IPOH: Fans of Ipoh Starwalk turned up as early as 8.30am at The Star’s office in Lorong Chung Thye Phin here to sign up for the much-loved annual event.
Among them was 55-year-old gym owner R. Ganesan, who left Kampar at 7.30am. He was the first in line.
“I slowed down halfway and even made a stop when I realised it was still a long way before registration begins.
“Even then, I still arrived too early,” said Ganesan, who makes it a point to sign up early on the first day each year in order to be entitled to complimentary movie passes from Golden Screen Cinemas.
Housewife Wong Sau Kuen, 48, headed straight to The Star office after dropping off her son at school.
“It’s an event that our entire family looks forward to each year. My youngest was only two when we first joined Ipoh Starwalk. We used to push him in his stroller during the event,” she said.
Another familiar face on the first day of registration was land surveyor Cheah Wye Ming, 53, who as usual took the morning off to hand in his entry as well as those of his family members and friends.
“It’s going to be a big outing for the seven of us. The walk is good fun and great for family bonding.
“Of course, prior to the walk, we’ll have an outing to the movies with our free tickets,” he said.
SM Poi Lam (Suwa) student Wong Teck Hang and his friends will use their free tickets to watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The Form Five student was relieved that it was a school holiday.
“Had there been classes, there wouldn’t be any free movie tickets left by the time I get here in the afternoon,” he said.
Currently in its 13th edition, Ipoh Starwalk 2016 will be flagged off at the Perak Turf Club, the official venue provider, in Jalan Raja DiHilir here at 7am on May 22.
The walk is organised by the Star Media Group in collaboration with Ipoh City Council, Perak Education Department and Perak Athletic Association.
The platinum sponsor for the walk is YES while the silver sponsors are F&N and Federal Oats.
The entry fee is RM13 per person, inclusive of GST.
The public can sign up at The Star’s Ipoh office at No. 8-10, Lorong Chung Thye Phin, from 9am to 5pm (Monday to Saturday, except public holidays).
You can also register online at http://sites.thestar.com.my/starwalk/
Registration closes on April 29 or upon hitting 15,000 entries, whichever comes first.
For details, call 05-253 0402.