Christmas run brings lots of joy


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 27 Dec 2019

Artificial snow greeting participants during the OBS Christmas Run 2019 at Beach Street in George Town. — Photos: MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

ARTIFICIAL snow descended upon thousands of participants donning red Santa hats during the Occupy Beach Street (OBS) Christmas Run 2019, which was held just three days before Christmas.

In conjunction with the OBS’ sixth anniversary this year, the run saw some 6,000 participants having a whale of a time to mark the start of the Yuletide season.

To heighten the festive mood, several Santa Claus greeted runners along the 5km route passing through Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Lebuh Light and Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah.

Accountant Pang Beng Teng, 40, decided to bring his family along on the Sunday event which also coincided with the Winter Solstice Festival.

“All six of us including my mother-in-law registered for this event as we wanted to spend a good family time together.

“Festivals are meant to be celebrated together and we have registered for other upcoming events,” said Pang from Bayan Lepas.

Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee, who flagged off the event, said the participation of 18 nationalities showed that unity could be achieved through sports.

“I am glad to celebrate this scene of multi-diversity and unity amid all the fun.

“The participants came from near and far to celebrate the Winter Solstice Festival and Christmas together here in the George Town World Heritage Site.

“This serves as a catalyst that inspires Penangites to lead an active and healthy lifestyle while embodying the core idea of the initiative ‘Sports For All’.

“Sport is accessible to everyone irrespective of age, ethnicity or background,” he said in his speech.

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