Themed “Love Your Feet, Adios Diabetes”, the annual run, organised for the fourth time by Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC), was aimed at raising awareness of diabetes and its complications.
In conjunction with the run, SJMC contributed RM1 for every registration to a wheelchair fund, and successfully raised RM31,013 for the purchase of 100 wheelchairs for distribution to the needy throughout Peninsular Malaysia.
The first wheelchair – a custom-made model worth RM4,950 – was donated to Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman Megah (PPKKCTM), a home for disabled children, in March.
SJMC chief executive Trish Hogan said it was encouraging to see people from all backgrounds demonstrating a unified commitment to take increased responsibility for their health and well-being.
“We take our corporate social responsibility very seriously and we are proud that SJMC Run 2019 has played a part in empowering the community to lead an active, healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise.”
The highlight of the run was the 21km half-marathon that saw participants flagged off at 5.15am.
Joining Hogan at the starting line at Mediplex, Subang Jaya Medical Centre were Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng and Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care board of directors chairman and group medical advisor Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas.
The 10km competitive run and 3km fun run were flagged off at 6.30am and 7am, respectively.
Coming in at first place for the 21km category was 26-year-old Kenyan Lel Kipchirchir. The second and third winners were Francis Ngigi Nduta and Hisashi Kitamura, respectively.
Top three finishers for the 10km category were Godfrey Kiprotich Ngetich, Sivaneshwaran Gunasegaran, and Nik Fakaruddin Ismail, respectively.
Kipchirchir, who had been in Malaysia for three months, said running was part of his life since his school days.
“I will be sending the cash prize home to my family in Kenya, and I plan to continue participating in other running events while I’m in Malaysia,” he added.
Cash prizes were given to both the top male and female finishers for the 21km and 10km runs.
The first three winners for the 21km run took home RM1,500, RM1,000 and RM600 cash prizes respectively, while in the 10km run the winner got RM1,000 while the second and third winners received RM800 and RM500, respectively.
All runners who completed the run within the cut-off time also received a finisher T-shirt (21km run only), finisher medal, and e-certificate of participation.
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