By CHRISTINA LOW firstname.lastname@example.org
PARTICIPANTS of next month’s PJ Half Marathon 2011, will not only be running to win prizes and improving on their personal best times but also for good a cause.
Themed “Run For a Greener PJ” aims to create further awareness on the importance of maintaining and preserving a cleaner environment despite the rapid developments in the city.
The theme is in line with one of The Star’s 40th anniversary initiative of greening living spaces. This year, the PJ Half Marathon, which is the 24th edition, is also offering a total purse of over RM28,550, medals and certificates for qualifying runners.“Kuala Lumpur has its own marathon, hence in Petaling Jaya we need to have our own run too,” said MBPJ councillor Megat Iskandar Megat Ahmad Sufian who represented Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Roslan Sakiman at the sponsorship presentation.
Megat Iskandar said the prize money was a big boost to encourage more runners to take part in the run with only a month to race day.
He said MBPJ staff and councillors should buck up and take part in the race.
“We have to start physical workouts and be geared to run, whether it is 21km, 10km or just 3km,” he added.
At the ceremony, The Star’s executive director and group chief editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai was on hand to receive sponsorships — in cash and kind — with Megat Iskandar from five of its sponsors: ICI Paints Malaysia, Sports Toto, Milo, 100 Plus and Andaman Property Management.
The race is scheduled to begin at 6am at the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Kelana Jaya.
The half marathon is also organised in conjunction with The Star’s 40th anniversary and Petaling Jaya’s fifth City Day celebrations. Organisers are targeting about 8,000 runners.
Corporations are also encouraged to send their employees.