SIBU: The Sibu Tower Run 2020, which is scheduled for March 8, will proceed despite the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Organising chairman Mohd Izkandar Dato Rosely confirmed this at a press conference on Friday (Feb 14) and added that preventive measures will be taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants.
"We will do a health check on all participants before the run as a preventive measure," said the Sibu councillor.
He added that all participants will also be given a face mask.
The event is hosted by the Sibu Municipal Council and organised by the Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) Alumni Association.
It will take place at 6am on March 8 at the 28-storey Wisma Sanyan, which is currently the tallest building in the state.
The run is aimed at raising funds for 23 poor students of MPI who need a total of RM70,000 for their studies.
On the target of achieving 1,000 participants, he said in the wake of the outbreak that "we are not pushing for it anymore but will accept as many as we can."
As of Friday, 180 male and 120 female participants have registered for the run.
They are from Sarawak (269), West Malaysia (26), Philippines (3) and one each from Singapore and the United Kingdom.
"The only runner from Singapore has confirmed that she will be coming for the event. However, she will have to undergo a health check upon arrival in the state," he added.
Izkandar said the organising committee had also decided to extend the registration deadline to March 5 from Feb 15 and said that those interested would have to pay RM80 as the RM70 fee is for early birds.
He also confirmed that Run ambassador Soh Wai Ching will be defending the title which he won from the past two years.
Soh is currently the World No. 1 tower runner.
"In conjunction with the International Women's Day celebration, we will be giving away flowers to all female participants on that day," he added.