Virtual sporting events key to staying active

A Putrajaya Merdeka Virtual Run participant captured running past the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya while carrying the Jalur Gemilang.

PUTRAJAYA Corporation (PjC) is organising virtual sporting events for the community to keep active amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its community service director Rosli Abdul Talib said taking part in sporting activities would help people of all ages have fun and cope with stresses in life.

To encourage participation from people of all ages, he said PjC selected activities that were easy and on trend, namely jump rope and skateboarding.

“These activities are also chosen because they can be completed easily anywhere.

“The Jump Rope Challenge Putrajaya 2021 is open to the city’s residents as well as those who work or study here.

“Participants need to send a video of themselves jumping rope for one minute.

“The contestant with the highest number of jumps wins,” he added.

The Best Skate Video at Home Challenge is open to all Malaysians.

Rosli said participants needed to upload videos of them in action, to their personal Facebook or Instagram account with the hashtags #skateathomechallenge, #perbadananputrajaya and #ppj.

However, Putrajaya Challenge Park, known as the skatepark, is presently closed. As such, skateboarders will need to find other venues.

“These competitions give people a chance to showcase their skills, as well as their potential to compete at higher levels,” said Rosli.

Participation is free for the competition that ends today and cash prizes await the winners.

In conjunction with the 64th National Day celebration, Rosli said PjC organised its inaugural 500km Putrajaya Merdeka Virtual Run that started on Aug 28.

The run can be staggered and completed by an individual or a group of up to five persons by Oct 5.

“Participation was open to all Malaysians but registration closed on Sept 5.

“Participants were required to record their runs from anywhere, using selected running applications and submit the data to us,” he elaborated.

Mystery prizes will be given to the individual or group that completes the race in the fastest time.

“Mystery prizes will also be given to the group with the most interesting name, as well as for best photo and caption, and best photo with iconic landmark in the background uploaded on social media,” said Rosli.

Prizes worth over RM5,000 were also up for grabs in a lucky draw session, he added.

Charity was incorporated in the run, with the RM1 participating fee to be channelled to selected causes involving frontliners.

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