Gomathi Supramaniam, 35, a resident of St Nicholas’ Home, said the event themed “Unity in Diversity” was truly enjoyable with participation from the community.
“I love walks, as they calm me down and help me enjoy fresh air from my surroundings.
“Doing it with regular folk makes it pleasurable as we are able to enjoy it as a group.
“It allows us to mingle with the public and makes us feel like we are part of a welcoming society,” she said before the flagging off at Penang City Park on Sunday.
Gomathi was among 1,000 participants who took part in the run organised by Service Civil International (SCI) and Penang Island City Council (MBPP).
The event saw about 400 to 600 participants joining a 1.5km non-competitve walk and 7km competitive run respectively.
During the run, participants passed through Penang Botanic Garden, Jalan Utama, Jalan Jesselton and Quarry Drive before heading back to Penang City Park.
The disabled and able-bodied participants started the 1.5km route from the park to Jalan Waterfall, Quarry Drive and then back to the park.
They were flagged off by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas who was accompanied by MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang.
Penang Society of Disabled Persons president Datuk Teh Lay Kuan, who also took part in the 1.5km walk, said it was a good event for the disabled and the able-bodied to bond.“It allows us to enjoy being together and walking together.
“I think this is a very good activity as it allows everyone to stay active and connected,” she said.
SCI president Athimulam Arjunan said the event, into its 30th year, received fewer participants than previous years.
“Last year, we had 1,800 participants but this year, there were only about 1,000 people.
“We hope to see more people next year. We will introduce a 10km and 5km run next year while maintaining our 1.5km walk,” he said.
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