E-Plus Global Expects 4,000 Participants at the
2018 Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA, 1 NOVEMBER 2017 – The world’s largest duathlon in the Powerman series, returns to Dataran Putrajaya, Malaysia on 4 March 2018 with 4,000 global athletes expected to compete for the prestigious Asia Championship title. E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, the promoter and organiser of the race, said that this would be the largest and most competitive duathlon race in Malaysia, the region and the world.
Powerman, the pinnacle of duathlon competition globally, is the platform for ardent runners and cyclists to master both disciplines. The run-bike-run race format held in Putrajaya last March broke its own Malaysia Book of Records figure with over 3,500 participants registered and competed in the race.
“Duathletes in Malaysia and the Asia region is growing significantly. This is evident with the increasing number of multi-sport athletes, especially runners and cyclists who come out to compete at the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia. We will continue our efforts to provide a quality platform for participants to compete, and ultimately grow the running and cycling industry in across the region,” said Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd.
The Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia comprises of four categories – Individual Classic and Team Relay Classic (10km – 60km – 10km), and the Individual Short and Team Relay Short (5km – 30km – 5km) and will be held onSunday, 4 March 2018.
Andrew added that the Asia Championship also promotes duathlon at the grassroots level. “PowerKIDS is a programme catered for children between the age of 5 and 12. We believe that by building their foundation in these two disciplines, we will be developing a stronger multi-sport community in the long run.”
PowerKIDS will be categorized into three aged groups – 5 to 7 years old (0.4km – 1km – 0.4km), 8 to 10 years old (0.8km – 2km – 0.8km), and 11 to 12 years old (1.2km – 3 km – 1.2km) and will be held on Saturday, 3 March 2018.
Interested participants can register at www.powermanmalaysia.com.
WORLD TOP ELITES RETURN FOR CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
World ranked Number 2 male elite and two-time champion at the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships, Thomas Bruins from the Netherlands, has confirmed his return to the 2018 edition, aiming for a hat-trick at the Asia Championship.
“I love competing in Malaysia. The unique atmosphere is different compared to races in other countries, and this will motivate me to perform better especially with a large number of professional athletes in the race as well. I will return to the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championship in 2018 and hopefully I will be able retain my title and improve on my overall world ranking,” said Bruins.
Airi Sawada, world ranked Number 3 female elite and Japan’s top contender also expressed her anticipation to compete in Malaysia. “I have undergone rigorous training programmes since the last Asia Championship. Despite securing a spot on the podium this year, I hope that I can win the female elite category for the first time in the 2018 edition.”
World ranked Number 11 and Malaysia’s sole elite category contender, Jason Loh, emerged fifth in the overall elite category also stole third place on the podium at the 2017 Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships’ male category. The Malaysian said that he will be well-prepared for the race and is looking forward to waving the Malaysian flag at the podium.
“I am confident that I will perform better at the 2018 Powerman race. I saw great improvements since my participation in the 2016 edition, and I hope that my training in different sports including swimming, running and cycling, will improve my stamina in preparation for the race. I believe that everyone is training hard, but only the best of the best will emerge as the champion. I am confident that I can make Malaysia proud in the championship,” said Jason.
The 2018 Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships – Malaysia is promoted and organised by E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd; sanctioned by the International Powerman Association, the Asian Triathlon Confederation and the Triathlon Association of Malaysia; and supported by Perbadanan Putrajaya, 1 Malaysia Youth Cities, and twenty3.tv.
For more information, visit http://www.powermanmalaysia.com.