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Monday, 26 December 2011

World Marathon Majors

World Marathon Majors

Many wonders what the World Marathon Majors is all about. Well, you can find out more by clicking its logo above to visit the website, or you can just continue reading this post. Either way, you will not be disappointed. Hot smile

First of all, the World Marathon Majors, or the WMM is a series of 5 biggest marathons in the world; Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. The IAAF World Athletics Championships, and the Olympic Games, will be included if it falls on the year the games are held. For example, in 2012, there will be 6, instead of 5 events, with the inclusion of the London Olympics. It was officially incepted in 2006, with the first prize money given out to top runners in 2007.

Runners who race in these marathons will compete in a two-year-long championship series, to bag the US$1 million purse. Each WMM series will overlap between the years, meaning the second year, will overlap the first of the next e.g. the second year of the 2010-2011 competition, which is 2011, will also be the first year of the 2011-2012 competition. The schedule of the 2011-12 series is listed below.

17 April 2011: Virgin London Marathon
18 April 2011: Boston Marathon
27 August 2011: IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 (women)
4 September 2011: IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 (men)
25 September 2011: BMW BERLIN-MARATHON
9 October 2011: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
6 November 2011: ING New York City Marathon

16 April 2012: Boston Marathon
22 April 2012: Virgin London Marathon
5 August 2012: London Summer Olympics 2012 (women)
12 August 2012: London Summer Olympics 2012 (men)
30 September 2012: BMW BERLIN-MARATHON
7 October 2012: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
4 November 2012: ING New York City Marathon

Athletes will be allocated points according to their finishing position, though they are restricted to the Top 5 finishers only (1st 25; 2nd 15; 3rd 10; 4th 5 and 5th 1). At the end of the series, these points are totaled, and the athletes; male and female, with the most points winning it. Both the top male and female runners will then share equally the US$1 million prize money.

Here are the list of winners of the World Marathon Majors series, since it started in 2006. The Kenyans have dominated the male category (DUH!), while the Europeans have dominated the female category, although an Ethiopian won the first WMM series in 2007. Take note that Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya, two-time series winner in 2009 and 2010, and a Beijing 2008 Olympics Marathon gold medalist, died in May this year. God knows what he would have accomplished had he still be alive right now.


Male Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot Kenya
Female Gete Wami Ethiopia


Male Martin Lel Kenya
Female Irina Mikitenko Germany


Male Samuel Wanjiru Kenya
Female Irina Mikitenko Germany


Male Samuel Wanjiru Kenya
Female Liliya Shobukhova Russia


Male Emmanuel Mutai Kenya
Female Liliya Shobukhova Russia

Interested in running in one of the World Marathon Majors? Click the logos below
and Good Luck! Open-mouthed smile

Boston Marathon
Boston Marathon
16 April 2012

London Marathon
Virgin London Marathon
22 April 2012

Berlin Marathon
BMW Berlin Marathon
30 September 2012

Chicago Marathon
Bank of America Chicago Marathon
7 October 2012

New York City Marathon
ING New York City Marathon
4 November 2012

ING New York City Marathon 2012 registration opens January 2!

ING New York City 2012 Registration

To those dreaming of running in one of the World Marathon Majors, here’s one of them, the ING New York City Marathon 2012. It opens January 2, 12pm EST (that’s January 3, 1am here, take note).

Nana & ShanazThey got in, what about you?

New York City Marathon (Join In)

“RUN to keep your resolution”

Sunday, 25 December 2011

2011 :D

2011 marks my first full year running. As it draws to a close, I can’t help to feel, that I am quite proud of what I have accomplished over the past 12 months. There were a few disappointments (but not failures Thumbs up) of course, but most of the time they were compensated by the presence of the dearest of people around me. And more often than not, it made me stronger and more motivated every time.

My running diary started as early as in January with the Putrajaya Twilight Challenge, a brainchild of fellow runners Irwan and Shanaz, to compensate the lack of running events around KL that time. After that, all the other events, just came in naturally. Open-mouthed smile In numbers, I participated in 22 events; 2 of them Full Marathons, 1 Full Marathon minus 3km (???), 5 Half Marathons and competed in my first multi-sport race came in the form of the Malakoff Powerman Malaysia 2011 in Manjung. I even managed to DNS Sundown Marathon in May. I was also lucky not to DNF TNF100 due to fatigue.

DSC_0993Medals closest to my heart in 2011 – SCKLM, TNF100 Singapore, Powerman Malaysia, BIM Thumbs up

There were many memorable moments throughout, however one that will stand out among the rest (well, BIM and finishing my maiden Powerman came in quite close! Smile) would be my Personal Best in the StanChart KL Marathon. No doubt I was more prepared for this one than the two Full Marathons prior, but it was made sweeter because of the time it took me – about 7 months since I started running – to achieve such timing. Only a month before I was running in agony in my first Full Marathon (although the distance did not suggest it was a valid FM), with a time of slightly below 5:30 hours. At SCKLM, I was celebrating! Open-mouthed smile

Amidst all the euphoria, it will also be a year of remembrance for a dear friend who sadly passed away on 13 October 2011. Kharis Idris, or fondly remembered as Tuan Senang Besar, TSB succumbed to heart attack during his morning run in PJ. Al-Fatihah to Allahyarham TSB.

remembering TSB

Another one which deserves mention was the passing of Andrew Voon on 18 June 2011. Andrew, who had been the driving force for the Borneo International Marathon since its inception, also collapsed while doing his routine run at the Likas Stadium in his home-state of Sabah. It was a big loss to the running community there.

I believe 2012 promises to be an even more exciting running year for me. But 2011 was so high of a benchmark that it would be difficult to match it. But hey, with the type of people you have around, motivation is just a snap of your fingers away right? Open-mouthed smile To the Gs, the Chap Ayams, the Adinations, those in kain pelekats, those in shorts, skirts, skorts, compression pants, to those who ran as far as New York or Berlin, to as near as Segambut, or in the beautiful trails of Sabah, to all my running, cycling, triathlon, biathlon, duathlon, apa-apalon friends, thanks for all the encouragements, all the motivation, all the support, thanks for making everyone a winner. For 2012, let’s rock it!! Hot smile

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

malakoff run kl 12km 2011 – of pirates and santas :)


Being an event so close to the end of 2011, the Malakoff Run KL is always the preferred choice for runners to finalize their running diaries, and reflect on the accomplishments achieved throughout the year. The same goes for myself, the target was to better my timing, and have more fun than I did the last time I was here.

Last year’s photo..hehehe.. Open-mouthed smile

This year’s event was not much different from last year’s. Venue was still the same, crowd swelled this time to about 3,000 participants, the organization was still awesome, thanks to Pacesetters Athletic Club Malaysia (PACM) and the weather was splendid. What was different was that this time, I have more friends around me, and thanks to Irwan, this time I ran with a Christmas tree on top of my head!! Nyah-Nyah The Gs meanwhile, this time went on the hunt for Jack Sparrow, donning their pirate hats and eye patches. Keeping the photographers happy eh! Winking smile Oh yeah, good to see some unexpected faces too; my ex-UTM mate Azril Amil, and colleague, Rosyamin. Hopefully this won’t be your last. Smile

The venue was buzzing with carnival-like atmosphere when we arrived. Anticipation and excitement were apparent among the participants, some seasoned, some new ones. The daunting route failed to dampen the festive spirits, many can be seen wearing the Santa hat. For the record, there were 7 killer inclines for the 12km runners (4 for the 7km runners) to torture their legs on. For avid runners, the Beringin loop, as it is famously called (Ammah hills in Kinrara is another one), is an ideal place to train and strengthen the legs.

Carrying the whole Christmas tree in a 12km run is crazy! Smile with tongue out

The event started with the women’s 12km category being flagged off first, followed by men’s 12km 10 minutes later. My timing in 2010 was officially recorded 1:13:06.8, quite a feat for a newbie that time. This year I believed I could lower it down to below 1:05, although the prospect of the hills might hamper the effort. The race started well for me, with the pace at around 5:30-ish. Maintaining it was the challenge though, as the first incline was as early as the first 500 meters, right after the Securities’ Commission building.

Damn those hills!

Well, long story short, 7 killer hills (damn those hills! Punch) later, after all the huffs and puffs, the smiles and laughs, plenty of poses for the cameras, gulps of Gatorade, and 1 hour and 5 minutes later (according to my ever reliable Garmin Forerunner 610 (advert! Open-mouthed smile)), I crossed the finish line. Distance was well short at 11.36km, but I guess the hills made up for it.


Happy? Well, I was glad I achieved my target, as the official time which was released a day after (that was fast eh..kudos to the organizers) read 1:04:58.76. That’s below my target right! Smile with tongue out But, there were apparent weaknesses in my running, especially when doing inclines. Although I did not resort to walking while going uphill, but my pace dropped significantly to 7-ish, which affected the timing. Something to take note for 2012. Time to hit the gym? Monitor diet? Strengthen the cores? Ah, I might as well. Sick smile

So, there goes. Another race done, and that was the last for 2011. The next post will probably be the summary and reflections of my running journey this year. I might not improve as much as I wanted, but I’m glad that I have improved. Can’t wait for 2012. I know, something better is in store! Bring it on! Open-mouthed smile Oh yeah, enjoy the after race photos! Open-mouthed smile

Pirate Gs!AHOY! Smile with tongue out

With the Pirates! You gotta love Nana for her poses! Open-mouthed smile

Seriously, I don’t know what Selly was trying to do there.. Open-mouthed smile

Happy laaaa Smile with tongue out

Zuki timed 54 minutes, placed 19th. CRAZY!

With SBR Abg. Shariff Smile Always inspirational

Azu & Irwan

With schoolmate Moon, improving with each event

With the Chap Ayams Smile

With Kimi and Zuki

I think they have better medals this year compared to last year, don’t you think?

See all of you in 2012! Open-mouthed smile

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