On Sunday 5 January 2014, Padang Merbuk, Kuala Lumpur was again transformed into a carnival ground with more than 5,002 runners and their family members joining the 1st Sunday community run of 2014!
It was certainly a healthy start to Year 2014 and in the breakfast pack, participants were happy to find 2 mandarin oranges reminding them that the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday is just around the corner. Back for the 3rd year, MPIB Run 2014 started the New Year with a “Healthy Lifestyle-Work Life Balance” resolution by warming up to a vigorous aerobic conducted by Pilatique. Many arrived as early as 5:00 a.m. to get a good spot in front of the stage to follow every step of the instructors.
It was also an opportunity for runners to donate their pre-loved running or sports shoes to the Orang Asli Community. Since the Launch of “Project Good Deed Shoes 2014” on 6th December 2013, 195 pairs of shoes were collected before Race Day. On Race Day, a total of 54 pairs were collected and in total, the collection amounted to 249 pairs.
This year, we are happy to have familiar as well as new faces claiming winners’ title. It was indeed an encouraging response from the community, seeing an increase of participation in the Run. The 12 km Men categories were the 1st to be flagged off at 7:00 a.m. sharp followed by other categories of the Run.
Apart from the serious running categories, there was also 3KM Fun Walk category for those who prefer breeze walking and many family members and friends of the Runners registered to join in the fun. Many of them came as supporters for the Runners and took the opportunity to have an early morning walk. Overall, the 10 categories’ Run was not only participated by the public, but also by employees & business associates of MPIB and the main & co-sponsors of the Run.
30 out of 5,000 participants are students from Sunway University, Taylor’s University and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College whom are selected beneficiaries of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, New Balance and MPIB sponsorship-entrance fees to MPIB Run 2014, Alliance Bank Debit Mastercard and New Balance running gears, attire & shoes.
80 top runners from the 8 competitive categories walked away with prizes sponsored by New Balance; product vouchers and caps, Revive Isotonic; isotonic drinks for the top 3 runners, Pilatique private classes and 1 month Pilates unlimited group mat classes for the Champions and KT Tape for all winners.
Apart the 8 competitive categories, 5 lucky runners from the 5 KM categories who had a lucky number card ending with the digit ‘8’ walked away with lucky prizes while 2 fancy dress runners were rewarded for their effort.
The Organizing Committee Leader, Ms. Jayne Liew from MPIB said “We would like to thank all runners, main sponsors, co-sponsors, the Organizing Committee, Volunteers and all those involved in the Run for making the Run a success and congratulations to all winners from the eight categories as well as the lucky winners from the 5km fun walk and kudos to the Fancy Dress Runners for adding more colours to the carnival. We would also like to express our gratitude to all donors of pre-loved shoes for taking the trouble and for their generosity. We look forward to their participation in the Multi-Purpose Insurans Run 2015 on 4 Jan 2015. See you again on the 1st Sunday of 2015!”