TAIPING: Perak Ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah and Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim participated in the Sultan of Perak Birthday Celebration Run at Dataran Warisan here.
Also participating in the run yesterday were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad and his wife, Datin Seri Aezer Zubin, state executive councillors, and department heads.
The run, which started at 7am and ended at Padang Esplanade and attracted more than 9,000 participants, was held in conjunction with Sultan Nazrin’s 67th birthday, which was celebrated on Nov 3, Bernama reported.
Earlier, Sultan Nazrin flagged off the participants for the 15km and 10km categories, while the participants in the VVIP category, involving a distance of 3km, were flagged off by Sultan Nazrin’s sister, Datuk Seri Yong Sofia.
On Saturday, two categories were contested, namely the 7km event for secondary school students and the Fun Run and the 3km run for primary school pupils, which became one of the attractions as the run passed through the Taiping Zoo area and they had the opportunity to see the animals for free.
Visitors and participants were also treated to a number of performances, including cultural dances, the Royal Malaysian Navy band, a combat demonstration by the Malaysian Armed Forces, and a parachute demonstration around Taiping Lake Gardens and the Padang Esplanade.
After 10 years of the event being held in the Kuala Kangsar district, this time Sultan Nazrin gave permission for the run to be held in Taiping.
The Larut Matang and Selama districts were chosen as the locations of this year’s run, as Taiping will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year.
Participants not only had the opportunity to see the uniqueness of Taiping town, but they also saw some historical places in the vicinity, as well as learn about the places, products, and food that are unique to the area.