Monday June 18, 2012
Starwalk a huge success
By CHAN LI LEEN, IVAN LOH and FONG KEE SOON
IPOH: The Ipoh Starwalk was a huge success with the participation of a record-breaking 15,500 entries.
Some of the participants turned up at Stadium Indera Mulia as early as 5.30am yesterday.
This year marked a new beginning for the event with the participation of foreign walkers.
A total of 1,340 took part in the 10km competition event, including 130 in the newly introduced International category.
Many of the competitors took the opportunity to spend Fathers Day with their families at the annual event, which has been held since 2004.
Chang Wei Wan had her white Ipoh Starwalk 2012 T-shirt written with a Fathers Day message.
She was unable to celebrate the special day with her 54-year-old father Chang Yew Sooi as he was working in Johor.
“I just want to let people know that I miss him,” she said.
SMJK Poi Lam teacher S. Thirunavakkarsu, 46, marked Fathers Day by joining his two sons, T. Jiventran, 17, and T. Sharvin, 14.
“We enjoyed ourselves as the event created a perfect environment for us to bond with each other,” he added.
Thirunavakkarsu has taken part in Starwalk for the past eight years.
Lorry driver Loo Chee Fatt, 41, who took part in the 7km non-competition category, joined Starwalk for the first time after he was persuaded to by his three daughters.
“They insisted that I come along since it is Fathers Day. I could hardly refuse,” he added.
The main sponsors were YES, Genneva Syariah, AmBank, Demak, Canon, BP Healthcare, Indomie, Magnum 4D, Pallas, F&N and Salonpas.
Ipoh Starwalk 2012 was jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and the Ipoh City Council with the cooperation of the state government, Perak Athletic Association, Perak Education Department, state police, Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital and Rela.