When Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships returned for 2016 after a two years hiatus, it sent a shock to all athletes and because this highly anticipated sports event returned to Malaysia, it recorded a record-breaking of 2,645 participants, making into the Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘Largest Participation of Duathlon Championships’. And yesterday E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, the organizer for Powerman Malaysia announced that Powerman is returning to Putrajaya on Sunday, 5th March 2017. Mark your calendar people!
Athletes is able to choose one out of the four adult categories to participate namely Individual Classic and Team Relay Classic (10km Run – 60km Bike – 10km Run), and Individual Short and Team Relay Short (5km Run – 30km Bike – 5km Run).
Introducing Powerkids – Grassroots Program for the Kids
Following a similar footstep as Ironman which also introduced IronKids, Powerkids is formed and introduced as a duathlon programme for children aged between 5 to 12 years old as an initiative to nurture young talented budding multi-sports athletes. This grassroots activity will be launched only in December 2016.
Powerkids is made of three age categories:
- 5 to 7 years old: 0.4km Run – 1km Bike – 0.4km Run
- 8 to 10 years old: 0.8km Run – 2km Bike – 0.8km Run
- 11 to 12 years old: 1.2km Run – 3km Bike – 1.2km Run
Participation fee and registration will be announced by December 2016.
According to Iskandar Shahril, Race Director of Powerman Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand – “Grooming new talent requires training from a young age. Powerkids provides the exposure for kids to learn, grow and compete. Having been successfully implemented in many European races, parents – especially those who are already Powerman duathletes themselves – may consider this opportunity to expose their children to the sports that they do”.
Driving Sports Tourism in Malaysia
Thanks to Powerkids, which is said to take place on the Saturday, 4th March 2017, a day earlier than Powerman, this gives more reason for oversea participants to travel to Malaysia for the event as a whole family. The nation’s federal administrative centre has also confirmed its inclusion of Powerman Asia Duathlon Championships 2017 as part of its month long Federal Territory celebrations from next year. Powerman remained as one of the preferred races in the sports calendar, whereas 2016 race recorded more than 30 percent of foreign participation from more than 39 nationalities, with the greatest number from Singapore. It brings great tremendous benefits to a city, including raising the host’s profile and increasing tourism dollars such as primary tourism industries like the hospitality services, food and beverage. The organiser will also increase its efforts overseas to boost foreign participation. Promotions have taken place in Switzerland and Thailand, while plans are in place for Singapore and Indonesia.