THE inaugural Sila Lari, Jangan Duduk Fun Run got off to a good start with 800 runners participating in the event.
Officials from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) also joined in the fun, running alongside participants in the 5km fun run held at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur.
Among those who ran were OCM and Badminton Association of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria, FAM general secretary Stuart Ramalingam, former national athletes Moh Siew Wei and Noraseela Khalid as well as members of Istana Negara’s sports and welfare club.
Twentytwo13 managing editor Pearl Lee was elated with the support for the event.
“It’s really amazing as the spirit of sportsmanship and friendship came alive through Sila Lari, Jangan Duduk Fun Run 2018,” Lee said.
She said the name of the run is a play of words on what Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, who had just before officiating at the Dewan Rakyat session after the change in government, said: “Sila duduk, jangan lari”, referring to the opposition MPs who staged a walkout a day earlier.
“Other media also featured our run. It’s almost unheard of when a news agency organises an event and a fellow industry player highlights it.
“This is indeed refreshing and our way of breaking boundaries.
“While sports is often competitive, it should also be carried out in a fun manner. The idea is to get more people outdoors and have a good laugh.
“It’s our way of reaching out to our readers and to encourage people to run,” she said.More than 40 runners won lucky draw prizes which included the official Rugby World Cup 2019 balls, VIP tickets for next month’s ONE: Destiny of Champions worth RM390 each and a Philips Viva Collection All-In-One cooker worth RM590.
Some 159 runners from AmBank and close to 30 staff of regional business service provider Daythree also took part in the fun run.
The event was supported by the Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletics Association. Other supporters include 100Plus, Kuckreja & Co, Mesuma Sports Sdn Bhd, Asiana.my, ONE Championship, Genesis Fortis, TrueStart Coffee and Rantau PR.