THE first leg of the Malakoff University Duathlon Series (MUDS) 2010 kicked off at Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) last week with 230 athletes chasing for incentives worth a total of RM25,000.
Sponsored by Malakoff Corporation Berhad (Malakoff), the tri-series aims to encourage greater participation in the multi-sport (run-bike-run) event as part of its efforts to develop a duathlete community within the country.
The MUDS 2010 is a key component of Malakoff’s flagship CSR platform — The Malakoff Community Partnerships. Through these competitive events, the company aims to attract and reward young talent whilst inculcating a spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst the Malaysian youth.
At the event, Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, managing director and chief executive officer of Malakoff said: “One can really feel the excitement and competitive spirit of the participants here. It is this enthusiasm that inspires us to continue sponsoring the Malakoff University Duathlon Series 2010 for the third time.”
“MUDS is an important part of the company’s efforts to introduce and encourage local athletes into the world of duathlons. MUDS is now an integral part of the company’s flagship CSR platform, as it serves as an opportunity for Malaysians to get into duathlon events to eventually develop our own Malaysian Duathlete Community,” he added.
The inaugural MUDS was held in 2003 with 321 participants. With increasing awareness and interest in duathlons, the race has gained popularity amongst the local athletes with the participant count reaching 881 in 2009.
The UPNM race has four categories — University (men’s and women’s), Open (men’s and women’s), Media (men’s and women’s) and Team Relay (men’s and mixed).
The first-place winners in the Men’s University and Women’s University were Chan Jun Shen and Nur Adila Sobarudin both from University Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, while the Men’s Open and Women’s Open were won by Nik Fakarruddin Ismail and Lynn Guan Yoke Ling respectively.
Clearly delighted about his win, Chan Jun Shen said that he joined MUDS this year to set new standards for himself and bring pride to his university.
“This has been my best performance this year and I am surely going to keep improving on my timing. However, this win is not just about me. I want to make my coach and my university team happy, as this is a win for University Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia too.” said the third year mechanical engineering student.
In addition, Malakoff has also introduced the University Incentive which rewards RM3,000 to universities with a contingent of 50 individual participants and five teams. Universities with 30 individual participants and three teams stand a chance to win RM1,500, while those with 15 individual participants and a team will be given RM1,000.
Regular participant, Nor Juliana Ali was enthusiastic about completing the race and meeting her other duathlete friends including the newbies. The sweltering conditions aside, the cheerful 28-year-old said she thoroughly enjoyed the race.
Also present at the event was Gordon Scott from United Kingdom who was equally excited about the race.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to come together, test our skills and at the same time catch up with our duathlete friends. Moreover, the race is very well organised. For these reasons, I will always remain a loyal participant of MUDS,” he said.
Following this first leg of MUDS 2010 at UPNM, the event will continue at Universiti Malaya today with the grand finale at Universiti Putra Malaysia on Aug 7.
For the full results on the UPNM race and for details on the upcoming races, please visit www.duathlonseries.com.my