RUNNING may be tiring for most, especially in this hot weather. But for Mohamad Affindi, the activity has been an important part of his life.
He said he ran for fun in primary school and now, he has taken an interest in competitive running.
Most recently, the 31-year-old participated in the UEM Group Bhd’s charity run, which took place on the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE).
“I love running and to keep in shape, I run at least 15km everyday without fail around my neighbourhood,” said Mohamad Affindi, who lives in Sungai Besi.
He signed up for the longest route in the charity run, which is the 21km half-marathon in the Men’s category. He finished third.
“I’m happy with the result but I can do better,” he said, adding that he had previously won other marathons.
Joining him at 4.30am on a Sunday morning at the Subang Toll Plaza starting point for the flag-off was Tahira Najmunisaa, who bagged the first place in the Women’s category.
The 27-year-old who loves competitive running marked a time of one hour and 43 minutes.
“I’ve been running for more than nine years now and I also participate in ultra running events,” she said.
Ultra running or ultra marathon is any footrace that is longer than the traditional full marathon, which usually measures about 42km in length.
About 6,500 participants showed up for the race, which was held to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of UEM Group.
The event was divided into several categories and the distances ranged from 3km for the fun run to 6km, 12km and 21km.
For the first time, the NKVE stretch from Shah Alam to Bukit Lanjan was closed to make way for the runners.
“From this run alone, we could have easily collected approximately RM260,000 based on an average of RM40 per person,” said UEM Group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Izzaddin Idris after giving out the prizes to the winners.
He said this was the first a three-part event, which subsequently will be held in Kangar, Perlis on May 29 and Iskandar Puteri, Johor on Aug 9.
Funds raised from all three events will be channelled to five welfare organisations –Yayasan Kanser Tunku Laksamana Johor, Yayasan Tuanku Syed Putra, IJN Foundation, Malaysia Association for the Blind and National Autism Society of Malaysia.
“At this point, we cannot determine how much each organisation will receive. We will only be able to decide that after the run in Johor is completed in August,” he said.
Joining him was UEM Group chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, who flagged off the participants at the starting point.
Apart from the run, funds were also raised through a charity carnival, which was held on the same day after the run.
Food trucks and stalls selling a variety of delights as well as game booths were set up at the compound of the Persada PLUS building, which is located beside the Subang Toll Plaza.