YOU may know Run YGN as the hip-hop fashion house that brought the world flatbill hats studded with the outline of Myanmar in fake diamonds. But on August 7, a different sort of Run Yangon will take the city by storm as scavenger hunters attempt to complete 50 missions around the downtown grid. The exercise is organised by the Pre-Collegiate Program (PCP), a 16-month course to help students who finish their matriculation examination to earn scholarships for universities abroad.
“The Run Yangon participants have to complete 50 missions as soon as possible,” says organiser Hnin Ei Nandar, 18. “We incorporated the missions with the living restoration project – participants have to go to colonial buildings to complete the objectives, such as taking photos, taking note of the year a certain building was constructed, etc.”
She said the point is to teach Yangonites more about the city’s history while at the same time promoting the PCP. According to the post on Run Yangon’s Facebook page, the original plan was to have just a single, twohour event on August 7. After 1800 people expressed interest in attending, however, the PCP decided to open a morning shift as well.
Interested parties can choose between the 9-11am slot or the 3-5pm slot. Don’t think you can find out all the answers by talking to the morning group – objectives will vary from hunt to hunt.
You’ll need two friends to form the three-person team. Be ready to run, eat, dance and talk your way through Pabedan, Kyauktada and Latha townships to earn points – complete enough missions and you may receive a prize. The starting and ending point is Thein Gyi Zay Block C, third floor (beside KMD and above Singapore restaurant) at the PCP offices.
Hnin Ei Nandar said each shift is limited to 40 teams, and noted that there are still spots open for the morning shift.
“We are waiting for more teams,” she said. “If a person wants to join but has no team, it’s okay. We can find a team for him or her.”
You must be 14 years or older to compete, and registration costs K2000 per person. The fees go to refreshment and prizes.
Don’t forget to bring rain gear and your phone or camera to record the tasks. For more detailed information, you can check the Run Yangon Facebook page.
Graham Schneider, a teacher at the PCP, leaves the program’s office at Thein Gyi Zay. The office will be the kick-off point for the weekend’s activities.