Thursday, October 23, 2008

12-hour Walk in Putrajaya

FOR the first time in five years, the 12-hour walk, organised by the Race Walkers Association of Malaysia (RWAM), will be held in Putrajaya on Dec 13 and 14.
The last four editions of the 12-hour walk was held in Penang. But this year, for a change, the RWAM has opted to stage the event, the Putrajaya International 12-Hour Walk, in Putrajaya.
RWAM president Datuk Eddy Chen said the last four editions of the event were successful.
“Now we are keen to promote the event in other states as well. We felt Putrajaya will be an interesting venue for the 12-Hour Walk. We have received encouraging response from our partners Putrajaya Holdings and the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association.
“We have also got in touch with our overseas contacts to promote the event,’’ said Chen.
The organisers are expecting about 300 participants to be part of the event. They have already received confirmation from participants in Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Philippines and Belgium.
Chen said they were expecting about 85% of participants to be locals.
The 12-Hour Walk will have two categories - men and women - and there will be cash prizes for the top 30 who finish in each category.
The organisers have also included a 50km event for both men and women in the 12-Hour Walk.
Chen said the 50km walk for men was to prepare Malaysian walkers for the 2010 Common-wealth Games in New Delhi.
“Our initial plan was to have the 50km walk for men only. But several women were also game for the challenge. Our main aim is to provide a platform for Malaysian walkers to prepare for the Commonwealth Games,’’ said Chen.
In the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia won the gold medal in the 50km walk through G. Saravanan.
Chen said Saravanan had proved that Malaysians had the talent to match their rivals in the Commonwealth Games.
“We did not have any representatives in the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. We hope to see a Malaysian starting the event in New Delhi,’’ added Chen.
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