Celebrate engineering week with the engineer’s run
By Jude Toyat
Young Engineers Section (YES) of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) Sarawak Branch will be holding the IEM Engineer’s Run on September 13 here to celebrate Malaysia’s Engineering Week.
The inaugural event will be held at the foyer and boulevard of the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) building from 6am onwards.
The IEM Engineer’s Run is also a charity run with all proceeds going to the Sarawak Kidney Association.
“It is also to promote IEM as an institution that was established in 1959 for the primary functions of promoting and advancing the science and profession of engineering in any or all of its disciplines as well as to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to engineering,” said organising chairman Johnny Tan Joo Kok during a press conference held at Gaya Sports Sdn Bhd (Gaya Sports) located at Tabuan Jaya Commercial Centre on July 6.
The event will be divided into two main categories; the first is for the engineers, while the second is open for non-engineers or members of the public aged 13 and above.
“It comprises of a 10km run for Engineers (men and women), 10km run for the public (men and women), and 5km fun runs for all participants,” he explained.
During the run, IEM Sarawak Branch will be partnering with Ingram Micro, sole distributor of FitBit (wireless wearable activity tracker) to power the run by awarding the top 10km finishers with FitBit trackers.
Meanwhile, Gaya Sports, an authorized FitBit reseller and the official partner of the event will be offering a discount for the first 80 units of FitBit Trackers to all registered participants.
Top finishers for the 10km categories will also receive other attractive prizes that include cash and hampers.
All participants who finish the run within the cut-off time (an hour and a half for the 5km runs and two hours for the 10km runs) will also receive finisher medals.
Each participant in all categories will also receive e-certificates. The closing and prize-giving ceremonies will be held after the run at 9am.
“The run will be declared closed by the Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Urban) and Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, accompanied by mayor of Kuching South City Council, Datuk James Chan,” he added.
There will also be lucky draws during the closing and prize giving ceremony.
Various branches of the IEM will also be organising the IEM Engineer’s Run in conjunction with engineering week.
“IEM Sabah Branch will be conducting the run at Stadium Likas, Kota Kinabalu on September 13, while IEM Headquarters will be conducting the run a day earlier at the Kuala Lumpur Perdana Botanic Garden,” he said.
Registration fees per person are RM35 for the 5km Fun Runs, and RM40 for the 10km Competitive Runs. Entry forms can be obtained at Gaya Sports Sdn Bhd, Phoenix Gym, IEM YES Sarawak Facebook page and IEM Sarawak branch office at Ultimate Professional Centre located at Jalan Bukit Mata in front of Pullman Hotel here.
For further inquiries on IEM Engineer’s Run, call IEM Sarawak Branch at 082-428506 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, more information can also be found at their website at www.iemsarawak.org, or official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iemyessarawak.
Apart from MBKS as their city council partner, other sponsors for the run include Gaya Sports (official partner and authorized FitBit reseller), Phoenix Gym (official gym partner), and Revive (official hydration partner).
Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and Weida (M) Bhd are gold sponsors, while Alpha Survey Consultant, CIDB Malaysia, and Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) are silver sponsors for the run. City Joggers Club and Revolution Run Co. are also supporting the event.