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It started out as ntv7’s 13th anniversary run last year. Now it’s so popular registration had to be closed early, writes Nadia Badarudin
IF you’re among the thousands who have registered for ntv7’s Feel Good Run next Sunday, get ready to pound the roads and have family fun with friends and family.
Organised by Natseven TV (ntv7), Media Prima Berhad’s Feel Good channel, the second edition of the run received such overwhelming response that registration had to be closed earlier than scheduled.
The person who is most excited about this is ntv7 and 8TV group general manager, Airin Zainul. An avid runner herself, the project is her brainchild.
“We are looking forward to the event this year and are very excited to have the public to join us for a good cause,” she says.
Her aim is to cultivate a healthy lifestyle while encouraging helping the needy.
The run started last year in conjunction with the channel’s 13th anniversary. “That attracted over 5,000 runners and raised more than RM140,000 for beneficiaries.
“We were expecting the same turnout this year. However, public response has been overwhelming. We decided not to accept more runners than we could handle,” she says.
If you are a first-timer, Airin says, don’t worry. The 3km run will ease you into the groove.
“Experienced runners can take on the 7km route as a recovery run after, or as preparation, before other marathons,” she says.
As the Feel Good Run takes place two weeks after the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon 2012, expect to see seasoned runners using this run to recover from the long distances.
“Unlike last year, when the run was limited to the Sri Pentas compound and the Bandar Utama housing area, this year’s run categories (except the Kids Run) will start at Sri Pentas and end at the nearby Central Park for added excitement, and for the participants to enjoy the park’s lush greenery,” she says.
Airin will join the 7km category as part of her preparation for a half-marathon in November.
Like the run’s tagline, “Do Good, Feel Good,” Airin says most importantly, she wants the public to experience the joy of running.
Her advice for first-time runners? “Listen to your body and take it easy. Don’t pressure yourself. Running is a fun activity and you should enjoy every stride.
“As for the rest, be mindful of safety, have fun and enjoy the run with your family and friends. And don’t forget to smile.”
Airin hopes to inspire the public to think of those in need, be it humans or animals. Proceeds from the run will go to Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation, Pure Life Society, Paws Animal Welfare Society Malaysia and Yayasan Chow Kit.
Among this year’s main sponsors are Whiskas, Pedigree and Brooks.
She says: “It is inspiring to engage people to give back to society in a fun and healthy way, and feel good about it. We hope the proceeds will somehow help the beneficiaries to rise above their challenges.”
Like last year, participants also have the opportunity to run alongside 80 celebrities including Nazrudin Rahman, Daphne Iking, Phat Fabes, Ben, Lisa Wong and Vanessa Chong. Those who wish to express themselves creatively will definitely enjoy the Costume Fun Run.
Feel good running
THERE are four categories in next Sunday’s Feel Good Run:
• 7km Feel Good Run
• 3km Run With Celebrities
• 3km Costume Fun Run
• 700m Kids Run for children below 12
WIN BROOKS RUNNING SHOES
IN conjunction with Feel Good Run 2012, Brooks, the official sports attire for the run, is giving away seven pairs of Brooks running shoes (worth RM399 each pair) to those who can answer the following questions correctly:
1. Which television station is organising the Feel Good Run 2012?
2. Name the official sports attire for the Feel Good Run 2012.
E-mail answers to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday. Please provide your full name (as per identity card), address, new IC number, email, telephone number and shoe size together with your answers.
Winners will be notified by ntv7 to collect their shoes at designated outlets. Judges’ decision is final.