Power Team, led by H. Jaibalan, are aiming to finish on the podium in the men's open and women's veteran categories in the Power Run at Dataran Merdeka on Sunday.
Power team skipper Jaibalan, who is ranked among the top five 10km runners in the country, said they had several top runners in their squad.
“We have a strong group of runners capable of finishing among the top five in the men's open category.
”Whoever is on form on that day should be able to finish on the podium,'' said Jaibalan after a training session at the National Sports Council (NSC) training centre in Bukit Jalil recently.
Besides Jaibalan, the other members of Power Team include U. Vikneswaran, P. Ramesh, P. Murugan, Abdul Aziz Mahmud, K. Ganeshwaran, V. Shamalan and Azhar Khairul Izat. In the women's veteran category, S. Devamani is a safe bet for top honours.
The 24-year-old Jaibalan, a sports officer with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) in Kelana Jaya, had podium finishes in the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) cross country, the Kuantan Rotary Run and the Sepang F1 Run.
However, Jaibalan admitted that the competition in the Power Run should be intense as the country's top long distance runners were expected to be among the starting group.
Bata Malaysia Power brand manager James Selvaraj said the run was considered an important event to members of their running team.
“As we are the organisers, we will be happy to see our runners finish among the winners. Our runners have pledged to give their best.
“They have been doing well in road races this year. Their biggest challenge will take place at the Power Run,'' said Selvaraj a former national badminton player.