Also making a debut in the Malaysian event this year was the Special Junior category, with a distance of 10km for youths between the ages of 15 and 17.
Entertainment spots were set up along the route to help boost the energy of the runners with powerful rhythm beats. Runners were also cheered and encouraged by cheerleaders making this a new experience for participants.
“The organisation of running events such as the adidas King of the Road is meant for participants to challenge themselves. We want to create a platform that offers runners a unique and memorable experience, and an opportunity to get together and achieve personal breakthroughs,” said adidas brand manager (Malaysia) Bryan Gee.
“It is very exciting for us when we see such a successful growth rate each year, especially with 11,000 runners this year.
“The team worked very hard to ensure a smooth run and also most importantly to keep it as one of the safest runs along a highway that is closed to direct traffic, giving the athletes the opportunity to feel at ease while running,” added Gee.
This year’s race marks the third run held along the NPE Highway by popular demand from participants.
The adidas King of the Road 2013 is also in celebration of the smart partnership between adidas Malaysia and IJM, and in support of IJM’s 30th anniversary.
The theme for this year’s race was ‘Boost Your Run’. It was inspired by the latest adidas BOOST foam innovation, which has revolutionised the running world with its debut in the market earlier this year.
The new adidas BOOST range features groundbreaking cushioning technology that provides a high energy return in running.
The adidas King of the Road is supported by the Works Ministry, the police, the Malaysian Highway Authority and IJM, while the official partner is New Pantai Expressway (NPE) and the official venue sponsor is Sunway Pyramid.
Adidas has a long history in running and athletics, dating back to 1928 when its founder, Adi Dassler, supplied Una Radke with a handmade pair of spikes to wear at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam.
Many more heroes of athletics followed including Jesse Owens, Emil Ziltopek, Al Oerter, Bob Beamon, Daley Thompson, Grete Waitz, Heike Henkel and Haile Gebrselassie.
(Malaysian unless stated otherwise)
16.8km Closed: 1. Shaharudin Hashim 58:16.45, 2. Calvin Boon Chang Yik 58:51.56, 3. Muniandy Ramadass 59:15.34.
16.8km Open: 1. Ngare Joseph Mwangi (Ken) 50:13.91, 2. Isaac Kiplagat Kimayio (Ken) 51:22.30, 3. David Mutai (Ken) 51:39.41.
10km Closed: 1. Arul Thever Muniandy 37:19.85, 2. Murali Muniandy 37:24.34, 3. Elanggovan Govindasamy 37:45.84.
10km Open: 1. Ezekiel Kipkosgeil Ruto (Ken) 33:35.86, 2. Philip (Sin) 40:02.09, 3. Daniel Lai Yew Jun 42:38.12.
Sea Challenge: 1. Sgt Boonthung (Tha) 52:35:74.
10km Juniors: 1. Thesigan Bala 38:50.60, 2. Daanesh Manimaran 39:21.85, 3. Yap Peng Kwan 42:35.60.
16.8km Closed: 1. Sheela Samivellu 1’07:20.82, 2. Susan Khoo 1’15:37.33, 3. Emilia Jamil 1’19:47.59.
16.8km Open: 1. Jackline Musyawa Nzivo (Ken) 59:34.35, 2. Ann Njihia (Ken) 1’00:05.56, 3. Esther Wambui Karimi (Ken) 1’01:23.07.
10km Closed: 1. Sanggeetha Subramaniam 46:06.10, 2. Tan Pei Leng 50:16.61, 3. Ong Ee Ling 50:54.35.
10km Open: 1. Simone Sayuri Terasaka (Bra) 1’00:53.99, 2. Girija Nupur Gill (UK) 1’01:44.84, 3. Nengsih Samadi (Ina) 1’05:10.57.
Sea Challenge: 1. Marygrace Delos Santos (Phi) 1’03:16:06.
10km Juniors: 1. Kim Khoo 48:51.60, 2. Wong Jia Yi 57:37.10, 3. Huang Li Min 58:55.07.
*Sumber Dari The Star