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The Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run By AIA Vitality
Date: 7 January 2017
Source: Mongoose Publishing

Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality

7 January 2017, Puteri Harbour, Johor – Starting with over 6,000 runners in Penang (2 April 2016) before moving to the second leg of the series with 15,000 runners in Putrajaya (30 July 2016), the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run (MHWHNR) by AIA Vitality series ended down south at Puteri Harbour, Johor on 7 January 2017. Over 5,000 runners participated in the third instalment of the series bringing together more than 26,000 participations across all three locations. Aimed to help Malaysians lead healthier, longer and better lives, the Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality challenged the participants to push their limits over a 5km, 12km or 21km course.

“We believe in acting upon a cause and this partnership with our Title Sponsor, AIA Vitality, saw us working together in achieving our mission towards encouraging a healthier lifestyle among Malaysians. The support we have received from the participants in all three locations has been great, wrapping the series up on a really positive note. At the launch of the series we introduced an interesting addition to honour runners who successfully completed the three-course instalment with a unique ‘trifecta’ medal, said Patrick Brennan, Group CEO of Mongoose Asia.

Darshini M.Nathan, Head of Corporate Communications for AIA Bhd. said, “As Malaysia’s leading life insurer, we want to play an active role in empowering Malaysians to take charge of their health. As Title Sponsor of this run series, it gives us great pleasure to see so many people joining in the fun and embracing what it means to be healthier.”

Top three winners with the best time for 12km and 21km course were presented with medals and prizes worth RM 2618, RM1379 and RM 1129 respectively. Additionally, over 100 runners have been a part of the full series, running with in the series from Penang to Putrajaya to Puteri Harbour.

Mohd Jironi Riduan, a 30-year old physical education teacher hailing from Johor, won the Men’s 21km category with an impressive time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 28 seconds. “I did not expect to win today. I was just enjoying the course and the run. I am really happy with winning and with the time I recorded as well. It is still a few minutes slower than my personal best but this is a good start to the year 2017,” said Mohd Jironi.

Coming in first for the Women’s 21km category, Ung Socheata, a Cambodian based in Singapore said, “I paced myself for an average pace per kilometer of 5 minutes. The humidity today was a bit of a challenge but I would think that I paced very well. I am very happy that I was able to finish the course in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 2 seconds. Also, the event organizer has done a wonderful job and I hope that there would be more such events in the future.”

“I am very excited that I won. My daughter is here with me today as well and participated in the 12km course. It’s great to finish the final course of the series, after finishing both the Penang and Putrajaya course,” said 57 year-old Susan Khoo. Originating from England, Susan has lived in Subang Jaya for the past 25 years and also won the 12km Women’s veteran category.

In addition to AIA Vitality he event was sponsored by Ultron, Petron, Fitness First, Adidas, Optimax, Philips, Appeton, Tender Soft, Lucozade, Clear, Grab, Puteri Harbour and Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour who were all a part of making Men’s Health Women’s Health Night Run by AIA Vitality the premier Night Run in Malaysia.  Prior to the run, a free running clinic was also held on 10 December 2016 at Puteri Harbour to aid runners in preparing themselves for the race hosted by AIA Vitality and Fitness First, led by Edan Syah, one of Malaysia’s most prominent marathon runners and Fitness First ambassador.

“It has been a great honour for Puteri Harbour to be a part of the nation’s premier running event and provide an opportunity for the runners to experience the scenic night view along our destination.  We look forward to celebrate more positive energy events such as Men's Health Women's Health Night Run to embrace a healthy lifestyle while championing quality time together with families, friends and loved ones at our integrated destination.”, said Philip Whittaker, Chief Marketing Officer of Themed Attraction Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd.