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Thursday 23 December 2004

News: 600 expected to join in 12-hour walk

ABOUT 600 participants are expected to join the second Penang International 12-Hour Walk to be held on Jan 15 and 16.

Jointly organised by the Penang Government, Race Walkers Association of Malaysia, Penang Veteran Athletes Association and state Youth and Sports department, the event aimed to promote walking as a sport and recreational activity.

State Youth and Sports Department deputy director Mohd Saleh Ramli said walkers had to make as many laps around the Esplanade, starting from 8pm on Jan 15 until 8am the next day.

The distance of each lap is 1,078m, covering Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Lebuh Light, Jalan Tun Syed Sheikh Barakbah, he told a recent press conference.

Mohd Saleh said the event, which would be open to both Malaysians and foreigners, would also help promote the state as a tourist destination.

About 300 walkers, in-cluding those from Australia, Mauritius, Thailand, Singapore and France, participated in the inaugural walk in 2002, he said, adding that all participants must be 18 years old and above.

The walk will be divided into the Men’s Open, Men’s Junior Veteran, Men's Senior Veteran, Women’s Open, Women's Junior Veteran and Women's Senior Veteran categories.

The top three winners of each category will take home RM500, RM300 and RM200 cash prizes respectively while the fourth to sixth prize winners will receive RM100 each, said Mohd Saleh.

He said certificates of participation would be given to walkers who completed at least 10km while medals would be presented to men who covered at least 24km and women who covered at least 18km.

Malaysia is the only South-East Asia country to hold such an event, he said, adding that the closing date for registration was Jan 2.

Registration forms can be obtained from Penang Veteran Athletes Association (04-2268477), state Youth and Sports department (04-2616118) and Youth and Sports Complex (04-6581369). - THE STAR ONLINE

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