Orange Run - 13/04/2008
This is definitely my favorite race of the year,in fact not only mine and it gained popularity very rapidly.Why? Because it is free of registration fee.Ever since its debut in the running calender the organizer managed to attract more and more both casual and serious runners with lots of free goodies to be given away-I still remember back in 2006,the organizer gave away free t-shirt when runners came to collect their running bibs.But most of them failed to turn up during the race,maybe just to get the free t shirt l guessed.A free petrol voucher worth RM3.00 were given to every participants who completed the race then.
Last year,2007,the organizer instead offered free Santa Barbara Polo Royal Club (SBPRC) back pack and BHP environment free shopping bags! It attracted hundreds of avid runners with attractive prizes for the top 5 positions and consolation prizes too,to those completed the race within the top 15 position in each category respectively.Free flow of isotonic and nutritious drink for everyone.There were a handful of KPAC members attended then and one of them was Siow Kek Kiong who won a pack of BHP SynGard-synthetic engine oil l think-he finished 12th in the Men Veteran category.
But hard luck to our friend this time.This year,many turned up this morning.I overheard somebody said the attendance exceeding 2000! I looked around and unbelievably saw many elite runners,but no African runners were in sight as l was told they are not allowed to take part ,the local at least can compete among themselves.
The men open and veteran categories were flagged off at 7.30am sharp.The fine and cool weather with slight drizzle here and there enabled runners to achieve good personal timing.At 4km mark l guess,Yuan Yu Fang,the top women runner briskly overtook me,followed distance behind were two Indian ladies.Both the women open and veteran categories started the race 5 minutes later and yet not less than 15 managed to run passed me.Salutes to the top women runners.
Last year,l fared badly,finished the run in 1hr 01min 23 sec,but l did go back happily with all the free gift and this morning l managed to shave off almost 10 minutes and went back even more happier, not only because of my good personal achievement and free goodies again but l met the captain of the Pacemaker Network,Mr Ronnie See.We e-mailed and exchanged sms quite regularly but yet to meet till this morning.
Posted by Kmtee