SHAMROCK RUN KL 2019 – Preview

SHAMROCK RUN KL 2019 – Preview


Editor’s Note

At the Soft Launch and Media Conference for the Shamrock Run KL 2019 on 26 Feb 2019 at MATIC KL, there was a distinct Irish theme in the air as characterised by the event mascot which is an oversized Leprechaun, dressed naturally in shamrock green, as were many of the guests present!


Run For Fun

En. Hafidz (President of Malaysian Irish Alumni Association) kicked off the informal proceedings with an introduction of the Shamrock Run history, and how it started back in 2014 with 500 runners. Being an avid runner himself, Hafidz is adamant that this fun run should give all participants an enjoyable running experience, regardless of their running ability.

Video – Welcome by Hafidz

Therefore, there will be no timing chip to pressure the runners. Instead, runners can opt for 10km or 5km, and each individual is encouraged to set their own personal goals and pace, as long as they are enjoying themselves.

To add more fun, there will be 30 prizes given for best dressed runners in the theme of “pot of gold” which according to Irish folklore is found at the end of the rainbow and only the Leprechaun knows where that treasure lies.

Green Day Calling

His Excellency Eamon Hickey (Ambassador of Ireland to Malaysia), was also present at the Soft Launch to support the Shamrock Run which is aimed at bringing closer together the people to people relationship between Malaysia and the Republic of Ireland.

Interestingly, Eamon pointed out that many Malaysian students have long been studying Finance & Medicine in Ireland, including our most famous doctor – Prime Minister Tun Mahathir.

Video – Green Group

Moreover, H.E. Eamon explained that Shamrock is the national flower of Ireland and the run is held in March to coincide with the National Day of the Republic of Ireland on March 27 every year.


Moreover, I guess that the Irish does not mind to play-up their stereotype of living in the land of leprechauns because the event’s mascot was indeed a bearded leprechaun complete with a green hat and waistcoat!

Virgin Shamrock Runner

Together, Eamon and Hafidz did a great job convincing me to search for that proverbial pot of gold, or atleast, by joining my first Shamrock Run at Universiti Islam Anatarabangsa (UIA) scheduled for 30th March 2019, I would indeed have fun outrunning the heavier Leprechaun mascot.


Video – Big Tee

Date: Saturday, 30 Mac 2019
Venue: UIA Stadium Gombak

Organiser: MALAYSIAN IRISH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (MIAA), Embassy of Ireland in Malaysia, and O’Briens Sandwiches


His Excellency Eamon Hickey – Ambassador of Ireland to Malaysia
Hafidz Kosai – MIAA President
Brian Pua – MD, O’Briens Irish Sandwich & Café.

Video – Paparazzi Flash

Everyone Can Run

Apart from the talk about Leprechauns & their Irish riddles, En. Hafidz (President of Malaysian Irish Alumni Association) explained that this is their 5th Anniversary, and with the support of the Irish Embassy, O’Briens Irish Coffee and Sandwich & Café, the Event Partners, and the adorable runners, everyone can expect another funfilled experience for the whole family.

Video – O’Brien Team

To encourage people of all ages & newbies to take-up running, their T-shirt sizes range from children size right up to size 6XL!


🌈POT OF GOLD theme
✔️ 1500 Green Runners
✔️ For Newbies, Fun Runners & Family
✔️ Lucky Draw & Best Dressed Prizes
👕6XL to Kid’s Tee Sizes Available



Media Conference Vids by Happy Runner…

HE Eamon

Leprechaun Legend

Irish Eyes

It Ain’t Over

FB Happy Runner⬇️
YouTube Gus Ghani⬇️
My Blog⬇️

#ShamrockRunKL #funrun #running #matic #happyrunner #ireland #gombak #media

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 Virtual Sports ; 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.

📺 SUBSCRIBE To My YouTube Channel

Related Links

About Gus Ghani

Hi:) My name is Gus and I am a Fitness Coach who enjoys outdoor adventures. In particular, I like to run marathons & ultra marathons, and compete in triathlons and century rides for fitness, fun & friendship. My passion is to motivate my friends to exercise more so that they can live life to the fullest. The purpose of this blog is five-fold:- 1) I find writing very therapeutic & beats paying for a psychiatrist to keep sane 2) I like to share & inspire others into engaging in any healthy pursuits 3) This is a great way to keep track of my progress in all my sporting endeavours 4) This also keeps me honest & spurs me on to do more 5) Even if you are a couch potatoe, I hope you will find my entries entertaining and/or informative. In summary, this blog is helping me help others help myself...get it?
This entry was posted in 10km, 2019, 5km, Contest, Costume, Fun Run, Lucky Draw, March, Media, New Course, New Route, Press Conference, Preview, Runners, Running, Selangor, Social Media, Sports and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s