Annual 12km run attracts 14,000 participants

The 5km participants having a fun time at the starting line while waiting to be flagged off.

THE Great Eastern Live Great Run 2019 brought 14,000 eager runners to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, filling up the iconic stadium for an evening of healthy fun and family-friendly excitement.

Currently in its eighth year, the Great Eastern Live Great Run was created to help Malaysians achieve their health goals by demonstrating that leading an active lifestyle can be an enjoyable and meaningful way to spend quality time with loved ones.

The event returned this year with its two staple categories – the signature 12km Run and the crowd-favourite 5km Triple Fun Run.

Spirits were high at the starting line when the event was flagged off by Great Eastern Life Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Koh Yaw Hui who was accompanied by the board of directors.

The 12km Live Great Run challenged seasoned runners who aimed to surpass their personal best by putting their strength to the test, both mentally and physically.

Muhaizar Mohamad emerged as champion in the Men’s Open category by completing the route in 42 minutes and 10 seconds, while Chooi Fern Loh clocked a time of 51 minutes and 35 seconds to win the Women’s Open category, which earned them both RM1,000 each.

The 5km Triple Fun Run brought participants through three unique zones. Many were showered with foam in the Bubble Zone, soaked by water-gun washdowns in the Water Zone and covered by slime – a brand-new element – in the Colour Zone.

The fun continued beyond the route at the carnival, where activities such as big inflatables, classic carnival games, twinkling light tunnel, giant snow globe and Insta-worthy photo spots thrilled the crowd.

Participants and visitors alike also indulged in a host of local and international delicacies at the carnival booths.

In conjunction with Great Eastern Malaysia’s 111th anniversary, food vouchers worth up to RM13 were offered to all at the event, which enabled them to enjoy the wide selection of food.

Additionally, Great Eastern Life policyholders enjoyed a special 10% discount at the carnival, exclusive access to a Chillout Zone and complimentary cold-pressed juice and salads.

The annual event was brought to a close with a mesmerising display of fireworks.

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