Champions Collins and Valentine with their trophies.
IT WAS a close race to the end for Kenyan runners Collins Kipkorir Kimosop and Valentine Serem in the Burden Run: Rope Edition held at Universiti Malaya (UM).
Collins and Valentine duly emerged the
champions by two and fifteen seconds in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively. And for their hard work, they were rewarded RM1,000 each.
For Collins, it was just a warm-up for the next day’s event, the KL Towerthon Challenge, as he said he “didn’t find the 10km run too taxing”.
He completed the run in 35 minutes 16
seconds, six minutes off his regular 10km time, while Valentine clocked 43min 32sec.
Close to 500 participants gathered for the 7am flag-off despite it having rained during the wee hours of the morning.
Participants were required to run the course until the mid-point and pick up their “burden”, mooring rope used to secure ships in port, and carry it across the finish line. The burden was 4kg for women and 6kg for the men.
On race day, however, the ropes were slightly heavier than expected as they had been left out in the open the night before and were wet.
After the runners climbed the hill, they picked up their ropes and had to double back once more to complete the 10km run.
What would seem like a formidable task to an average person came as a good challenge
for Zijun Loh Chee Khoon, who was born with one arm.
Having participated in the sandbag edition of the Burden run earlier this year, the fitness buff was excited when the rope edition was announced and quickly jumped at the chance to compete in it.
“I love to challenge myself to do something that sounds impossible to me and I found running with a ‘burden’ more challenging than a normal run” he said.
Meanwhile, first-time participant, Adeline Lee, found the race to be a lot of fun and a challenging experience despite the “sore arms”.
“I heard about the terrain in UM and I had to come and see for myself” she said.
The organisers, students of sports science in their final year at UM, donated all proceeds
from the event to the animal welfare organisation PAWS and animal sanctuary Furry Friends Farm.