The Pink Charity Run 2011 Race Report

You’ll know when you are running in a foot race in Klang when a. the air stinks, b. the road stinks with garbage on the side, c. there are plenty of potholes on the roads,  d. there’s plenty of traffic and finally e. the sun is up and you are not even done yet. Not that I’m complaining, these hallmarks make any road race in Klang unique compared to other places, and being a Klang-ite myself, I can’t help but join them.

This morning’s Pink Charity Run at Harbour Place, Port Klang is not different. We started off at 7 a.m. from Harbour Place, a mall by the side of the main road in Port Klang, flagged off by a couple of celebrities (Yasmin Yusoff and the current Miss Malaysia), along with Pantai’s boss. The route was remarkably flat, devoid of hills and brought us through Pandamaran.

In the absence of traffic cones and with the free for all traffic, the role of RELA officers in directing traffic cannot be understated in this race, and those chaps did a remarkable job, so kudos to them. The 10 KM route went through Pandamaran before heading into Kim Chuan road into Bayu Perdana. From there onwards we ran into Taman Chi Liung and back to Harbour Place.

This was one of the more smaller runs with 1,200 participants and it was actually quite fun and there were plenty of familiar faces. This was despite the fact that the PJ Half was going on the same morning. The course wasn’t great, and at some parts downright smelly, dirty and the traffic dangerous, but like how some races are known for their steep inclines, to me, this is just Klang being Klang…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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