Run ISKANDAR PUTERI
Thousands of runners welcomed 2017 by taking part in the state’s first countdown run held at Educity Stadium here.
Some 3,200 participants from 21 different countries took part in the night run, which featured 5km, 10km and 21km race categories.
One of the runners, Singapore national race-walker R. Subramaniam, 53, said the event was not only a way for him to train, but also bond with family.
“My whole family has grown to love running and race-walking,” he said when met at Educity Stadium here on Saturday night.
He also commended the organisers of the race, saying it was it was a great way for the public to usher in the new year.
Another participant, hairstylist Tiu Swee Kiong, 37, drove from Batu Pahat with his family just to participate in the run.
The father-of-two brought along baby strollers so that he could bring his two children, aged five and two, along while he ran.
Tiu, who is an avid cyclist, said that runs allowed him to have fun with his family as he could push his children along while for cycling events, he had to leave his children behind.
Nurse Najwa Fitriah, 20, who came with her friend, shipbuilder Shuhada Idros, 20, said that while runs are common, the carnival and booths set up at Educity and the countdown party afterwards was what really hit the mark.
“Shuhada and I have taken part in more than ten runs together but we still get nervous before each one,” said Najwa, who added that their new year resolution was to take part in more runs together to improve their fitness.
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, who flagged off the run, said that the it was not only a healthy and fun way to welcome the new year but also benefited the public by bringing everyone together.
He added that he believes the number of participants of the run would multiply in years to come, as it was a great initiative.