A record 1,005 participants took part in the Treadmill Challenge held at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Petaling Jaya recently.
The challenge, organised in conjunction with the Standard Chartered KL Marathon at the Dataran Merdeka on June 28, was also endorsed by the Malaysia Book of Records as the longest treadmill run in Malaysia.
Each participant ran for five minutes at the speed of 5 km/hr while the challenge lasted for 24 hours. Among the participants were celebrities Sazzy Falak, singer Betty Banafe and 8TV Quickie host Henry Golding.
Yee Kit Haw took part in the challenge with her mother Woo Ah Moy and son Dervin Tee Hao-Xian.
The 11-year-old Tee said he loves running while 70-year-old Woo, was looking forward to take part in the marathon.
Six-year-old Melissa Tiffany Lam also joined the challenge with her mother Betty Mah. Both will be taking part in the marathon also.
Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia managing director Julian Wynter said the Treadmill Challenge was a success because of the people’s participation.
“We are so pleased by the tremendous public response.
“This history-making feat was made possible with the participation and enthusiasm of everyone who ran in it – so thank you,” said Wynter.
The Treadmill Challenge was one of the activities that the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2009 road show. The roadshow programme included training workshops led by Kannan Murugasan, Malaysia’s only Ultraman finisher (three-day endurance challenge). The established international trainer shared preparation tips on the physical and psychological aspects of running a marathon.
The road show also featured exciting games and activities included a giant marathon quest, popular Nintendo Wii video games and a bouncing castle.
Mesmerising performances from an established school marching band and the ever popular Extreme Malaysia All Stars cheerleaders delighted the crowd.
Many visitors took the opportunity to sign up for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon. For more information on the marathon, log on to www.kl-marathon.com.