MORE than 180 participants from the cycling and running fraternity took part in the inaugural Ampang Jaya Duathlon Challenge held at Trek Basikal Tekas, Taman Bukit Indah Ampang.
The event, organised by Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), was flagged off by council secretary Hasrolnizam Shaari at 7.30am.
The duathlon challenge featured five categories – Men’s Open, Men’s Masters (aged 39 to 49), Men’s Senior Masters (aged 50 and above), Women’s Open and Women’s Senior Masters (aged 40 and above).
The duathlon started with 20km of cycling around the undulating terrain, which included the popular hiking spot Bukit Kembara, followed by a 7km run.
The winner of the Men’s Open category, Mohd Azuan Asmuni, took 47 minutes to complete the course.
Mohd Azuan overtook Mohd Nazri Muhamad, who led at the exchange after the cycle leg, and took home the prize of RM500.
Mustika Ayuni Mustafa, 21, from Malaysian National Defence University, was crowned the winner of the Women’s Open category.
Representing Speda Zone bicycle shop, Mustika said she has been racing competitively since 2012.
“I love sports, especially running and cycling,” she said.
The duathlon challenge managed to attract participants from all over Malaysia as well as neighbouring countries such as Singapore and Indonesia.
Zulkifli from Indonesia won the Men’s Senior Masters category by finishing the course just 13 minutes behind the time set
by Mohd Azuan, an impressive feat by the 50-year old.
“This is my first-ever competition in Kuala Lumpur and I will definitely return in the future,” said an elated Zulkifli, who hails from Tanjung Balai Karimun, Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the winners of Men’s Masters and Women Senior Masters were Mohamed Hamizi Hussien and Che Rohani Mezah, respectively.
Besides the duathlon challenge, close to 200 children aged between six and 12, also took part in the obstacle course run.
Speaking at the conclusion of the race, Hasrolnizam did not rule out the possibility of MPAJ tweaking the race format or increasing the distance for future editions.
“We want to make the race more exciting for the participants and also promote Ampang at the same time.
“We are looking at the prospect of including Taman Saga or Bukit Tabur in future races. We aim to promote a healthy lifestyle among the people regardless of their race, age, size or fitness level,” he said.