1,500 expected for MPSP half marathon

THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) is organising a half marathon in Penang between 5am and noon on Aug 26.

MPSP president Maimunah Mohd Sharif said the 21km run, themed ‘Larian Hijau MPSP 2012’ would start from the MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda and end at the same place.

“The route of the run will cover padi fields, traditional villages and green lungs in Bukit Mertajam in central Seberang Prai.

“We are also organising a 3km fun run simultaneously,” she said on Wednesday at the headquarters.

Also present were councillor Steven Sim, Penang Amateur Athletics Association representative Dr G.P. Doraisamy and Wong Pang Kong from the Penang Adventurers Club.

State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow will flag off the run.

The half marathon, organised by MPSP for the first time, will pass along Jalan Perda Utama, Jalan Permatang Pauh, Jalan Perma-tang Batu, Jalan Muthu Palaniappan, Jalan Ciku, Jalan Arumugam Pillai, Jalan Abdul Kadir, Jalan Tanah Liat, Jalan Kubang Semang, Jalan Parmatang Pauh, Jalan Kam-pung Pertama, Jalan Perda and Jalan Perda Utama.

“We expect more than 1,500 partici- pants to take part in the event,” Maimunah said.

Participants are encouraged to submit their application forms through online registration at RM25 per entry.

Each participant will get a Dri-FIT singlet, a certificate, goodie bag and a medal if they complete the run in three hours.

The fee for fun run participants is RM10 and each runner will receive a cotton singlet and goodie bag.

The first five winners of the men’s open category (age 18 and above), men’s junior- veteran open (40 and above) men’s senior- veteran open (50 and above), women’s open (18 and above) and women’s veteran open (35 and above) will receive trophies.

The first three winners in all categories will also receive RM150, RM100 and RM50 respectively.

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