MORE than 800 runners took part in the 40th Penang Amateur Athletic Association (PAAA) Annual Round The Island Relay 2017 on the last day of the year.
Enthusiastic and full of energy, they did not mind turning up early for the 72.63km run which was flagged off at 4am at the Esplanade.
The participants passed through Gelugor, Bayan Lepas, Sungai Batu, Balik Pulau, Genting, Sungai Rusa, Sungai Pinang, Teluk Bahang, Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah and Tanjung Tokong before returning to the Esplanade.
The winners in the Men’s Open category and Men’s Veteran (40 years and above) category were Penang Forward Sports Club runners.
In the Men’s Open category, the runners of the club recorded a time of 4:47:49s, while in the Men’s Veteran category, they clocked 5:04:29s.
They also took the second spot in the Mixed category (six males and six females), where they clocked 5:17:10s.
The Mixed category title went to Taiping Road Runners who clocked 5:08:19s.
Penang Forward Sports Club chairman Lim Choo Hooi said 90 of the club’s runners, aged between 16 and 60, participated in the event.
“We have been participating for over 30 years.
“The main purpose is to get people together and to inspire them to lead a healthy lifestyle,” he added.
PAAA secretary V. Govindasamy said the runners were divided into 59 teams consisting of 15 runners each.
“All the runners were given medals while trophies were given to the winners,” he said.
PAAA president Datuk Syed Mohd Aidid Syed Murtaza thanked all the participants for their support.