MPI Generali Run 2017 – The Review
Event Preview By Gus Ghani
Event | MPI Generali Run 2017
Distance: 10 km & 5 km
Venue | Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur
Date | 8th January 2017
Total Runners | 4⃣3⃣0⃣0⃣
It is great to see Running Events that ‘Walk The Talk’, and this year’s MPI Generali Run delivered a match-winning Home Run with their recent spectacular running carnival which thrilled thousands of runners at Padang Merbok.
The words that MPI Generali Insurance CEO Oliver Tan had uttered during an earlier press conference, “We strive to be the best mid-sized running event”, echoed in my mind as I realised that this was indeed the best mid-sized run in town! It was superbly organised, thoroughly enjoyable for the participating competitive runners and fun runners alike.
This is precisely the kind of successful event which my wife Maryati and I needed to kick start our new running chapter in 2017.
Swag To Brag
Apart from excellent goodies for runners like chunky medal, stylish running T-shirt, waist pouch, ice-cream, Milo, breakfast cereal, popcorn, candy floss, the event day itself was superbly managed before Flag-off, during the run, and at the post-race carnival.
Enough Elbow Room
The venue layout was designed well which optimised the use of the Padang Merbok Parking Space, and hence, facilitated the smooth flow and inter-mingling of 4,000 happy runners.
Going The Extra Mile
Moreover, I gave special extra bonus points to MPI Generali Run 2017 for :-
Providing timing chip;
Keeping registrants continuously informed and updated on important notifications via email, sms and fb page;
Arranging 4 fun-filled and informative Running Clinic sessions with attractive running vest giveaways for Participants;
Donating pre-loved Tees and shoes to the Orang Asli Communities.
Leading The Way
Dang, it is a double-edged sword to be spoilt with such a terrific event because other fun runs will fall short in comparison. But, I’m not complaining. On the contrary, I hope other Event Owners would follow suit and aim as high as MPI Generali when it comes to giving runners a top quality mid-sized running event.
Of course, it takes precision planning, abundance of resources, and great support from Sponsors and Event Partners to pull-off a top-class event. What’s less obvious is the phenomenal amount of work carried out behind-the-scenes by the project team of professional and dedicated staff to achieve success. I was fortunate to meet them, and I was most impressed by their total commitment and genuine sincerity to be the best host and to organise the best run possible for the runners.
📠OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Getting healthier together at MPI Generali Run 2017
• Princes and princesses “graced” 5km Fun Run while competitive runners joined 10 km at Padang Merbok
• Family day atmosphere at carnival for participants from all walks of life
• Project Good Deeds collected 177 pairs of sports shoes and 950 tees
Kuala Lumpur – Princes and princesses were sighted at Padang Merbok yesterday but instead of running late for a ball, they were running to get healthier together at MPI Generali Run 2017.
The sixth annual community run of MPI Generali Insurans Berhad features a 5km fun category in which participants got to dress up as Prince and Princess to race while keeping fit at the same time. Family members and friends who prefer a more relaxing exercise opted for the 3km Fun Walk.
The Run’s 10km category catered to the more competitive runners. In total, the Run attracted over 4,300 runners. With participants from all walks of life, the Run treated them to a carnival at Padang Merbok Car Park where they were entertained by balloon sculptors, bubble performances and cosplayers ready for wefie opportunities.
Booths of sponsors and partners were also set up offering great deals like special discounts and post-run massage. Snack stalls offering tidbits like popcorn and cotton candy completed the family day atmosphere.
Before the prize-giving ceremony, participants took up the emcee’s cue to remain motionless for a Mannequin Challenge video.
💚Participants also got the chance to be eco-friendly and do a kind deed by donating their pre-loved sports shoes and tees to Project Good Deeds. Seeking to reduce the impact of solid waste on the environment, the CSR initiative successfully collected 177 pairs of sports shoes and 950 tees for the Orang Asli community. The Run returned to its mainstay Padang Merbok as the routes remain a popular favourite among both amateur and seasoned runners.
📆Project Leader Jayne Liew remarked: “All these years, MPI Generali Run has been associated with the hilly challenge and scenic city view of Padang Merbok. We have not settled on the location for our next MPI Generali Run. All I can assure you is we will strive to live up to our established reputation as a well-organised and fun-filled Run.” The next MPI Generali Run is slated to happen on 13 January 2018. MPI Generali will continue introducing new concepts to the Run so that community members can better enjoy starting the year on a healthy footing.
🏆The Run Organiser takes this opportunity to congratulate all the Race finishers especially the Champions of the four categories: James Karanja (10km Men’s Open), Vadiveelu Arumugam (10km Men’s Veteran), Manissha Arokiasamy (10km Women’s Open) and Yuan Yu Fang (10km Women’s Veteran). The Organiser would also like to thank all the sponsors and partners, MPI Generali employees, business associates, volunteers, corporate supporters and all runners for taking part.
😍The Organiser welcomes having more sponsors, partners and corporate supporters for MPI Generali Run 2018. Those who are interested may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPI GENERALI INSURANS BERHAD MPI Generali Insurans Berhad (“MPI Generali”), formerly known as Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd, is a strategic partnership between Multi-Purpose Capital Holdings Berhad, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPHB Capital Berhad, a public-listed company, and Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., one of the largest global insurance providers with a rich heritage going back to 1831. MPI Generali Insurans Berhad’s core business is underwriting of general insurance.
MPI GENERALI RUN MPI Generali Run is an annual run designed to help the community get healthier together. Kickstarting the local running calendar since 2012, MPI Generali Run has established a reputation as a well-organised and punctual event with well-designed run routes as well as a strong following comprising both new and seasoned runners. MPI Generali Insurans is proud to position itself as the pioneer general insurer in organising a community-based run in Malaysia and including the run in its CSR programme. The theme of Healthy Lifestyle – Work-Life Balance remains a relevant theme in today’s hectic and more sedentary lives. MPI Generali Run 2017 is the sixth in the general insurer’s run series and will take place on 8 January 2017 at Padang Merbok, Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur.
Its sponsors and partners include New Balance (Official Apparel), 100 Plus (Official Isotonic), Pacific Regency (Hotel Partner), Running Malaysia (Media Partner – Magazine), KPJ Healthcare (Medical Partner), Affin Hwang Capital, BP Healthcare Group, Mamee, 2XU, Magnum, Nestlé Fitnesse, Nestlé Milo, Pilatique, Garmin, Leong Adjustment Sdn. Bhd., Massimo and Simply Juice.
PROJECT GOOD DEEDS Project Good Deeds collects pre-loved sports shoes and tees to be donated to the Orang Asli community. As a corporate social responsibility initiative that has complemented MPI Generali Run since 2014, it seeks to promote environmental sustainability through recycling and provide an avenue for Run participants to contribute back to the environment and community. To date, Project Good Deeds has donated 723 pairs of sports shoes and 2,772 pieces of tees to 10 kampungs, namely Kampung Orang Asli Bakok, Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Damar, Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Jenuk, Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Lalang, Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Mai, Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Yam, Kampung Orang Ali Air Terentang, Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Baja, Kampung Orang Asli Tanjung Rampai and Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Tual Pos Sinderut. This time round, Project Good Deeds will benefit Kampung Orang Asli Bakar Leleh Bumbum, Pulau Carey, Selangor; Kampung Orang Asli Pulau Carey, Selangor; Kampung Orang Asli Batu Semenyih, Selangor; and Kampung Orang Asli Sebir, Negeri Sembilan.
APPENDIX A: THE TOP THREE WINNERS IN THE FOUR 10KM COMPETITIVE RUN
Category A: 10km Men’s Open Position Name Official Time Champion JAMES KARANJA 00:33:57 1st Runner-Up JOSEPHAT MOCHUMARI MEI 00:35:38 2nd Runner-Up ANAS BIN ROSLI 00:36:05
Category B: 10km Men’s Veteran Position Name Official Time Champion VADIVEELU ARUMUGAM 00:38:21 1st Runner-Up SHAHARUDIN BIN HASHIM 00:38:43 2nd Runner-Up LIM KHON SENG 00:39:54
Category C: 10km Women’s Open Position Name Official Time Champion MANISSHA AROKIASAMY 00:47:45 1st Runner-Up TAN BEE PING 00:54:51 2nd Runner-Up JESSICA NG SZE CHIA 00:55:12
Category D: 10km Women’s Veteran Position Name Gun Time Champion YUAN YU FANG 00:42:17 1st Runner-Up CLARE MCCULLOCH 00:45:37 2nd Runner-Up YASUKO HOSOTANI 00:48:42
📹Live Action Videos
Pre-race group warming-up session Part 1
Pre-race group warming-up session Part 2
Running Kuala Lumpur
Water Station 1 Part 1
Water Station 1 Part 2
Bombing Down Jalan Parliament
Photo Finish With Wifey
Goodie Bag & Bananas
Waist Pouch (Blooper)
Ice-cream, Thank You
Klang Runner Edwin
30-year Running Veteran (Coming Soon)
Big Thanks to MPI Generali for their invitation to be part of this wonderful running New Year carnival worthy of any runner’s calendar.
Many well-deserved praises for the superb road marshals, tireless volunteers, and the terrific sponsors.
See you on 13th January 2018!
To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.
About The Author
Gus is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider for CYCLING NEWS, Gus Ghani for SPORTS INFOTAINMENT and FOLLOW gusghani @IG for LIFESTYLE.