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
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ABOUT MALAYSIA MAJOR EVENTS
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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.
To register or for more information, visit www.powermanthailand.com or follow us on Facebook Powerman Nakhon Nayok – Thailand.
Emma Pooley, the British lady living in Hausen am Albis in the canton Zurich and the Belgian Seppe Odeyn won on Sunday at the 28th Powerman Zofingen the 2016 ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. Pooley sets a new record: She wins the world championship title for the third time in a row. There was no new track record this year. In the women’s race Emma Pooley/GBR (1.), Nina Brenn/CH (2.) and Susanne Svendsen/DEN (3.) made it for the podium. In the men’s race Seppe Odeyn/BEL (1.), Felix Köhler/GER (2.) and Søren Bystrup/DEN (3.) stepped on the podium. Over all there where around 1‘400 competitors over the whole Powerman Zofingen weekend which was about the same amount as last year.
«Soon I’ll reward meyself with walking holidays in the Pyrenees and tonight a glace of good red wine and some Swiss cheese aside», Emma Pooley said when she crossed the finishing line in Zofingen for the third time in a row as the winner of the world championships – a new record! This could have done also Gaël Le Bellec but the Frenchman could not start because of an injury.
Pooley was very strong on the bike where she was almost 20 minutes faster than the ladys just behind her. «I knew how big my lead was. Towards the end of the last running section I had to walk a bit to avoid falling on the floor. That I became now world champion for the third time in a row is unbelievable.»
Nina Brenn, coming in second, was talking of an impressive performance of Pooley. «I made my own race and my goal was to finish», so the Swiss lady who got her first medal in Zofingen. «When Emma Pooley attact on the bike, I had no chance to follow her, but now I know what I have to do better next year», said Brenn. Third became Susanne Svendsen from Denmark. Over a long time the Swiss Martina Krähenbühl was third, but once again the Swiss lady had to give up the race on the last running section.
After the area Vansteelant/Woestenborghs with Seppe Odeyn another powerman from Belgium stepped on top of the podium. «I want to finish in the Top-20», he said just before the race. «For me it was a perfect race and a wonderful day», he said after having crossed the finishing line first. It was his first victory in Zofingen at his third appearance. 5 minutes behind him came the German Felix Köhler. Third place went, once again, to the Dane Søren Bystrup. Best Swiss racer was Andy Sutz who won the Powerman Zofingen twice.
Best race ever
Very lucky was John Raadschelders, the president oft he IPA (International Powerman Association). «These were the best world championships ever, everything was perfect!» Also very pleased with the Powerman Zofingen weekend was Stefan Ruf, the president oft he local organising committee: «We had around 1‘400 people starting which is about the same as last year. Especially the Powerman CHARITY was a big success because with 200 participants we could double the number of last year. I was very lucky that Natascha Badmann, the six times Ironman Hawaii winner was doing the 5 km run as well.»