Petaling Jaya, 14 July 2019 – It was a thrilling accomplishment with approximately 9,000 participants who took part in the very first leg of the IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge 2019 on an early Sunday morning. With the event taking place on the New Pantai Expressway (NPE) Highway, the challenge had participants running a distance of 10KM and 21KM.
The IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge has attracted international participants since it opened an international category two years ago. This year was no different and saw the organisers welcoming runners from countries such as Singapore, Kenya, Nigeria, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Brunei, Thailand and Sweden.
The early morning run, which is the first leg of this year’s IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge, began with scores of runners gathering at the main entrance of Sunway Pyramid. Flagoff began first for the 21KM run at 5:30am. Then, at 6:10am for the 10KM run respectively. Both runs went smoothly with racers making it to the finish line sporting little to no casualties.
As part of the experience, the main entrance of the mall had been transformed into an outdoor Race Village, complete with a winner’s podium, VIP room, locker facilities, partner booths and a line of food trucks. Many arrived as early as 4:30am to warm up before the first flag off.
Post-race, race participants and their supporters were treated to the winner’s award ceremony and a Zumba session held within the Race Village itself to top off the fun. They could also fuel and hydrate themselves from a line of food trucks from Milo, Nestle, Fitness Breakfast and more.
There will be an upcoming second leg held on 24 August 2019 which will be the first ever night run organised by the series. The Besraya Highway Challenge is expected to attract 7,000 participants across three events which is a challenging 26KM run, 13KM run and a 13KM relay run challenge.