Zombies ready to scare you in Monster Dash Charity Run

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DASH: The organising committee, led by Liew (seated, centre), are in high spirits after a meeting to finalise preparations for the inaugural Monster Dash Charity Run this Saturday evening.

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DASH: The organising committee, led by Liew (seated, centre), are in high spirits after a meeting to finalise preparations for the inaugural Monster Dash Charity Run this Saturday evening.

KUCHING: Some 2,000 people have been confirmed to take part in the first ever Halloween-themed Monster Dash Charity Run this Saturday evening.

 

Styled after the Zombie Run gaining popularity worldwide, the Kuching version will also be a 5km run involving ‘zombies’ and other ‘monsters’ stationed along the 5km route to ‘scare’ runners and perhaps even snatch their ‘lifeline’.

 

Organised by the OurYouth.my, the run will be flagged off at 7pm at Le’ Park (behind Civic Centre), and the route includes Jalan Crookshank to Jalan Rodway, Jalan Bampfylde to Parklane and then on to Jalan Reservoir and back to Jalan Crookshank, finishing off at Le’ Park.

 

As they run, they will try to dodge and escape from ‘zombies’ as well as going through a ‘House of Horror’ as they approach the finishing line, all in the name of fun.

 

OurYouth.my director Dato Patrick Liew said the response has been very encouraging especially among youths aged 40 years and below who make up 80 per cent of the runners.

 

“It will be a time for our people especially the youths to participate in a fun yet healthy activity, and at the same time contribute towards charity. Funds raised from this run will be contributed to Sarawak Children Cancer Society (SCCS) and Society for Critically Sick Kids (SOS Kids),” he told the media after chairing the organising committee meeting yesterday.

 

He also mentioned that even though the closing date for registration has passed, the organising committee will still accept last-minute entries and on-the-spot registration even on the day of the run, to enable more people to join.

 

Registration fee for both men and women is RM35 per person. Liew added those who registered can collect their race packs which include specially-designed T-shirt starting Friday at Le’ Park from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday itself.

 

“Those who finish in the Top 10 for both men and women will be rewarded with prizes. In addition, special prizes will be given to Zombie King and Zombie Queen, namely those who managed full ‘lifeline’ upon completion of the run,” Dato Patrick said.

 

He was also happy to note more than 100 volunteers will be helping out to ensure smooth proceedings of the run, as this showed a healthy level of volunteerism among the people in Kuching.

 

He said the volunteers include road marshals to make sure the runners are safe, and they will be aided by wardens from Kuching North City Commission (DBKU).

 

There will also be other side events including entertainment on the grand stage at Le’ Park.

 

Liew advised participants to come early on the day of the run, and he even encouraged them to carpool in anticipation of lack of parking space in the area.

 

For more information on the run, readers can go to OurYouth.my website or Facebook page, or visit the official website at www.monsterdashcharityrun.com.

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