1,199 take part in Labuan Autism­lympic Run

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LABUAN: First time long dis­tance run­ner, Lo Pei Ling, 43, a lo­cal jour­nal­ist at See Hua Daily News here, had noth­ing but praise for the event.

Pei Ling was run­ning for the 6.5KM in­au­gu­ral Autism­lympic Run Bank Rakyat along­side 1,199 run­ners, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of autis­tic chil­dren, held at Univer­sity Malaysia Sabah Labuan In­ter­na­tional Cam­pus (UMSKAL) Tower yes­ter­day.

De­spite the sun be­ing out, Pei Ling said it was ‘freez­ing’ and it didn’t stop her com­plet­ing the run in 45 min­utes.

She said she felt very safe and com­fort­able and praised the or­gan­is­ers Labuan Autism As­so­ci­a­tion, UMSKAL and Bank Rakyat Labuan.

Pei Ling said ev­ery­one ap­pre­ci­ated what the peo­ple af­ter the race were do­ing and com­plet­ing the race made her feel ‘very emo­tional’ think­ing about the chil­dren with autism.

The last few me­ters, made up of UMS hill, en­sured the fin­ish was chal­leng­ing, but she said she was driven by the amaz­ing peo­ple all striv­ing for the same goal to fin­ish the run to bring aware­ness on autism.

“The at­mos­phere of run­ning to­wards the tourist-pop­u­lar Sg Miri Sun­set Beach was amaz­ing, mak­ing it a great day out for the run­ners.”

Pei Ling, with a group of her friends, took part in the run as they wanted to give back to the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially those with autism.

“See­ing the thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als lin­ing up at the start­ing line for this year’s run was heart-warm­ing, hum­bling and very en­cour­ag­ing for us - rais­ing aware­ness for autism brings thou­sands to­gether for the run,” she said.

Pei Ling (stand­ing right) with her friends af­ter com­plet­ing the 6.5KM Autism­lympic Run Bank Rakyat yes­ter­day.

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