SOME 1,500 people woke up early to join the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Heritage Walk 2014.
Participants from all walks of life gathered as early as 6.30am on Saturday in front of the Town Hall at the Esplanade.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow then flagged off the event at 8am.
The 6.5km walk, an increase in distance from last year’s event, covered the George Town heritage enclave.
Participants walked past heritage sites like the Penang Islamic Museum, Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh, Dr Sun Yat Sen Penang base, St George’s Church, the Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Masjid Kapitan Keling.
MRC Penang Branch administrator Cindy Liao said they decided to increase the distance of the walk due to requests from the public and participants.
“When we started, the route was only 4km, then 4.5km and later 5km. Still we got feedback that the distance was too short. This year, it’s 6.5km,” she said, adding that the entries also increased each year.
SMK Seri Balik Pulau science teacher Lai Sook Kim, 51, who brought along her septuagenarian parents, said the walk promoted a healthy lifestyle.
A mother, who wanted to be known only as Mary, 47, brought her daughters A. Monica Ann, 11, and A. Ann Maria, 15, for the walk.
“My daughters enjoy taking part in walks. They took part in the Affin Bank Heritage Walk recently and were really excited to come today,” she said.
After the walk, a lucky draw was held for the walkers.