Men’s Health Women’s Health(MHWH) Night Run by AIA Vitality is back!

Men’s Health Women’s Health(MHWH) Night Run by AIA Vitality is back! 





The 2017 Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality, which was originally scheduled to be held in Dataran Putrajaya, has now been moved to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (or MAEPS). This change is in support of the Prime Minister’s Department’s plan to host the 60th Felda Settlers’ Day National Celebration in Putrajaya which falls on the same date.

While it is disappointing that we are unable to continue to host the run in Dataran Putrajaya this year, we are nevertheless excited with the new venue which we have carefully chosen together with the team from Men’s Health and Women’s Health.

MAEPS is an ideal alternative to Putrajaya as it offers a new and exciting experience with its idyllic and picturesque routes. The venue is set a mere 15 kilometres away from the original flag-off point at Dataran Putrajaya and has been specifically selected to minimise any disruption to your travel arrangements.

There will be no change to the run date which falls on the evening of Saturday, 22 July 2017 or to the distances and categories available.

Please check Men’s Health Malaysia and Women’s Health Malaysia events page and social media platforms for more information including running routes, flag-off times as well as other new updates.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we would like to assure you that we will work toward making the run a great success for everyone.

See you in MAEPS SERDANG on 22 July!

Editor’s Note

Last year, MHWH Night Run was a TERRIFIC trifecta affair as it was staged in Penang, Putrajaya and Johor. I was lucky to have  participated in the Penang’s edition which was a MEMORABLE event with lots of food, music and merriment to entertain the crowd. I recall fondly the 21km route which gave the runners a scenic view of the breezy Penang coastline. The race was well marshaled, and I remember the exciting party atmosphere at the race village prior and after flag-off.


This time, the Event Organiser Mongoose Publishing have amalgamated all their efforts and resources in order to concentrate on one EXTRAORDINARY event to be held in MAEPS SERDANG on 22 July 2017. MHWH Night Run 2017 will be a grander affair which will entice 20,000 Runners and Revelers for a SPECTACULAR evening of Running and Partying in the heart of magnificent Putrajaya.


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Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality expands with new exciting category for kids!


One of the most anticipated night runs in the country is back! The Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality will return to MAEPS SERDANG this 22 July 2017, and has introduced an exciting new category exclusively for kids aged 7 to 15 years old. Now families can participate and spend precious time with their young ones!

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For Immediate Release

Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality expands with new exciting category for kids.

Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality returns to Putrajaya this July with the addition of kids’ races open to children aged 7 to 15 years old.

Kuala Lumpur, 13 April 2017 – Men’s Health Women’s Health (MHWH Night Run) Night Run, one of the most anticipated night runs in the country held in partnership with AIA Vitality (#AIAVitalityMY), will return to Putrajaya this 22 July 2017, and will introduce an exciting new running category exclusively for kids aged 7 to 15 years old. Now in its third year, Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality is making a comeback, promising some 20,000 runners another exciting race (5km, 12km and 21km) in the Men’s and Women’s Open and Men’s and Women’s Veteran. The first flag off will be at 6.00 pm  and the last flag off at 8.40 pm.


In conjunction with the second year anniversary of Time Out Malaysia Kids,  a quarterly magazine for families with kids, this year’s installment of Night Run invites families to spend time with their young ones at an action-packed and fun-filled Saturday. Kids ages 7 to 12 may participate in the new 700-metre race, and 13 to 15 year olds for the new 3 km race. Men’s Health and Women’s Health will continue to team up with AIA Bhd. who is returning as the official title sponsor. The run will be under AIA Vitality – Malaysia’s first science-backed health programme designed by AIA to encourage and empower Malaysians to take sustained steps towards healthy living lifestyles.  


It is gratifying to see how the continuous support of Malaysia’s running community has made the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality the biggest night run in the country, says Patrick Brennan, Group CEO of Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd, the publishers of Men’s Health and Women’s Health in Malaysia.

This is the second-year of our collaboration with AIA Vitality and we could not have found a better partner as AIA shares our passion, drive and ambition to create an event that reaches more Malaysians than ever before.

The AIA Vitality wellness programme is perfectly designed to give an extra push to all Malaysians to live a healthier lifestyle and we are delighted to share this journey with them.

AIA  Bhd.’s  Chief  Marketing  Officer,  Eric  Chang  explains, At  AIA,  we  are  committed  to  helping Malaysians  live  longer,  healthier,  better  lives.  We  are  absolutely  thrilled  to  host  this  year’s Night Run in Putrajaya under the AIA Vitality banner together with Men’s Health and Women’s Health teams again. AIA Vitality is about taking charge of one’s own health, however small, and being  part  of  the  Night  Run  is  an  excellent  way  to  get  Malaysians  started  on  their  journey  to better health. With the new kids run categories, we are also able to encourage our children to lead healthy and active lifestyles, besides giving families another fun activity on the weekend to spend precious time together.

While  preparing  for  their  endurance  run,  participants  can  enjoy  browsing  through  sponsors booths  whilst  listening  to  music  specially  curated  by  a  DJ. Attendees  can  also  satisfy  their appetites with food trucks parked on site. Families and friends who are there to show support and  cheer  on  participants  are  also  welcome  to  join  the  fun-filled  Saturday  at  the  village  and keep the festive spirit going. Participants will each receive an exclusive running t-shirt from performance sports brand, Ultron. For those who complete the run, they will each receive a medal, and a special goodie bag which consists of merchandise and vouchers. Major sponsors – including health club, Fitness First and personal care and safety razor brand, Schick – will contribute products and experiences to support the participants health and well-being.


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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Top Malaysian marathoners competing for title and potential spot at SEA Games

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2017: The Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) 2017 is gearing up to be a highly competitive race, particularly in the Malaysian Men’s category, as the top Malaysian marathon runners will be competing for honours as well as hoping to catch the attention of the selectors of the KL SEA Games squad.

Last year’s Full Marathon winner in the Malaysian category was Muhaizar Mohamad with a time of 2:39:24, followed by Mohd Jironi Riduan in second place with a time of 2:39:56 and Tan Huong Leong in third recording a time of 2:41:53. Not only are all three runners back for SCKLM 2017, but their contest will be given an added edge because of the SEA Games in KL later this year. Tan in particular, has been recording really fast times recently with a 2:35:24 at the Taipei Marathon in December and 2:28:19 in the recently concluded Tokyo Marathon, which is one of the fastest times recorded by a Malaysian for the full marathon.

“We are really looking forward to a hotly contested SCKLM 2017, especially in the Malaysian Men’s Full Marathon Category,” said Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events and Project Director of SCKLM 2017. “This augurs well for our event as one of our key objectives has been to raise the competitive level of the SCKLM. And as the selection for the SEA Games is only finalised in July, these runners will be eager to push hard to try to earn selection,” he added.

Defending Malaysian Men’s champion Muhaizar Mohamad knows that SCKLM 2017 is potentially his best bet to get into the national team for the KL SEA Games 2017. Muhaizar has dominated the Malaysian Men’s category for the Full Marathon the last couple of years. The Armed Forces personnel largely trains on his own but a short stint under Mark Williams, the Official Running Coach that runs SCKLM’s Running Clinics, enabled him to achieve his personal best at last year’s SCKLM. “I don’t have a personal coach so it’s going to be tough for me to post faster times. I realised how much a coach could help me when I trained under Mark Williams. The plan he devised is what helped me to achieve my fastest time so far at last year’s SCKLM,” said Muhaizar. “But as the SEA Games is on home soil this year, I will be going all out in SCKLM 2017 to hopefully beat my personal best and qualify for the Games,” he added.

Jironi on the other hand needs to better his personal best considerably if he wants to make the cut. His personal best of 2’39:58 is currently well outside the national qualifying mark of 2’35:04 for the SEA Games but the school coach is determined to beat his personal best at SCKLM 2017. “I know my timing is still below the qualifying mark but I am focused on delivering a better time at SCKLM 2017 and hopefully that puts me in contention for a SEA Games race slot,” said Jironi.

Tan, 29, could be the man to watch as his current personal best is well within the qualifying mark. He has been training in Taiwan, where he works as an engineer, under professional Taiwanese distance running coach Lim Chen Ming for the last two years and the results are beginning to speak for themselves. His timing at the last Standard Chartered KL Marathon has been shaved by almost 13 minutes albeit in much more temperate conditions in Tokyo compared to Kuala Lumpur. It will certainly be interesting to see how fast he can go in the sweltering conditions here.

“I’m really looking forward to SKLM 2017. While I’m not setting any particular goals for this event, I still want to do my best for this run and hopefully my name is in the list for the SEA Games come July,” said Tan. 

Another Malaysian to look out for in SCKLM 2017 is current national record holder of the Half Marathon Malaysian Women’s category Sheela Samivellu. Sheela smashed her own previous record at SCKLM 2016 and will be gunning to clinch a spot in the SEA Games through a strong showing in this year’s SCKLM. The Principal Assistant Director with the Ministry of Well-Being, Housing and Local Government started running from an early age and has participated in the SEA Games several times before. “I started running when I was five and the journey continues. What started as a means to be happy and to reduce stress has become something more serious now. Breaking the national record at SCKLM2016 was the proudest moment in my career so far and I hope I can finish just as strongly this year as that would put me in a good position for the SEA Games in August,” said Sheela.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia that draws thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2017 edition of the race will once again see sponsorship from Title Sponsor Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, along with Honda Malaysia, Brooks, Lucozade, Seiko and Pacific Regency.

Elite runners will be competing to earn a slice of the almost RM500,000 in total that is on offer at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017,which include bonus prizes for record breaking course times. 

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About the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017

Back for the ninth year, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 21 May 2017. The marathon, owned and organised by Dirigo Events, will open to 35,000 participants, ranging from elite athletes to first-time distance runners. A truly international event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon boasts participants from all over Malaysia and over 70 countries. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 continues as Malaysia’s premier running event with top runners competing for a total of USD 125,000 in prize money.

For more information on the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon, please log onto: and

About Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with around 84,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 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 information please visit Explore our insights and comment on our blog, BeyondBorders. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Standard Chartered in Malaysia

Standard Chartered Bank, a member of the Standard Chartered Group was established in Malaysia in 1875 and incorporated as Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad in 1984. 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 products and services to corporates, institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals through its network of branches across Malaysia.

In 2001, Standard Chartered UK established its third global technology & operations centre, Standard Chartered Global Business Services Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Scope International (M) Sdn Bhd) in Malaysia – the first international bank to do so in the country. Standard Chartered Global Business Services provides software development, banking operations, IT support services and customer service capabilities to the Bank in up to 70 countries. It now houses the biggest software development company in the country, International Software Centre Malaysia (ISCM) and has a total workforce of more than 4,300 people. Price Solutions Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank UK is also located in Malaysia. The company promotes and markets Standard Chartered’s financial products in Malaysia through a network of direct sales agents. Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad (Saadiq), Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia’s Islamic Banking subsidiary was established in November 2008. It offers a full suite of Syariah-compliant products and services to individuals and corporates through its dedicated branches. In 2012, Saadiq established Kuala Lumpur as its global hub for Islamic consumer banking.

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

About Dirigo Events

The Standard Chartered KL 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. 

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon was awarded the Platinum award in the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism award in 2014 for bringing tourists to Kuala Lumpur. The award is testimony to Rainer Biemans’ and Gloria Ng’s combined experience of over 48 years in executing and creating world-class and impactful events for international clients around the world such as Europe, Brunei, India and Singapore.

For more information on Dirigo Events, please contact +603 7887 1717 or email


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​🇬🇧Lucozade Sport Launches New Carbonated Isotonic Drink

🇬🇧Lucozade Sport Launches New Carbonated Isotonic Drink

Media Event | 🇬🇧Lucozade Sport Launches New Carbonated Isotonic Drink

Date | 10am, 26 April 2017

Venue | 

Padang @ 1Utama (New Wing), Bandar Utama

🌟Event Highlights🌟

✔ Lucozade Sport Launches Its First Carbonated Isotonic Drink 

✔ Sports Hydration Workshop By Lucozade Sport Ambassador & Marathoner Edan Shah

✔ Guest Speaker & Triathlete Hafiza Othman

✔ Lucozade Sport™ TriFit Challenge For Media Participants

Editor’s Note

After conducting taste tests in Singapore, Hong Kong & Malaysia, Lucozade Sport’s first ever formula of carbonated isotonic drink is essentially TASTY and REFRESHING. That’s not the only good news for Athletes & Sportsmen, because what surprised me most is that this new drink is not gassy, easy to drink and it has a fast absorption rate. In short, Lucozade Sport  drink crucially provides INSTANT HYDRATION with 88 kcals of energy in two flavours, Original and Lemon.

Malaysia is the first country in Asia to commercially introduce this new drink for public consumption. Furthermore, there will be an extensive roadshow where the general public will have the chance to taste it.

Despite the prolific range of carbonated isotonic drinks available in the market, I believe that Lucozade Sport will be one of the market leaders given the affordability and functionality of its latest product.
Thus, I would like to congratulate Suntory Beverage & Food Malaysia, and Mr. Rodney Tan on their successful and hopeful launch.

The Media Entourage were very well taken care of, and we did enjoy participating in the Lucozade Sport™ TriFit Challenge. Congratulations to all the fit Participants, and many thanks to our gracious host and World Of Sports for the lovely prizes.

For me, it is always good to witness important Sponsors who are willing to go that extra mile to support our sporting community and promote a healthy lifestyle, and therefore, it has been a great privilege to be part of a uplifting event.


For the official press release, please read below.


Taste Test

Dribble & Score

Football Juggling

More Dribbling

Rodney On Mike


Runner Edan

Cooling Down

Resistance Running

Elite Runner Cycling

Astrowani In Action

Emcee Adele
Slow Dribbler


For Immediate release 


A new addition to the Lucozade Sport™ family that is great tasting and refreshing for your hydration needs. The launch also marks the new campaign “Your Sport, Your Rules” – Lucozade Sport™ will be there to support your achievement at every level of your sporting activities. 

26 April 2017, Petaling Jaya: Suntory Beverage & Food Malaysia Sdn. Bhd launched Lucozade Sport™ carbonated variant at Padang @ 1 Utama with an exciting event of activities and enlightening talks. 

With the majority of isotonic drinks being carbonated in Malaysia, Lucozade Sport™, UK’s number 1 sports drink, introduced its carbonated range to provide more choices for the consumers. Presented in refreshing original and lemon flavours, sports enthusiasts and active individuals can now fuel and hydrate with this new isotonic carbohydrate-electrolyte drink. 

Rodney Tan, Head of Marketing, Suntory Beverage & Food Malaysia Sdn. Bhd said, “We are thrilled to unveil this carbonated version of Lucozade Sport™, a great tasting and refreshing isotonic drink made for fast hydration. Our quest has always been to offer consumers an isotonic drink that will support them at any level of their fitness journey and, of course, to quench their thirst in the best way possible.” The carbonated variant of Lucozade Sport™ was specially formulated through extensive research and is being introduced for the first time in Asia. 

The event also unveiled Lucozade Sport’s new campaign “Your Sport, Your Rules” where Tan explained that, “consumer research revealed that more and more Malaysians today face various pressures from their peers, particularly in conforming to societal expectations. The sports area is no exception. It is apparent all over social media; the end goal becomes the main highlight, where people only share their successes and not the tough journey it took to get there. This leads people to sometimes feel that their efforts are not good enough”.

With the new “Your Sport, Your Rules” campaign, Lucozade Sport™ recognizes that it takes commitment just to show up on the pitch or at the starting line or at the gym, and that the sports journey is equally important. 

Tan highlighted that “it does not matter what sport you do, no matter what level you are at, you set your own pace and every personal achievement matters. Lucozade Sport™ is here to support your achievements at every stage throughout the journey.” 

The launch saw Malaysia’s fastest marathoner in 2016, Edan Syah, who is an advocate of the brand, on-ground as the main speaker at the Lucozade Sport™ Hydration Workshop. The workshop was one of the sessions during the launch that wowed the crowd where insights on hydration were shared. 

Hafiza Othman, Triathlete & Ironman Langkawi 2016 Finisher was also a guest speaker who shared her insights into the importance of hydration for sports.

“Keeping hydrated during a run is vital. As a marathoner myself, I can say that when it comes to a long run, proper fuelling is key. It is always important to plan ahead and a typical thirst quencher could come in the form of Lucozade Sport™,” said Edan Syah. “Whether your preference is to have carbonated or still isotonic drink, the important thing is to keep hydrated, and I’m glad that Lucozade Sport™ has also added a carbonated variant to its range to appeal to a wider number of runners”.

Hafiza Othman suggested that doing a sport that requires the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines needs that much more focus. “Your focus can be interrupted by dehydration. It is safe to say that when you are presented with an isotonic drink during a triathlon, it is refreshing and thirst quenching. The humidity of this country can also really get to you when you’re in the midst of a challenge, so hydration is definitely your utmost priority as a sportsperson here.” 

The event ended with an exciting edge for the media: Lucozade Sport™ TriFit Challenge. This activity included resistance running, dynamo cycling and football dribble and score challenges.
As part of the launch campaign, Lucozade Sport™ roving team is cruising around Klang Valley to showcase and sample its brand new carbonated variant to Malaysians. Other exciting activities in the pipeline include Lucozade Sport™ participating as the official isotonic partner at Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2017, where we look forward to hydrate the runners throughout their journey to the finishing line. 

Lucozade Sport™ cans are available at hypermarkets, supermarkets, mini markets and convenience stores/kiosks nationwide at a recommended price of RM2.20.

For more information about Lucozade Sport™ and other upcoming activities, follow Lucozade Malaysia.

About Lucozade Sport™

The Lucozade™ brand was developed in 1927 by the chemist William Owen. Lucozade Sport™ was developed in the 1980’s. First launched in 1987, Lucozade Sport™ is the No. 1 isotonic drink in the United Kingdom. Lucozade Sport™ is specially formulated to be in balance with the body to help hydrate and fuel performance and endorsed by sportsmen and global sports associations and a trusted sponsor for sports events around the world. 

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About Suntory Beverage & Food

Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd (SBF) is a leading global soft drink company, headquartered in Japan and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with an integrated platform across five key regions: Japan, Europe, Oceania Southeast Asia and the Americas. SBF has an extensive line-up of products and in 2012 was the number four supplier of soft drinks globally and second in Japan. SBF’s vision is to be the leading global soft drink company recognized for its premium and unique brands. On 31st December 2013, SBF acquired Ribena® and Lucozade™ and Suntory’s new Malaysian subsidiary commenced its sales and marketing operations in January 2015.  Home page: 


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. 

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​IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017

​IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017


Editor’s Note 

Many thanks to IJM & Allianz for inviting me to the Press Conference yesterday at IJM Show Gallery, Pantai Sentral Park where their futuristic property development will eventually house 8,000 new residents with commercial and retail units too. Currently, purpose-built exit ramps are being built for easier access from NPE & Bangsar. With limited space in the city, this strategic location provide residents with close access to the city centre.

Looking at their building plans, IJM is building an impressive state-of-the art living space where people can live, work and play harmoniously.

However, as Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad said “I am not here to sell you condominiums”.


Most Runners will be aware that both IJM & Allianz are no means strangers when it comes to sponsoring sports events. Allianz have their yearly Pacesetter Run, and IJM have the Seremban Half Marathon, among others. It is through these sponsored runs that both Allianz and IJM are encouraging a much needed healthy lifestyle in Malaysia where lifestyle disease such as Diabetes is a prevalent national disease.


Since the days of Adidas King Of The​ Road which was held along the NPE, I am a big fan of running and cycling along closed Highways which are car-free. So, we should be glad when Highway Concessionaires are willing to forgo toll collection for several hours and close-off their highways for Running and Cycling Events.


It is rare that we are given special access to run along two of our best-kept Besraya & NPE Toll Highways, and I do recommend that you join both runs, or at least in one, and experience the spectacular sensation of highway running, as well as enjoy panoramic views of our beloved Kuala Lumpur!

Press Conference 


For Immediate Release

IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 Entices Participants with Double Action

·        Malaysia’s first ever duo highway challenge that highlights the accessibility of two highways and its advantages.

·        Besraya Highway Challenge to be held on 30 July 2017 whereas NPE Highway Challenge to be held on 10 September 2017.

·        Registration is currently open at and

13 April 2017, Kuala Lumpur: IJM Corporation Berhad and Allianz Malaysia Berhad jointly announced the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 today. Malaysia’s first ever duo highway challenge, organised by Besraya (M) Sdn Bhd, New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd, and EC Pixels, is set to pique adrenaline junkies’ interest as the Besraya Highway Challenge offers a 13km challenge run and a 6km run on the 30 July 2017 while the NPE Highway Challenge ups the ante by offering a 21km half marathon challenge and 10km run on the 10 September 2017.

The first run takes place at the new stretch of Besraya Highway (Besraya Eastern Extension – BEE) which is an elevated highway launched in 2014. The total stretch of the highway is 28.3km and offers connectivity between Salak Selatan, Jalan Ampang and Jalan Istana. The run route kicks off from Loke Yew Toll Plaza to Pandan Indah and heads towards Jalan Istana and Salak Selatan before turning back to Loke Yew Toll Plaza. Participants will be enjoying a total closure of the highway during the run.

The second run flags off at KM2.4 of the NPE Highway in front of Sunway Pyramid. This challenge requires a full closure of the highway which has had the experience of four international runs in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with a total 14,000 participants. This time around, it introduces a longer stretch up to Taman Desa area and involves three districts under the local authorities – DBKL, MBPJ and MPSJ. Runners will be able to run pass through three Toll Plazas – PJS5, Pantai Dalam and PJS2. 

Dato’ Soam Heng Choon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IJM Corporation Berhad said “We are thrilled to launch Malaysia’s first duo highway challenge where runners will get an opportunity to experience the attributes of both the highways which are under IJM’s Toll Division. We are working with the authorities to ensure a total road closure for the event, as the safety of all runners is key.  Participants can run freely and can look forward to enjoying the view of the KL city skyline as they race to complete the challenge.

“Sports is very much at the heart of IJM’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Beyond being a title sponsor, IJM adopts a hands-on approach by being involved in the entire planning of the run. On top of giving back to the community, we aim to inspire and motivate people to embrace a healthier lifestyle,” he added.

There is an estimated 17,500 participants for the challenge this year and they are expected to complete both highway challenges. Those who come up on top overall will take home the challenge trophy. The participants can also look forward to event t-shirts sponsored by Brooks.

“Allianz is very proud to partner IJM Corporation Berhad and be part of this first-of-its-kind duo highway running event.  The whole idea why we readily support running initiatives is to inspire more people to start running, start getting active and taking better care of their well-being. And to find a partner equally as passionate such as IJM, is really a plus point. Together we invite Malaysians from all walks of life to take this opportunity to dare themselves to do something different in their. Try, challenge yourself, push the boundaries, and test your limits,” says Sean Wang, Chief Operations Officer of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.

The recent National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 indicated there is an alarming rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country. This is largely due to poor lifestyle choices such as unhealthy behaviours regarding food, physical activity, sleep and peace of mind. “By sponsoring an event like this, we are able to give our clients a chance to make better choices and in a fun and exciting way too.” 

EC Pixels, which will be organizing the challenge, is an event management company that has over 16 years of experience in organising running and cycling events, triathlons and duathlons locally and internationally. “The IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 will be an exciting experience for all participants as it gives them two challenges to anticipate. The first challenge certainly builds up their expectation to the next one and having it on a closed highway, albeit smooth road terrain, gives them that much more to look forward to,” says Eugene Chan, Group Managing Director of EC Pixels.

IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2017 is also supported by Title Sponsor Allianz Malaysia Berhad, Main Sponsors – Gigatera, F&N 100 Plus, Ice Mountain, Official Apparel Brooks, as well as Partners – IJM Land, Oakley, 2XU Compression, Ideamas Group, RockTape, Affin Hwang, Garmin, Mutu Potensi Sdn Bhd, Nestle Milo, Nestle Fitnesse, Sunway Velocity Mall, Sunway Pyramid Mall, and Celebrity Fitness.

For more information on the registration, race and race kits, please visit: or

Registration closes on the 15 June 2017 for Besraya Challenge and 16 July 2017 for NPE Challenge.

About IJM Corporation Berhad

IJM is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates 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 regional aspirations have seen it establish a growing presence in neighbouring developing markets with operations presently spanning 10 countries, with primary focus in Malaysia, India, United Arab Emirates, China and Indonesia. IJM’s phenomenal 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.

Against the backdrop of a challenging business environment, IJM diversified into the constriction of infrastructure to help generate new revenue streams. From Malaysia to China, India, Vietnam and Latin America, our expertise in building transportation system, power plants and water treatment facilities has helped enrich communities in the cities and countries where we operate. The toll infrastructure services we provide 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.

About Allianz Malaysia Berhad

Allianz Malaysia Berhad (“AMB”) is part of Allianz Group in Germany. Allianz officially stepped foot in Malaysia in 2001 when it became the controlling shareholder of Allianz General Insurance Malaysia Berhad (“AGIM”). In 2007, the general insurance business of AGIM was transferred to its wholly-owned subsidiary, Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad (“Allianz General”). Following the completion of the transfer of general insurance business, AGIM changed its name to Allianz Malaysia Berhad (“AMB”). AMB is an investment holding company that has two wholly-owned subsidiaries – Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad (“Allianz Life”) and Allianz General.

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​🇺🇸🍔 TGIF Restaurant Subang Parade

​🇺🇸🍔 TGIF Restaurant Subang Parade

From Mexico With Love

Nothing represents popular Tex-Mex cuisine better than a good dish of Mixed Grill Fajita, and TGIF’s version of Beef, Chicken or Mixed Fajitas is certainly a crowd-puller.

Originally, Fajita consist of seared strips of skirt steak which has been marinated in olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic, cumin and salt.

This mouthwatering dish is accompanied with sauté bell peppers and onions, some warm tortillas, and sides of shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, and thinly sliced iceberg lettuce dressed with vinegar and salt.

Inspired By Hamburg Sandwich

The Cheeseburger was patented in 1935 in Denver USA, and since then it has spread to every corner of the Globe. There must be millions of versions and variations of the humble cheeseburger recipe.

The TGIF Grilled Cheeseburger​ with beef bacon and chunky French Fries is a delicious crowd-beater! For some reason, I am always thinking of America whenever I am eat burgers, even though I have never been there in my life.

My Verdict

For a reliably tasty Fajita and appetising Beefburgers, TGIF is as good as any place, and the restaurant’s nice atmosphere and friendly staff will ensure a happy meal every time…


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. 

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​🇰🇷Gugong Restaurant – Korean BBQ & Traditional Cuisine

🇰🇷Gugong Restaurant – Korean BBQ & Traditional Cuisine


Restaurant: Gugong, Korean BBQ & Traditional Cuisine

Venue: Empire, Subang Jaya

Date: 6 April 2017


It has been quite awhile since I last visited Empire Subang. Being a big kimchi fan, I was curious and hungry enough to try-out, together with my wife Maryati, a new Korean Restaurant there which claims to be Halal.


I was impressed firstly by the attractive decor, and the neatness of the spacious restaurant.

The menu was well compiled with useful photos and description of every dish available.

I ordered the beef kimchi soup rice set which included 6 small and appetising side dishes of varied vegetables from the à la carte menu. Maryati ordered the same dish except her beef was shredded. Watch my Video Clip!

It was around 8pm on a weeknight, and the service was fast because there was only in couple occupying another table in the whole restaurant.


Our dishes were healthy, delicious and filling, and also, I liked the natural goodness of the hot green plum tea which goes well with the spiciness of the kimchi dishes.

The waiters were efficient and polite, and this contributed to our overall pleasant dining experience.


I will definitely revisit Gugong Restaurant when we have more time to enjoy the sizzling Korean BBQ.

Having a restaurant situated in a mall is not a only convenient location for the diners and shoppers, but it also gives the Restaurateur a good access to the constant flow of potential customers.

Granted their food prices is more than what you will get in a quick bite stall, but if you are looking for a good meal in a relaxing setting, then I can recommend you checkout Gugong to satisfy your Korean urges! So, for what it’s worth I rate this place a 3 and a half star out of 5 based on my one time Dining Experience there.


👉 Rakuzen Japanese Subang Jaya

👉 The Crunchy Nest SS15

👉 TTDI Food Truckers

👉 Street Dining Jalan Ampang

👉 The Jeri Seafood Kuala Selangor



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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​🚴💨🔥NEW UNBOXING – Cycling Helmet

​🚴💨🔥NEW UNBOXING – Cycling Helmet

Model: Race Master 

Item: Cycling Helmet

Brand: Rudy Project

Colour: Black Stealth Matte



OFFICIAL WRITE-UP from Rudy Project Malaysia Brunei page is as follows :-

The all-new #Racemaster featuring the revolutionary HexoCrush Tech to enhance athletes safety and security with its hexogan-shaped internal structure’s improved shock absorption.

It is now available at Rudy Project Concept Store – Jaya Shopping Centre and our authorized dealers from RM 1149.FOR MORE PRODUCT INFO


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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


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