THE much awaited ASICS Relay will return to Malaysia in October, demonstrating ASICS’s commitment to running as a sport and its salute to team spirit.
This time, participants will get to experience the scenic views of Putrajaya.
At the Oct 7 event, teams of four will begin running from the ceremonial Seri Gemilang Bridge, leading to Heritage Square where the Putrajaya Convention Centre is situated. They will then run around Datarn Gemilang and pass the iconic buildings of the Attorney General Chambers and the Tunku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, which is commonly known as the Steel Mosque because of its unique stainless steel structure.
This year’s ASICS Relay started in Jakarta, Indonesia on Aug 19, followed by Kuala Lumpur (Oct 7), Singapore (Nov 4) and Bangkok, Thailand (Dec 2).
Three thousand teams across these four locations are expected to participate. The format of the ASICS Relay calls for a team of four to complete the full 42km or half 21km marathon. Each member has to run a quarter of the total distance. The format eschews the individual endurance required in a typical marathon, drawing instead on the motivational strength of teamwork and building camaraderie as each team completes the marathon in unity.
Spurring teams on will be cash prizes ranging from RM1,500 to RM5,450. Travel vouchers worth about RM9,000 are also up for grabs.
“Introducing the ASICS Relay to more South East Asian countries affirms our historical association with running. It is heartening to see participants from all walks of life, regulars and first-timers, complete the marathon. We look forward to welcoming this year’s runners,” says Kenji Oh, Asia Marketing Director of ASICS Asia Pte. Ltd.
The first 50 registered runners to present their confirmation slip at ASICS Suria KLCC will each receive an ASICS shoe bag. Validity period is until Oct 7.
The first 100 teams to register for ASICS Relay Kuala Lumpur will each receive an ASICS sling bag. The validity period is from Sept 29 to Oct 1 (during race pack collection).