WORKING OUT alone at a gym can be dull at times, especially when you are not surrounded by like-minded friends.
Ministry of Burn (MOB) founder Crystal Ng decided to come up with a charity race to bring gym-goers and their friends together for a fun day out.
“We often forget how fun and encouraging fitness can be when we are so caught up with our daily lives, which was why we decided to come up with a fun race for friends and family to workout together and create fitness memories together,” she said.
Ng organised a 6km run she named the Amazing MOB Race in hopes of creating public awareness on health and wellness as well as to bring people together in a non-traditional race around Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
“We wanted to create an impact in our customers’ lives to lead a fitter and healthier lifestyle coupled with a charity angle,” said Ng who opened the fitness centre in August last year, offering spin, row and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes.
The event was also held in conjunction with the boutique gym’s first anniversary.
The race attracted 120 participants who formed 30 teams and they were flagged off from MOB at Jalan Medan Setia 1.
Each team was given an envelope which contained a map of the route they had to run and puzzles for them to solve along the way.
Their first stop was to Jalan Batai to solve a set of riddles that would give them access to a bag of 5kg rice, which they then had to carry up the hilly Jalan Beringin to the Bukit Damansara Community Centre before taking on the next challenge.
The teams then proceeded to Jalan Setia Bakti to complete a crossword puzzle, a sitting game and a yoga challenge.
Once completed, they made their way back to the Plaza Damansara area for an eating contest, collecting rubbish in the neighbourhood and balancing a bag of granola on their heads.
The event ended with a buffet lunch spread, games and lucky draw for all participants.
Proceeds from the registration fee of RM200 per team went to the Agathians Shelter in Petaling Jaya to support the children’s schooling expenses, utility bills, food costs as well as household items.
Together with contributions from its partners and sponsors, the event raised RM8,000.
“My team is so happy that everyone came out together with a common goal to meet, socialise and most of all have fun exercising and contributing back to the community,” said Ng.
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