’t be long before NBRC will find its way into the hearts and minds of runners everywhere.

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Deric caught the running bug only last year, and therefore, he is in a great position to know what new runners are looking for in a running group. Helping Captain Deric implement the NBRC mission, are the Technical Coaches and Celebrity/Sports Brand Ambassadors who will diligently MOTIVATE and TRAIN runners to reach their RUNNING GOALS during the upcoming NBRC running sessions, as well as inject some FUN and GLAMOUR into the mix too. No doubt, sponsored goodies will be given away to further entice runners to participate in their running sessions.

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What Makes NEW BALANCE run club Different?

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According to Deric, there are 3 new ways which NBRC can help new runners :-

  1. Runners won’t feel intimidated to join NBRC because NEW BALANCE is already a well-known running brand with wide appeal.
  2. NBRC will tie up with professional running coaches and companies (To Be Announced) in order to teach important running skills, and even, transform new runners into Marathoners.
  3. NBRC will not be stuck to one training location, but instead, a different training venue will be selected every 3 months which means more runners from different areas will have the opportunity to join the training sessions at their own convenience and at their preferred locations.

Catch NBRC Drills

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“Where and When can we catch the NBRC bus?”, I hear you ask.

✔️The INAUGURAL TRAINING SESSIONS will be in held at Desa Park City for 3 months from March to May 2018. The training sessions will be conducted TWICE monthly, and all the Brand Ambassadors will meet ONCE-A-MONTH.

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For all the latest news, events & updates

JOIN the New Balance Run Club group page

➡️https://www.facebook.com/groups/nbrcMY/

✔️COMBINED EFFORTS: At each training venue, NBRC will hookup and collaborate with a particular running group in that locale. The other training venues and running club partners will be announced in due course.

THE FIRST NBRC RUN

The First Warm-up Stretching

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On a sunny morning, fitness coach Karen led the warm-up stretching routines on the immaculate grass lawn. All the participants energetically followed Karen’s cues in unison, while I was busy taking snapshots of their contorting, folding, bending and stretching bodies.

Video Clips 

Stretching With Coach Karen (Gus Channel, S1 E18)

Lunges!! Butt Kicks!! Jumping Jacks!! (Gus Channel, S1 E19)

1ST 1km Symbolic Happy Run

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Video Clip, Let’s Go, Elaine! (Gus Channel, S2 E21)

Then, we ran 1km once around the scenic pond. Of course, it was a very short run, but more importantly, this marked the activation of the NEW BALANCE run club in Malaysia. If Karen represented the face of NBRC, then Deric was literally their flagbearer.

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“We leave no one behind,” Deric announced as he accompanied the last runner who was Coach Eryn’s non-running mother all the way to the finish point. The duo were greeted with a rousing cheer from the group as they completed their round.

Video Clip, Coach Eryn & Mum (Gus Channel S1 E22)

Video Clip, Leave No One Behind (Gus Channel S1 E23)

Next, Karen walked us through a cool down session to cap our run, before we all adjourned to the verandah at The Social for our group breakfast.

Groupfie Video, Gus Channel S1 E15

Brunch @The Social

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We were all sat at the open air verandah as the waiters served us a hearty English Breakfast.

The guests mingled,chatted away and updated their FB!

Video Clips

* Cheerleaders, Gus Channel S1 E17

* Going around the tables S1 E24

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Introducing Brand Ambassadors

One by one, we were introduced to the NBRC Coaches (Karen, Gary, Kochi, Eryn…) and the Brand Ambassadors & Celebrities (Actor Norman Hakim – famous for his role in TV series Gerak Khas- , 2x World Champion Bodybuilder Syarul Azman – https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2017/10/09/syarul-rules-again-asian-champ-retains-world-title-in-freezing-mongolia/ -…).

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Video Clips : The Brand Ambassadors And Coaches

Alphabet Wall

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As part of the Launch Gambit, the coaches stuck the letters N, B, R, & C on the backdrop.

Video Clip : Alphabet Soup

Couple Corner

As soon as we entered Desa Park City, we noticed that there were many weekend runners already running on the wide pedestrian walkways in the pleasant morning air.

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The main park is picturesque and it consisted of a big pond surrounded by neat lawns, young trees, pathways and there is even a running stream. It is like being surrounded by nature, but with all the modern fixtures and facilities conveniently available at the nearby shop building.

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After running one lap around the pond, we adjourned to the verendah at The Social, overlooking the pristine park, for a hearty English Breakfast with the other NBRC Runners.

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There were many smiling faces and laughter filled the air, as we got acquainted with each other.

Surprisingly, we all felt like one big family, eventhough this was the first NBRC outing together. I guess it is our common passion for running and pursuing active lifestyle which made interacting with each other effortless. Moreover, much credit must be given to our host for making everyone feel so welcomed, and for a successful launch and activation of the NEWEST running group in Klang Valley.

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I am sure that all the guests, like my wife Maryati and I, are looking forward to the next NBRC gathering. However, next time, we can all have a thorough training session together after this wonderful introduction to the NEW BALANCE run club.

Video Clip – Gus & Maryati (Gus Channel, S1 E20)

UNTIL NEXT TIME

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Remember You Heard It Here First! LIKE Happy Runner page for more NBRC news and updates. Catch you at the next session👈

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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.

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About The Author

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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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Red Devils Vs Merseyside Phoenix EPL LIVE VIEWING Invitation

Red Devils Vs Merseyside Phoenix EPL LIVE VIEWING Invitation

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Editor’s Note

My Team Arsenal is performing way below our usual football standard in the English Premier League (EPL) this season for many reasons.

In fact, Arsenal, as of today, is in 6th position and 7 points behind our bitter London rivals, Spurs. Meantime, Northerners, Manchester City & Manchester United are occupying the top 2 EPL Table spots respectively.

Unless Man City suffers a radical implosion in the remaining 11 matches, it is most likely that Man City will be stylishly declared EPL Champions with several matches to spare.

The really interesting fight is between the 2nd and 5th position football teams (Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea & Tottenham) where only single points separates them. Moneywise, the final top 4 teams will automatically qualify for the highly lucrative Championship League (CL) competition. So, nobody wants to miss the cut or stand to loose big bucks in broadcasting fees paid to CL qualifiers.

So, this leads us to a highly explosive match-up between the red part of Manchester against their worse Merseyside enemy, Liverpool on 10th March 2018. With much pride and earnings laying on the line, I can see both sides smashing each other for the full 90 minutes ++ at Old Trafford, and it will be an entertaining viewing for not only the home and away fans, but also to other team supporters who just love to see either Man Utd and Liverpool drop points.

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If you’re a hardcore Manchester United fan, then you should know that Manchester United Club is inviting their Malaysian supporters to a Live Viewing of the abovementioned football match with the details provided below…

Press Release

Embargo 2pm, 19 Feb 2018
Enquiries:
Kate Lowe | +44 (0) 161 868 8427
Manchester United Ltd
kate.lowe@manutd.co.uk

Manchester United to Bring #ILOVEUNITED to Malaysia

•        First time club will bring #ILOVEUNITED to Malaysia

•        Free live screening of Liverpool match

•        United Ambassadors Dwight Yorke, Denis Irwin and Club Legend David May to attend

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Manchester United is bringing its popular #ILOVEUNITED fan party to Malaysia for the very first time, hosting a free live match screening of its highly anticipated home match against Liverpool on Saturday 10th March, at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur.

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The exclusive and free to attend event has been held all over the world and the club is excited to be hosting its first event of this kind in Malaysia.

Manchester United Ambassadors, Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin together with Club Legend David May will be on the ground meeting fans, sampling local culture and giving pre-match views and half time analysis of the game. Supporters can also expect live entertainment, giveaways and competitions, including the chance to win a once in a lifetime VIP trip to Old Trafford. The event will also feature an interactive, online hub linking fans around the globe, with the opportunity to upload and post their own videos and pictures of themselves cheering on their team.

#ILOVEUNITED is free to attend and fans are asked to apply online for tickets by visiting http://www.manutd.com/iloveunited by no later than midnight on 4th March. Applications will then be entered into a ballot, with tickets issued at random. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 6th March.*

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Fans who are already Official Manchester United members are guaranteed a ticket to the event by simply submitting their membership number during the application process. **

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold comments:

“The club has a long standing affinity with Malaysia and we are pleased to be returning there to host our very first live match screening in the country, for one of the most popular games of the season.  Manchester United has over 8 million loyal and passionate supporters in Malaysia and #ILOVEUNITED will be an unforgettable event for those fans.  Previous #ILOVEUNITED events have been attended by hundreds of thousands of fans, creating a great atmosphere among our worldwide family of fans and the interactive element will bring them even closer together.”

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*Terms and conditions apply. Access will only be granted to those who possess a valid ticket. Please see website for more details.

**Fans do not have to be official members to apply for tickets.

Ends

About Manchester United

Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 140-year heritage we have won 66 trophies, enabling us to develop the world’s leading sports brand and a global community of 659 million followers. Our large, passionate community provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and match day.

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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.

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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ALLIANZ IJM Duo Highway Challenge 2018, Media L*A*U*N*C*H 🛫

ALLIANZ IJM Duo Highway Challenge 2018, Media L*A*U*N*C*H 🛫

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Editor’s Note✍️

Today is the LAST DAY to register for Early Bird rates. If you’re aiming to join Besraya 13km plus NPE 21KM, then your Smart Choice is to register for the Special Package by today & SAVE big money rm25 !!

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Otherwise, you can save RM20~10 if you make use of today’s FINAL EARLY BIRD RATES to register for Besraya (13km or 6km) and/or NPE (21km or 10km) !!

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📅Duo Highway Challenge 2018 CALENDAR
⏩19/Feb – LAST DAY Early Bird Registration
⏩29/Apr – Besraya 13km/6km @Jln Loke Yew Toll Plaza 🛣️
⏩29/Jul – NPE 21km/10km @Sunway Pyramid

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
✔️ Biggest & Best Highway Running x2
✔️ Road Safety w/Full Road Closure x2
✔️ Race and/or Family Fun Run x2
✔️ Great Goodies x2
✔️ RM70k CASH PRIZES 💰🏆
✔️ Have a blast on BESRAYA & NPE 💥
✔️ No Motorcars, Just Runners 🏃💨🚧🚗

REGISTER NOW

http://www.ijmhighwayrun.com

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Video Clips (Editor’s Cut)

Welcome On Board

Title and Main Sponsors

Sponsors Parade

*PRESS RELEASE*
IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 2018 MEDIA LAUNCH

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 10.00am

ICE Gallery, Pantai Central Park
Lot No 2, Level 1, Jalan Pantai Sentral, Bukit Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge is back again this year with yet another exciting run through the city scrappers of Kuala Lumpur. This first ever duo highway challenge in Malaysia is organised by Besraya Highway (E9), NPE Highway (E10) & EC Pixels.  This run is set for participants to push themselves to the limits and for running junkies that want to cross off ‘running on the highway’ from their bucket list.

The race will start of at the Besraya Highway [E9] which offers a 13km challenge run and a 6km run on the 29th of April.  The NPE Highway [E10] offer the 21km challenge and 10km run on 29th July. As this year run route is different from the last, we can expect new and exciting surprises.

Participants in the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge that completes both highway challenges are in the run to take home the trophy. The international category is an additional category added this year, with its own prizes to be won.

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Special Acknowledgements

Special Thank You To Allianz & EC Pixels for the media invitation, and big thank you to IJM & PR Ink for being such marvelous co-hosts 😍

Recommended Reading – “Allianz IJM Duo Highway Challenge Preview by Happy Runner” 👍

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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.

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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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UAK KAFE RESTAURANT – Review by Gus Ghani

UAK KAFE RESTAURANT – Review by Gus Ghani

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Happy Anniversary, Darling

My wife Maryati and I decided to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary with a quiet dinner at a relative new restaurant called UAK (Ustaz Abdullah Khairi) Kafe which was opened on November 2017.

Video Clip : My Sweetheart

It was like a blind date because we had no idea what was on the menu, and the only thing that we knew about it was that the restaurant is uniquely built using those huge 20 feet shipping containers. I was attracted to it by this display of ingenuity and furthermore, I liked the idea of recycling materials wherever possible. Whether the  UAK Kafe Owner had the original intention of saving the environment or not, it did bother me, but every little bit of green effort does help to save our planet.

Off The Beaten Track

Again, even BEFORE stepping into the restaurant, I was IMPRESSED by the restaurant’s strategic location which offers lots of FREE parking spaces available, and yet it was only 5 minutes drive from the now defunct Batu Tiga Toll Booth. The restaurant itself is sharing a large and spacious open lot with a Go Kart centre ( Night Go Kart Action! ), racing car academy, premium car restoration and detailing companies, and even a remote control car hobbyist. It was a remarkably quiet spot, considering it was directly overlooking Kuala Lumpur’s busiest Federal Highway.

I am making a deal about this location because it is nice to be able to go somewhere tranquil to WIND-DOWN and ENJOY dinner with your partner and family without the din and chaotic road traffic of the high streets.

Tasteful Decor

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UAK is located on the first floor of a neat two-storey building boasting a modern design of exterior black container walls and the designer made clever use of glass, wood and industrial metals to give the place a cool and contemporary look. It was as if the owners were successful entrepreneurs who still liked to play with toy cars and go-karts.

Video Clip : First Impressions

When we walked up the solid wooden and metal staircase from the inner courtyard to UAK Kafe, we were pleasantly surprised by its modern furnishings, and the cutaway walls and glass doors made the place feel spacious and airy.

There are 5 distinct dining areas :-

  1. A trendy air-conditioned coffee bar which looked liked the set of the popular US TV series Friends; where you can chill over a dessert of ice cream, banana splits, cheesecake, crème broulé, coffee, tea and freshly made fruit juice drinks. The large windows allows for plenty of natural lighting and views of the Federal Highway and the Go Kart track.
  2. Another air-conditioned dining room suited for private functions.
  3. A open air balcony dining area with great views of the Go Karts speeding round the circuits below.
  4. A covered veranda dining area with 5 bench tables overlooking the iconic Batu Tiga Toll Booth.
  5. My favourite is the centre dining area at the top of the entrance staircase which is next to the open kitchen where you can see the display of fresh ingredients and the chefs cooking the orders. In the middle is a long 15 feet wooden dining table, and on one side is a long countertop with barstools and open views. Apparently, this is where a LIVE BAND plays music every Friday & Saturday nights from 8:30pm to 10:30pm. Sounds cool. Watch Video Clip!

My Favourites Dishes

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🍕 I love their killa pepperoni beef pizza with generous toppings of cheese and beef pepperonis, and the pizza crust is the Bomb which is not too thick nor too thin. I could eat that everyday!

🍝 Their Aglio Olio Soft Shell Crab spaghetti is just scrumptious full stop.

🍗 The Chicken Chop with black pepper sauce, fresh coleslaw, and french fries is so tantalising.

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🍰 Wow! The cheesecake is sinfully good and its hint of orange flavour with bombastic mango sauce topping gives sent my eyes rolling upwards to heavens.

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🍉 The freshly made watermelon juice has much natural fructose to give you a refreshingly tasty health drink.

Video Clip : Chicken Chop Vs Sirloin

One downer is the garden salad which is over drenched with overly sweet thousands islands dressing. I would much rather prefer a simple Italian dressing: I’m sure the UAK could accommodate my request if I wanted to make changes to the salad dressing.

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Wide, Wide West Choices!

The dining menu is very extensive, and there are so many more delectable local, as well as zinger western dishes to choose from, and I can’t wait to try them all in time. On the western front, there are fish-n-chips, beef/chicken lasagna, T-bone steaks, Lamb Chops and “Pay What You Like” for the Soup Of The Day! I haven’t even mentioned the burgers which will delight the kids when washed down with a milkshake.

Local Twists Dishes

There are several interesting dishes which feature giant river prawns prepared with Nasi Lemak, noodles style or even in creamy butter!

There is even Assam Laksa noodles if you want a tangy dish, plus much more on offer which I can’t recall.

Just Try It 😋

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What I look for in an eatery is good-tasting, wholesome food of generous portions for reasonable prices with efficient waiters serving all patrons in a clean, cozy and spacious ambience. What more can I ask for!

⬅️ UAK KAFE Location

Lot No. 16858 (Glenmarie) Seksyen U1, Shah Alam

☎️ For bookings & enquiries, call +60 12 978 6908

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Never been seen before blooper!

Readers Comments – “Recommend the keropok lekor for starters,” wrote irwan13th @IG.

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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IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 2018 – Preview by Happy Runner

IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 2018 – Preview by Happy Runner

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Hi Toll-Free Runners!

Your Favourite & Only IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge -With FULL ROAD CLOSURE- Is Back & Ready To Thrill Runners Of All Creed !!

SMOOTH Running on well constructed super highways -WITHOUT any pesky motorists- is a dream for many road runners. BUT this is no dream, but an EXCITING REALITY which will make you pinch yourself in disbelief!

Two years in succession, Runners will be given the privilege to CONQUER TWO HIGHWAYS -Besraya & NPE- thanks to Title Sponsors – IJM & ALLIANZ- who will essentially transform two city highways at Jalan Loke Yew and Sunway Toll booths into 2 giant running tracks.

RUN SAFE, RUN HAPPY

The safety aspects of running on a Car-Free Motorway is undeniably a big factor in making the Duo Highway Challenge series so appealing, especially to runners who don’t feel safe running on open roads, next to speeding cars and lorries. After all, we run to keep fit & healthy, and therefore, it’s best to select running routes which are SAFEST.

COMPLIMENTARY SLOTS

To commemorate this 2nd edition of the Duo Highway Challenge, we’re giving away TWO free running slots for 10KM NPE & 6KM BESRAYA to *ONE* LUCKY CONTEST WINNER via our Happy Runner FB page!!

➡️CLICK HERE for Contest Details⬅️

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1216133091823040&id=259552534147772

EVENT INFORMATION

🛣️🏃Event | Duo Highway Challenge 2018

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1st Challenge | BESRAYA 13km (Race)/6km (Fun Run)

Date | 29 April 2018

Time | 6.00am – 11.00am

Venue | Loke Yew Toll Plaza

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Flag Off | 13km @6:30am / 6km @7am

Race Kit Collection ➡️21st & 22nd April 2018 (Sat & Sun)

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2nd Challenge | NPE 21km (Race)/10km (Race)

Date | 29 April 2018

Time | 5.00am – 11.00am

Venue | Sunway Pyramid

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Flag Off | 21km @5:30am / 10km @6:30am

Race Kit Collection ➡️20th – 22nd July 2018 (Fri – Sun)

Runner’s Entitlements

✔️Event Tee ✔️Goodie Bag ✔️Finisher Medal ✔️Timing Chip (except 6km Fun Run)

✔️Bib Number ✔️e-booklet

✔️Finisher Tee (only for Besraya 10km & NPE 21km) ✔️e-Cert (except 6km Fun Run)

For REGISTRATION & More On Promotions & Prize Money

🖱http://www.ijmhighwayrun.com/

📥Stay-in-touch with the LATEST EVENT UPDATES on Happy Runner FB page

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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.

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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GO FOR IT! FTKLAA Cross Country 2018 – Preview by Happy Runner

GO FOR IT! FTKLAA Cross Country 2018 – Preview by Happy Runner

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Editor’s Note

Running Blogger: Today, I attended the PRESS CONFERENCE of GO FOR IT! – FTKLAA Cross Country at Wisma OCM which was hosted by Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Association (FTKLAA).

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This year marks the 4th EDITION of such collaboration between Title Sponsor Sports Toto & Event Organiser FTKLAA with the support of DBKL which will be held at Lake Gardens KL on 29th April 2018.

My Mission: Apart from my usual gathering of useful event information, I wanted to see firsthand how FTKLAA represented and presented their OWN running events to the public and how were they coping with the MODERN EVOLUTION of the running game. The running scenario has changed significantly over the past 5 years – for better and worse – and it is easy for outdated running associations and companies to be left far behind by the highly COMPETITIVE and commercial-minded MARKET LEADERS to the extent of virtual extinction.

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Frequent Visitor: At the start of my running days (circa 2011), I visited the FTKLAA office almost every other week in order to manually register for the many exciting races promoted by FTKLAA to the point that their staff would immediately recognised and acknowledged me during their races. However, as the years passed, my visits to the FTKLAA office gradually ceased because of two main reasons. Firstly, because the numbers of FTKLAA sanctioned running events were rapidly diminishing since 2012. Secondly, like many other internet-savvy runners, I was increasingly drawn to the many new and glamorous running events being promoted online by newly emerging running event companies.

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I’m Back: So, you could say that today’s PC was like coming home to the ROOTS of my passion for running since I will always appreciate and respect FTKLAA for ESTABLISHING and SUPPORTING the running industry which is thriving today.

Fast & Furious: Although, I give much credit to the new gung-ho running organisers for their creativity, invention and innovation, it is sad to see FTKLAA relegated to the second division of commercial running events nowadays. Don’t get me wrong, the important FTKLAA duties of spotting and developing our talented athletes still remains but I am convinced that FTKLAA should also play a Key Role in UPHOLDING THE STANDARDS of the modern, community-based running market. How? That’s a topic for another discussion.

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Ulterior Motive: Meantime, when I headed to today’s Press Conference, I was really looking for some positive signs that FTKLAA could once again be a main contender in the BUSTLING running arena. Was I disappointed, relieved or excited by my subsequent findings? Read on to FIND-OUT for yourself…

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👏 CONGRATULATIONS! Sports Toto, FTKLAA and Sponsors on the launch of their 4th Edition at OCM Sports Museum & Hall of Fame, Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat, 50150 KL on 29th January 2018.


📸 PRESS CONFERENCE Of
GO FOR IT! – FTKLAA Cross Country 2018
Race Day: 29 April 2018
🏞️Venue: Taman Botani, Tasik Perdana, KL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA🎩Honourable Guests | En. Karim President MAF (Absent), Mr. Leo & Datuk Vegi President & Secretary General FTKLAA respectively, Mr.Giam Communications Manager Sports Toto.
Organiser: FTKLAA
Title Sponsor: SPORTS TOTO
SPONSORS: 100Plus, Brooks, Nestlé, Berjaya Hotel, UFL, Sherif Tea, Starbucks, Watsons, AIG Insurance.

Maximum Runners: 2,000

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⚡12 QUICK FACTS ABOUT Go For It!⚡

  1. Lake Gardens was the 1st FTKLAA Cross Country venue 32 years ago 😮
  2. Family & Fun Run Category introduced.
  3. Distances are 10km (Timing Chip), 6km (Timing Chip except Men/Women Junior) & 5km (Fun Run).
  4. RM11,100 Cash Awards For Top Runners. 💰
  5. All Finishers receive medal. 🏅
  6. E-Certificate with timing (except Fun Runners who will receive certificate without timing at the Finish Line).
  7. Participants will be entitled to Dri-Fit Tee, Light Breakfast, Goodie Bag, Bib Numbers, Certificate, and Insurance.
  8. Everyone will receive a UNIQUE SOUVENIR KEYCHAIN 🗝️
  9. Lucky Draws to be held after award ceremony 🎁
  10. Parents are allowed to bring their children for fun run and children below 7 years old do not need to register as they will not receive any entitlements like Tee, Medal, Goodie Bag, etc. 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦
  11. Flag Off is at 07:30 am ⏱️
  12. Race Kit Collection on 27 & 28 April 2018 (10am~6pm) at Mezzanine Floor, Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat, KL 👈

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🚶WALK-IN REGISTRATION & more info

FTKLAA Office, 2nd Floor, Wisma OCM,

Jalan Hang Jebat, 50150 Kuala Lumpur

Tel:03-2715 2843 Email: sportftaaa@hotmail.com

📃Entry Forms can be downloaded www.ftklaa.com

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💻 ONLINE REGISTRATION

➡️www.racexasia.com OR www.twentyfirstcenturysports.com

🔔 Registration Closing on 9th April 2018 or upon reaching 2,000 participants.

SPORTS TOTO

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“Promoting a healthy lifestyle has been part of our corporate social responsibility efforts, hence we are happy that we are able to sponsor such a well-known event which has been held for over 30 years,” declared Sports Toto communication manager Guam Say Khoon.

He added “Having a cross country run in Kuala Lumpur, the busiest city in Malaysia makes the run a unique experience to running enthusiasts who seek a tougher challenge.”

📹 Watch my LIVE interview with Mr. Giam

➡️Part 1 (Gus Channel Season 1 Episode 10)

https://youtu.be/iC2GNRUOieo

➡️Part 2 (Gus Channel Season 1 Episode 11)

https://youtu.be/b1ywHNxXezM

Sports Toto is no stranger when it comes to their financial contribution to Malaysia Sports.

In fact, Sports Toto play a part in the development of national sports through substantial annual contributions to the National Sports Council.

⛹️🏃Moreover, at the community level, Sports Toto supports many reputable Sporting Events including Penang Bridge International Marathon, Sungai Petani Half Marathon, Ipoh Walk, Seremban Half Marathon, Kota Kinabalu Sutera Harbour 7k Charity Run, Kenny Rogers Roasters Chicken Run and Sports Toto High School Basketball Tournament.

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🏃🍃 IS THIS REAL CROSS COUNTRY?

Mr. Leo (President of FTKLAA) admitted that only 30% of the route can be considered cross country terrain such semi-forest, parks up and down slopes, concrete staircase, cordon off grass paths and running around the lake twice.

According to Datuk Vegiyathuman, when the first FTKLAA Cross Country took place in Tasik Perdana KL (now known as Taman Botani Tasik Perdana) 32 years ago, there were many huge trees and no jogging track which was suitable for cross country event. However, the landscape has changed since then, but for the convenient and central location of Lake Gardens, FTKLAA has stuck to this iconic and beautiful KL venue.

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DOES FTKLAA MATTER?

After listening to the enthusiasm for running in the voices of the FTKLAA leaders and their genuine intention to give ALL RUNNERS the best running experience with the help of the supportive Sponsors, I believe that FTKLAA deserve the support of the running community. Furthermore, I hope many more Event Organisers and Sponsors will start communicating and even collaborating more with our Running Custodian in order to jointly RAISE the standards of running events and thus, STRENGTHEN the fabric of our Running Base for future development of talents, as well as instill greater COMMUNITY SPIRIT among old, young, elite and weekend runners alike.

WHO SHOULD REGISTER?

✔️New Runners who want a MEMORABLE RUN.

✔️️ Elite & Regular Runners to remind themselves of their important RUNNING ROOTS.

✔️ Families who want to spend QUALITY TIME outdoors.

✔️ School Children who need a SAFE ENVIRONMENT to run in.

✔️ Anyone who like to partake in a HEALTHY COMMUNITY sports.

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12 HAPPY RUNNING TIPS 👍

  1. Register early and bring along your family and friends for a great Sunday.
  2. Train and jog/run a minimum of 10km every week to prepare for this challenge.
  3. Don’t miss the kit collection days.
  4. Wear proper running shoes, not walking shoes.
  5. At some of the climbs, you may be required to queue for SAFETY, and don’t push other runners.
  6. Arrive at the venue, no later than 1 hour before flag off times.
  7. Park cars ONLY at designated parking zones such as at National Monument, Children Playground, Multi-level Car-Park (opposite Bukit Aman).
  8. Parents must take FULL RESPONSIBILITY of their children below 7 years throughout the event.
  9. Always respect and FOLLOW the guidance and instructions of the official marshals.
  10. Don’t stray off the marked course for own SAFETY.
  11. If you have any DOUBTS about your physical or medical condition, please CONSULT a doctor prior to joining any run.
  12. Always be respective of FELLOW runners and keep our ENVIRONMENT clean.

Some QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q: What Happens If GE14 Falls On Race Day?
A: Vote after the run, but don’t wear our event Tee to polling booth! (Editor’s Comment: A refreshing run before voting will clear your mind!)

Q: Are Foreign Runners Welcomed?

A: Yes, if they have a PR Status. (Editor’s Comment: This is to prevent serial professional runners living abroad sweeping all top prizes.)

Q: Why only take in 2,000 participants?

A: This is to ensure, there is no overcrowding at the race venue and for safety along the route. (Editor’s Comment: With less runners, the Event Crew can focus better on delivering a QUALITY RUNNING EXPERIENCE.) 🏞️🏃🍃

BLUE SKIES AHEAD

With running events becoming more profit-centred and more gimmicky, the time is right for FTKLAA to take up the middle ground and lift up those running events which are below par, as well as reign in those mega ones who have neglected the IMPORTANT Basic Needs of Runners in chasing for maximum profit$.

It is great to see FTKLAA making huge efforts in trying to update themselves and stay in touch with the major shifts in the modern spoken rules of the local running game.

SOCIAL MEDIA ACKNOWLEDGED

Being a Running Blogger, I was deeply encouraged by Datuk Vegiyathuman statement, “We have to thank and take note of the running bloggers CRITIQUE of running events which have significantly helped RAISE the standard of running events today”….

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More LIVE VIDEOS coming!

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Dragon Back Run 2018 – Race Info

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EVENT INFORMATION

Date: 4th March 2018
Time: 5.30am

Location:
Urban Park Setia Alam
Jalan Setia Gemilang U13/45B,
40170 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
GPS Coordinate: 3.128135, 101.470402

DISTANCE | 30km / 21km / 12km

Flag-off Time : 21KM / 6.00am

21km Runner Entitlement – Cool Running Vest, Bling Finisher Medal & Post Race Snacks

REGISTRATION CLOSES 03/JAN/201

For more information, http://pacerssport.com/tc-events/dragon-back-run-2018/

🐲 Dragon Back Run 2018 Contest 🏃

👏CONTEST WINNER: ERIC LIM (KL)

HappyRunner Is Giving Away 1 FREE SLOT for Dragon Back Run 2018 [21 Km] courtesy of Pacers Sport 😍 👉 EASY TO ENTER & WIN
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AND TAG 3 Of Your Fearless Friends.
▶️️ Contest Ends 21 December 2017
▶️ Winner will be randomly selected and notified by 23 Dec 2017

GO FOR IT, AND GOOD LUCK 🍀

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