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Powerman Returns to Malaysia: Duathlon Makes Comeback After Two Year Hiatus

by On Aug 19, 2015
Powerman Returns to Malaysia: Duathlon Makes Comeback After Two Year Hiatus

After a two year hiatus in the region, the Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships will make a comeback to Putrajaya on Sunday, 6 March 2016. Organised by E-Plus Entertainment Productions, the event featuring a run-bike-run duathlon race format will anticipate about 3,000 participants, including top duathletes from around the world.

A premier label for long distance duathlons, Powerman unites the biggest and most well-known duathlons worldwide under the International Powerman Association (IPA). This year, the Powerman series has taken place in Florida and Arizona in the USA, as well as Holland, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Finland. The series will continue to cover locations including Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Brazil, among others.

Powerman Returns to Malaysia: Duathlon Makes Comeback After Two Year Hiatus

(L-R) Iskandar Shahril, Managing Director, E-Plus Entertainment Productions (Singapore); Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, Malaysia Major Events; Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, CEO, Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau; John Raadschelders, President, International Powerman Association; Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin, Deputy Director General (Planning) Tourism Malaysia; Andrew Ching, CEO, E-Plus Limited; Azura Zainol Abidin, Business Development Manager, Sports, Malaysia Major Events. Key Tourism officials presenting a token of appreciation to International Powerman Association President, John Raadschelders.

Globally, Powerman is considered the pinnacle of Duathlon competition and the sport of Duathlon as a natural progression for runners and cyclists. As running and cycling continue to grow as competitive sports, we are happy the Powerman Asia Championships will be revived to provide a platform for these sportsmen and sportswomen to challenge themselves. Malaysia has hosted Powerman since 2002 and is the natural location to host the Asia Championships.

—John Raadschelders, President of the International Powerman Association

Aside from elite competitors with twice the series points versus a regular Powerman race, the Powerman Asia Championships also hopes to attract duathletes and fitness enthusiasts from around the region to Malaysia.

As we continue efforts in positioning Malaysia as a sports hub in Asia, we look forward to more global scaled outdoor events. In previous years, Powerman has attracted participants from up to 30 countries. By hosting Powerman in Malaysia, we target almost 2,500 international participants and spectators, with an estimated economic impact of RM16 million, generated from tourists’ expenditure.

—Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events

Expect to race in the Powerman Classic challenge of a 10 km run, 60 km cycle, 10 km run, or the Powerman Short distance covering a 5 km run, 30 km cycle and 5 km run.

Compete as a team by taking part in either the two-person Powerman Classic Relay category, or in the three-person Corporate Sprint category covering the Powerman Short distance.

Powerman Returns to Malaysia: Duathlon Makes Comeback After Two Year Hiatus

When Can I Sign Up?

Registrations and pricing announcements for the race are expected to commence in September 2015. So stay tuned for the latest news update here on RunSociety or watch the Events page on the Powerman website.

Yuyi is pursuing her studies in communications and communities. Now she relishes in the blend of both entities: communicating ideas to this magazine's community. As the lead news writer, her passion lies in helping people find interesting and timely news through the writing she provides.

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