Go For It! Cross Country Run draws 1,000 runners

Participants of the 32nd annual Go For It! Cross Country Run at Padang Merbok today, April 9, 2017. — Sunpix by Zulfadhli Zaki
Winners of the women senior category in the the 32nd annual Go For It! Cross Country Run pose for photos during the prize giving ceremony at Padang Merbok today, April 9, 2017. — Sunpix by Zulfadhli Zaki

KUALA LUMPUR: About a thousand runners turned up for the 32nd annual Go For It! Cross Country Run this morning at the Padang Merbok here.

Participants started the run at about 7:30am and ran up to 10.7km through both natural terrain and tarred roads, offering an enhanced running experience that was not only challenging but also enjoyable.

Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd communication manager Giam Say Khoon said the event is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Giam said Go For It!' Cross Country Run was fairly new in the country but response had been encouraging.

"It is not yet a mainstream running event. But if we continue to do it then more and more will come back and join," he said today after the run.

Giam said, however, response from those who turned up for the run was positive as they get to run on varied surfaces rather than just tarred roads.

"The participants were quite happy because this is something special. They got to climb some hills and not just run on tarred roads. I hope they will bring more of their friends to join next time," he said.

Each participant received an event T-shirt, a mini goodie bag, while the top 5 in each of its 9 categories stood to win cash prizes totalling RM11,950.

Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which is the event's primary sponsor, also set up game booths, held quiz sessions, and lucky draws during the event.

The run had nine catergories:

1. 10.7km Men Senior (aged 18 years and above)

2. 10.7km Men Junior Veteran (aged 40 to 49 years)

3. 6.7km Women Senior (aged 18 years and above)

4. 6.7km Men Senior Veteran (aged 50 years and above)

5. 6.7km Women Veteran (aged 35 and above)