Although it was held for the first time, Perak River Run 2017 was no disappointment.
Flagged off at Kinta Riverfront sidewalk, the run on Sunday, April 2, saw over 700 participants from various parts of Malaysia taking part. Some came as early as 6.30am.
Among them was Dato’ Shahrul Zaman Yahya, Executive Councillor for Human Resources, Youth and Sports. Looking energetic and upbeat, Shahrul led the crowd to the start line and flagged off the event. He then joined the runners.
The 4-km run was co-organised by Kinta Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) and RAT Adventure Consultant in conjunction with World Water Day.
Project manager, Fikri Amir said, apart from creating awareness on river and water pollution, the run was also aimed at highlighting the importance of water to our lives.
Running on the banks of the iconic Kinta River, the participants had to cross four obstacles. It was exciting to see the participants undergoing a hose shower which was one of the obstacles. It made the River Run unique from similar runs held in the state so far.
Zumba and aerobics were held to entertain the runners and members of the public who came for their daily morning walk along the river. After the run the participants gathered at the Home of Silveryouth for the much-anticipated lucky draw.
Perak JPS director Juhaimi Jusoh told reporters that the event will be an annual affair as the response was encouraging.