AS soon as the horns were sounded, 400 participants who were all clad in red T-shirts ran past the starting point and dashed towards their destinations.
The participants, divided into 100 teams of four members each, had to beat each other during the Georgetown Heritage Photography Contest and Amazing Hunt competition held at the George Town World Heritage Site.
The event was jointly organised by nine Lions Clubs in George Town and Penang Municipal Council, and supported by the state government.
Brushing aside the 99 teams to emerge champion was Team E1 comprising best friends Ong Kouk Min, Yeoh Sze Ling, Loo Woan Theng, all 25, and See Huong Wen, 26.
Ong, who was the team leader said it was an eye-opening and exciting experience for them.
“All of us managed to learn to spin the gasing. I also had the chance to carry the chingay flag pole.
“It was tough but the experience was invaluable,” he said after the competition on Sunday.
The team walked away with a trophy and RM1,000 cash.
All four planned to pamper themselves with a sumptuous meal.
Besides the hunt, there was also a photography contest for the 1,100 participants in the heritage walk.
The contestants have until Jan 28 to submit their best photograph. The prize presentation will be announced at a later date.
The champion for the photography contest stands to win RM2,000 cash, the first runners-up RM1,000 and second runners-up RM500.
During the event, the organisers also launched a wall painting featuring popular minstrel — Tan Tong Tong — at a back lane of Bishop Street.
Artist Oo Chun Hee, 25, said the painting was half-completed and would be ready in another week.
“It is great to be able to draw a legendary minstrel who was famous in the 50s and 60s.
“It was a big challenge with the limited resources we have.
“I was given an old photograph of him and I have to talk to people who had seen him before to describe how he actually look,” he said.
Oo also said he used a water-based material so as not to damage the structure.
An art auction was also held and it managed to raise RM30,000 for the Lions Project Fund which will be channelled to charitable organisations.
There was also a lucky draw contest for all participants.
Earlier, Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas flagged off the Amazing Hunt accompanied by state speaker Datuk Abdul Halim Hussein and Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai.