Ipoh Starwalk: 15,000 participants get a good workout during walk on Fathers Day


2014 Ipoh Starwalk participants Tan Bang Kiang, 40, and wife Kong Yin Then, 38 (right) with their daughter Tan Ke Shen, 6, and son Tan Jing Luo, 4, who were riding bicycle, starting their walk infront of the Indera Mulia Stadium in Ipoh.

A SOMBRE mood prevailed at the start of the Ipoh Starwalk 2014.

As a mark of respect, the 15,000 participants bowed their heads and observed a minute of silence prior to flooding the streets along a 7km route early Sunday morning.

The walk was flagged off by state Sports Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya at Stadium Indera Mulia at about 7.10am.

About 40 minutes later, interior designer Kan John was the first to arrive at the finishing line, just as the last participants had left the starting line.

A walker enjoying his brisk walk while showing his antics banner during Ipoh Starwalk 2014 .RONNIE CHIN/The Star
A walker holding up a banner.

“I was walking with my family but I lost them somewhere along the way.

“I am an avid walker and this is my sixth time joining Ipoh Starwalk,” said the Pasir Puteh resident, adding that his family had tagged along since it was Fathers Day.

After seeing his son participating in the Ipoh Starwalk in the past, Lam Lip Seng decided to give this year’s edition a go.

And the 49-year-old has never been more pleased by his decision to join the event as it gave him the opportunity to spend quality time with his family members.

(BRIEF CAPTION) Perak Sports Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya walking together with participants after flagging off The Ipoh Starwalk 2014 at the Stadium Indera Mulia in Ipoh,Perak. June,15,2014. ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star.
Shahrul (blue T- shirt) walking together with the participants.

“This is a very good workout, especially for people my age. Just look at my sweat,” he quipped while pointing at his soaked T-shirt.

“I have been reading about the Ipoh Starwalk every year since it started and my son has been an active participant, so I figured that I will give it a try this year.

“I will definitely come back again next year,” he added.

Also participating in the walk for the first time was S.Vikneswaran, 49, and his family members.

The lawyer said he actually planned to participate in last year’s edition but missed the deadline.

Walkers refreshing themselves  with bottle water sponsor by The Keris Properties during Ipoh Starwalk 2014 .RONNIE CHIN/The Star
Walkers refreshing themselves during the walk.

“So this year I am glad that we managed to participate,” said Vikneswaran.

His wife, Shamani Shanmugam, 49, said it was also a nice way to celebrate Fathers Day.

“The great thing is that we do not need to spend so much!” she said while laughing.

Meanwhile, for Tan B.M. and his family, this is their second year joining the Ipoh Starwalk.

“Most of the time, we are busy with our work so events like this present a good opportunity for us to spend time together,” said the 51-year-old.

Manager Tan Bang Kiang, 40, brought along his wife, Kong Yin Theng, 38, and their two young children for the event.

Six-year-old Tan Ke Shen and four-year-old Tan Jing Luo, who despite having to wake up at 5.45am, were in high spirits and tagged along on a bicycle.

Kong said she and Bang Kiang had been participating in Ipoh Starwalk since the time they were dating and wanted to share the experience with their children.

Impiana Hotel staffs taking part in the 2014 Ipoh Starwalk starting their walk infront of the Indera Mulia Stadium in Ipoh.
Impiana Hotel staff taking part in the walk.

“We missed out over the last few years as the children were too young to attend.

“This time, however, we think they are ready for it,” said the housewife.

Having completed the walk, participants visited booths set up by event sponsors while some rested within the stadium, waiting for the lucky draw session to begin.

A total of 120 lucky draw prizes were given out, with the main prize being a three-day-two-night stay at the exclusive Pangkor Laut Resort worth RM5,000 by platinum sponsor YES.

The main prize was given out by YTL Communications Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Lee Wing K.

Other prizes included various units of the Samsung Tab 3 and Samsung Tab 3 Lite phones, Papago GPS, mountain bikes and hotel stays, which were given out to winners by Star Publications (M) Bhd executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim and senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh.

Ipoh Starwalk 2014 platinum sponsor, YTL Communication CEO Lee Wing K. (second from left) together with the walk's Silver sponsors, Dano Ng from 100 Plus (left), Yip Wai Lipfrom BP Healthcare (third from right), Heng Chin Khwang from Magnum (second from right) taking a group photo with Star Publications (M) Berhad executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim (third right) and Northern Region manager David Yeoh. June,15,2014. ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star.
Lee (second from left) together with the walk’s Silver sponsors Dano Ng from 100 Plus (left), Yip Wai Lip from BP Healthcare (third from right), Heng Chin Khwang from Magnum (second from right) taking a group photo with Kamal (third from left) and Yeoh (right).

Ipoh Starwalk 2014 was organised by The Star in collaboration with Ipoh City Council, Perak Athletics Association and Perak Education Department.

The platinum sponsor for the walk was YES, while the silver sponsors were F&N, BP Healthcare, Magnum and Perak Education Fair.

McDonald’s sponsored 750 breakfast sets for officials and volunteers.

Datuk Bandar Datuk Harun Rawi was also present at the event.


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