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Challenge yourself at the Compressport Combo Challenge 2016!

No, this isn't the challenge (yet)! :D Read on... (Photo Credits: Allan Chow)

No, this isn’t the challenge (yet)! 😀 Read on… (Photo Credits: Allan Chow)

It was an unusual venue for a press conference, but no doubt one that suited the event to a T. Dozens of enthusiasts from the local running and endurance sports community were gathered at the cafe of the Xero Gravity Rock Climbing Gym for the much-awaited launch of the inaugural Compressport Combo Challenge 2016 – a twin challenge of a trail run and a road run that will take place in January and April respectively, next year!

Emceed by fitness coach and sports writer Gus Ghani, the press conference was an informal and fun affair which was certainly more than just an information session – it had almost a reunion air about it, with friends catching up over coffee (pretty excellent coffee too, I must add!) or people meeting up with fellow runners or bloggers who had previously been mostly online contacts. The latter certainly was the case for me, as I finally put some (real-life) faces to names, and also formed what I am pretty sure will be a continuing friendship, with my fellow Compressport Brand Ambassadors – Richard Tang, Lorna Wong, Christine Loh, and Jeffrey Soon. But more about my comrades-in-arms later, let’s take a look first at what the Compressport Combo Challenge is about!

The Challenge

Karen Geh, Director of the race organiser MyTriathlonShop explained the components of the Compressport Combo Challenge. Here’s what it is!

Pano shot of the crowd as Karen spills the beans on the goodies!

Pano shot of the crowd as Karen spills the beans on the race goodies!

Compressport Trail – January 3, 2016, PUTRAJAYA Wetlands Park

  • 12KM (7.00am flag-off, 3 hour cut-off time)
  • 6KM (7.30am flag-off, 1.5 hour cut-off time)

Compressport RoadApril 24, 2016, CYBERJAYA

  • 12KM (6.30am flag-off, 3 hour cut-off time)
  • 6KM (7.00am flag-off, 1.5 hour cut-off time)

Love at first sight. So coveting these right now!

Love at first sight. So coveting these right now!

This is also one race with some of the best runners’ entitlements ever. You get a Compressport dry-fit running top (sleeved t-shirt for the trail run and sleeveless vest for the road run), along with some of the most awesome finisher medals I’ve seen!

For those keen on trying out more Compressport gear, so check out their promo packages that offer significant discounts off attire including racing socks, recovery socks and calf guards.

The packages and fees In a nutshell! Screenshot from www.combochallenge.com

The packages and fees In a nutshell! Screenshot from http://www.combochallenge.com

What’s more, if you sign up in groups of 5 or 10, there are several further promo packages available where you can get Compressport gear at some almost absurd bargains!

That certainly left people wanting more, and the cameras continued clicking as representatives of Compressport Asia Pacific (based in Singapore) and Compressport Malaysia took to the stage to talk about the brand and its evolution in the region.

The Ambassadors

Compressport Ambassadors (L-R: Christine, myself, Karen (Director of race organiser MyTriathlonShop), Richard, Lorna). Not in photo: Jeff.

Compressport Ambassadors (L-R: Christine, myself, Karen (Director of race organiser MyTriathlonShop), Richard, Lorna). Not in photo: Jeff.

So, the motley crew of the five of us now wear the Compressport brand with pride.

IRONMAN Richard is no stranger in the world of endurance and multi-sports (who doesn’t know of Richard? :D). For some reason I chose to say I recognised him as the editor of Swim Bike Run Magazine Malaysia (to which Richard replied “How did you know?”). Trust the academic to be on the lookout for journal editors…

Karen Geh of MyTriathlonShop speaking on the Challenge

Karen Geh of MyTriathlonShop speaking on the Challenge

This was also my first time meeting sprint runner / yoga practitioner / weight-training specialist Lorna, though I certainly recognised her from run-related events. We struck up a conversation on my ‘SCKLM-Series’ drawings, which, upon the arrival of ultramarathoner/triathlete Christine, soon progressed to the subject-matter of our Compressport tops, bottoms and calf sleeves, which felt surprisingly lightweight, comfortable and hard-wearing despite their necessarily-tight fit as compression wear.

The Ambassadors with the Organisers and Sponsors! (Photo credits: Chan Wk)

The Ambassadors with the Organisers and Sponsors! (Photo credits: Chan Wk)

And there was fellow long-distance runner Jeff, who arrived later on due to having to travel in from Malacca where he attended university, soon found us after we finished fooling around at the rock climbing gym.

Everyone had loads of fun.. and this was just the press conference! (Photo Credits: ActionPix Malaysia)

Everyone had loads of fun.. and this was just the press conference! (Photo Credits: ActionPix Malaysia)

At the introduction of us Ambassadors, I spoke on how my philosophy on running was about empowering oneself and realising one’s true potential, and how it helped me do some things that initially looked impossible – taking up running after having experienced two kneecap dislocations (thus making me living proof that running doesn’t ruin your knees, but rather strengthens them! Ha! ;-)), and training for a marathon with those knees AND while battling a significant case of post-partum depression. Running literally kept me sane at some of the lowest periods of my life. By the way, I haven’t tapered off my medication yet, so this means I definitely have more 42.195K’s to go! 😀

Want to sign up for the Compressport Combo Challenge?

The session certainly left everyone hyped up and looking forward to what’s to come next year (one member of the media admitted having already signed up for the challenge!)

Register for the Challenge!

If you have any queries, call 012-422-8666 or email kc@mytriathlonshop.com

They’re also on Facebook.

I’ll be there, for what will be my first trail run. See you all!

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The post author, Wen Li, is a Compressport Brand Ambassador. 

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About speedshuffle (73 Articles)
Wen Li is a runner, blogger, mother, educator and artist. She is the Co-Founder and Cartoonist of Malaysia's first comic strip on running, Running Toons (facebook.com/RunningToons) and is a Compressport Ambassador. Her running story was featured in Marie Claire Malaysia's April 2016 issue alongside several other notable women running bloggers. She runs wherever the road takes her, come scorching sunshine, stifling humidity or relentless rain (and preferably to a Nasi Lemak breakfast!). Apart from pounding the asphalt, she also enjoys hiking and pilates, and is now attempting CrossFit!

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