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Monday, May 21, 2012

Columbia Asia Seremban:We Care Charity Fun Run

Event:Columbia Asia Seremban:We Care Charity Fun Run
Distance:7km
Location:City Park,Seremban 2
Date:20/5/2012 @8:00AM 

Never thought of running in this small event in Seremban.This is a small fun run organised by a private hospital in Seremban.Our group got to know about this run few weeks ago and no one seems to be interested in this event.

As usual on Sunday,we gathered for our LSD at Acacia.However the response for this Sunday was not so good as most of us were busy with our own programme.In the end,only Lim,Lau and myself turned up at 6:00am.We were planning to run 20km on that day.Along the way,Lau decided to stop as he was feeling tired,probably due to the long night watching the Champion League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich .
Lim and I decided to carry on.We decided to detour to City Park along the way just to catch a glimpse of what was happening over there.We knew there was a 7km running event in City Park on that day.

When we arrived after completing 11km of our Sunday morning run,we met up with the seniors of the S2 group who usually starts their Sunday morning runs from City Park.The seniors were getting ready for the start of the 7km event scheduled at 8:00am.Then one of them informed us that there were 2 free running Bibs available and offered them to us.

Lim and I were happy to take up the free offer.It was about 7:30am and I quickly ran back to Acacia to get my hand phone just to snap some pictures of this event.

Surprising,it was a very well organised event with plenty of freebies for runners.The goodies bags were said to worth RM180 which I think include the Brooks discount voucher of RM120.I did not take home the goodies bag but to pass it to the person who gave me the free running Bibs.I took home the medal and the cute teddy bear.

Good points of this event:
1)well organised
2)plenty of activities:kids corners,free massage for runners (after 7 km run!!??),free pop corns,free health screening etc.
3)easy route..mostly flat.It covers most of our usual weekend running route.Starts from City Park turn left towards Petronas,Jusco,Up Town Avenue towards Rasah Kemayan junction and straight back to City Park.

Suggestions for the future event:
1)Start earlier will be better.
2)Tougher route (ha..ha..ha..).Turn right (instead of left) after the start from City Park.Reverse this current route.It will be slight tough ending with about 1 km of up slope.

This cute teddy bear is for the first 250 runners who completed the 7km run.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Borneo International Marathon 2012-Waiver Form Issue


This may be the first time in the history of marathon that a runner needs to sign a waiver form before one can collect his race pack.The waiver form was drafted in such a way it gave the organisers a 100% immunity against any claims,law suits etc.This is obviously a one sided agreement which favours only the organisers.

This is BIM 2012 email sent out about one week before the race pack collection: 
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Dear Runners,


Please be informed that all BIM2012 participants must sign the attached waiver at race pack collection. You can save time by printing and signing the waiver in advance. If you designate another person to pick up your race pack, your representative must bring the waiver and the race pack authorisation form signed by you and a copy of your valid photo identification card or passport in order to obtain your race pack.
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The Waiver Form:
Release and Indemnity (Adult - 18 years of age or over)
In consideration of my participation in the Borneo International Marathon, I agree to assume all risks incidental to such participation (which risks may include, among other things, muscle injuries, heat and stress related issues and broken bones). On my own behalf, and on behalf of my heirs, executors,
administrators and next of kin, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, and forever discharge the Released Parties (as defined below) of and from all liabilities, claims, actions,damages,costs or expenses of any nature arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in the Borneo International Marathon and further agree to indemnify and hold each of the Released Parties harmless from and against any and all such liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses including, but not limited
to, all legal fees and disbursements up through and including any appeal (“Claims”). I understand that this release and indemnity includes any Claims based on the negligence, action or inaction of any of the Released Parties and covers bodily injury (including death), property damage, and loss by theft or
otherwise, whether suffered by me before, during or after such participation. I declare that I am physically fit and have the skill level required to participate in the Borneo International Marathon. I further authorise medical treatment for me, at my cost, if the need arises. For the purposes hereof, the
"Released Parties" are Kinabalu Running Club, Championship Sports and Events Sdn Bhd and all Borneo International Marathon sponsors or charities, and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated or related companies
I further grant the Released Parties the right to photograph and/or videotape me and further to display,use and/or otherwise exploit my name, face, likeness, voice, and appearance forever and throughout the world, in all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe in perpetuity
(including, without limitation, in online webcasts, television, motion pictures, films, newspapers, and magazines) and in all forms including, without limitation, digitised images, whether for advertising,publicity, or promotional purposes, including, without limitation, publication of Borneo International Marathon results and standings, without compensation, reservation or limitation, or further approval,and I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties for any Claims associated with such
grant and right to use. The Released Parties are, however, under no obligation to exercise any rights granted herein.
This Waiver and Release Form shall be governed by the laws of Malaysia. I certify I am 18 years of age or
older and the information set forth is true and complete.

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I wonder how many runners do read before they signed.What I highlighted above are the gross points which I don't agree.

1)Why must we sign before we collect our race pack?I wanted to collect without signing but was not allowed by Ms Carol Voon,one of the race committee.Either I signed or I will not be allowed to run.In the end,I signed under protest and due to her threat.I wrote these on the waiver form:sign under protest and under threat from Carol Voon. 

2)By signing this waiver,it also means I am signing on behalf of my behalf of my heirs, executors,administrators and next of kin...agreeing NOT to take any action in case something bad happen to me.

3)Of course we runners will not simply sue.We are understanding kind of people but not the organisers.This waiver said that if anything happen due to negligence, action or inaction of the organisers...we still can't hold the organisers responsible.This is total immunity from prosecution.Anyone in this world has this kind of immunity?I believe even our King or US President doesn't enjoy this privilege.

4)Of course many and even the organisers staff will said:just signed,nothing to worry,it should be OK,we signed many this kind of waiver each time we participate in a run.. etc.But my point is:we always assumed everything will be OK,we are always in a denial mode,refusing to believe bad things may happen.What if it really happen and I have signed this waiver.I am not doing justice to my family.

5)If one will to look through waiver clauses in other races,they did not mention it in such a detail.Example (shown are parts of the waiver from http://www.myraceonline.com/

The Organiser reserve the right to amend the Event race routes as they deem fit for the safety of the Participants and/or to prevent any potential hazards in the running of the event, at any time without prior notice to the Participant. In such cases, every effort will be made to inform the Participant prior to the date of the event. The Organiser shall not be liable for any other loss or inconvenience caused due to such changes.

Whilst every reasonable precaution will be taken by the Organiser to ensure the participants' safety, participants run at their own risk and the Organiser will not be responsible or held liable for any injury or death howsoever arising from training for or during participation in the race. Participants are strongly encouraged to go for a medical examination and/or consult their medical practitioner prior to registration and before the actual Race Day.
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So runners,read before you signed.If you are comfortable and happy then put down your signatures.This advise doesn't apply to running marathons.It can be any documents which you may need to sign in the future.

To BIM 2012 organisers,please be fair to everyone.The next time,put this waiver on the website so runners can read it before signing up for the run and put in more gentle words.Think of others too...not only yourselves.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Borneo International Marathon 2012-Race Day




The S2 runners:Thanks to Tey Eng Tiong for the photo.

 





Borneo International Marathon 2012
Kota Kinabalu
6th May 2012
3:00AM

This was the race which I almost DNS (did not start).This year it was a big group from Seremban.Most of us did the full marathon except for 2 who did 10km and another group who tagged along to give us "moral support" and participate in "cuti-cuti Malaysia".

This year the race started one hour earlier,at 3:00am which I personally think it is a very good idea.Two years ago we were "roasted" by the hot weather because of the earlier daylight in Sabah.

The night before the race,Lim and I stayed up to watch the Arsenal vs Norwich game.The rest went off to bed early.I can't sleep well but my room mate Steve was snoring away in his sleep.He was very tired as he was busy arranging the transportation and fetching the rest of our group who arrived at different times.Many thanks to Steve for all his effort from registration,booking the hotels,fetching us from KK airport and sending us to the airport again for our flight back to KL.He was our driver during our 2 days stay in KK!!

I woke up at 1:30am with only about 2 hours of interrupted sleep due to my stuffy nose in the cold air conditioned room.Went to put on my contact lens,only to discover that my left contact lens was damaged!Must have been some time since I last used it and I have kept it too long in the case.I have no choice but to use only one contact lens on my right eye.

Everyone was ready by 2:30am and we walked to Likas Stadium nearby.It was very quiet.Not much of activity in the neighbourhood.When we reached the stadium there was only a small crowd of marathoners getting ready for the run.The crowd was much smaller compared to KL Marathon.Most of the runners were busy taking photos and chatting.All the sudden they flagged off the run.

Immediately after crossing the starting line,everyone (S2 runners) went  on their own way and pace.I lost sight of them.My plan was to run at my own LSD pace and not to exert myself since I was not feeling  very well.My wife kept reminding me to take care of my health.Forget about PB or challenging my fellow S2 runners.Well,she is right...I have to think of my 3 kids at home.Not forgetting the issue of the waiver form which the organiser insist us to sign.(More on this in my next posting)

The first part of the route took us towards Tanjung Aru.I was relatively slow compared to my fellow S2 runners.I can see most of them were far ahead of me when they made a U turn at Tanjung Aru.Even Tey the marathoner cum photographer who was running with his camera overtook me near Tanjung Aru.This gave me a shock!!I must be very slow.He was happily snapping pictures and yet he can run faster than me. Without a distance marker or a GPS I couldn't tell my pace.My guess was probably 7min/km.

I was determined to speed up for the second part of the route from Tanjong Aru towards 1 Borneo which probably covers a distance of about 20km.Although I ran slightly faster,I still can't see any of my friends.Deep inside me,I knew today was not my day.When I reached the junction to Likas Stadium,the 21km runners joined in.It was a big crowd.Everyone was running very fast as the 21km runners were still very fresh.I increased my pace.

As I was running towards 1 Borneo,the sky has gradually brighten up.I saw Francis running strongly on the final returning part.Wow..he is damn fast!He was going towards the Likas Stadium while I was on my way towards 1 Borneo.Later came Lim.He was still energetic.Then I saw Teng who has slowed down.I encouraged him to speed up and chase after Lim.He said he had a cramp.He looked like he has given up.Then came Lau and Liau.All the S2 runners were ahead of me except Heng and Steve.At the U turn after 1 Borneo, I passed by Teh.There were only bananas and no gels at the U turn (I think it was 34km mark).

The returning final route from 1Borneo towards Likas Stadium was relatively easy.The route was slightly downhill and the sun was behind us.Surprising I was still coping well and comfortable with no muscle  cramps except for occasional coughs.

About 5km from the finishing line,I saw a very familiar figure walking in front of me.As I got closer,I saw Teng walking.He looked tired.I told him to run and encouraged him to start running...at least a slow run.He just signal to me to carry on.

Then at 40km,I came across Liau who was also walking.He said he has a cramp.I encouraged him to run with me.He did.I did not look back as I still feel good and the finishing line was very near.I was delighted that I will be able to finish within 5 hours which was my initial target.

Finally..I finished my 42.2km run (it was 42.8km to 43km on Lim and Liau GPS) with a time of 04:35:44.18 chip time.I am very happy with the result.What else can I asked for.

The group official results:
1)Francis 03:22:06.31 2nd position in Men Veteran Category.Congratulation!!Got prize    money,compression suits and plenty of Milo!
2)Lim 04:15:57.94  a PB.Congratulation!!Finally got what he wanted for in Singapore Marathon 2011.
3)Lau 04:31:45.71  also a PB.Congratulation!!Told you so...you can over take me.Ha..ha..ha...
4)Liau 04:45:33.09
5)Teng 04:46:43.84
 6)Teh 04:49:03.60
7)Heng 05:04:19.57
8)Steve 06:21:43.57

The plus points of BIM 2012:
1)Early starting time.
2)Nice medal and finisher T
3)Adequate water

The not so good points of BIM 2012:
1)The need to sign the waiver form before collecting race pack.(will talk about this the next time)
2)Not many distance markers

Borneo Marathon 2013??

I am not sure if I will be joining.At this moment,the answer is NO!

Let's see how things progress over the next one year.        

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Borneo International Marathon 2012


To go or not to go?That was the dilemma I was facing for the past few days before Borneo International Marathon.

I wasn't feeling well for the past one week.I was down with flu,cough and I lost my voice.Then I decided not to run the Borneo Marathon.There wasn't much of monetary lost if I didn't participant.The air ticket only cost me RM38 return,registration fee and about RM50 for lodging.

Even though my body doesn't feel like running a marathon,my desire to join my friends in Borneo was still strong.If I don't run Borneo,which is the first and last marathon for me in 2012 then I have to wait another year to run another marathon.



Finally I decided to go despite not feeling well and it was a right decision.More on the race day later...in my next post.