JOINING Ipoh Starwalk 2017 for the first time, SMJK Poi Lam student Tang Jia Jun Clement is all excited.
He was unable to join the walk in previous years but this time around, he said he made sure to find time to participate in the walk.
Tang, who plays golf, had represented his school in a state-level tournament, and also swims regularly to keep fit.
The class monitor said most of his friends have participated in Starwalk before and they only had nice things to say about the event.
“This time, I want to experience for myself the much talked about sporting do,” he said after receiving the participation forms at his school on Monday.
The school’s senior assistant, Chow Fook Loon, said the students have supported the event every year.
He said the school was among those with the highest number of participants and he hoped that this year, more students would join the walk as well.
Sports secretary teacher S. Thirunavuk-karsu said every year, the students from the school participated in large numbers.
“We will continue encouraging the students to take part in the event, as we have done so in the past,” he said.
Esther Tan, 16, said she had participated in the event three times before and she was looking forward to being at the event once again.
She said it was fun walking with friends and making many more new friends during the event.
“It is a good way to exercise as well because when I am walking with so many people, it gives me the confidence to lead a healthier lifestyle,” she added.
Flu Jia Yina, 17, said this would be her first time participating in the event.
She said she had never walked such a long distance before but she was definitely looking forward to the event.
“I usually cycle around my neighbourhood before tuition classes and sometimes, I go swimming. My friends have been telling me how exciting Starwalk is so I decided to give it a try.
“Before this, during the weekends, I will usually help my mother in her grocery shop. This time, my mother has given me the green light to participate in the walk,” she added.
Currently in its 14th edition, Ipoh Starwalk will be flagged off at the Perak Turf Club, the official venue provider for the event, in Jalan Raja DiHilir at 7am on May 7.
The walk is organised by Star Media Group in collaboration with Ipoh City Council, Perak Education Department and Perak Athletic Association. The official hotel for the event is Weil Hotel.
The platinum sponsor for the walk is YES while silver sponsors are Chek Hup Sdn Bhd, Counterpain, F&N, Federal Oats, Sports Toto and Julie’s.
The entry fee is RM13 per person, inclusive of goods and services tax.
The public can sign up at The Star’s Ipoh office at No. 8-10, Lorong Chung Thye Phin, from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Saturday, except public holidays), or register online at http://sites.thestar.com.my/starwalk
Registration will close on April 14 or upon hitting 15,000 entries, whichever comes first.
For details, call 05-253 0402.