2020 Powerman Malaysia ready for the futureEditor
It is official – the 17th edition of Powerman Malaysia will return to Kuala Lumpur in March 2020 under the Management of Fresh Events Asia Sdn. Bhd (Fresh Events). The event will continue as the Asian Championship race, as well as being an Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) sanctioned Middle Distance Championship in the 10-60-10km category. The Powerman Asia Championships Malaysia 2020 will take place in March 2020 with date and venue to be confirmed shortly.
John Raadschelders, President of the International Powerman Association (IPA) enthused, “Globally, Powerman is considered the pinnacle of duathlon competition and the sport is a natural progression for runners and cyclists. We’re seeing tremendous growth of competitive running and cycling in Asia, with Powerman providing the ultimate platform for these sportsmen and sportswomen to challenge themselves.”
“We are excited to be working with Fresh Events, who bring with them a wealth of local and international experience and are well known for their operational excellence. I have no doubt they will build on past successes and deliver an exceptional event at Powerman Malaysia 2020 and beyond,” concludes Raadschelders.
Over 3500 elite and amateur racers from over 30 countries are expected to compete in what is widely regarded as Asia’s largest and most prestigious duathlon event. Racers will be competing for cash prizes and coveted qualifying spots for the ITU Powerman World Championship, to be held in Viborg, Denmark on 16 May 2020 covering the Classic / Middle distance (10-60-10) and in Zofingen, Switzerland on 20 September 2020 coverning the Long Distance (10-150-30).
The 2020 event offers multiple race categories; entrants can choose to race in the Powerman Classic, a 10-kilometre run, 60-kilometre cycle, 10-kilometre run or the renamed Powerman Short, a 5-kilometre run, 30-kilometre cycle, 5-kilometre run. Participants wanting to compete as a team will have the option of taking part as teams of 2 or 3 in either the Powerman Classic Relay, which will cover the 10km-60km-10km Classic distance, or the Powerman Short Relay, which covers the 5km-30km-5km Sprint distance. In addition to the popular PowerKids categories for children under 12, the 2020 edition sees the introduction of the PowerTeen category that caters specifically to teenagers aged between 13 and 17.
“We’re incredibly privileged and proud to be working with John and the IPA on this next chapter of Powerman Malaysia. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to in 2020 as we introduce more elements that will enhance the events legacy and make Powerman Malaysia even bigger and better than ever,” says Sam Middlehurst, Managing Director of Fresh Events.
“Our mission at Fresh Events has always been to encourage people to lead more active lifestyles as a way of improving their health and wellbeing. In addition to the Classic, Short and PowerKids race categories, the introduction of the PowerTeen race is a way of broadening the appeal of the sport and encouraging Malaysian youth to try the Run-Bike-Run duathlon format,” continues Middlehurst.
With a change in management comes a change in website URL and social media handles. Those wishing to participate in Powerman Malaysia 2020 are encouraged to follow the new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PowermanMY and Instagram handle at www.instagram.com/powerman.my and standby for the new official website launch at www.powerman.my happening this week.
The venue and exact date in March for Powerman Malaysia 2020 will be announced very soon and registration is expected to open on Friday 15 November 2019. After a number of years of escalating entry fees, ticket prices have been reduced, with Super Early Bird prices for the Powerman Classic starting from RM319 and RM229 for the Powerman Short. A fourth ‘Late’ ticket category will also be introduced to cater for last minute entries. Full details of what participants can expect with their race entry will be announced soon, however all racers will receive both a participant and finisher t-shirt and finisher medal.