Sunday, May 24, 2009
Kordel's - Arthritis Foundation Charity Walkathon
Date: 24 May 2009 (Sunday)
Venue: Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya
Time: 7.00am to 11.oo am
Distance: 4.5km (3 x 1.5k loop)
Prizes: 1st - RM1000; 2nd to 10th - Hampers worth RM100
It was a last minute entry where Cheang and Julie sms me asking if I want to be part of their 4 member team for this charity walk. Since this is a charity walk I have no second thought to it and accepted their invitation. The team member comprised of Cheang, Kei Meng, Julie and myself.
Arrived at the event site at around 7am. Bumped into Amelia, Kevin Chow and some familiar faces in the running community. Was waiting for Cheang to arrive and register the team. A while later Cheang arrived and got the team registered. Soon Julie and Kei meng arrived as well and we started to pin up our bibs and we are Team 008. The number of participant is not too big.
One of the VIP for this event is our Angkasawan, Datuk SMS. The MC announced his arrival and heaps of people went rushing to him for autographs and having a photo session with him. Our group also did not missed the opportunity and have a group photo with him as well.
Team 008 (All Black) with Angkasawan
Picture courtesy of RunWitMe
Its oredi 8am now and we are still waiting for the arrival of the VVIP for this event. As the clock approaches 8.15am, all the participants were informed by the MC to move to the Starting Line and the walk will start at 8.30am. At the Starting Line, all the participants were guided to a warmup and stretching session by some national walkers who were also here for the event.
There was a countdown to the starting of the event and out we go. All four of us stick together as we race began. I was tailing behind Cheang and Julie for the first loop as the leg muscle are pretty stiff. As I go into the 2nd loop, I began to increase my walking speed and the muscle are more or less ease up and was side by side with Cheang. Julie and Kei Meng was slightly about 30m behind us. Once I completed Lap 2, my walking speed gained momentum and this is where I start to make my move in walking faster. I overtook Cheang and start making my way towards the finishing line.
As i approaches the Finishing Line, I waited for the team to reach and thought of finishing it together. The official told me to cross the line first and I did it together with Cheang and Julie as they were also quite near. Kei Meng was a bit behind (i think he was too tired after last nite 29k run)
After completing the walk, Cheang's wife told us we are in the running of a top 10 position. That was good news to all of us. We had our refreshment and rest while waiting for the prize giving ceremony and handing out of the event goodies bag. While waiting there was some form of entertainment and games coordinated by the event MC. In general it was done together with all the particpants going up to the stage and participate.
By around 10.15am, the official results were ready to be announce. We got position number 8 and that means Team 008 had won a hamper that is worth RM100. Kudos for the team members who put in an effort to got for a top 10 position. It was a good outing and also a charitable one as well.
I was hoping to take this VW home too!!!!
Picture courtesy of RunWitMe
Things from the goodies bag
Prizes from the hamper and this is my fair share
Certificate Of Participation