Kuching Heritage Race 2017 promises to be bigger, better, tougher

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds
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Yong (third right) with committee members (from left) Franklin Simon, Ann Armstrong, Donna Wee, Marian Chin and Karen Shepherd.

Yong (third right) with committee members (from left) Franklin Simon, Ann Armstrong, Donna Wee, Marian Chin and Karen Shepherd.

In an effort to stoke interest and appreciation for the cultural and built heritage of Kuching, the Kuching Heritage Committee will be organising the Kuching Heritage Race 2017 on Jan 14 next year.

The team event will witness participants racing through Central Kuching, testing their knowledge and agility as they answer questions or carry out activities based on the clues and instructions given.

According to Kuching Heritage Committee chairman Philip Yong, the event aimed at making discovering the hidden cultural heritage of Kuching fun and to provide a great learning experience.

“In addition, through this event, proceeds will be given to worthwhile heritage-related projects as well as to under-funded charitable organisations,” said Yong in a press conference held at the China House, Old Courthouse on Aug 16.

The event is a continuation to the first race that was held on Jan 30 this year. The first race, Yong said, witnessed tremendous success with encouraging response by a total of 156 participants from 42 teams who came from all walks of life.

Among those who had participated in the first race were members of the Sarawak Society for the Deaf, as well as visitors from New York, Paris, Tasmania, China, United Kingdom, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

“With the support of many tourism and heritage organisations including the Sarawak Tourism Board and Sarawak Convention Bureau, the event raised RM20,000, which was able to provide customised wheelchairs for handicapped children.

“With the experience of the first race, the next race promises to be more challenging and exciting as this focus on the undiscovered parts of Kuching that many local residents may not be aware.

“Kuching Heritage Race 2017 will be a bigger, better and tougher race,” Yong said.

Similar to the previous race, there will be cash prizes, and there will be opportunities for participants to triumph over brawn with the heritage quiz.

“This upcoming race promises to be even more fun and fast paced than the previous one. Everyone, young, old, visitors and residents will have a good chance of winning the top prizes,” he added.

Yong, who is also the Sarawak Tourism Federation president, took up the challenge to bring the race to Kuching and curated the race with assistance of individuals and various local heritage and volunteer organisations including Kuching In & Out (Kino) magazine, Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM), and the Sarawak Heritage Society.

He emphasised that the Heritage Race is ideal for boutique destinations like Kuching where it is rich in heritage and has a strong community-feel and is relatively unknown to most travellers outside of Sarawak.

“This event helps to focus attention on what makes Kuching unique and different, and at the same time rallies local communities around their own heritage.

“It is wonderful to see so many families bring their children along. It is good to start them young and if you introduce heritage to them in a fun way, it will stick,” Yong added.

The maximum number of participants is capped at 200 with a participation fee of RM50 per person.

For registration and for more information about the race, visit www.kuchingheritage.com. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected] and visit their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KuchingHeritageRace

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