MIRI: Miri Hospital organised its first marathon at Marina Square, here on Sunday.
Speaking at the launch of “Miri Hospital Run”, Sarawak Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the public must prioritise their health by exercising regularly.
“There is no point in amassing wealth if, at the end of the day, we have to spend it on treatment,” he said.
The marathon was held to raise funds for the hospital’s breast cancer support group, hospital volunteers and organ donation programme.
Miri Hospital director Dr Jack Wong said a total of RM14,000 was raised from the event.
Lee also pledged to donate RM6,000, bringing the total amount to RM20,000.
Some 1,600 runners participated in the run under the men, women, veterans and family categories.
The hospital’s physiotherapy department also conducted a physiotherapy clinic for runners a day before the marathon.
Physiotherapy unit head Sia Lee Lee said the clinic focused on injury prevention for runners.
“Runners should know their own limits and listen to their body and avoid doing too much, too soon or too fast.
“If there is any injury, seek professional help for repetitive injuries to prevent manifestation,” Sia added.
Demonstrations were also given on the proper warm up and cool down techniques.
Lee said the elderly should also participate in light exercises such as tai chi or long walks as these exercises could benefit people of all ages.