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Published: Sunday September 18, 2011 MYT 7:05:00 AMUpdated: Sunday September 18, 2011 MYT 12:27:18 PM
By ANDREA FILMER
GEORGE TOWN: A record of about 20,000 participants were flagged off
Sunday morning from the century-old Birch House at Penang Times Square
on Datuk Keramat Road for the Penang Starwalk 2011.
The competition walkers, numbering 4,270, started their race at 6.30am
while the non-competition walkers were flagged off at 7.15am by Yang
di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.
The walk, 10km-long for competition walkers and 6km for
non-competition walkers, will bring them past at least 19 heritage
sites including the E&O Hotel, Town Hall, City Hall, Fort Cornwallis,
St George's Church, Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple
and Kapitan Keling Mosque.
The competition walkers, who were flagged off by Star Publications (M)
Bhd executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim and Penang Starwalk 2011
co-chairman Datuk Syed Mohd Aidid Syed Murtaza, are expected to arrive
at the finish line within an hour for those in the top positions.
Non-competition walkers will be stopping at six heritage sites where
they will get their heritage passports' stamped in order to redeem
gifts after the event.
There is also a 1km charity walk featuring sponsors and
representatives of seven charity homes which starts at 7.30am.
Among the higlights of Penang Starwalk 2011 is a variety show
featuring music and dance performances as well as a magic show at the
Chin Ho Plaza at Penang Times Square. One hundred and fifty lucky draw
prizes also await Starwalkers.
Penang Starwalk 2011 is jointly organised by The Star and the Penang
Amateur Athletics Association.
The walk, in its 34th edition, features a new heritage route this year
in conjunction with The Star's 40th anniversary.
The platinum sponsor for the event is Genneva Syariah while the main
sponsors are 100Plus, AmBank, BP Diagnostic Centre, Golden Screen
Cinema, Magnum, Malta, Maxis, Milo, Modenas, Nikon, One Community
Worldwide, Pallas, Sunquick and Sunshine Wholesale Mart Sdn Bhd.
Penang Global Tourism is the supporting partner while Penang Times
Square is the official venue provider. Rapid Penang the official
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