Over 600 participants took part in Perak’s first Dualthon. The event, held at The Haven, Tambun was jointly organised by My Triathlon Shop and Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh (KRI).
Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim was on hand to flag off the race shortly after 7am. Sharing the start podium with him was The Haven CEO Peter Chan, Organiser Karen Geh of My Triathalon Shop and KRI President Chong Him Shoong.
Participants started by running 5km first then cycling 25km and ending with another 5-km run.
The route of the race was held around the neighbourhood of The Haven which features picturesque hills and green jungle foliage and included a run through kampongs.
The overall winner of the event was Sharon Abdullah, 34, who has been participating in triathlon events for 10 years. Sharon described the event as “great” but the scenery going through the cycling route as “even better”.
In the Mixed Relay event, the champions were mother and son team Abel Chuah (cycling) and Clarena Khoo (running) with fellow running club member Rishitharan Acharia.
The event did not have a time limit which according to Geh was to take away the stress and allow the participants to take in the nature of the location which many of the participants agreed was a great strategy.
As for a follow up event Geh said that she would definitely have it in Ipoh again but the next event would have a longer distance and have a more challenging gradient. Now that is something to look forward to.