Saturday, September 17, 2016

Oren Sport Run 2016

Date: 16 Sep 2016
Distance: 5km, 10km and 21km

This year's Oren Sport Run has a new exciting route.  From the start line at the Sport Complex Pandamaran Klang runners will run along only the Pandamaran highway, with the 21km runners to complete 2 loops. And even better, the highway will be completely closed from traffic.  About 6000 runners participated in this event, with most of the crowds running the 5km and 10 km distance.

We were told that the route is straight and flat and form a pretty much a huge open area, (almost 5-6 excluding the lanes on the inner roads on both sides.

However, the real highlight this year was the weather.   Approximately 10-15 minutes after the gun off, came heavy rain and strong winds.  Combined with empty open highway, running under the heavy rain was truly a unique experience.

But after running about 11km, one of the road marshal signaled us that the race will be cancelled and we were told to stop at first loop and return to the starting line.  I think this decision is wise because we can see the heavy rain in not stopping and thunders are getting louder with lighting, and the organizer had no choice to ensure the safety of the runners, volunteers and marshals.

Quite a number 21km runners managed to completed 13km before turning back to the event venue. Although the rain was too heavy to stop for water, it was noticeable fact that there are plenty of water stations (saw all of them took shelter standing up on the seat at various bus stations along the route)

At the finish line, all runners collected  their medal, goodies bag and waited for their lucky draw prize despite the cancellation of the running.  As this is charity event, the organization has channel RM22000 fund collected and donated to 11 charity organizations.

More photos here
Oren Sport FB here

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