Penang Starwalk is back


PENANG Starwalk returns for its 36th edition this year with new attractions added to the heritage route introduced last year to raise awareness on the rich culture of the state.

The event this time will fall on a Monday which is Sept 17, a replacement public holiday for Malaysia Day that falls on Sunday.

This year’s walk incorporates a heritage trail which is slightly different from last year’s route but it will still cover major scenic sites such as Fort Cornwallis, City Hall, Kapitan Keling Mosque and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

The starting point will be at Penang Times Square in Jalan Datuk Keramat.

Participants who are able to complete the route within a two-hour time limit will be eligible for a lucky draw which promises attractive prizes.

The route for non-competition walkers is 6km long while it is 10km for competition walkers.

Star Publications (M) Bhd regional operations manager (north) Chung Chok Yin said that since the feedback from the public on the heritage route was positive, the organi-sers decided to maintain the same venue this year.

“As the event coincides with a public holiday this year, we are expecting 20,000 participants,” said Chung at the official launching of Penang Starwalk 2012 on Tuesday at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas.

Star Publications (M) Bhd executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim thanked all the partners for their support for Penang Starwalk.

“We hope that this year’s edition will be as good, if not better than the previous editions,” said Kamal.

The event is endorsed by the Penang Education Department, and school participants aged 13 and above will be issued with a certificate that will carry co-curriculum points.

To further encourage school entries, prizes will be given to the top three schools with the highest entries.

The walk is endorsed by the Penang Amateur Athletics Association and the Penang Municipal Council.

The registration fee is RM10 for non- competition walkers and RM15 for competition walkers.

Registration is open from July 16.

The public can sign up from 9am to 5.15pm on weekdays at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas or the newspaper’s George Town office at 15, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.

They can also sign up at the Penang Times Square information counter on the ground floor from 10am to 10pm daily.

For enquiries, call Eric Voon at 04-6473388 ext 3021 during office hours or 012-5851612 (email: ericvoon@thestar.com.my).

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