A wave of 8,987 runners took over the streets of Kuala Lumpur and pushed their limits to realise the “true athlete” in them with new 21K personal bests in the Nike We Run 21K 2016.
Following a specially-curated 12-week training programme that was activated both digitally and on-ground, Nike Malaysia hosted its 2nd half-marathon race that enabled Malaysian runners to unleash their inner athlete potential.
“We are overwhelmed by the high-level of energy and enthusiasm from the runners today as we have witnessed the training journey of many from the time they registered, their participation in the training sessions we organised and finally to them completing their race today. We are proud to be able to motivate our runners to reach new levels as an athlete and look forward to continue to inspire them to keep aiming further in their journey as a runner,” said Angelene Chong, Country Marketing Manager for Nike Malaysia.
The race route started at KL Sentral and took runners through some of the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers and Stadium Merdeka.
Throughout the route, runners found motivational messages, submitted by runners themselves, inspiring them to bring out their very best all the way to the finish line.
Two-time participant Terry Sandum, 24, from Sarawak found the motivational messages to be exceptionally inspiring. “My favourite quote was, ‘Excuses don’t burn calories’. I would’ve walked the entire way but that quote made me push ahead,” he said.
Post-run at the Nike We Run KL Race Village, participants were treated like athletes with post-run treatments such as on-demand stretching by Physiotherapists from Universiti Malaya as well as an ice-bath for their feet in the cooling zone.
Impressed by the additional feature, avid runner Syefri “Chapree” Zulkefli, 33, from Kuala Lumpur said, “The post-race ice dip pool, cooling zone, and active stretching were really thoughtful and a welcoming sight at finish line. It was a pleasant experience indeed because the race was very well organised.”
Nike also set up an innovation showcasing the Nike Free Run Flyknit from the recently launched Summer 16 collection of Nike Free footwear for Running.
“The services we’ve provided at the Race Village aim to replicate some of the post-race activities that professional athletes undergo. Our goal is to constantly invigorate the running scene in Malaysia as the interest and quality of runners continues to grow and improve rapidly here. With innovation and inspiration at the forefront of Nike, we want to bring a different experience to our athletes each year for them to always look forward to,” added Chong.
For more pictures from Nike’s We Run KL 2016, check out the gallery below: