Nearly 800 people were in Ipoh Padang recently to partake in the 2nd Ekiden Charity Run. Jointly organised by Ipoh City Council and the Ipoh Rotary Club, it was held in conjunction with Ipoh City Day.
The 4x4km race attracted Rotarians from Australia as well as three Japanese students who are studying at local universities. Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim and Japanese Honorary Consul General to Malaysia, Tomoko Takahashi were present. The aim of the run was to raise funds for the Rotarians’ charity programmes.
Jaimunah and her aerobic team put up a vigorous physical display before Roshidi flagged off the runners. Brooks Running Club Ipoh comprising Viswaram, Thineswaran, Kugan and Risitharan clinched first spot while two of their teams were among the top five. Panthus Club’s John Herbert and Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh’s Cheah Chang Fah teams claimed second and third placing, respectively.
Six-year-old R. Thiviyashini and a team of 9-year-old boys from Salvation Army were among the youngest competitors. Prizes were also given to the best dressed teams.
The mayor was pleased with the response. The council will make it an annual event.