PUTRAJAYA: The annual Civil Servants Welfare and Sports Council (Maksak) run – Larian Perdana Maksak – is set to become a major sporting event in the country.
And the choice of Putrajaya as the venue for the run is in line with the organisers’ target to draw at least 50,000 participants this year, compared to only 7,000 last year.
The 12km run will be flagged off from Dataran Putra by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on April 6.
Organising chairman, First Admiral Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, said they would promote the event as a family outing to encourage parents as well as their children to join the run.
“We are also targeting foreigners who will be in the country at that time and some special people. In fact we have introduced a new category this year for small people”, he said after the launching of the event logo by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, yesterday.
First Admiral Danyal said several companies had pledged their support and sponsorship and he hoped that others would come in so that more prizes could be given out.
He said participants could expect cash prizes of RM100 to RM1,000 and other gifts from the raffle draw.
Samsudin later received pledges of support and sponsorship from various companies, including Nestle, RHB Bank, Maybank and Star Publication (M) Bhd.
Forms for the run are available from Bangunan Maksak, Jalan Cheras, Wisma Pertahanan (Level 11.07), Jalan Padang Tembak and from Putrajaya Corporation’s office in Putrajaya. The last date for entries is March 26.
There will be 13 categories, including for veteran men and women, senior men and women, youths, special people and small people. Participation fee is between RM5 and RM10 per person, depending on the category.