KLSCM 2019 – Race Day Revisited

KLSCM 2020 PRE-REGISTRATION STARTS TODAY 10AM, 15 JANUARY 2020 – GOOD LUCK! 

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Editor’s Note 

To refresh your memory on what happened during Race Day KLSCM 2019, let’s relive those magical moments here… 

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40,000 Runners Turn Dataran Into Sea of Blue For KLSCM2019

Debutant Victor Kipchirchir from Kenya clinches maiden KLSCM title

KUALA LUMPUR, Sunday, 29 September 2019: Dataran Merdeka was awash in blue when 40,000 runners took part in the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM) 2019 today.

Syed Saddiq about to finish Half Marathon

The 11th edition of the premier distance running event in Malaysia also saw YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports, make his debut in the event by participating in the Half Marathon category. Also present were YB Khalid Samad, Minister of Federal Territories and YB, Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industries, who also took part in the Half Marathon.

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Contributing to the record participation numbers was one of the largest Full Marathon fields seen in an event in Malaysia when more than 13,000 runners took part in the category.

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An equally impressive 12,500 runners ran in the Half Marathon, making two of the longer distance categories the most well represented, which is testimony to the growing popularity of distance running in the country.

KLSCM2019 FM Open Winner - Victor Kipchirchir

Victor Kipchirchir, from Kenya, who was making his debut appearance at KLSCM won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 2:19:41 to take home USD17,500 while the Full Marathon Women’s Open category was won by Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno from Kenya in a time of 2:36:45 also earning USD17,500 in the process.

KLSCM2019 FM Open Men with Khalid Samad (far lef) and Abrar A. Anwar (far right)

Kiprop Tonui from Kenya came in second in the Full Marathon Men’s Open with a time of 2:20:05 while Tallam James Cherutich, also from Kenya finished third in a time of 2:21:04.

KLSCM2019 FM Women Open with Khalid Samad (far left) and Abrar A. Anwar (far right)

In the Full Marathon Women’s Open, defending champion Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol from Kenya had to settle for second place in a time of 2:41:48 while Ngigi Pauline from Kenya took third place with a time of 2:45:44.

KLSCM2019 FM Malaysian Men with Abrar and Ong Kian Ming (left) and Khalid Samad and Datuk Wira Mark Ling (right)

The Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s category was a keenly contested affair as Muhaizar bin Mohamad and his compatriot in the Armed Forces Nik Fakaruddin bin Ismail went toe-to-toe for most of the race. KL SEA Games bronze medallist Muhaizar though broke away towards the end, managing to defend his title and in doing so won this category for an astonishing fifth consecutive time, finishing in 2:35:23. Nik Fakaruddin finished second in 2:40:31 while Fabian @ Osmond bin Daimon came in third in a time of 2:45:06.

KLSCM2019 FM Women Malaysian with Abrar and Ong Kian Ming (left) and Khalid Samad and Datuk Wira Mark Ling (right)

The Full Marathon Malaysian Women’s category saw Loh Chooi Fern defend her maiden win in KLSCM2018 in a time of 3:21:33 while Tho Siaw Khim clocked 3:29:42 to come in second and Yap Yee Ling got third place in a time of 3:30:50.

FM Open winner Kipchirchir was delighted with his maiden Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon win. “It was a tough race as I have never run in this type of heat before but my preparation was good,” Kipchirchir said. “I am happy to be able to win in my first race in Kuala Lumpur and I hope to come back next year,” he continued.

Muhaizar was also thrilled to have retained his title, especially after the intense competition with training partner Nik Fakaruddin. “I think running and winning in KLSCM before gave me a slight advantage over the other competitors as I know what to expect and so made the right strategy,” he said. “This win will help boost my confidence ahead of the SEA Games in Manila in November and I hope to be able to bring back a medal,” he added.

Rainer Biemans before the FM Start

Rainer Biemans, Project Director of KLSCM and Director of Dirigo Events, said “The 11th edition of KLSCM has proven to be an exciting two days that has seen some great competitions in our top categories, which has added to the lustre of our biggest event yet. It has also been and honour and a privilege having both YB Syed Saddiq and YB Dr. Ong Kian Ming participate in our Half Marathon, and my heartfelt thanks go out to them for supporting our event and I hope they enjoyed themselves out there today. We are also grateful for YB Khalid Samad’s presence and for giving out prizes”, he continued.

Syed Saddiq flagged off the Half Marathon category along with Abrar A. Anwar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia before joining in the run. 

“For someone who’s more a cyclist than a runner, that was pretty challenging! But crossing that finish line was extremely fulfilling and I’m really happy to have made it within the cut-off time. I can see now how participating in distance running events such as this can be tremendously rewarding so kudos to Dirigo Events, Standard Chartered Bank and to everyone else who had a hand in putting together this fantastic event,” said Syed Saddiq. “My congratulations as well to all the winners and to all who participated and achieved their running goals,” he continued.

Anwar. A. Abrar, MD and CEO of Standard Chartered Malaysia, who took part in yesterday’s Friendship Run as well, was delighted with the massive turnout over the two days and hoped the event would continue to attract the running masses for many more years to come.

 “Being title sponsor for the last 11 years, Standard Chartered Malaysia is delighted that we’ve once again managed to successfully pull off this event with our biggest numbers to date. 

From pioneering the concept of being the first running event to run through iconic landmarks in Kuala Lumpur, KLSCM has never stood still and has set the benchmark and gold standard for running events in Malaysia,” said Abrar. 

Last runner to finish before the cutoff time

While KLSCM is a competitive event, it has been built with a community focus at its core and that community element was brought to the fore this year when KLSCM’s Run For A Reason (RFAR) charity initiative raised its highest amount in terms of funds raised compared to previous years. RFAR is an integral component of KLSCM and this year, participating charities the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia will benefit from over RM890,000 worth of funds raised by over 1,000 RFAR participants, together with the Corporate Challenge. “We are extremely happy to have raised a record amount under our RFAR charity banner and our sincere thanks go out to all involved who made this possible,” said Biemans.

The record numbers did not end there as the event also saw its largest number of running tourists as well when more than 1,900 from 49 countries arrived in Kuala Lumpur to take part in the iconic event. Add another 10,020 Malaysians who came from outside of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor to make it a particularly busy weekend for the city.

Chris Koch

One particularly inspiring tourist was Chris Koch, a farmer, athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker who flew in from Canada to participate. Born without limbs, Chris has been travelling the world and participating in marathons to spread his “If I Can” message to as many people as possible in the hopes of motivating them to get the most out of their lives. Using a longboard to traverse the Full Marathon route, Chris took part in his eighth marathon on a third continent when he completed his marathon here. “I was prepared for the heat and humidity because I knew it would be way more than I’m used to, however, starting so early was different. On the course, other marathoners are usually so encouraging and supportive but here, they were even more so. That definitely has me wanting to come back for another,” Koch said.

KLSCM2019 began with the Kids Dash categories yesterday morning that saw another record when 1,000 children participated in the 1km and 3km categories. Both categories were expanded this year to encourage more children to participate and also saw speed categories introduced for both distances in a move to separate the competitive children from the fun runners. 

For the first time, the 5km category was also held yesterday morning to allow for larger participation numbers today and incorporated the Friendship Run, meant to be a warm-up run for those taking part in the Full Marathon, as well as an opportunity for runners from around the world to meet and forge friendships. 

Runners after the finish line

Towards the end of the event, the KLSCM running community gathered at the Finish Line to cheer and provide moral support to the last runners to finish within the check-out time of 7:15 hours. These runners had given their all to finish the race and were given a rousing end replete with confetti blasts to coax them home within the required time. 

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The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon has grown year-on-year to become the most anticipated distance running event in Malaysia, where for the first time this year public registrations had to be balloted. The premier running event once again saw Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia returning as title sponsor, along with a host of returning and new sponsors, including Seiko, Under Armour, 100 Plus, Jaybird, TudungPeople, Banana Boat and Pacific Regency. The event is owned and organised by Dirigo Events with venue host Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

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KLSCM is sanctioned and supported by the Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF), Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Federation (FTKLAA), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons, Distance Races (AIMS).

Runners on the highway

Winners of the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2019

Full Marathon Men’s Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Victor Kipchirchir Kenya 2:19:41
2nd Kiprop Tonui Kenya 2:20:05
3rd Tallam James Cherutich Kenya 2:21:04


Full Marathon Women’s Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Gladys Jepkemoi Chemweno Kenya 2:36:45
2nd Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol Kenya 2:41:48
3rd Ngigi Pauline Wangui Kenya 2:46:44

 

Full Marathon Malaysian Men

Position Name Country Time
1st Muhaizar bin Muhamad Malaysia 2:35:23
2nd Nik Fakaruddin bin Ismail Malaysia 2:40:31
3rd Fabian @ Osmond bin Daimon Malaysia 2:45:06

 

Full Marathon Malaysian Women 

Position Name Country Time
1st Loh Chooi Fern Malaysia 3:21:33
2nd Tho Siaw Khim Malaysia 3:29:42
3rd Yap Yee Ling Malaysia 3:30:50

 

Full Marathon Malaysian Veteran Men

Position Name Country Time
1st Muniandy a/l Ramadass Malaysia 2:54:21
2nd Looi Mun Fai Malaysia 2:55:37
3rd Suresh a/l Muniandy Malaysia 3:02:12

 

Full Marathon Malaysian Veteran Women

Position Name Country Time
1st Wong Boon Jien Malaysia 3:46:08
2nd Neoh Hueih Ching Malaysia 3:46:50
3rd Ewe Bee Hong Malaysia 3:50:05

Half Marathon Men Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Kiplagat Philemon Korir Kenya 1:07:15
2nd Mathew Samperu Kenya 1:07:29
3rd Mburu Francis Karau Kenya 1:09:41

 

Half Marathon Women Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Edith Chemjor Kenya 1:25:05
2nd Jepkosgei Naum Kenya 1:32:59
3rd Agnieska Najnigier Pierzynowska Poland 1:35:58

 

Half Marathon Malaysian Men 

Position Name Country Time
1st Vimal a/l Govendarajoo Malaysia 1:15:36
2nd Mohd Nor Afifi bin Haron Malaysia 1:16:07
3rd Sivaneshwaran a/l Gunasegaran Malaysia 1:19:25

 

Half Marathon Malaysian Women 

Position Name Country Time
1st Sheela a/p Samivellu Malaysia 1:30:08
2nd Chua Kit Yeng Malaysia 1:33:11
3rd Chuah Cheng Ean Malaysia 1:34:21

 

Half Marathon Men Veteran 

Position Name Country Time
1st Jeffrey Ross Great Britain 1:21:25
2nd Cao Yuming China 1:23:57
3rd Chan Shan Ching Hong Kong 1:25:22

 

Half Marathon Women Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Jasmine Goh Mei Ling Singapore 1:31:25
2nd Susan Khoo Great Britain 1:46:38
3rd Wang Sing Yee Singapore 1:50:24

 

Half Marathon Malaysian Men Veteran 

Position Name Country Time
1st Brij Ravinder a/l N Kathiravelu Malaysia 1:21:32
2nd Lim Khon Seng Malaysia 1:23:51
3rd Alex Tiong King Hee Malaysia 1:26:29

 

Half Marathon Malaysian Women Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Looi Mei Yan Malaysia 1:44:18
2nd Joanne Poh Leng Grange Malaysia 1:45:20
3rd Seah Bee Lian Malaysia 1:45:46

 

10km Speed Men Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Soh Wai Ching Malaysia 0:34:02
2nd Azwan bin Bunjing Malaysia 0:36:05
3rd Ku Aliff Aiman bin Ku Zainol Malaysia 0:36:38

 

10km Speed Women Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Eunice Ong Huey Shen Malaysia 0:43:56
2nd Lim Cai Qin Daphne Singapore 0:44:16
3rd Michele Tan Bee Kiang Malaysia 0:44:41

 

10km Speed Men Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Prabakharan a/l Madhavan Malaysia 0:38:43
2nd Dayalan a/l Suppayah Malaysia 0:40:46
3rd See Hock Leong Malaysia 0:41:33

 

10km Speed Women Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Yong Chiew Ling Malaysia 0:50:06
2nd Jayce Chua Poh Cheng Singapore 0:50:52
3rd Karen Malaysia 0:52:11

 

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For more information, please contact: 

Suthan Narayanan | 603.7621.7787 | suthan@dirigo.com.my

For more information on Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon:

Gloria Ng | 603.7621.7787 | gloria.ng@dirigo.com.my 

For more information on Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad:

Jennifer Kang | 603. 7682.9779 | jennifer.kang@sc.com 

Geraldine Tan | 603. 7682.9166 | geraldine.tan@sc.com

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About the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2019

Back for the 11th year, the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon takes place on 28 & 29 September 2019. The marathon, owned and organised by Dirigo Events, will see participation from 40,000 runners, ranging from elite athletes to first-time distance runners. A truly international event, the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and over 70 countries. The Kuala Lumpur Marathon Standard Chartered 2019 remains Malaysia’s premier running event with top runners competing for a total of USD 125,000 in prize money.

For more information on the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon, please log onto:  http://www.kl-marathon.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon

Standard Chartered Malaysia

Standard Chartered Bank, a member of the Standard Chartered Group was established in Malaysia in 1875. As Malaysia’s first bank, Standard Chartered leads the way through product innovation, consistent and strong growth performance and sustainability initiatives. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial solutions to corporates, institutions and individuals through its network of branches across Malaysia. The Bank has an Islamic banking subsidiary, Standard Chartered Saadiq; a global shared services centre, Standard Chartered Global Business Services; a sales arm, Price Solutions and an offshore facility in Labuan. 

Standard Chartered employs over 7,000 employees in all its Malaysian operations.

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We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 85. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

For more stories and expert opinions please visit Insights at sc.com. Follow Standard Chartered on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

About Dirigo Events

The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon is owned by Dirigo Events Sdn. Bhd, an award-winning event management company founded in 2011 by Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng. The event not only draws a large number of Malaysian runners, but attracts runners from more than 70 countries around the world. Rainer Biemans and Gloria Ng have a combined experience of over 49 years in executing and creating world-class and impactful events for international clients around the world such as Europe, Brunei, India and Singapore. 

Apart from owning the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon, Dirigo also provides operational services for other mass participation events.

For more information on Dirigo Events, please contact +603 7621 7787 or email dirigo@dirigo.com.my

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The North Face – Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019

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Bigger turnout for The North Face – Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 as Taiping gets ready to open its doors for over 1900 runners from 27 countries

  • TNF-MMTF 2019 has been inducted into the Malaysia Ultra League and is the Season Finale Race for the acclaimed 2019 Asia Trail Master Championship Series.
  • The North Face joins TNF-MMTF 2019 as the Title Sponsor, along with Suunto as the Official Timing Partner and Spritzer as Official Venue Sponsor – Official Bottled Water Partner

5) MMTF 2018 - a participant, EB Junaidi, showing his thumbs up for the race

PETALING JAYA / TAIPING, 25 September 2019 : After a successful inauguration in 2018, The North Face Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 (TNF-MMTF 2019) is back for a second consecutive year (December 13th-15th) as over 1900 runners from 27 countries converge in Taiping, Perak for the competition. 

Co-organised by the MMTF Consultant, Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perak, Spritzer Berhad and Larut Matang Hash House Harriers & Harriets, TNF-MMTF will offer four routes for trail runners (10KM, 25KM, 55KM and 84KM) to test their physical endurance at the pristine yet challenging trails of Taiping with various elevations of 400m, 1200m, 3100m and 4600m respectively. 

The 10km run, known as the “Freshman Run” is suited for beginners, while the new 25KM run is known as the “Ball Breaker Run”. The TNF-MMTF also offers two versions of the Ultra Challenge which are the 55KM and 84KM. 

2) MMTF 2018 - Daved Simpat. It's not an easy feat, and darkness is just one of the challenges faced by ultra trail runners

The 25KM, 55KM and 84KM race courses are certified by the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and have been added into the list of qualifying races for the world renowned Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB).

Trail running will not be the only agenda on the TNF-MMTF, which aims to congregate the trail running community from around the globe through music and food as well at the official venue, Spritzer Eco Park. 

3) MMTF 2018 - Runners making their way in the forest trail (1)

“We are proud to be having this event for a second consecutive year, and with a bigger turnout this time. It is a testament that more Malaysians are embracing an active lifestyle through events like this. We hope everyone will have great memories to bring back from this year’s event,” said Ewegene Tan, the organizer of TNF-MMTF from MMTF Consultant.

7) MMTF 2018 - completing the gruelling challenge hand in hand

One of the main highlights for TNF-MMTF is the fact it has been penciled in as the Season Finale for the 2019 Asia Trail Master (ATM) Championship. This is to enhance the standard of “ultra-trail” running to a higher level in Malaysia. The new ATM Champions will be crowned in Taiping after what promises to be an exciting race on the 84 km course. There are several title contenders, including a few Malaysian runners, who have been competing for ATM points throughout the year in 14 Asian countries. 

The organizers of the TNF-MMTF are also eager to promote the state of Perak and Taiping, once ranked Top 3 Sustainable Cities in the world, as a thriving social economy.

Yang Berhormat Tan Kar Hing from Perak State Exco of Tourism said: “We are pleased to have the TNF-MMTF back for another year. Last year was a memorable and successful event, and we are confident this event will once again put Perak on the sporting and tourism map.”

Tuan Roslee B. Ahmad Rafie, Manager of the Bukit Larut Tourism Centre under the administration of Majlis Perbandaran Taiping said: “Taiping has always been a unique tourist destination in Malaysia, and with the TNF-MMTF returning again, we can also now call it the home of trail running. We couldn’t be prouder.”

The TNF-MMTF also aims to give back to the society. In 2018, some of the proceeds from the event were channeled towards the “Kids Colouring Competition” and stationeries to the less fortunate students in Taiping. 

4) MMTF 2018 - Runners making their way in the forest trail (2)

Part of the registration fees in 2018 also went towards the Bukit Larut/Maxwell Hill Management for the maintenance of the tourism hotspot. 

This year, the TNF-MMTF has pledged support to the Perdana Global Peace Foundation – an anti-war movement and initiative of global peace – through trail running. 

Tan Sri Norian Mai, The Chairman of Perdana Global Peace Foundation said: “We are delighted to be part of the TNF-MMTF, who in their own way is helping us champion our message of world peace through trail running which brings people and communities together.”

6) MMTF 2018 - Claris Loke still going strong and running towards the finish line

2018 was a smooth sailing event with zero incidents and 2019 is expected to be another successful event with a bigger turnout this time around.    

8) MMTF 2018 - Daved Simpat being cheered as he crosses the finish line, taking first place for the 70km category

For more information about The North Face – Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019, visit https://mmtf.my 

Event Details

Name of Event     : The North Face – Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2019 

Date         : 13-15 December 2019

Venue         : Spritzer Eco Park, Taiping, Perak

Co-Organised by     : a) MMTF Consultant

  1. b) Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Perak
  2. c) Spritzer Berhad
  3. d) Larut Matang Hash House Harriers & Harriets

Supported By    : a) Perak State Government

  1. b) Ministry of Youth & Sports Malaysia
  2. c) Majlis Perbandaran Taiping
  3. d) Polis DiRaja Malaysia
  4. e) Ministry of Health Malaysia
  5. f) Bomba
  6. g) Perdana Global Peace Foundation
  7. h) Persatuan Olahraga Larut Matang & Selama (POLMS)

1) MMTF 2018 - Flag-Off

2018 No. of Participants         : 1430

2019 Estimated No. of Participants    : 1900

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Title Sponsor             : The North Face

Official Timing Partner         : Suunto

Official Venue Sponsor        : Spritzer

Official Bottled Water Partner    : Spritzer

Official Nutrition Partner         : Tailwind

Official Homemade Energy Bars     : Marathon Baker

Gold Sponsors        : T8

  Revv

  Star Wheels Electronic

Silver Sponsor         : Petzl

Bronze Sponsor        : Marmot Gaiters 

  Aonjie 

EVENT PARTNERS

  • Kamunting Hash House Harriers and Harriets (Marshalls)
  • Taiping Lake Hash House Harriers and Harriets (Marshalls)
  • Team Running Project (Technical Support Team)
  • Comrades (CP-WS Support)
  • Dot Track Asia (Tracking System)
  • Check Point Spot Asia (CPS) (Timing System)
  • Vines (Lighting and Sound System)
  • 2nd Skin World Domination (Apparels)
  • Asia Trail Master (live coverage)
  • Pelari Denai (On Site Videographer)
  • Pixeo (Official Photographer)
  • AdventureDotMY (Official Photographer)
  • Annmedia (Media Partner)
  • INK PR (PR Partner)

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HISTORIC 2019 IRONMAN MALAYSIA SEES BIGGEST EVER PARTICIPATION IN LANGKAWI

HISTORIC 2019 IRONMAN MALAYSIA SEES BIGGEST EVER PARTICIPATION IN LANGKAWI

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Editor’s Note

As the curtain falls on another spectacular edition of Ironman Malaysia 2019 on the idyllic Langkawi Island, courtesy of Ironman Malaysia, we look back at some of the many race highlights for the participating professional, as well as the brave amateur Triathletes. 

Every year, Ironman Malaysia is getting progressively better, and this prestigious international triathlon is making Langkawi even more famous than it already is. However, don’t be surprised if in the near future that Ironman will also be inversely known by their association with Langkawi too! After all, nothing attracts top Triathletes moee than the perfect combination of a tough course set amidst a paradise island backdrop… 

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  •       Multi Triathlon World Champion Javier Gomez (ESP) sets a new course record
  •       Age Grouper Maki Nishioka was the fastest female athlete at the event 

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  •       Celebrities Alif Satar and Khairy Jamaluddin add glamour to spectacle
  •       15 Malaysians get qualifying slot for 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

KUALA LUMPUR (6 November 2019):  The 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia shattered records of all sorts in Langkawi, and will long be remembered as one of the most memorable events to take place since its inauguration in 2000.

Spain’s Javier Gomez cemented his status as arguably the best triathlete of all time after shattering the course record to finish in a stunning 8:18:58, taking over the previous record set by Frenchman Romain Guillaume (8:32:54) in 2017.

Philipp Koutny (Switzerland) came in second at 8:24:18, followed by Thiago Vinhal (Brazil) at 8:31:15.

After his win, Gomez said winning in Malaysia sets him up nicely to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “I raced well in the heat which is important to me. The conditions here is a good learning experience. Now it’s time to take a break and rest for the offseason. I will prepare for Tokyo after that,” he said.

In her first year as a professional athlete, Tessa Kortekaas from the Netherlands clinched the title for the 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia Professional Female category with the timing of 9:43:19. “It’s not easy, not many professionals will reach this goal in the first year. I cannot believe it, I have no words,” said the former age-grouper world champion.

Naomi Washizy (Japan) crossed the finish line second at 9:52.00, followed closely behind by Simona Krovankova (Czech Republic) at 9:59:27.

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Gutsy Maki Nishioka is the fastest female athlete on the course

Gomez was not the only record breaker in Langkawi, as Japan’s Maki Nishioka became the fastest female on the course after completing the race in 9:37:46.

Nishioka’s time surpassed Female Pro Tessa Kortekaas’ winning time of 9:43:20 in the women’s elite category, and the diminutive age-grouper is now ready to turn professional, after she outdid the pros.

“It was tough, but I just kept pushing through, and I have to thank my friends for their continuous support. After this I want to focus on training to become a professional IRONMAN,” said Nishioka.

Biggest ever IRONMAN Malaysia

The 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia saw the biggest ever participation in the history of the event in Malaysia, with over 2,500 participants registering.

Malaysia recorded the highest number of participants with over 910 triathletes which made up 35.5% of the total entries. Japanese participants were second (11%), followed by Singapore (6.5%) and Indonesia (5.1%).

The 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia and IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi would not have been possible without the help of 1,500 volunteers, who worked tirelessly throughout the course.

There was a total of 135 slots for the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii and the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand, which is the highest number of slots offered in a single venue.

2019 IRONMAN Malaysia offered 50 qualifying slots to top athletes across the age-groupers category which were announced in a roll down ceremony the morning after the race.

Whereas the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi event offered 60 qualifying slots, plus an additional 25 slots specially for top finishing female athletes to the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, as part of Women for Tri, a programme under the IRONMAN Foundation to welcome and empower new female triathletes to be a part of the sport’s continued growth in high-level competition.

A total of 15 Malaysians claimed their spot at the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship and will be making their way to Taupo, New Zealand next November. This is a testament to the extraordinary progress made by the local athletes in the sport.

Women for Tri & IRONKIDs hyped up pre-race atmosphere

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There was camaraderie and emotions running high at the Women for Tri panel discussion as five strong women shared their personal journey leading up to 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia and IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi.

Katie Kyme, Amelia Shelton, Nur Zarina, Christine Loh and Cheryl Tay all had endured various challenges – including diagnosed with brain cancer and self-inflicted injury – but overcame them successfully to become women of lionhearts.

They awed the audience with their tales, and their bond only seemed to intensify the atmosphere leading up to race day.

IRONKIDS also proved a successful event, with the participation of 245 kids across two age groups (4-10 & 11-17) in the Aquathlon and Community Run.  The Aquathlon event, which featured the first open water swim event had 4-10 years old participating in the 50m swim followed by 1.8km run, and the 11-17 years old participating in the 100m swim and finishing with a 3.6km run. The Community Run were 1.8km and 3.6km distances for the 4-10 years old and 11-17 years old respectively.

Shahrom & Nursya finish as Best Malaysians

Shahrom Abdullah was Malaysia’s best Finisher with a time of 10:56:06, and the businessman was pleased with his time. “It’s good for my profile for sure, being a bicycle business owner. My aim next will be to compete at more IRONMAN events,” said Shahrom.

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Nursya was crowned the best Malaysian female athlete after she finished in 14:02:45.

“I want to continue to chase my target, and at the same time inspire more women to get involved in this extreme sport. The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen,” said Nursya.

The Best Langkawian went to Muhd Hafiz Md Yusup, who finished with a time of 11:37:13.

Alif Satar & Khairy Jamaludin proud finishers

There was celebrity presence in Langkawi too, and popular host and singer Alif Satar was one of them. The 29-year-old, who was competing in his first IRONMAN race finished in 15:06:50 with a huge grin on his face.

Former Sports Minister Khairy also did well to finish the 70.3 in 7:00:24, and he was crowned with the Finisher’s medal by his mom.

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2019 Ironman Malaysia Langkawi Results

MULTIPLE-TIME TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPION JAVIER GOMEZ SHATTERS COURSE RECORD TO CLINCH 2019 IRONMAN MALAYSIA TITLE

Tessa Kortekaas also creates history after winning women’s elite title in her first year as a professional

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LANGKAWI (26 OCTOBER 2019): Javier Gomez cemented his status as the greatest triathlete in history after shattering the course record to clinch the 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia title in emphatic fashion.

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The Spaniard with nine world titles crossed the finish line in a stunning 8:18:58, to eclipse the course record set by 2017 champion Romain Guillaume (8:32:54) in 2017.

Switzerland’s Philipp Koutny finished behind him in 8:24:18, while Brazil’s Thiago Vinhal took third place with an 8:31:15 finish.

A history-making day also witnessed Netherland’s Tessa Kortekaas winning the women’s elite category in 9:43:20 in her first year as a professional.

The 36-year-old Gomez was delighted to secure his first IRONMAN title under scorching conditions.

“It’s great, it’s my first IRONMAN win! It was a tough race, it was sunny all the time and the temperatures were high,” said Gomez.

“I had to give my best because Philipp (Koutny) did an amazing job on the bike. I had to catch him, and take some risks at the beginning of the run, but luckily I could keep up and take the win.”

Gomez was the marquee name in the 26-man professional field, and he lived up to his reputation with a powerful swim in the waters of Pantai Kok, to emerge the first man out in 47:17s.

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Gomez put a 1 min 51 seconds gap between him and defending champion Daniil Sapunov after the completion of swim to bike, with Guillaume closing in.

But Koutny emerged a contender at the 30km mark along with Guillaume to trail Gomez by two minutes, as the race intensified into the rolling hills among the villages around Datai.

The 75km mark signalled the first turning point of the race when Koutny overtook Gomez for the lead.

The Swiss was already showing glimpses of his talent with a big bike performance in Hawaii two weeks ago, seeing him through a Top-10 Finish at the IRONMAN World Championship.

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But Gomez upped the ante in the 42-km run, shaving off Koutny’s 5:30 advantage to just 25 seconds after 26 kilometres, and regained his lead through 33km to finish in sensational fashion.

“I set my pace, and I kept my nutrition by eating and drinking. It was difficult because I was struggling in the last six or seven km, but I’m happy to have crossed the finish line.”

The 2012 Olympics silver medallist plans to use this win to prepare for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“I raced well in the heat which is important to me. Now is time to take a break for the offseason. I will prepare for Tokyo after that.”

Gomez also earned an automatic slot to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii next year.

Kortekaas, meanwhile, was coming to terms to digest a monumental victory in her first year as a professional female athlete.

“It’s not easy, not many professionals will reach this goal in the first year. I cannot believe it, I have no words,” said the former age-grouper world champion.

“I trained super hard for this. I had a great swim, bike was good, but the last 50 km was so hard and I was suffering. It’s going to take a long time before I believe this has happened.”

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The 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia started off with an open water swim start from the picturesque white sandy beach of Pantai Kok with a two-loop triangle out and back course. The athletes followed with a two-loop bike course heads out of Pantai Kok on to a clockwise loop from towards the rolling hills of Datai and the fringes of Kuah Town.

Returning from the bike route, athletes made their changeover on to the run course through a unique indoor air-conditioned transition at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center (next to the airport). The 2.5 lap run course fulfilled the promise of an amazing scenic run beside the Langkawi International Airport towards the finish line at the stunning Cenang beach.

2019 IRONMAN Malaysia Pro Athlete Race Results

PRO MEN PRO WOMEN
1 Javier Gomez Spain 8:18:58 1 Tessa Kortekaas Netherlands 9:43:19
2 Philipp Koutny Switzerland 8:24:18 2 Naomi Washizu Japan 9:52:00
3 Thiago Vinhal Brazil 8:31:15 3 Simona Krivankova Czech Republic 9:59:27

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Ironman Langkawi 2019 – Final Countdown

T- 1 DAY TO RACE DAY: IRONKIDS LANGKAWI AQUATHLON TOOK ON THE OPEN WATER FOR THE FIRST TIME

Javier Gomez, Romain Guillaume & Daniil Sapunov are the right frame of mind as IRONMAN Malaysia looms one day away

LANGKAWI, 25 OCTOBER 2019:  With just one day left to IRONMAN Malaysia 2019, excitement is at an all-time high with triathletes getting in the right frame of mind for a gruelling race day on Saturday, which begins at dawn at the white sandy beach of Pantai Kok.

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The focus was arguably on IRONMAN podium frontrunners Romain Guillaume and Daniil Sapunov, as well as Javier Gomez, but the IRONKIDS provided a nice teaser on the eve of the world’s most iconic single-day endurance event.

‘Ohana reverberates at IRONKIDS

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The morning started with 245 kids, aged 4 to 17 who revelled at the opportunity to participate in IRONKIDS, which included an Aquathlon and Community Run.

The IRONKIDS Langkawi held at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, offered four categories.

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IRONKIDS aged 4 to 10 participated in either a 50m swim and 1.8km run Aquathlon, or a 1.8km Community Run. IRONKIDS aged 11 to 17 could then participate in either a 100m swim and 3.6km Aquathlon, or a 3.6km Community Run, both of which were double the distance to that of the younger IRONKIDS categories.

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The success of this event continues the legacy of IRONKIDS, which has attracted over 40,000 children since its inception in 1985.

These future IRONMAN triathletes race in a friendly yet competitive environment while inspiring them to embrace the tagline “Every Finisher is a Winner.”

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IRONMAN Malaysia a crowd puller for world renowned triathletes

IRONMAN Malaysia 2019 has drawn one of its biggest participation yet, with more than 2,500 participants from 70 countries set to compete at the swim start.

This year, the congregation of the race is made up of 35% Malaysians. This puts Malaysia as the largest athlete congregation, growing rapidly as compared to the 12% Malaysian participation rate in 2014, with just over 1,400 athletes.

The second largest congregation comes from Japan, with over 280 (11%) athletes, followed by Singapore with 193 athletes (6.5%), and 129 (5.1%) athletes from Indonesia.

Pantai Kok will see 446 first timers toeing the swim start for IRONMAN Malaysia 2019, and 410 firsttimers for the 70.3 event.

The youngest participating athletes include 18-year-old Luth Mikhail (Male) and 19-year-old Nuraina Naziha (Female), both Malaysians. The oldest athletes are 78-year-old Shoji Nakano and 67-year-old Vicky Carpenter, who hail from Japan and United Kingdom respectively.

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Daniil Sapunov aiming for podium in ‘favourite place’

The Ukrainian defending champion has been in competitive form, having trained in Cyprus and France to prepare for IRONMAN Malaysia 2019.

Sapunov won last year’s event at the first attempt with a time of 8:33:36, and wants another solid performance in Langkawi.

“Podium finish,” was his reply when asked of his target.

Describing Malaysia as his favourite place, Sapunov also said the hot and humid conditions suits the 37-year-old. “The hotter the better for me.”

When asked on competing with multiple world champion Javier Gomez, Sapunov said it was an honour for him to line up alongside the Spaniard.

Sapunov’s notable accomplishment this year includes finishing fifth at IRONMAN Liuzhou in April.

Romain Guillaume to revert to winning formula

2017 IRONMAN Malaysia champion Romain Guillaume has tweaked his preparation for this year’s race as he bids to wrestle back the title from Sapunov.

“Last year I arrived a month before race day, and I lost a lot of energy because of the weather. I had cramps at one point, had to stop and it costed me a lot of time,” reflected Guillaume.

“So this time I have arrived 10 days before, the same time I arrived when I won in 2017. So the preparation will be the same, and I am hoping to win it again.”

But Guillaume, who won the Alpe d’Huez triathlon this year, knows he is up against 25 other world class triathletes.

“Every pro wants to win, and in these conditions anything can happen. When I won, I was leading by 11-minutes at one point, but I’m sure it will not be the same this time. I’m also positive that the winner will break my previous record. But I hope it is me!”

Guillaume was in command throughout his victory in 2017 to win in 8:32:53.

Javier Gomez’s inaugural race in Malaysia
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Javier Gómez, who was crowned the long- distance world champion and king of triathlon at the 2019 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in May, is also contender to spoil the party for Guillaume and Sapunov.

Gomez will be competing in Malaysia for the first time, and envisions a tough battle ahead in a quality class field of triathletes.

“A few of my friends had competed in previous IRONMAN Malaysia events, and had told me that this is a challenging course, so I’m here to check it out,” said Gomez, who is set to use Langkawi as training for next year’s Olympics.

“The weather here will be similar to Japan, so it will provide a good training for me ahead of the Olympics.”

Gómez is also an Olympic Silver medallist in men’s triathlon during the (2012 London Summer Olympics).

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IRONMAN Langkawi 2019 – Race Eve

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5 WOMEN SHARE THEIR SUCCESS STORIES AS WOMEN FOR TRI TAKES ON A SIGNIFICANT MEANING AT IRONMAN MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR/ LANGKAWI

(21 OCTOBER 2019):

Women For Tri has become one of the most

successful and profound programme of the IRONMAN Foundation, since taking off in 2015.

Aimed to increase female participation at all levels of Triathlon, the initiative engages female athletes across all race distances and every athlete ability.

The initiative has become nothing short of amazing, as Women For Tri can be proud of an 18% growth in female participation at the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, which now totals to more than 71,000 female triathletes globally.

“IRONMAN has been championing Women For Tri for many years. We believe that it is an inclusive sport, rather than it being male dominant. Having more women in the sport would truly represent the meaning of ‘Ohana’, IRONMAN’s theme this year, and bring the family together,” said CG Lim, Regional Director, Malaysia, IRONMAN Asia.

CG’s biggest mission this year was to show greater support for female athletes through the combined efforts of Women For Tri and the ‘Ohana’ theme.

His endeavours did not disappoint, and has certainly come to fruition as the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi received an additional 25 slots for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, as part of Women for Tri.

These slots would however, not mean anything without the real-life tales of many Malaysian women whose sacrifice, diligence and sheer determination have helped raise the profile of women in IRONMAN.

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Iron Lady is the word for Nursya’s family.

Nursya Jusoh will be an unmistakable figure at this year’s race, sporting a full length trisuit, completed with a sports hijab, thanks to her sponsor PURPOSE.

The seasoned IRONMAN campaigner is and has been an inspiration to many Muslim women as she competes in IRONMAN dressed religious attire.

But above it all, Nursya remains a true inspiration to her family.

“I have three kids, and my second son has completed the kids triathlon twice, because of me!” says the 42-year-old housewife with a laugh.

“My husband also did IRONMAN last year because of me. He is my number one fan!”

Nursya, who will be competing in her fourth consecutive IRONMAN, has come full circle since witnessing her first IRONMAN as a spectator in 2014.

“I was so inspired by the spirit of the participants and went back with a desire to do this. I enrolled in swimming lessons, and my husband bought me a bike shortly after. I did my first triathlon in 2015 and signed up for my first IRONMAN in 2016.

“That year itself I signed up for my full IRONMAN in Langkawi, and I be returning there for a fourth time.”

Bonding with women through triathlon

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For Patricia Lim, completing the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi relay team event with her girlfriends

Diana Hazari and Harum Delima would be to achieve their ultimate friendship goals.

“We have all done the full IRONMAN in Langkawi before and we are familiar with the routes, so this time we just want to go out there and have fun. I want all of us to finish the event with a big smile,” says the bubbly café owner who will be toeing the swim start for the first leg of their relay.

Patricia is grateful that she met both Diana and Harum through this small, yet closely knitted community of female triathletes.

“We met over four years ago, and we have bonded really well ever since. We do not train together because we do different events, but even having a meal together brings us closer.”

“I did my first relay in Port Dickson in 2015 and was inspired by many of the women out there. I now look at the older generation and draw my inspiration from them. Some of them are in their 60s, but they can complete a full IRONMAN in 12 hours. Amazing.”

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Striving even harder after accident

Diana Hazari could have allowed a bike accident that happened during her IRONMAN training to deter her from ever touching a bicycle again, let alone competing in another race. Instead, she used that setback as an added motivation to achieve her goal.

“I was training for my first IRONMAN in 2016 but had unfortunately suffered a bike accident during training just weeks before race day. I still participated in the event, but with stitches and a blurry eyesight. I could not perform and did not finish the race,” recalled the housewife.

“I was heartbroken but became more determined to complete a race, so I signed up the following year looking for ‘revenge’. I worked extra hard and was more careful during training. It paid off and I finished my first race in 2017 and become an IRONMAN.”

“It was one of the best moments of my life.”

This year, Diana will compete in the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi relay category, doing the bike lap with memories of 2016 spurring her on to power her team.

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Doctor misdiagnosis turns out a revelation

For Patricia and Diana’s teammate, Harum Delima, every IRONMAN race was an amazing lesson in self-discovery, which saw her overcoming obesity.

On her journey to leading a healthier lifestyle and losing weight, she fell in love with running. However, the real estate agent was heartbroken after a misdiagnosis by a doctor on her knee condition. That paved her way into the IRONMAN world.

“I consulted a doctor I had never met before and he said my legs were bad for running based on my X-Ray. I cried for days because I had fell in love with running. I consulted other specialists after that and they said my legs were fine,” recalled Harum.

“I went home with renewed spirits and told my husband I was going to join a triathlon. He wasn’t interested, but the fire in me was so intense, I knew I was going to do it with or without him. He saw my passion and learnt to swim with me. After swimming 1000m non-stop, we were motivated and shopped for a bike.”

Harum’s IRONMAN adventure has taken her to Estonia, Italy and Norway, but she always remembers her IRONMAN Malaysia experience. 

“I DNF (Did Not Finish) and told myself I wasn’t going to do another one. But if I had stopped, I would not have achieved all this. Don’t succumb to pressure, move at your own pace.”

Harum will be taking on the last leg of the relay for 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi which consists of the 21.1km run. 

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Inspiration from the female Peninsular peddler

For Amelia Shelton, the demanding work as a dentist was draining both physically and mentally, leaving her little room for any outdoor activity.

“I was posted to Langkawi as a junior dental officer in 2014, and it was hard being motivated because of my job. Plus, most of my friends would rather chill at home or at the beach on their off days,’ said the Selangor-born. But a local event in Langkawi in 2017 changed that, because that’s when she came to know a certain Sandra Loh, who accomplished a unique feat of cycling across the four corners of the Malaysian Peninsular with a friend in 2009.

Sandra, a speaker at that event, came over to encourage Amelia afterwards.

“The first thing she said was to come cycle with her. She even offered to lend me her bike when I told her I didn’t have one.

We cycled across some gorgeous views that weekend and that was the start.

“I saved up and bought my first road bike after and started taking part in any events that involved cycling, swimming or running. All because of Sandra’s motivation.”

Amelia will be competing in her first IRONMAN at Langkawi this year, inspired by her mentor, family, friends and the locals.

“The locals here (in Langkawi) even have songs about IRONMAN! It is one of the biggest events here. People would just stand by the roads and cheer the athletes on. I always thought it was pretty cool, and now, I will be part of it. 

T-2 DAYS TO RACE DAY: WOMEN FOR TRI PANEL AIMSTO EMPOWER & INSPIRE

Three-Time World Champion Craig Alexander, 2019 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion Javier Gomez & Popular Malaysian Personality Alif Satar adds gloss to IRONMAN as countdown to race day heats up

LANGKAWI, 24 October 2019: The excitement for the 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia in Langkawi continues to heat up as a plethora of activities are already happening to serve as the ideal appetizer ahead of race day in two days!

Women For Tri Aims to Foster Closer Bond

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There was great camaraderie and insights breakthrough at the Women For Tri panel discussion on Thursday.

The panel speakers made up of Katie Kyme, Amelia Shelton, Nur Zarina, Christine Loh and Cheryl Tay all recounted their own personal experiences, and what stood out was how IRONMAN helped them overcome adversity.

Australian Pro Athlete Katie Kyme has been an ardent IRONMAN supporter since her teens, when she would watch the IRONMAN World Championships with her brother.

Severe health conditions several years ago never diminished her love for triathlon, and she was at IRONMAN Malaysia to share her story.

“I was diagnosed with brain cancer some years ago, and I was fortunate to have overcome it, but recovery took 10 years, so I had to be patient in that process. Once my health got better, I could start with blocks of trainings,” said Kyme, who eventually went on to get her professional card.

Residing in Langkawi for the last 5 years, Dr. Amelia Shelton’s biggest barrier was getting motivated from a taxing job as a dentist which took up a lot of her time.

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The turning point came when she learnt that medical practitioners where she resides are most prone to non-communicable diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.

“I needed to practice what I preach and make the time to get out there. Langkawi is a beautiful island, and so it wasn’t like I was out there doing a chore. I wanted to see the sun, smell the salty sea air and just be out there,” said Amelia.

“Having an indoor trainer also helped a lot. I’d cycle before going to work, and then run after work. My colleagues saw my determination and offered to do the weekend on-calls for me, so that I could train longer hours.”

Amelia also had a word of advice for women who are going through their menstrual cycles while training.

“Give your body at least a day’s rest, because hormones can fluctuate. You need to know your body well, but don’t take a long break.”

Christine Loh has become an ‘iron-woman’ to her family, from supporting her IRONMAN-fanatic husband to joining him on this journey and competing at the 2019 IRONMAN Malaysia for the first time with her children.

“When we have a bigger objective in mind, we can pull the trigger. I started by following my husband, and after that my kids were inspired and also started following. There were sacrifices to be made, but I am happy that I went through with it” said Christine.

Training and competing in full hijab gear can be challenging, especially in a tropical climate like Malaysia, where the heat can be intense and other competitors are dressed more freely.

But for hijabi triathlete Nur Zarina, pushing her physical limits in an attire which conforms to religion, and giving her best is a different experience altogether.

“It’s not a problem at all. I compete with a sports scarf with thin material, and it dries fast,” said Nur Zarina, who also shared about overcoming her fear of swimming.

When I was younger, my mom always told me not to swim as I would drown. And when I started swimming, I used to do it with my eyes shut because of the fear of piranhas and sharks!”

“A lot of people had also discouraged me, but I set my mind to do it and now I’m here competing at an IRONMAN (event).”

Singaporean Cheryl Tay had battled with body image insecurity when she was younger, in an attempt to be skinny.

“I used to run almost 27 kilometres a day to get skinny. When I failed to stick my diet, I self-harmed. Then I realized I am only hurting myself, and I started to discover what my body can do,” recalls Rock the Naked Truth Founder.

“I got introduced to weightlifting, and after that triathlon. It was one of the best things that happened to me.”

Also present at the panel was Elle Adda – the French Filipina international concert vocalist who has worked alongside Grammy award winning artists such as Sting and Chris Botti.

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The Disney music vocalist, who is a fitness enthusiast with several IRONMAN podium finishes serenaded the crowd with a song titled ”Being Alive”  to inspire them ahead of race day

Since its inception in 2015, Women For Tri has seen an 18% increase in female participation in IRONMAN & IRONMAN 70.3 events, which now totals to more than 71,000 female athletes globally.

“Let’s endure the pain and agony together” – Alif Satar

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Alif Satar will compete in the full IRONMAN this year after completing his maiden IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi last year under seven hours, a feat which proved to be a life changing experience.

 

That accomplishment also saw his swim in open water for the first time, as the popular singer and actor encouraged the participants ahead of Saturday’s race.

“I want to wish all the IRONMAN participants their best on Saturday. May we endure the pain and agony together!”.

Other renown Malaysian personalities participating in this year’s acclaimed event include Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB, who will be racing the IRONMAN 70.3 event; multiple IRONMAN finisher Dato’ Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali, CEO of Sepang International Circuit taking it easy with an IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi this year, as well as former Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who will take part in his first IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi event, after a hiatus of 3 years since his maiden IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya in 2016.

Valuable Tips from a World Champion – Alexander Craig

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The triathletes who converged at Langkawi gained a massive boost following a valuable meet-and-greet session with three-time world champion Craig Alexander, who has been and will be one of the commentator for IRONMAN Malaysia throughout the week.

The Australian, who is also IRONMAN’s ambassador in Langkawi is now contributing back to the sport after becoming three-time world champion in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Alexander, 46, spent time taking pictures with fans ahead of the gruelling race day, and had shared valuable advice during the meet-and-greet session.

“It is great to receive recognition in a sport we all like to excel in. So it doesn’t matter if you have been in the sport a year or two or 10, the challenge is to keep going,” said Alexander.

Javier Gomez preparing for Tokyo Olympics in Langkawi

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IRONMAN Malaysia 2019 also witnessed another world champion in the form of Javier Gomez.

The 36-year-old Spaniard is a long distance specialist and king of triathlon at the 2019 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in May.

He is looking forward to the Langkawi race, which he described as ‘not the fastest, but one of the toughest.’

“I’ve heard about how challenging this race can be in hot and humid conditions. I’m competing at the Tokyo Olympics next year, and the conditions here will provide a good learning experience,” said Gomez, who already likes the island.

“I like the course; the atmosphere is great and the locals are friendly. I’m hoping for a great race on Saturday.”

IRONMAN Malaysia and IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi will continue with its race week festivities, with IRONKIDS kicking things off on Friday.

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District Race Kuala Lumpur 2019 by AIA Vitality

District Race Kuala Lumpur 2019 by AIA Vitality

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Editor’s Note 

MY wife Maryati & I were invited to join the District Race by AIA VITALITY in Kepong Metropolitan Park on 6 Oct 2019. Being our first time to join this kind of explore race, we were excited with the prospect of being able to try out a new outdoor activity. 

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It was like no other running event that we’ve ever joined before. Firstly, every runner had to run with their smartphones.

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Secondly, there was no fixed route, and thirdly, the goal was not about who finished fastest, but rather, we had to collect as many points as possible by passing through several fixed checkpoints and complete certain challenges in a fixed duration. 

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The District Race which is owned and managed by District Technologies, is more of a fitness-cum-treasure hunt than the usual running event.

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Nevertheless, it is a fun outdoor game for those who are looking for new ways to raise their fitness level, and at the same time, the explorers can discover some hidden places of a city. 

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▶️ Race & Explore Kepong : More than 200 participants gathered at the Kepong Metropolitan Park on 13 October 2019 (Sunday) for this race familiarisation session as part of the preparation for the upcoming District Race KL by AIA Vitality which will be held in Dataran Merdeka on 03 November 2019. 

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Since this event attracted many casual runners, families and youngsters, it was apt that there was a long Zumba warmup session before the 30 minute race.

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Afterwards, the participants were provided with a light meal courtesy of our awesome host AIA Vitality.

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🧭🏃🏿Event  H. I. G. H. L. I. G. H. T. S. 

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✔️ Learn How To Use District Race App

✔️ Run Kepong Metropolitan Park Grid

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✔️ Support AIA Vitality Healthy Lifestyle

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✔️ Great Zumba Pre-Race Workout

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✔️ Meet District Runners over refreshments

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✔️ Prizes For Top 3 Racers

▶️ Fitness For All: Being a self-proclaimed Fitness Lifestyle Ambassador for the past 9 years, I applaud AIA Vitality (Main Sponsor of District Race) for organising this kind of inclusive Healthy Activity which encourages the public to look after our health better in a sustainable manner.

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The event’s key underlying message was, “For the good of the greater community, keeping fit and healthy is our individual responsibility, and we can all do it together on a regular basis in a fun & effective way!” 

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▶️ New Running Concept: As Chris Cable, Head of Events, District Technologies pointed out, “District Race is not about replacing running events, but rather, it offers a fresh way to keep fit by using modern technology.”

Furthermore, in line with the progress of technology and to keep the District Race fresh, District Technologies are constantly upgrading and expanding their offered features and services to the urban fitness & running community everywhere. 

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Virgin Explorers: Eventhough District Race Manager Adrees had thoroughly briefed us on the race guidelines and its mechanics beforehand, newbies like Maryati & I still found it useful to gain hands on experience during the race itself through our sometimes comical trial and error actions. In fact, part of the enjoyment was being able to figure out how to interpret properly the instructions on our smartphone, while searching for the actual checkpoints, as well as completing the given challenges. Here, our multitasking skills and ability to remain calm under pressure were put to the test. 

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Easy  To Start: Watch the following videos to learn how easy it is to upload and activate your District Race account and join Malaysia’s coolest running apps! Once you are ready, you can search for the nearest district race location and plan your race exactly how you want it. Remember, you don’t have to reach the checkpoints in the given numbered sequence, and it is advisable that you prioritise your race strategy by aiming first for those challenges which offer the most points. 

Video 1 : How To Start (Part 1)

Video 2 : How To Start (Part 2)

Video 3 : How To Start (Part 3)

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Everybody Wins: There is a race leaderboard for you to check your total points and performance  against the other top players. Perhaps, you just want to compete against your own running group or friends. Either way, you’re still a winner because you are keeping active and in good shape without even realising it! 

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Video 4 ~ Meeting Point

Video 5 ~ Zumba Warm-up

Video 6 ~ Emcee Greeting

Video 7 ~ Green Team

Video  8 ~ Laman Cergas AIA Vitality

Video 9 ~ Insane Zumba

Video 10 ~ Zumba Moves

Video 11 ~ District Race Newbie

Video 12 ~ Go Right or Left

Video 13 ~ We’re Off

Video 14 ~ Lost In Translation

▶️ More About District #exploreevents

🧭For those looking for new ways to improve their fitness, District uses the joy of discovery and uncovering hidden experiences throughout your own city to motivate active living at any level.

🌁District brings cities to life with different series of checkpoints and challenges spread across many neighbourhoods in the city. The aim of the game is to collect as many points, badges and rewards as possible within the time limit. There’s no set route or distance, so plan and create your own strategy based on your strengths. We’re sure that you will go further than you ever thought possible.

🌳Starting in Laman Cergas AIA Vitality, the District #exploreevents, will bring like-minded explorers together to share their experiences, and discover new corners of their city to build the community of urban running and exploration.

We Love KL: Let’s Explore & Race around our glorious capital city Kuala Lumpur and jam with thousands of participants like there’s no tomorrow. 

Hurry & Join the BIGGEST DISTRICT RACE in Asia ~ the District Race Kuala Lumpur by AIA Vitality 2019 on 3 Nov 2019… To REGISTER.. ➡️

https://exploredistrict.com/en/events/kuala-lumpur

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Special Acknowledgements ~ Many thanks to AIA Vitality, Chris, Adrees & Shanti for hosting a wonderful event.

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