MORE than 9,000 people took part in the IJM Land Half Marathon held for the seventh consecutive year at Dataran Centrio in Seremban 2, Negri Sembilan.
The number of participants at this year’s run eclipsed last year’s figure of 7,500 and attracted runners from several countries including Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan.
IJM Land Bhd managing director Edward Chong said the run served as a platform for the developer to bring together the people of Seremban 2 and encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“IJM Land Half Marathon has grown to become one of Malaysia’s highly sought after running event that draws thousands of local and international runners who crave for that adrenaline rush and challenge.
“We eagerly look forward to organising this marathon every year as we enjoy running alongside old friends again, while giving support to new runners who enjoy this versatile sport,” he said at the prize-giving ceremony.
Present to give away the prizes was Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun.
Looi Mun Fai won the 21km Men’s open category clocking 1hr 24min 23sec while A.Vadiveelu emerged winner in the Veteran category with a time of 1.19:13.
The Women’s open was won by New Zealand’s Danielle Nant who clocked 1.30:46 while the Veteran category champion was Susan Khoo with 1.35:54.
There were also 12km and 5km races for men and women.
Chong said the “Run Together, Bond Stronger” tagline for the event was also apt as it reinforces community bonds and brings people from all walks of life together to enjoy the sport.
This was the third year the run helped raise funds for charity.
A total of RM40,000 was raised and channelled towards two local charities, namely Pertubuhan Hospice Negri Sembilan and Malaysia Lysosomal Diseases Association.
As one of the 10 local developers honoured with the “All-Star Award – Top Ranked Developers of the Year” at the prestigious StarProperty.my Awards 2018, IJM Land dedicated the annual event to raise awareness of social and health issues, bringing people together to run towards a positive lifestyle and help raise the standard of living for the underprivileged.
All runners who completed their respective race regardless of their category took home goodie bags along with a custom-made finisher’s medal and certificate.
There were also attractive lucky draw prizes worth over RM50,000 up for grabs, and runners who completed the 21km race received a custom-made Ultron Micro-dry finisher T-shirt.