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Friday, 8 September 2006

Penang 12H Walk: News

The Star: Metro (North edition)

800 to Take Part in Walk
Friday September 8, 2006

ABOUT 800 participants, including 50 foreigners, are expected to converge in Pe-nang for the 3rd Penang International 12-Hour Walk – the only event of its kind in Asia. Held at the Esplanade, the walk was aimed at promoting the state as a tourist destination.

State Tourism Development and Environment Committee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said that so far, participants from Belgium, Australia and France had signed up. He said two team categories would be introduced this year.

"The combined ages of the two male and two female participants of one category must be be-low 150 years, while for the other, above 150 years old" he told a press conference in Penang on Wednesday.

He said the organisers would also give a token of appreciation for organisations submitting the most number of entries for team events. Teng later received a mock airline ticket for a return trip to Taipei as a lucky draw prize from China Airlines passenger sales manager (Penang branch) Christene T.H. Leong.

The walk is jointly organised by the Penang Ve-teran Athletes Association and Race Walkers As-sociation of Malaysia with the co-operation of the state government and the state Youth and Sports Department. The event’s co-ordinator, former national wal-ker Khoo Chong Beng, said the entry fee for those who registered before Sept 15 was RM40 per person.

He said the fee would be RM50 for those who registered between Sept 16 and Nov 11 and RM80 for those who sign up after Nov 11, adding that the deadline for the submission of entries was Nov 11. Khoo said the participants would have to make as many laps as possible around the Esplanade, starting from 8pm on Nov 25 until 8am the next day.

He said the distance of each lap was 1,078m covering Jalan Padang Kota Lama, Lebuh Light and Jalan Tun Syed Sheikh Barakbah. Khoo said participants must be 18 years and above on Nov 25.

The walk will be divided into the Men’s Open (aged 18-39), Men Junior Veteran (40-49), Men Senior Veteran (50 and above), Women Open (18-34), Women Junior Veteran (35-49), Women Senior Veteran (50 and above) as well as the two team categories.

The top three winners of each category in the individual events will take home RM500, RM300 and RM200 respectively while the fourth to six places will receive RM100 each.

The top three winners in the team events will receive RM600, RM400 and RM300 respectively. Registration forms can be obtained from the Penang Veteran Athletes Association (04-226 8477) and state Youth and Sports Department (04-2616118).

For details, call Khoo at 012-2007716 or Podim at 016-4628292.

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