Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Putrajaya 12 Hours Walk

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Driving along The Boulevard of Putrajaya at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday 13 December, I was looking for the starting venue of this event. I intended to go as near as possible as I would expect there was not much crowd then. Finally, just before the Palace of Justice building, I saw the traffic barricade and it was confirmed with many walkers walking around at the competition arena.
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The air in Putrajaya was cool and fresh, thanks to the heavy rain in the afternoon. From the car park, I could already hear the music in the air puncturing the quiet night of Putrajaya.

Stay tuned for more photos taken by Weng and yours truly.
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Chiew Hong, Mohd Ariff and other competitors
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Weng and YouBL
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Keenly contest for top positions... why is there an extra letter D?
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Josie and another friendly competitor
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Most of the participants were walking in their comfortable pace save other than a few walkers who were really competing for top positions. After all, from the starting time of 8:00 p.m., they have already walked for almost four hours. Many were chatting with their friends while continuing the walk.

The atmosphere there was really fun, happy and calm. It was like a group of friends walking and talking on the street only that it is already mid-night and it is going to be a long night to the completion of the event – 8:00 a.m. next day.

To win in the competition, a competitor who has covered the longest distance shall be declared the winner.

Walking in a circuit is an excellent idea as it is a controlled environment for participants to go on in such a prolonged event. It also means that we get to see all the participants there.
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Drink station among the flowers - effectively, a water station for every kilometer (depending on the distance of one loop)
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It comes with boiled red been 'tong sui' (sweet drink)
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Alternative fuel other than Power Gel/Bar
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There was ample supply of drinks (and also hot drinks) and food. I could see some of the participants were relaxing their feet and some were eating while resting.

The 12 Hours Walk look really fun. I think that must be a memorable experience for the participants – doing something different. Maybe we shall consider taking part in this event next year.
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Amelia and SH Tan resting their feet after four hours of non-stop walking
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Results as at 4 hours after start
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5 comments:

Yin said...

oooh, cool, i see Mum!! :)

Anonymous said...

Nice series as usual :D

C-CUBE said...

KC, u shud join. Its really fun and take the pressure of you unlike running where you really run as fast as possible to get a good timing. Some more got so much food and drinks make readily available.

sd said...

Dear Choi,
Yes, I agree... will participate next year... :-)

dear Yin,
I was a bit surprise to see two participants lying on the ground... :-) ... KC

Anonymous said...

Dear KC,

WH Yap here, thanks for the post up on our event. Furthermore, the Race Walkers' Association of Malaysia has officially linked your blog into our website: http://racewalkermalaysia.synthasite.com/

Anyhow, we thank you again on your support.

WH YAP
secretary, RWAM