Report Kuala Lumpur Tower International Forest Towerthon Challenge 2008
I was interested to join this year because they introduce more categories for team beside individuals', such as private sector, government bodies, institute of higher learning, local authority, uniform body, NGO and those who register under team category automatically entitle for open category prize - It's good ideas to create more categories and will attract more runners to join.
I brought this event to my company sport club and they agreed to support all the expenses. I form my running group base on company top 4 finishers in DRB Sport carnival. They were Razak Arifin, Halim Majid, Rahim Man and Subri Mat. Most of them not a runners but they are sport-man - at least they are actively and fit. Got only a week so we train on our own and did once stairs climbing together at Tangga Seribu Kenari in Yan.
After pick-up bib# and tee at Wisma OCM, we when to Menara Kuala Lumpur (MKL) for site viewing. Familiar my teammates with starting location, running route and climbing stairs. Many thanks to one of MLK staffs who brought us tour around MKL and allow us to meet-up with Mohd Nor on his 23rd attempts to complete 50 times solo climbing.
@Wisma OCM, pick bib# and t'shirt
Our tour guide, dok cerita dari tapak sampai pucuk menara :)
Md Nor, pemegang rekod 50 kerabat Gunung Kinabalu
I was in 2nd batch flag-off in Open category. I took opportunity to have long
Bukit memang problem for me. I just ran in small steps until flat route before climbing the tower.. baru bleh pecut skit. Lompat 3 anak tangga sekali gus but that only 2 levels, then 1 stair, then bongkok naik, then merangkak, then letak tangan kat galang tangga tarik napaih, lap ayeq hidung, merangkak again until i heard championchip chime. Left 2-3 levels more, so i lari.
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I completed my 2nd Towerthon in 21.30mins base on ChampionChip timing and I was 138th in Open category or 272th in overall finisher. 1.22min improved from KL Towerthon 2005. Happy enough for myself. And for my team, the result said we were in 9th out of 11 teams under private sector. Our total time was 2:03.29. The champ was 1:16.24.
Click here for all categories result.
Overall, this event was very well organised by MKL. They using a ChampionChip for time accuracy and faster result. Nice tee and goodies too, plenty of post-race meals. Cups of milo from Milo's truck, a carnival atmosphere and medal... canteeek.. compare to previous event.
The team result were so horrible, unacceptable, memang ada kecoh. Aku kalah dengan cara jujur takpa (memang x pernah menang), tapi kalau winner teams "main air" dan dapat $$$$ (4 digit of $).. hey! sapa tak terbakar.
So keciwa and i decide to email and fax a complaint letter to FTAAA and MKL last week, until to today got no reply from them.
My thought... if they doing the right thing and they believe result correct, no bias, they have guts to reply.
My friend, Zulazlan also got own story. His team was announced champion on stage but received 2nd prize cheque. The official said the champ baru nak register after result came out. Hah?!!
Quite pity about this kind of accident, it still happen among the FTAAA and the organizer after years of experiences - It's about kejujuran dan keadilan.
Pepagi buta @Towerthon starting line
With kawan internet Hazman dan Nazib
Lining-up for 1st batch Open Cat
2 pics above snapped by Tey - TQ
Post race breakfast
Waiting for result
With kawan2 from ATM
With kawan2 from Putrajaya
The most thumbnails.thestar.com winner, as i know. - Thanks for pic