Tough test for en­durance lovers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE coun­try’s only one of its kind en­durance race — The Tail­wind Pe­nang Eco 100 2017 - Su­per Trail of Asia Trail Master — will be back for its third edi­tion May 14

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Ng Seow Kong said par­tic­i­pants will run mostly on dirt, in­clud­ing vil­lages, la­t­erite and muddy paths, hilly trails, thick for­est and across streams with less than 25 per cent of the route on tarred roads.

“This race will show­case the typ­i­cal Malaysian ge­o­graph­i­cal, so­cial and the multi cul­tural her­itage where the ath­letes will get to meet and see the or­di­nary Malaysian kam­pung peo­ple and at the same time, en­joy the flora and fauna of the ru­ral set­tings,” said Seow Kong.

Ng said the two-day event will com­prise the 50km, 100km and 100 miles (160km) dis­tances. Ath­letes in the 100 miles, 100km and 50km cat­e­gories have to com­plete their race within 40, 30 and 20 hours re­spec­tively. A 30km cat­e­gory has also been in­tro­duced.

Ng said 550 par­tic­i­pants have al­ready regis­tered with ath­letes from Sin­ga­pore (27), In­done­sia (16), Hong Kong (14), Thai­land (nine), China (six), the United States (four), Brunei, France, Italy, and the United King­dom (3 each) also in the fray.

Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Canada, In­dia, Kenya, the Nether­lands, the Philip­pines, Swe­den will also be rep­re­sented while Malaysia is ex­pected to have 450 par­tic­i­pants.

Pe­nang Youth and Sport, Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De- vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Chong Eng said the Pe­nang Eco 100 en­durance race not only pro­motes a healthy life­style, but also raise funds for char­ity with RM5,000 raised last year for the SRK(C) Sun­gai Lembu.

En­tries close on March 31. Con­tact Ng 013-2776289 or Allan Lee Kian Hwee at 016-3239523 or visit en­duran­ce­na­ture.com.my. K. Kan­diah

Pic by K. Kan­diah.

Tail­wind Pe­nang Eco 100 Run or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Ng Seow Kong (sec­ond from right) presents a mock cheque to SRK(C) Sun­gai Lembu board chair­man Yeoh Keng Chuan (sec­ond from left) as Pe­nang Youth and Sport, Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Chong Eng looks on in Bukit Mertajam re­cently.

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