Another running milestone!

The much-anticipated Blu Inc Media’s joint Men’s Health & Shape Night Run ’12 presented by GNC Live Well saw an influx of 6,500 people at the majestic town of Putrajaya. In its fourth year now, this event had to be closed for registration to runners within three weeks!  

The Run kicked off from 6.30pm with lots of activities, made merrier with deejays Linora Low and Fiqrie from Red FM, our official radio partner. It was an amazing night of fun and excitement as everyone enjoyed discounts, great product giveaways from sponsors, and a carnival atmosphere! Trainers from Fitness First performed the upbeat Zumba and a warm-up exercise demonstration to get the crowd pumped up.  

The night was graced by guest-of-honor, YB Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, the President of Perbadanan Putrajaya, who flagged off our runners.  He was accompanied by the CEO of Blu Inc Media, Datin Azliza Ahmad Tajuddin. Also present were celebrities Kimberley Leggett, Vanidah Imran and Rashidi Ishak, to name a few, who participated in The Run, together with Men’s Health Editor, Gareth Corsi and Shape Deputy Editor, Michele Lian.  

The Run comprised a 5km Fun Run for both men and women, and several competitive categories (11.8km): The Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Junior Veteran, Women’s Veteran and Men’s Senior Veteran. All competitive category runners were fitted with a timing chip to ensure they were able to keep track of their individual running times. Our competitive runners also competed for a medal, cash and other prizes worth up to a whopping RM213,000!  

Last year’s Men’s Open winner Venugopal A/L Rajendran seized the top spot again with a time of 41: 42.8. First place in the Men’s Junior Veteran went to Mark Williams with 43: 57.4. Winners of both categories each took home RM700 cash, a medal and RM11,000 worth of prizes.  M Ramakrishnan won the Men’s Senior veteran category with a 45:41.9 end time, collecting RM500 cash, a medal and prizes up to RM11,000.  

The winner of the Women’s Open 11.8km category, Yuan Yu Fang who finished in 49:23:6 received a RM700 cash prize and over RM12,000 worth of products. Defending champion of the Women’s Veteran category for five years now, Susan Khoo, took home a RM500 cash prize and products worth over RM12,000.  

All runners went home with a goodie bag worth over RM300, inclusive of a stylish Skechers runner’s tee, the July issue of both Men’s Health & Shape Malaysia, a bottle of GNC Live Well’s Vitamin C Chewable 90s, a bottle of 180ml Active Guard by Shokubutsu shower foam, a bottle of Spritzer +Fibre, Systema Toothbrush, Nivea For Men & Nivea Visage products, a bottle of Gatorade, 7-day membership voucher to Fitness First, SKINS wristband, a free drink voucher from Juice Works, a Yoplait Lite yoghurt and  Nestle KokoKrunch  – and upon completing the race, a certificate of achievement!  

GNC Live Well has been with us as a title presenter for the last two years. The event’s main sponsors were Skechers, Fitness First and Spritzer, co-organized by Twenty First Century Sports and sanctioned by the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA).  

Our official partners included Athlete’s Circle, Asia Web Direct, Active Guard by Shokubutsu, Asience, Berri, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ebene, Gatorade, Juice Works, Kenko Fish Spa, Milo, Nestle Fitnesse, Nivea,  Perskindol, Rexona, Skins, Systema, Yogood, Yoplait.  

This is an annual initiative by Blu Inc Media in an effort to promote a fit and healthy lifestyle among Malaysians through its two popular health and well-being titles, Shape (the only active lifestyle guide for women) and Men’s Health (the magazine men live by).