Nakhon Nayok, 22 January 2017 – The beautiful morning weather by the world’s largest and longest roller compacted concrete dam, the Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam, marked a fantastic day when the starting gun of the inaugural Powerman Thailand was shot to the skies. World top duathletes and hundreds of multi-sport enthusiasts ran through the starting line to race for the country’s first Powerman title. In the end, it was The Netherland’s Thomas Bruins and Hungary’s Anna Eberhardt-Halasz that bagged the top spots for both Powerman male and female elite category with a completion time of 2:45:14 and 3:03:39 respectively. The podium continued to be taken by Great Britain’s Ritchie Nicholls and Russia’s Ivan Vlasenko for the male elite category, while Japan’s Airi Sawada and Iran’s Mandana Dehghan Manshadi swept the second and third spot for the female elite category.
“The first Powerman in Thailand was an eye opener, especially the picturesque view of Nakhon Nayok. The refreshing and energising environment fueled my confidence to contend for the podium, and I am happy with the outcome as the first champion of the race. Based on my observation, I am surprised by the turnout and the quality of the participants,” said Thomas.
Powerman female elite category winner Anna stated that the competition was intense despite having it in a new host city. “Racing to the top was steep with challengers tailing closely. But through perseverance, I manage to overcome all the difficulties and led the race. Joining Powerman in a new country was exciting and learning curve for me.”
Four categories were available for participants of different fitness level: Powerman Classic and Classic Relay (10KM – 60KM – 10KM), and the Powerman Short and Short Relay (5KM – 30KM – 5KM). The run-bike-run race format requires athletes to be at their top physical and mental level to compete for the race. Top three winners of each individual category and the champions for the relay categories were presented with a golden ticket each to participate in the upcoming 2017 Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships on Sunday, 5 March 2017, at Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The race is organised by E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Thailand) Co. Ltd., a company under the E-Plus Group of Companies. Managing Director Iskandar Shahril said that the growth of the industry would continue to attract local sports enthusiasts to participate. “We are pleased with the outcome of the first Powerman race in Thailand was smoothly conducted. The future of the race in this country is bright, and we foresee that Powerman Thailand would continue to propel and one day become a household name among the community.”
John Raadschelders, President of the International Powerman Association, agreed on this matter as the race has embarked on attracting more athletes to participate. “Having a new host country on our calendar is a great beginning for a new year. The Powerman World Series will see further expansion and growth with this momentum.”
The Powerman World Series in Southeast Asia will continue in Indonesia on 18 and 19 February 2017, and Malaysia on 4 and 5 March 2017.
Powerman Thailand is organised by E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Thailand) Co. Ltd, supported by the Ministry of Tourism & Sports Thailand, Royal Irrigation Department of Thailand, Optima Bike, The EmQuartier Shopping Complex, 100PLUS, CP-Meiji High Protein, SportsMall, The Pizza Company, Dever Energy Gel, and F2P.
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Sankt Wendel. If you are a duathlete you will most certainly have herd of this place and may even have raced here. Well, make a note in your diary for May 21st, 2017 because that is where you can race long at the 2017 ETU Powerman Duathlon Long DistanceEuropean Championships. It was back in 1998 that the World Duathlon Championships were held here. Titles that year went to Yann Millon (FRA) and Irma Heeren (NED). Who will grab the titles in 2017? Well, if you want to be in with a chance then you need to register with your National Federation. Click the picture below to see the video from 2016.
Sankt Wendel is easy to get to. Just over the border from Luxembourg, you can easily drive there from most European locations and with airports not so far away offering easy access the event is opened up to athletes from all over Europe.
Matthias Zöll, CEO for the Deutsche Triathlon Union, „Of course we are happy to welcome the European long distance Duathletes in Germany after we already hosted the standard distance Duathlon Championships in 2016. St.Wendel with its tradition as an excellent event organizer as they hosted already Worlds in duathlon and cross country cycling is a perfect choice of ETU to guarantee a spectacular European Championship in 2017. We are also looking forward to St.Wendel as it will be also the start of the year where German Age Groupers can perform on home soil as the European Sprint Championships on 24th & 25th of June are just around the corner.“
Renato Bertrandi, President of the European Triathlon Union said, „With this great news we can now finalise our Championship Calendar. Sankt Wendel has seen some of our best duathletes race and has been a venue for run, bike, run for over 20 years now. An incredibly beautiful location that offers elite and age group athletes an easy to get to race venue and a challenge worthy of a championship medal. I welcome once more the chance to deliver, with Powerman, a quality event. Please make a note in your diary for 21st May, 2017.“
John Raadschelders, President of the International Powerman Association said, „This is the place to be. Sankt Wendel is no easy event to race but it is so easy to get to. For me it is a short drive from the Netherlands and for athletes from Germany, Belgium, France and even Great Britain and Italy, it is a location that you can drive to. There is so much to see and do here for the family too. Lots of really nice hotels and restaurants. What we want to do with our cooperation between Powerman, ETU, city of Sankt Wendel and the host National Federation is to provide all athletes and their families with not just a race but a real experience. I have been inundated over recent weeks will mails and calls asking where the 2017 Long Distance Duathlon Championship will be held. It seems that every year the interest is increasing. With the championships being held in Sankt Wendel in 2017, our great sport of duathlon can only get bigger and better. Are you tough enough to Be There? I’m Looking forward to meeting you all in Sankt Wendel“
Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 Returns to Putrajaya, Promotes Malaysia as a Regional Sports Hub
Kuala Lumpur, 25 October 2016 – The world’s largest duathlon race in the Powerman series, Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships, will return to Putrajaya on Sunday, 5 March 2017 with greater expectation on foreign participation. Organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, over 3,000 local and foreign participants including top global athletes, multi-sport elites and enthusiasts are expected to take part in the run-bike-run race.
Powerman, the pinnacle for duathlon competition globally, is the platform for ardent runners and cyclists to progress and master both sports. The championships held in Putrajaya last March upon a two-year hiatus witnessed the tremendous growth of duathletes in the region, with a record-breaking number of 2,645 participants starting the race, breaking the Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘Largest Participation of Duathlon Championships’ in Malaysia.
“The proliferation of multi-sport athletes in the region is evident due to a growing trend in the multi-sports segment. Powerman is an accessible event for athletes to pursue a greater path by mastering an integrated sport. Putrajaya is one of the admired locations to host Powerman with its picturesque landscape and well-equipped social amenities, giving participants a world-class championship,” said Barbara Lam, Managing Director of E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd.
Four adult categories namely the Individual Classic and Team Relay Classic (10km – 60km – 10km), and the Individual Short and Team Relay Short (5km – 30km – 5km), are available for registration.
“Powerman is a great stepping stone for regular runners and cyclists go beyond their limits. The four selected categories is specially catered to participants of different levels, from newcomers to seasoned enthusiasts. I welcome all single sport athletes to take part in Powerman as the new ground to explore and test their limits.”
Interested participants can register at www.powermanmalaysia.com.
Grassroots Programme for Kids
Powerkids, the newly introduced duathlon programme for children aged between 5 and 12, is part of the Asia Championship’s expansion to nurture talented and budding multi-sport athletes. To be launched in December 2016, the grassroots activity is about the joy of movement and the first experience for children to engage in a multi-sport event. This will be the championship’s pilot initiative to introduce a programme for children.
Powerkids is composed of three age categories: 5 to 7-year-old (0.4km – 1km – 0.4km), 8 to 10-year-old (0.8km – 2km – 0.8km), and 11 to 12-year-old (1.2km – 3km – 1.2km).
“Grooming new talent requires training from a young age. Powerkids provides the exposure for kids to learn, grow and compete. Having been successfully implemented in many European races, parents – especially those who are already Powerman duathletes themselves – may consider this opportunity to expose their children to the sports that they do,” said Iskandar Shahril, Race Director of Powerman Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Powerman Drives Sports Tourism in Malaysia
Dubbed as one of the premier endurance multi-sports race in the region, Powerman remained as one of the preferred races in the sports calendar. The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship 2016 last March recorded more than 30 percent of foreign participation from more than 39 nationalities, with the greatest number from Singapore.
“Malaysia’s transformation into a regional sports hub is evident. Over the years, we have witnessed a tremendous number of foreigners visiting the country to participate in various sporting events held all over Malaysia. Powerman is one example of an event that reflects Malaysia’s capabilities and capacities in organising major sporting events, which drives international participations, while generating high yield tourism receipts,” said Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
Hosting major sports event brings great benefits to a city, including raising the host’s profile and increasing tourism dollars. Primary tourism industries like the hospitality services, food and beverage are some of the businesses that will directly benefit from Powerman.
“The championship’s schedule will ensure a minimum overnight stay in Putrajaya. We are aiming to be the largest multi-sport event next year, and play a bigger role in importing tourists. With the latest inclusion of Powerman races in Thailand and Indonesia, the increasing demand will contribute towards the prestige of the Asia championships,” added Barbara.
The organiser will also increase its efforts overseas to boost foreign participation. Promotions have taken place in Switzerland and Thailand, while plans are in place for Singapore and Indonesia.
The nation’s federal administrative centre has also confirmed its inclusion of Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 as part of its month long Federal Territory celebrations from next year. “Powerman is a renowned global brand. Its past record has proven to drive positive benefits to Putrajaya’s local businesses. We foresee that this inclusion will bring greater economic impact,” noted Mohammad bin Salleh, Community Service Director, Perbadanan Putrajaya.
Powerman, The Platform for Sports Marketing
The growing sports industry in Malaysia has turned into a main profit generation for the country and participating corporations. Businesses leveraging on major international races are more likely to benefit by reaching out to its target audience through marketing strategies that can be activated prior to, during and post-race.
“Our programme is flexible and tailored not only for participants, but also for Multi-national Corporation and small and medium enterprises seeking for an effective path to grow their businesses locally and internationally. The association with Powerman will not only allow corporations to vie for brand positioning, but a chance to expand their businesses,” noted Barbara.
Powerman Expo and lucky draws are some of the exciting programme line-ups for participants during their race pack collection a day prior to the race.
For more information and updates, visit us at www.powermanmalaysia.com.
Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 is organised by rights and license holder, E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; sanctioned by the International Powerman Association and the Triathlon Association of Malaysia; supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia Major Events, Malaysia Truly Asia, Perbadanan Putrajaya, Dorsett Putrajaya, Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside, The Everly Hotel Putrajaya, Spacebib, Train Live Compete, HIGH5, Shinjiru, Spacebib, RunSociety, Beyond Ultron Sdn Bhd, Rudy Project, Suunto, 2XU Compression, iM4U, Running Malaysia Magazine and Cycling Malaysia Magazine.
Image 1: (L-R) Muhammad Syafiq Rusli; Barbara Lam, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd; Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, Malaysia Major Events; Mohammad bin Salleh, Community Service Director, Perbadanan Putrajaya; Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia; and Shahrom Abdullah
Image 2: (L-R) Barbara Lam, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd; Mohammad bin Salleh, Community Service Director, Perbadanan Putrajaya; Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events; and Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, delivering their speeches at the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 – Malaysia’s press conference.
Image 3: (L-R) Muhammad Syafiq Rusli, second runner up for the 2016 Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships; Shahrom Abdullah, professional multi-sport athlete; and Iskandar Shahril, Race Director for Powerman Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, discussing on the training regimes required by participants in preparation for the 2017 race.
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POWERMAN: WE ARE DUATHLON
Powerman is the premier label for long-distance duathlons. Powerman unites the biggest and most well-known long distance duathlons in the world under the International Powerman Association (IPA). The IPA cooperates with the International Triathlon Union in the development and growth of the duathlon as a sport in general, and the long distance duathlon in particular.
ABOUT MALAYSIA MAJOR EVENTS
Malaysia Major Events (MME) is a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MoTAC). MME was established under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (Entry Point Project 7) to identify, promote, facilitate as well as support viable international events to be staged in Malaysia. With its main objective to enhance Malaysia’s economic growth and profile, MME is also tasked to identify and support major event bids for sports, arts, lifestyles and entertainment events and provide assistance to home-grown and home-hosted events in order to further strengthen Malaysia’s global appeal as the venue of choice for major events in the region. MME also acts as a conduit between the public and private sectors in ensuring seamless processes are achieved through synergistic relationships with diverse event stakeholders in staging successful events in Malaysia.
ABOUT E-PLUS GLOBAL SDN BHD
Incorporated in 2004, the award-winning agency is the brainchild of a dynamic and creative team, which provides innovative and creative ideas in the events management industry. The group holds a wide portfolio, with an array of international clientele from the private sector and public sector, as well as non-profit organisations. Recognised as one of the top-ranked and experienced Events Management agencies in the region, the group seeks to further elevate industry practices with its unique, creative and innovative ideas. With rapid expansion, E-Plus is now established and operational in six countries around Asia namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Thailand) Co., Limited Introduces World’s Largest Duathlon Series
in the Land of Smiles.
Nakhon Nayok, 13 October 2016 – Following on to the phenomenal surge of multi-sport races in Asia, the number of duathlete enthusiasts swell in the region, leading to the introduction of Powerman Nakhon Nayok Thailand, a run-bike-run world-series happening on Sunday, 22 January 2017. The inaugural race expects to receive over 1,500 registrants from across the region.
Nakhon Nayok is one of the central provinces of Thailand. Located approximately 116 kilometers north-east of Bangkok, the province is easily accessible from the country’s capital. Filled with an abundance of nature’s beauty, the province also offers modern amenities and social infrastructure. In addition, high quality roads and array of hotels provided, will leave a deep impression to participants who will be participating in the picturesque city.
With the strong support by the provincial government to advance sports tourism, participants can look forward to a memorable race and a unique getaway. “The robust growth of duathletes in Asia led to the debut of Powerman Nakhon Nayok Thailand. We are keen that Powerman will captivate the local market, especially with the surge of interests in running and cycling. We saw the opportunity and took immediate action to introduce the world’s most competitive duathlon in Thailand. This is our first event in the country, and more major-scaled events can be expected in the future,” said Iskandar Shahril, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Four categories namely the Individual Classic and Team Relay Classic (10km – 60km – 10km), and the Individual Short and Team Relay Short (5km – 30km – 5km), will be open for registration starting Thursday, 13 October 2016.
Powerman, the premier label for long-distance duathlons, is hosted in over 15 cities across four continents, with a total participation of over 25,000 contestants worldwide. Powerman Nakhon Nayok Thailand will be latest addition to the series.
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