HCMC Run is a professional community running event held in Ho Chi Minh City spreading healthy lifestyle of Vietnamese. The race is going to be operated for the second time on 18thJanuary 2015 at Phu My Hung, District 7 in a bigger scale.
HCMC Run is the fore runner of race events in Vietnam. It has the tension to spark interest among the people, to see and to embrace running as an important part of a fit lifestyle.
This race is a playground to promote sports movement as well as encourage healthy lifestyles of young generation in community. Through the event, runners can conquer the challenging race route and overcome their own limits in the exciting and vibrant atmosphere of the race.
The event, at its debut in 2013 was warmly welcomed, with its success a large number of participants – more than 5,500 participants of all ages, professions and nationalities, … has left deep impression and strongly influenced young people as well as attracted a large number of international tourists, contributed to building a dynamic, modern and more integrating Vietnam.
HCMC Run 2015 will be held on 18th January 2015, in Ho Chi Minh City and here will be a different challenge for participants to continue promoting sports movement, physical training and health improvement. This year’s race will be more challenge with the divisions up to 5km, 10km and the new 21km. Moreover, with a bigger scale of this year, we are delighted to introduce the Sport Expo which will be held on 17th-18th January 2015. This exposition of related sport services, products, talks, and activities will be made available for the sports enthusiast.
In recent years, sports movement has been broadly developed across all provinces in the country and responded enthusiastically. The success of the event in last year as well as a large number of participants is a clear evidence for widely spreading healthy lifestyle of Vietnamese, in order to improve fitness and get into better shape. By using electronic chips as an intelligent and fair scoring system, which has been applied in many international races/marathons, HCMC Run is the biggest and most professional community running event ever in Ho Chi Minh City.
HCMC Run 2015 organized by Pulse Active is not only meant to achieve community bond, especially among young people, but also a chance to build a healthy community in Ho Chi Minh city and discover new talents –future running athletes in Vietnam.
22 Oct 2014 – 22 Nov 2014
23 Nov 2014 – 4 Jan, 2015
Register at: www.hcmcrun.com
For regular updates: www.facebook.com/hcmcrun
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION – PULSE ACTIVE Ltd.
Established in 2013, Pulse Active is a crea[c]tive company, specializes in event creation that will target sportive and lifestyle events. We are excited to bring our passion to produce fantastic running events for the locals in order to build up and expand a healthy community. With a commitment to keep our events always different and fun for runners, Pulse Active aims to go beyond the trend and towards a revolution. Pulse Active has also successfully gained massive attention from community through events such as: HCMC Run 2013, Color Me Run, Da Nang International Marathon 2014, Prisma – The Night Run 2014.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INOV-8 PACESETTERS 3030 RUN 2014
Partial Road Closure on 2 November 2014
Kuala Lumpur, 30 October 2014 – Twelve roads in Kuala Lumpur will be partially closed from 5.30am November 2, Sunday to make way for the INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014.
The affected roads will include:
As none of the affected roads are totally closed, residents in those affected areas can still travel on those roads, except that they have one lane less in most cases. Please follow the direction of the traffic police at those affected areas.
The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is made possible by title sponsor INOV-8, in partnership with the event owner and organiser, Pacesetters Athletic Club, and with strong support from platinum sponsor, Airasia-X, silver sponsors, the Multi-Purpose Insurans Bhd & SWORKE, official timepiece Garmin, official beverage BOH Tea, official media, Running Malaysia and bronze sponsor, Nelson’s Corn.
For more information, please visit www.pacesettersmalaysia.blogspot.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1507084776194776/
For further information, please contact:
Wan Yew Leong 019-3569031, email@example.com
About the INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014
The INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 is scheduled to take place on 2 November 2014. The event aims to get 2,200 runners, ranging from elite professionals to first-time amateurs. A truly ‘best in class’ event, the INOV-8 Pacesetters 3030 Run 2014 boasts participants from all over Malaysia and neighboring countries. The run continues as Malaysia’s boutique running event catering to the running fraternity with different capabilities. Registration was opened on 16 July 2014 at www.myraceonline.com and is now closed.
Established in 2003, Inov-8 is the leading fitness equipment manufacturer with the dedication to celebrate the grit and glory of the committed athlete. Inov-8 operates at the extremes of sports. As a brand, Inov-8 does not settle or stop ever. In the pursuit of excellence, there is no finish line, only continued development, hard work and sweat. Driven by a team of elite athletes from all over the world and who have competed in mountain running, road running, triathlon and cross fit, Inov-8 is bent on providing the best fitness equipment.
About Key Power International
Founded in 2006 by avid runners and triathletes, Key Power is the leading distributor and retailer for performance sporting goods. With a deep focus and understanding on the needs of the markets, Key Power International has delivered the promise in providing the best performance gears. Today, through Key Power International’s extensive distribution network and a footprint in 4 key regional markets, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, Key Power International has provided the experience and opportunities to consumers in their pursuit of active lifestyles.
About Key Power Malaysia
Key Power Malaysia is the subsidiary company of Key Power International (Asia) Pte Ltd. Founded in July 2011, Key Power Malaysia has been active in the sporting industry with a focus on providing the best performance sporting goods for consumers. With 3 key outlets in Malaysia and many other exclusive dealers, Key Power Malaysia has achieved a strong presence in Malaysia’s sporting industry. Apart from that, Key Power Malaysia has also participated actively in sporting events to provide opportunities for consumers to pursue active lifestyles.
After months of anticipation, the White Ribbon Campaign Run & Walk is open for registration! You can sign up NOW at http://www.myraceonline.com/
Details are as follows:
Date: 7 December 2014 (Sunday)
Venue: Padang Merbok
Registration fee: RM45.00
Alternately, you may register OFFLINE. To sign up, kindly follow these steps:
b) Fill up the form and e-mail it to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
c) Make your payment either through cheque or direct bank-in deposit.
Payment Options & Instructions:
i) Send a bankers draft or cheque made payable to “All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)” to our address:
85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
ii) Do a direct bank-in to our account number 106-00-01265-6 at Hong Leong Bank Berhad (Bank address: Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya; Swift Code: HLBBMYKL). Please fax the bank-in slip to us at 03-7874 3312, along with your contact details after the payment has been made, or email the above to email@example.com.
We will process your entry form upon receiving your payment.
About All Women Actions Society (AWAM):
A coalition of women’s rights groups called the Joint Action Group against Violence Against Women (JAG-VAW) (today known simply as the Joint Action Group) organised a workshop and exhibition to highlight the phenomenon of “violence against women” in Malaysia. For the first time, rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, prostitution, and the negative portrayal of women in the media were highlighted as matters of public concern.
The success of this historic two-day event inspired the formation of several women’s rights organisations, including AWAM. These organisations have maintained close ties ever since, coming together through JAG to lobby collectively for a more equal and non-violent community and nation.
Since then, AWAM has worked tirelessly to advocate for, serve, and empower survivors of violence and the wider public. Through our advocacy, AWAM has taken “women’s issues” from the personal and situated them squarely in the public, political sphere. In so doing, we have helped break the silence on gender-based violence.
In the past years, not only has AWAM been consulted by the Federal and State Government in regards to issues of violence against women and gender but also participated in various committees set up under the Ministries of Women, Health and Education. AWAM has also carried out trainings, by request for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development on topics of gender and rights of women. In our efforts to continuously advocate for improved laws and legislations to support women and girls, AWAM is currently in a committee to review and amend laws related to violence against women set up under the Attorney General’s Chamber. AWAM also works with service providers, including the hospitals, welfare and police to enhance their capacity in providing gender-sensitized service to survivors of violence.
Like a bolt (ooops!) out of the sky, the soon-to-be-in-stores Skechers GOrun Ride 3 Bolt (GRR3 Bolt/Bolt) landed on my laps quite suddenly last Friday. Because it was so totally unexpected, I braved the Friday+Downpour+5pm-KL-Traffic phenomenon to fight my way to the Skechers office after work.
Let’s get on with some of the nuts and bolts (ooops again!) of, ummm, the Bolt.
You wouldn’t be wrong if you dismiss the Bolt, just by looking at the photos, that this is another example of a wolf in a sheep’s clothing. After all everything other than the eye-catching upper’s the same as the GRR3 [my review of the GRR3 here].
But then, there’s the knitted fabric upper. As it is, the upper found on the GRR3 is already well made, as with most of the Performance series’. FitKnit isn’t unlike other knitted upper that’s marketed by other sports companies and I’ve worn several of those (and liked them a lot too). It’s basically iterations of stitching technology that see a tighter weave around the stress-zones, for example, the toebox, heel counter and flex areas. The result is a single piece seamless upper that has good breathability.
In terms of weight, the GRR3 (with sockliner) sits between the Bolt with and without the sockliner. Even at its heaviest 8.9oz for US10, the Bolt is featherweight compared to Zoom Elite 7, Pegasus 31 and even lighter than the Boston Boost 5 (review coming up).
If you’ve not worn any shoes with a knitted upper before, you’d be interested to know that there are subtle differences to the wear experience. Due to the absence of overlays, you’ll discover a little bit more real estate in the toebox. Indeed, my US10 felt roomier than usual. My first run in the Bolt was a hilly 12.5K. I didn’t lace up as tightly as I normally do when I race. While my feet didn’t slide to and fro even when I hit the downhills, there was a slight sideway movement in the forefoot region. There wasn’t any blisters though, and there was room to lock down the lacing further. No real issues but I just thought it’s something worth mentioning to guide you when trying the Bolt out.
Interestingly, as opposed to other brands’ knitted uppers, Skechers FitKnit retains the stretch properties used in the mesh models like the GRR3. There’s not a stitch on the Bolt that adds to a stiff wear experience, even where the knit are most dense.
Coming into the scene late in the adoption of knitted uppers, Skechers GOrun Ride 3 Bolt expands the brand’s tradition of great uppers with FitKnit. The result is an all-round improved package for the runner in the tradition of the GRR3. Those looking for a lightweight cushioned trainer suitable for up to the marathon distance should check them out. They’ve the looks to go with jeans and will make an excellent and versatile shoe. Wherever I travel to, I’ve always packed an extra pair of running shoes for my exploratory runs. With the Bolt, it will serve as a 2-in-1, suitable for sightseeing and putting in the mileage while traveling.
The Bolt will hit the local stores from this weekend and will retail for RM419 (men) and RM399 (women).
Disclosure: The Skechers GOrun Ride 3 Bolt is a media sample provided by Skechers Malaysia. I’ve only put in approximately 20K in them but the ride is similar to the GRR3.
This is the final part of my take on the Samsung duo of Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit. If you’re interested to find out more about my usage of the devices, follow the links below:
First impressions| HRM, Distance Tracking and Coaching Functions
So after more than 2 weeks, what’s my take on the S5+GF combo? As mentioned in my earlier posts, I don’t bring along my phone when I go out running, so my time was mostly spent with the GF. Since I’m not an Android user, I stay away from delving too much into the interface. Where menus and UI are covered, it was done from the angle of usability rather than technical aspect. With that out of the way, let’s get things going.
What I like:
Could be better:
There you have it, a runner’s take on the GF. It’s Samsung’s first real dip into the lifestyle tracking segment and a decent entry at that. It’s the glaring misses, no doubt, include the lack of integration with online communities or for that matter with other exercise apps on the phone such as Endomondo, Runkeeper or MapMyRun. Having said that, there are a many fitness enthusiasts out there who run with their smartphones and who aren’t anal about tracking their exact mileage nor need perfection in their measurements. These group may find the GF a logical accessory to their Samsung smartphones. The competition in this segment is stiff, both in pricing and features. The S5 is currently going for RM1,999 (16GB LTE model) and Gear Fit RM599. Unfortunately there are no bundled pricing.
Disclaimer: The Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit were media review units courtesy of Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) Sdn. Bhd. No payments nor complimentary devices were given in exchange for this series of postings.
The following situation isn’t that hard to imagine in the world we live in today. After finishing with the dishes you walked out to the living room only to find armed assailants with machetes to the necks of your love ones. Or while out running, you become aware of a suspicious looking motorcyclist making his rounds. They’re just a sampling of terrifying yet realistic situations that we may unfortunately find ourselves being confronted with. In fact, it was due to a home invasion incident that had app co-founder Robb Monkman, held at gunpoint, that led to the development of React Mobile.
Wanting to do more for on and off campus safety he created a tool that could be used to silently and discreetly alert a wide network, including the authorities, of an emergency and its location. After testing several beta products in various markets for over a year, the React Mobile safety app was finally launched in March 2013. Recently the app was overhauled, making it much easier to use.
Monkman emailed me and here’s what he says about the app and a little more about the team.
What Is React Mobile™?
React Mobile is a powerful safety app that turns your smartphone into a powerful lifeline. Our app has a “Follow-Me” feature that lets you share your location with friends and family so they can track the your whereabouts in real-time and follow you to safety. Let your trusted contacts know where you’re going, how long you’re going to be gone for and include a personalized message. If the duration of a “Follow-Me” session expires, our app will automatically send out a message to your emergency contacts letting them know that they should check in with you. Perfect for solo runners going jogging after dark or for parents that want to watch over their children this Halloween.
In an emergency, simply slide our app control to the Help Me position to send out a widespread to your emergency contacts letting them know where you are and that you need help. Users can optionally post React alerts to Facebook and Twitter to let a wider network of people know about an emergency. Whenever a React alert is activated our app automatically dials the local authorities.
The React Mobile safety app is available for download on The App Store and Google Play and has been continually evolving for over a year. Learn more about the newest version of our free app at: www.reactmobile.com
CEO and Co-Founder
Hardware Product Lead—COO
As with all good apps, a quick setup is necessary before the app can work for the user. That involves adding your trusted contacts into the list. Your enlisted friends can then follow your movements.
Here’s how it works: Before starting your commute, initiate the “Follow Me” to a trusted contact. Enter more details such as the estimated duration of your commute or travel and where you’re heading. These of course are optional but the more information, the better naturally. Do bear in mind that you’re after all sharing these with your trusted contacts. The app will alert the contact who will then be able to follow you on the computer or mobile device. When you arrive at your destination safely, just slide your status over to “I’m Fine”. No prizes for guessing what the little “SOS” button does! The app is even thoughtful enough to remind you to let your friends know once your expected time of arrival (ETA) expires to avoid unnecessary worrying.
You can choose to also have your status posted to Facebook or Twitter. In cases of emergencies, the wider the call for help is broadcasted to your contacts the better. Naturally, you can also choose to have emergency response teams
The mobile app isn’t the only element in the solution because the team has come up with a little device to complement the app. Called the React Sidekick, this little button allows the user to trigger the app in a quicker manner rather than fiddling with the phone. Seconds count, after all. Here’s what the Sidekick is about.
What Is The React Sidekick Safety Device and How Does It Work?
The React Sidekick is a personal safety device that pairs with the React Mobile safety app putting security within reach when it counts. The Sidekick is the fastest way to reach a wide network in an emergency and eliminates the need to find and unlock a smartphone to call for help. Simply click the React Sidekick button to send out a widespread React alert to trusted contacts. The React Sidekick was recently funded on Kickstarter and the first units will be shipping this Winter. Pre-sales of the Sidekick begin in November 2014.
I personally think the React Mobile and React Sidekick are excellent personal safety tools. It’s not hard to think of the many situations where they will come extremely useful. Making use of technology and engaging our trusted circle of friends and family make it more powerful. I’m trying this app out and you should too. Learn more about React Mobile’s team at: www.reactmobile.com/about
In my PNM (Half Marathon) race report, I wrote that I was, for once, smart enough NOT to have registered for the marathon distance. Now that I’ve ran the same tough course the second time in two weeks, I guess I’m not that smart after all! However, having done PNM and coming so close to hitting 2 hours despite not starting out with a racing mindset, CAPAM presented an opportunity to right the “wrong”. This time around, I was better prepared. 2 gels and the iPod Shuffle were added to my gear and after some slight rubbing experienced on the little toe, I opted for a pair of thinner asics socks along with the Boston Boost. Finally I adjusted the Virtual Pacer on the Garmin 620 to 5:20.
CAPAM was such a low-key event that having failed to pull in the crowds in an already congested running calendar, the organizers reopened the entry. That was when I signed up along with Nick. We often get ourselves in such situations – you go, I go kind of thing. Except for next year’s Nuang Ultra where he’s on his own! Out of the 5,000 expected entries, the event saw only around 2,000 runners across all categories and distances, which ranged from 22K, 10K and 5K. There were no porta-potties at the start (runners were to use the limited public toilets opened at that time) and along the route. With 25 minutes to the start, the car park was still sparsely filled. By the time we entered the corral, we saw that harboring all hopes of sneaking a 10th position (RM200 purse) would be stupid because there were at least 20 Africans amongst the bunch of runners. I won’t go into the controversy involving phantom runners and cheats among this group of runners but from recent investigations by other runners, something definitely smells fishy.
Due to the small number of participants in the 22K category, Nick and I found ourselves only 5 rows from the start line. The gun went off sharp 6:30am and by the first left, we were already running at 5-min pace. That would be normal for race starts and pace correction will set in quickly enough. However we found it hard to keep the pace down. Through constant monitoring, we managed to keep things manageable. The first walk break came at the 12K mark. This was where runners encounter the short but sharp incline section just after the Precinct 20 cemetary. I’d taken my first gel at 8K so it was more of self-preservation rather than hitting the wall that I chose to walk up. The Putrajaya route is a tricky one and one simply has to run (or walk) smart.
Until that point, the going had been slightly easier than what I went through during PNM last weekend. The morning weather was cooler, there were more visual distractions, I had music pumped into my ears and gels pumped into my system! On the other hand, the visual cues also made me more impatient as I found myself questioning how far it was to the next landmark! Ironically, the visual sensory deprivation associated with night racing that PNM was made focusing easier.
The second power-walking episode happened at the sharp climb up to PICC (14K @ 6:06) but I quickly cut back on the deficit with 5:10 and 5:09 splits over the next 2Ks. It was still too early into the race to be surging, so I quickly pulled back to a more manageable pace thereafter. I constantly kept Nick, who was about 50-80 meters ahead, in my radar just so that I don’t fall back too far. I popped my 2nd gel at the 16K aid station. Just before the 18K mark, hordes of runners from the 5K category merged into the route and we had to execute a few dodging maneuvers.
The pace over the next 2K was like a roller coaster as I was tiring. A peep at the watch revealed the sub-2 goal to be in danger. It was already 1:41 at the 19K mark and this course exceeded 22K. I would have to run low 5s the rest of the way to be able to nail it. The final bridge proved to be a minor irritant which slowed me down to a 5:35. That must have got me into a panic mode because I didn’t realize I ran the remaining distance at 5:16, 5:04 and 4:33! My mouth was as large as a feeding whale shark’s as I gasped for air like crazy. It wasn’t a pretty sight. The finishing photos also confirmed my suspicion that I’ve to correct my hip weakness if I’m to run more efficiently. Right now, I’m just not pushing off strongly enough. Too much wasted energy.
Anyways, I did get that sub-2 with a 1:57.57 for the 22.3K course. The 21K split was 1:52 which wasn’t a personal best – the most recent being 1:50 in Gold Coast 2 years ago – but it was certainly my best in dreaded Putrajaya. Until the official timing is published, I don’t know where I placed. It doesn’t matter much as there was just too many controversies surrounding this event. I got the timing I wanted, averaged 5:19 against my goal pace of 5:20 and was able to dedicate another race to a friend. That’s all that matters. #FTT!
Aside: Tey, you asked about my max HR recorded during the race. It was 191!