Friday, September 19, 2014

32,500 Runners Rocking Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014


Marathon garners high response, surpassing target of 35,000 runners

Kuala Lumpur, 17 September 2014 – The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 has marked yet another milestone upon surpassing its target of 35,000 runners. With 35,200 runners achieved, all categories of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 are officially closed for registration.

The Marathon is increasingly recognised as a premier flagship running event with its prize pot of USD 116,740 (RM377, 397). An international running event, Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014 is expected to draw 2,479 foreign nationalities from 83 countries.

Rainer Biemans, Director of Dirigo Events, which is the owner and organiser of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon said:

“The constant growth in participation is very encouraging and we wish to thank everyone for their strong support.”

He continued, “This year, we have an increase of over 800 Full Marathon runners and an increase of 1,400 Half Marathon runners. This proves that the calibre of runners is on the uptrend and more people are taking up the challenge of distance running.”

Standard Chartered Bank Managing Director and CEO, Osman Morad said the Marathon is an important platform for the bank to engage its stakeholders.
SCKLM2014 Sponsors and Partners
“Witnessing growth every year, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon truly epitomises a nation-building engagement. It reaches out to all walks of life to encourage running as a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

Participants’ breakdown for Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014

Breakdown of the participants per category are as follow:

  • Full Marathon –5,315 runners
  • Honda Half Marathon – 8,259 runners
  • MSIG 10KM –16,060 runners
  • 5KM Fun Run –5,055 runners
  • Kids Dash - 511 runners
Rainer with Datuk Bandar
You can still be a part of Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014!
While registration for all categories is closed, with exception of the Full Marathon, your support and participation does not end here. You can be part of the Marathon by:
ü  Supporting your friends and others in their Run for a Reason – Pick a charity that you would like to support and encourage our “Run for a Reason” runners who have pledged their support to raise funds for their charity recipient of choice; charity partners for this year are: Standard Chartered Foundation, The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Hospis Malaysia
ü  Being a volunteer – More than 3,000 people are required to help out on the big race day and you can be one of them to be part of this exciting event!
Being a supporter – Join us at Dataran Merdeka on 12th October to cheer and support your friends and families during their race!
The Standard Chartered KL Marathon is made possible by title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with the Marathon owner and organiser Dirigo Events Sdn Bhd, co-organiser DBKL and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia.

For more information on the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, please visit www.kl-marathon.com or call +603 7886 1717. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Zack Attack Returns To Ironman

9 Days to race and you are suprised with inclusion such as this. For those new to the sports, Jurgen Zack is a name to reckon with in the sports and his target for Ironman Malaysia is "Sub-10". Looked like he may just book himself a spot for Ironman World Championship by bagging the 45-49 age group as winner.
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photo from Ironman Asia Pacific Press Release
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (September 18, 2014) Legendary IRONMAN Jurgen Zack is in pursuit of an age group Kona slot at IRONMAN Malaysia.

It’s been nine years since the legendary German star Jurgen Zack raced as a professional in an IRONMAN. These days Zack has dedicated his life to coaching in Phuket, Thailand and a little racing as an age group athlete. He also has been known to pick up the microphone and sing a song at the local open night in Phuket (but that's another story).

Zack, winner of eight IRONMAN races and three top-fives in Hawaii, signaled his interest in competing as an age grouper when entries opened for IRONMAN Malaysia at Langkawi. “These days I am just the coach, who occasionally gets the itch to compete.”

Zack, who turned 49 years young last month, is sure to have a large target on his back. It is one of the largest and most strongly contested age groups and Zack, like every other age grouper looking for Kona, has done the math and knows what he needs to do.

“Would you believe me if I said my weekly routine is 4km of swimming, 300km biking and 30km running per week? It doesn't get me super fit but I do believe a sub 10 should be fast enough and that's the goal.”
Zack’s last Kona outing was in 2005 when a torn calf muscle resulted in a DNF. Sounds like unfinished business and a new beginning?

“As an age grouper I would try to enjoy the race more than I did as a pro and I am also looking forward to meeting some of my old friends again and have a beer or two.”

Anyone who has heard the term Zack Attack knows that the bike is where the German inflicted most damage in his racing days. It’s a strategy many younger athletes still use to this day, hammering the bike and hanging on for the run.

Has anything changed or does the strategy stay the same at 49?

“Same game plan, a 4hr 10min bike and then walk or jog to get the slot,” he joked. “Seriously, the bike is still my strongest discipline, but I am far away from my old records.”

Zack says he enjoys racing now and again but his new pursuit as a coach means more to him.
“Being at the start line occasionally with the athletes I am coaching means a lot to me. My personal result is not that important anymore. Seeing my athletes doing well is more satisfying, at the moment.”

Whether it is Zack’s influence or not, a record 59 Thai triathletes have registered for IRONMAN Malaysia.
“Triathlon has got a good momentum in Thailand right now and I would say watch out for Jaray Jearanai. He is going to get his ticket to Kona in the 30-34 years.”

Triathlon in Asia is definitely one of the most exciting places right now to be. Expatriates have always represented but times are now changing.

“The real difference in recent years is seeing more Asians getting into the sport. There is some great talent developing in Thailand and Malaysia.”

Does he have any fighting words to the men’s 45-49 age group? "Guys, if you pass me on the run please be nice."

Find the story online at ironman.com
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