EXCITEMENT was in the cool dawn air as 1, 000 participants gathered for the City of Dreams Run 2019 at the Auto Mall, Karpal Singh Drive, Penang.
The run, held for the fifth consecutive year by Ewein Zenith Sdn Bhd, saw runners arriving at the venue as early as 5am.
Once youth and sports exco member Soon Lip Chee sounded the horn at 5.30am, some 650 runners zoomed away to cover the 21km half marathon.
The runners passed through Jalan C.Y. Choy, Jalan Gurdwara, Komtar, Jalan Penang, Jalan Burma, Jalan Kelawai, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, Straits Quay, Gurney Drive, Esplanade and Weld Quay before ending at the Auto Mall, Karpal Singh Drive.
Half an hour after the start of the half marathon, 600 more runners took part in the 10km run.
They paced through Jalan C.Y. Choy, Jalan Gurdwara, Lebuh Macallum, Jalan Magazine, Komtar, Jalan Penang, Jalan Transfer, Lebuh Farquhar, Esplanade and Weld Quay before finishing at the Auto Mall.
Also present during the recent flagoff were organising chairman Teh Wil-Son, Ewein Zenith’s Tan Heng Hoow and brand ambassador Christina Kuan.
In his speech, Soon said that he had noticed more interest in half marathons lately.
‘’This signals that more people are leading a healthier lifestyle, ” he said.
He added that he would propose to the Penang Island City Council and the Seberang Prai Municipal Council to make it compulsory for developers to build a jogging track when they submit their building plans.
A carefree carnival mood prevailed at the Auto Mall where temporary stalls selling energy drinks for runners were set up.
Runners took part in a spin- the-wheel contest and a zumba session.
There was also a lucky draw prize presentation.
Zenith Ewein sponsored five participants from the St Nicholas Home for the Blind Penang.
They were assisted by five guard runners during the race.
Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Siew Khim, who attended the closing ceremony, said the City of Dreams Run was one of the main sports events in Penang which encourages a well-balanced lifestyle.
The 21km run saw five categories — Women’s Veteran, Women’s Open, Men’s Veteran, Men’s Open and Team Challenge.
There were four categories in the 10km run — Women’s Veteran, Women’s Open, Men’s Veteran and Men’s Open.
Each category saw five prizes being given away while the Team Challenge had 10 winners.
Winner of the Team Challenge category RunXi from Sungai Ara clocked 1:39:19s to emerge champion.
Team leader Vy Lai said it was the first time the team, which has 10 members, took part in the event.
‘’We are just a bunch of neighbours and friends who got together about four years ago.
‘’We usually train at the hillsides to build our stamina and strength, ’’ Lai said.
Proud winners of each category were presented with medals and certificates.
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