The first ever ASEAN Unity Run 2015 promotes Unity, Community Harmony & Fitness at Padang Merbok on last Sunday, 9th August. This is one-of-a-kind event featured unique and community driven categories such as a Celebrity Run, Stroller Run and Lend Your Body Run. The half-marathon, fun run and community lifestyle event aimed at fostering ties and building community engagement while promoting a healthy lifestyle in Malaysia and the ASEAN region.
ASEAN Unity Run 2015 was organised by Aman Malaysia, the race event was officially launched yesterday during the ASEAN Day Celebrations at Pavilion. There were a more than 9,500 runners participating in all seven categories and in the true spirit of ASEAN unity; a total of more than 20 nations from around the world was represented.
This inaugural ASEAN Unity Run featured two competitive categories and five non-competitive and fundraising categories that provided new and unique opportunities for families, kids and special needs individuals to participate.
Participants in the two competitive categories, Men’s and Women’s Open (16 years & above), raced over a distance of 21km and top placed finishers took home cash prizes up to RM5,000 for first place.
The non-competitive categories included an Open Run of 10km (both men and women aged 16 & above), a 5km Fun Run for kids aged four years & above, a 5km Stroller Run, a Celebrity Run for charity and the Lend Your Body campaign run.
Minister of International Trade & Industry, YB Dato’ Seri Mustapha Mohamed together with YB Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, the Minister of Youth & Sports, led the call towards greater fitness by example as they ran in the 5km run.
ASEAN nations’ embassies also showed their support with the participation of the Ambassador of Japan and Philippines, Deputy Ambassador from Indonesia and Brunei, Singapore Counsellor, as well as representatives from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
One of the more unique runs of the day was the Stroller Run, which gave parents of babies and toddlers the unique opportunity to involve their kids in fitness from a young age, even if they were being pushed in strollers by their parents over the 5km distance.
Two charity runs were also held in conjunction with the ASEAN Unity Run 2015, including a Celebrity Run and the Lend Your Body campaign. The aim of the Lend Your Body run was to create awareness and break the stigma towards disabled people in Malaysia and across the ASEAN region.
The celebrity run was a big crowd puller today, with celebrities such as Azura Zainal, Datuk DJ Dave, Ummi Nazeera and Chia Yen-Yi taking part and giving their fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run a race beside them.
The Lend Your Body campaign was another pop-up event took place today together with the Ras Adiba Radzi’s Perwira K9 Foundation, allowing differently-abled individuals to experience running by being pushed on wheelchairs by Malaysian celebrities such as Patricia Knudsen, Ng Chelsia, Kevin Chong, Kayda Aziz, Ariff Karim & many more.
Off the running course, there was some excitement to be found at the Race Village too. Aside from the food stalls and pavilions representing Ministry bodies, sponsors and associations, there were Carnival Booths offering fun family entertainment and a Lucky Draw that gave all participants the chance to be a winner.