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Running has been previously seen as a sports that demands a strong physical and mental condition in order for one to endure the long distance and challenging terrain. However, it has now become a sporting activity that can be participated by people from all walks of life, from children to senior citizens, with varying abilities.
On 28 April 2017, Malakoff, in its continuous commitment to the communities where it holds its operation, contributed RM20,000 to Pontian Glow Run that was organized by Majlis Daerah Pontian and Pejabat Belia dan Sukan Daerah Pontian. The event was held to encourage members of the public to exercise and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
At least 1,000 runners, comprised of participants from various local government agencies, local community and a team of twenty runners from Malakoff, turned up for the 5km fun run that started and ended at Dataran Majlis Daerah Pontian. A short Zumba workout, an exercise that combines cardio and dance, served as a warm-up for the participants and psyched them for the run. The runners were then flagged off at 10pm by YBhg. En. Muzaizi bin Hj. Mohammad, Pegawai Belia dan Sukan Daerah Pontian.
Many of them donned the event’s glow-in-the-dark t-shirt and other glow-in-the-dark items that were thrown in with their running kits, such as safety LED light, glow sticks, glow sunglass and glow watch. These added colours to the runners as they zipped through the town of Pontian to finish their run. Some runners were fast, while others took their own sweet time to finish it as this was not a race but most importantly, it was a show of camaraderie within the Pontian community.
As they crossed the finish line, each runner were presented with a unique event medal as a proof that they completed the run.
Mohamad Noh Sagiman, an avid runner and a personnel at Malakoff’s Tanjung Bin Power Plant, was excited to participate in this inaugural event. “Pontian Glow Run brings the community together in a relaxed atmosphere and we are thrilled to be a part of this one-of-a-kind fun run in Pontian.”
Also present at the event were Tuan Haji Khalid, representative of ADUN Benut and En Muniri, representative of Majlis Daerah Pontian.
Photos courtesy of Pejabat Belia dan Sukan Pontian Facebook page.