Tough test for endurance lovers
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
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.