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Keep in step: Chong Beng sharing some words of encouragement during the coaching clinic.
FORMER international Khoo Chong Beng conducted a coaching clinic on the sport of walking for employees of MKH at Kajang Stadium.
The two-hour clinic was to give an insight into the participants taking part in the MKH Putrajaya International 12-Hour Walk at Dataran Putrajaya this weekend.
The event, to be held for a fourth season in Putrajaya and organised by the Race Walkers Association of Malaysia (RWAM) and Perbadanan Putrajaya, will be flagged off at
8pm on Saturday and ends at 8am the following day. The participants covering the full distance will be declared the champions.
MKH, the title sponsors for the event, have encouraged their employees to take part in thewalk.
But the employees were not familiar with the techniques involved in race walking and thus, Chong Beng, who had represented Malaysia in the SEA Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, became involved.
He said about 50 employees of MKH had now registered for the 12-Hour Walk.
“We felt it would be appropriate for them to know the correct techniques,’’ said Chong Beng.
During the clinic, Chong Beng emphasised the importance of warming up before a practice session, The participants also went through a stretching programme, after which he demonstrated the correct methods to use in race
“It is important for you all to be flexible. Otherwise, it will be difficult for you to make steady progress in walking. You have taken the first step towards walking. It is a healthy activity and you will enjoy it in the long run,’’ he said.
Response to the MKH Putrajaya International 12-Hour Walk has been overwhelming, About 1,000 participants from 12 countries have registered for the event. It offers cash prizes of RM20,000.
The champions in the men and women’ categories will receive RM1,500 each. There will be special cash prizes for the top three finishers, in the men and women’s categories, completing 50km.
Medals will be awarded to participants completing more than 34km in the men’s section and 28km in the women’s category. Certificates of participation will be awarded to all walkers completing 10km.
Samsung products will also be on offer as well as lucky draw prizes at the presentation ceremony.
RWAM secretary Yap Woon How said most of the foreign participants were regulars.
“They love the challenges involved in the 12-Hour Walk. For them,
taking part and completing the event is itself an achievement,’’ added Woon How.
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