THERE will be no cash prize for the winners in the Milo-Power Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) cross country to be held at the Tasik Perdana on Feb 17.
Until last year, the FTAAA had been rewarding the winners in each category. But this year, FTAAA secretary S. Vegiyathuman said they had decided to do away with the cash prizes.
“We have decided to classify the cross country as a social event. It is an event for all to get together for a fun activity. We have already received encouraging feedback,'' said Vegiyathuman after receiving sponsorship pledges from Milo and Power, a brand marketed by Bata Malaysia.
The cross country, held for the 23rd consecutive year, has seven categories - men's Open (8km), women's Open (6km), men's Senior veteran (6km), men's Junior Veteran (6km), women's Veteran (6km), boys (6m) and girls (6km) - and the top 50 in each category will receive medals while all finishers will receive certificates.
All participants will be provided with a T-shirt. A simple breakfast and refreshments will also be served after the completion of the cross country.
Vegiyathuman said the cross country was not a road race but a run with many natural obstacles and paths.
“The route will be a challenge to the participants. The cross country will also serve as an opportunity to gauge the runners preparing for the competitive AmBank - Kuala Lumpur International Marathon,'' he added.
Bata Malaysia senior marketing manager Datuk James Selvaraj said they were happy to be part of the cross country, a popular event among students.
“The cross country is the first step for aspiring runners. Several of our current national runners were products of the cross country,'' said Selvaraj.
Milo sports marketing manager Ng Ping Loong said they have been associated with the cross country for almost 20 years.
“We have seen the cross country grow into a major event for runners to get together for a healthy outing. We have to commend the FTAAA for organising it without fail,'' said Ng.
The entry fee is RM15 for adults and RM5 for participants in the boys and girls categories. The entry forms are available at the FTAAA office in Wisma OCM and www.ftaaa.org.my