MORE than 2,300 like-minded runners crossed the finishing line at the National Geographic Earth Day Run 2019 to celebrate and promote environmental awareness.
The run, which was held in conjunction with Earth Day, was organised by National Geographic in partnership with Gamuda Land.
It took place at Gamuda Walk, Kota Kemuning, Selangor, for the second year running.
The theme for the run was “Planet or Plastic?” – a multi-year initiative by National Geographic aimed at raising awareness of plastic pollution and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters into the world’s oceans.
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry deputy secretary-general Dr K. Nagulendran flagged off the 15km category to kick-start the Earth Day Run. This was followed by the 5km and 2km kids category.To up the effort in promoting environmental awareness and in conjunction with the new GParks Rangers programme introduced by Gamuda Parks, this year saw the addition of a new children’s category for those aged six to 13 years.GParks Rangers are young ambassadors of Gamuda Parks, a special initiative to promote sustainability in Gamuda Land townships.
The new addition in the run provided a platform to educate the younger audience on the implications of single-use plastic pollution to the environment.
Known for its initiative and commitment to creating sustainable townships, Gamuda Land returned as the official partner and venue sponsor for the second year to reinforce its support for National Geographic’s plastic-free initiative.
“As National Geographic’s ongoing effort is in line with Gamuda Land’s brand values, we are truly happy to lend our support as we believe that through this strategic partnership, we will be able to educate our communities on living sustainably more effectively,” said Gamuda Land project director Aw Sei Cheh.
Participants who triumphed won attractive prizes, courtesy of Gamuda Land, Touch ‘n Go, eWallet, and Fitness First.
Adding to the excitement at this year’s run, attendees were treated to exciting activities at the Race Village where they were able to get first-hand knowledge on composting and seed planting through interactive workshops while enjoying exclusive breakfast and exciting games.
In the spirit of the event, runners were encouraged to bring their own reusable drink bottles and were able to refill them at designated water stations.
With its “Planet or Plastic?” pledge, runners and eco-warriors alike pledged their support at the National Geographic booth to reduce the use of single-use plastic and play their part in preventing one billion items from reaching the ocean by 2020.