IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2018 – OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Caption: At the 9km mark
Since I managed to capture so many photos & videos of the runners, while plodding along the superb 13km fully closed route, I decided to post this Official Review Notes & Photos provided by INK PR (see below) first, and post later my personal race experience…
👆Caption: BESRAYA HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 13K FLAG-OFF
☝️Caption: BESRAYA HIGHWAY CHALLENGE 6K FLAG-OFF
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
IJM-Allianz Duo Highway Challenge attracts 6000 runners at Besraya Highway
- Malaysia’s only duo highway challenge that highlights the accessibility of two highways and its advantages
- NPE Highway Challenge will be held on 29 July 2018.
- Registration is currently still open for NPE Highway Challenge atwww.ijmhighwayrun.com andwww.justonlineregistration.com.
- Registration closes on 30th June 2018 for NPE Highway Challenge (E10)
Caption: IJM ALLIANZ DUO HIGHWAY CHALLENGE : BESRAYA HIGHWAY CHALLENGE – VIPS DOING WARM UP WITH THE RUNNERS
Kuala Lumpur, 29 April 2018: After its successful first debut at Besraya Highway last year, the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge is back again for the second year. This year’s return garnered 6000 runners that cruised through the Besraya Highway. Similar to last year, the challenge offered a 13km challenge and a 6km fun run that went along the stretch of the elevated Besraya highway.
The highway saw running junkies flocking the roads when the run kicked off at 6.30am and 7.00am for the 13km and 6km runs respectively. The run route started off at Loke Yew Toll Plaza all the way to Pandan Indah and took a curve at Jalan Istana and Salak Selatan before turning back to the toll plaza. The total stretch of the highway is nearly 29km, which offers connectivity between UPM Serdang, Balakong, Salak Selatan, Ampang, and Jalan Istana.
The duo highway challenge was held in collaboration with IJM Corporation Berhad (IJM) and Allianz Malaysia Berhad as the title sponsors. Organised by Besraya (M) Sdn Bhd (Besraya) and New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd (NPE) under IJM’s toll division and EC Pixels, the highway is fully closed with extra precautions taken to ensure the safety of all runners and most importantly, making sure the participants have a great run.
The supporters and finishers of the Besraya Highway Challenge also participated in exciting activities at the Race Village, which includes the various strength challenges and photo booths organized by IJM as well as the opportunity to learn on safety hazard at home and on the road from Allianz’s booth.
Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad said: “We are pleased to be back here at the Besraya Highway Challenge. Following the success of the run series last year, we hope to continue our effort in promoting healthy urban lifestyles through running, as well as providing a safe and well-organized venue for sports enthusiasts of all levels. The safety of our runners remains our main priority as we want our participants to enjoy running through a fully closed highway.”
Sean Wang, Chief Operations Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad said: “Since 2011, Allianz Malaysia has supported numerous running events to advocate the importance of healthy living. We are well and truly proud to be the joint title sponsors for this event for second consecutive year. This is one of those competitions that never fails to ignite excitement. And this year’s race was nothing short of that. We congratulate all the top finishers from today’s race and we look forward to seeing all the runners return with renewed passion and running spirit at the second-leg at the NPE Highway Challenge in July.”
☝️Caption: Front row only
Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad presenting the prize to 13KM Men’s Open Champion Poo Vasanthan Subramaniam , accompanied by Pn Wan Salwani Wan Yusoff, Chief Operations Officer for IJM Toll Division (Far left) and Tan Sri Abdul Halim Bin Ali, Chairman IJM Corporation Berhad (far right)
The best Malaysian timing for Men’s Open 13km category was Poo Vasanthan Subramaniam with a timing of 45 minutes and 49 seconds followed by Anas Rosli in second place with the timing of 45 minutes and 58 seconds. Lastly in the third placing with a timing of 46 minutes and 52 seconds came Ow Yong Jin Kuang.
☝️Caption: Front row only
Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad presenting the prize to 13KM Women’s Open Champion Sheila Samivellu , accompanied by Pn Wan Salwani Wan Yusoff, Chief Operations Officer for IJM Toll Division (Far left) and Tan Sri Abdul Halim Bin Ali, Chairman IJM Corporation Berhad (far right)
The best Malaysian timing for Women’s Open 13km category was Sheela Samivellu with a timing of 52 minutes and 23 seconds, followed by Musa Noor Amelia with a time of 55 minutes and 19 seconds and in third place came Khit Yeng Chua with a time of 56 minutes and 43 seconds.
The second leg of the Duo Highway Challenge will be happening on NPE Highway on 29 July 2018. The run will flag off at the iconic Sunway Pyramid. The champion of the Duo Highway Challenge will be in the run to win cash prizes up to RM1,500, whereas second and third place will be in the run to win a cash prizes of RM 1,000 and RM 500 respectively.
Caption: VIPs starting their walk-off
About IJM Corporation Berhad
IJM Corporation Berhad (“IJM”) is a leading Malaysian conglomerate and is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Securities”). Its core business activities encompass construction, property development, manufacturing and quarrying, infrastructure concessions and plantations. Headquartered in Selangor, Malaysia, IJM’s international aspirations have seen it establish its presence in 10 countries, with primary focus in Malaysia, India, China and Indonesia. IJM’s growth over the past three decades has been the result of its unwavering focus on its core competencies, diversification into strategically related businesses and selective expansion into new markets.
The toll infrastructure services cover a broad spectrum of project requirements including the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the tolls, from start to finish. Today, IJM fully owns and operates several urban toll concessions in Malaysia, such as BESRAYA, NPE and LEKAS.For more information, visit www.ijm.com
About Allianz in Malaysia
The investment holding company, Allianz Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Allianz SE, has two insurance subsidiaries – Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad (“Allianz General”) and Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad (“Allianz Life”).
Allianz General is one of the leading general insurers in Malaysia and has a broad spectrum of services in personal lines; small to medium enterprise business and large industrial risks. The GWP for general insurance business for financial year 2017 reached a mark of RM2.14 billion.
Allianz Life offers a comprehensive range of life and health insurance and investment-linked products and for the financial year 2017, Allianz Life recorded a GWP of RM2.15 billion and is one of the fastest growing life insurers in Malaysia.
Allianz Malaysia has 37 branches nationwide.
In 2017, Allianz Malaysia Berhad was awarded the Best Corporate Responsibility Initiatives (below RM10 billion market capitalisation) at The Edge Billion Ringgit Club Awards 2017, while Allianz General was recognised as the Best Motor Insurance Company in 2016 by iBanding.com. In previous years, Allianz Malaysia was also awarded the Merit Award for Corporate Governance (CG) Disclosures at the Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG) Malaysia-ASEAN Corporate Governance Transparency Index, Findings and Recognition 2016.
To learn more about Allianz Malaysia, visit allianz.com.my
☝️It was a car-free morning on the highway until this was spotted. Runner carrying an antique car cut-out while conquering the Besraya Highway Challenge.
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IJM Corporation Berhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad
by INK PR Sdn Bhd
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