SOON after she flagged off the 7km FitForLife Fun Run, a Penang Island City Council (MBPP) director surprised the crowd when she too, joined in the fun.
A recreational runner during her free time, MBPP Community Service Department director Rashidah Jalaludin decided to take part in the event since it was not a competitive run.
The run, which began in Jalan Mashuri outside SPICE Arena, Bayan Lepas, saw her pacing comfortably along Jalan Tun Dr Awang, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Mayang Pasir, Jalan Tengah and back to SPICE Arena.
“I enjoyed the scenic route although some parts were steep.
“I could even hear birds chirping,” she said after reaching the finish line.
Despatch clerk R. Yogaendran, who took up running seriously only a year ago, was the first runner to cross the finish line.
The 34-year-old completed the run in 40mins, well ahead of about 3,700 runners.
“I am quite surprised with my stamina here. I hope to do equally well in future competitive runs,” said Yogaendran.
Besides running, he took up Muay Thai lessons six months ago to keep fit.
The 7km fun run was organised by Star Media Group and sponsored by Ewein Zenith with the co-operation of Penang Amateur Athletic Association and Penang Education Department.
Housewife Lim Siew Suan, 46, was all smiles when she became the first woman to cross the finish line.
“I make it a point to exercise regularly to keep fit. As we grow older, we need to make sure we stay in good shape,” she said.
The participants received refreshments including nutritious chocolate malt drinks from Keluarga Utama Sdn Bhd after the run while fun run volunteers were treated to Sausage McMuffins, courtesy of McDonald’s.
A total of 120 lucky draw prizes were given out after the run.
Lady Luck smiled on factory worker Tan Kim Hoon who took home the first prize, a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 smartphone.
“The timing is simply perfect as my current handphone just stopped working this morning,” said the 65-year-old.
Postgraduate student Nur Fasihah Azam, 27, bagged the second prize which was a Le Run Evo Team 9-Speed mountain bike.
“I have always wanted a bike as there are bicycle tracks in my housing area.
“I can finally join in the fun with my friends in the vicinity,” she said.
Other attractive prizes given out were Raleigh Sabre and Diablo Pro mountain bikes, hotel stay vouchers and Shaklee hampers filled with dietary supplements.
The fun run was part of the FitForLife Fair Penang 2015, a three-day event orga-nised by The Star with Great Eastern Life as event partner and Nestle Omega Plus as wellness sponsor.
The event that ended yesterday has been a hallmark health fair in the Klang Valley since 2012.
Held for the first time in Penang, it saw more than 20,000 visitors drop by for good deals on a wide range of health products and services.
Over 40 exhibitors took part in the fair and it also featured about 10 associations and gyms churning out a steady stream of demonstrations on martial arts and exercise programmes such as Ip Man Wing Chun, taekwondo, Body Combat, Zumba, Jazzercise and Latin dances.
Visitors also sat in for many free health talks on topics ranging from diet to cancer treatment.
FitForLife is going to Malacca from Nov27 to 29. It will be held at the Malacca International Trade Centre.