Pushing runners to go further

Zakri (left) with winners of the Allianz Pacer Run 2018 with IJN Marketing and Medical Tourism chief Akim Affandi Ahmad (third from right) and Allianz Malaysia Bhd chief market management officer Amy Loke (right).

SIX thousand runners took to the streets in Putrajaya as part of the Allianz Pacer Run 2018 held in Putrajaya.

The race format was revamped as the 12km and 6km Fun Run races were replaced with new distances – 16km and 8km Fun Run respectively.

Besides that, the number of entries also increased for the first time to 6,000 entries from the 5,000 entries allocated in previous years.

“The whole idea behind the Allianz Pacer Run was to get Malaysians interested in running.

As our major standalone running event, I am very proud to see how the run has continued to encourage Malaysians from all walks of life to get active and lead a healthier lifestyle.

“To us, it is not just about organising a run every year.

It is equally important that we are able to inspire, challenge and allow Malaysians to come together on a nice Sunday morning and just have a ton of fun,” said Allianz Malaysia Berhad chief executive officer Zakri Khir.

“This year, we wanted runners to push further. After three years, we thought this was the right time for the Allianz Pacer Run to present a new challenge to the runners and help them progress closer to the half marathon mark of 21km.

Gross (centre with bib number E7492) at the starting line of the run in Putrajaya.
Gross (centre with bib number E7492) at the starting line of the run in Putrajaya.

“Being the fourth edition of our run, we wanted to up the ante a little, so we stretched the running distances to 16km and 8km respectively, and also opened up 1,000 more participation spots for runners,” added Zakri.

In fact, this year’s participants also featured close to 2,000 Allianz customers as well as more than 400 Allianz employees including Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad’s chief executive officer Joseph Gross.

The race festivities were kicked off with a fun Zumba warm-up session for the participants.

The 16km race for the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Veteran and Women’s Veteran categories were flagged-off in front of the Palace of Justice at 6.30am.

This was followed by the flag-off of the 8km Fun Run category at 7am.

Following the run, participants were able to enjoy the festivities at the Allianz Runners Village where they took part in fun games involving an inflatable obstacle course and more.

Runners also took part in interactive booths which focused on health education, healthy living and nutrition by National Heart Institute, Pfizer, Caring Pharmacy, Nestle and Dietchain.

Allianz Pacer Run 2018 Winner’s List

16KM Men’s Open
1. ANAS BIN ROSLI 00:57:17

16KM Women’s Open
1. LOH CHOOI FERN 01:14:38
2. PANG KAH LAI 01:31:38
3. CHUA LEE MUI 01:36:47

16KM Men’s Veteran
1. MARK WILLIAMS 01:02:45
2. LIM KHON SENG ,CASEY 01:04:42

16KM Women’s Veteran
1. CHUAH CHENG EAN 01:11:15
2. SONG SIEW KENG 01:26:02
3. LIONG WUN ZET 01:30:28

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