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Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malakoff) has successfully organised its Malakoff 12km and 7km, Kuala Lumpur Run (Malakoff KL Run) which brought together a record of more than 3,200 athletes who were joined by cheering supporters for a day of excitement, competition as well as fun.
Returning for the fifth consecutive year, the Malakoff KL Run is an initiative by Malakoff as part of its commitment to foster unity and an active lifestyle among urban dwellers. In line with its ‘Run with Family and Friends’ theme, the race welcomed runners of all ages and fitness levels from across Malaysia, including a sizeable number of the expatriate community competing in 6 categories for attractive prize vouchers worth RM18,000.
Speaking about the event, Zainal Abidin Jalil, Chief Executive Officer of Malakoff said, “Malakoff is geared towards supporting events which cultivates sporting habits and a healthy lifestyle among the community as part of our flagship Corporate Social Responsibility platform, the Malakoff Community Partnerships.”
“I am pleased with the record turnout today as it is a testimony of the popularity of the annual Malakoff KL Run. We are well aware of the growing and vibrant community sporting scene in the city and we look forward towards their support for another successful Run next year,” he added.
The Malakoff KL Run had steadily gained momentum from an initial count of 1,685 runners in 2008 to 2,820 athletes participating last year. This year, allocated slots which were limited to ensure a safe and comfortable experience were quickly snapped up. Within four weeks, registration was closed following the overwhelming response, garnering over 3,200 participants – the highest since the inception of the race in 2008.
This year’s Malakoff KL Run was won by Lili Suhairi who finished in 43:24.00 minutes in the Men’s Open category, and Jessica Tang who clinched the Women’s Open title crossing the finish line in 55:20.76 minutes. Sweeping the top honours in their respective categories includes Mark John Williams and Wong Siew Seng in the Men’s and Women’s Veteran’s Category along with Khor Ngee Leong and Julie Foreman in the Men’s and Women’s Senior Veteran Category. Young athletes Lee Wen Jun and Mira Jeanie capped a memorable feat emerging as winners for the Men's Junior Fun Run and Women's Junior Fun Run.
Amanda Sofea Bani, age 8, finishing fourth in the Junior Fun Run category said, “I am excited to have aced the race today as I have trained well for the event. I am also grateful for my family’s support today as it has definitely made the experience a lot more enjoyable.”
Sharing her future goals, “I will definitely continue with my regular running schedule and exercise regime. I hope with my trainings I will be able to finish the longer race distance in the Malakoff KL Run as part of my bucket list in the years to come.”