Kota Kinabalu: An 11km marathon will be held for the first time in conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival.
"Ponongkusan Pisompuruan" (Unity Run in Dusun) will be held to instill culture, unity, charity and keeping healthy all in a single running event.
The run will also be symbolically flagged off from Tambunan's Pisompuruan Square (Unity Ground) on April 25, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, on Tuesday.
Tambunan is also the starting point for the month-long harvest festival this May 1 before thousands convene at the Kadazandusun Cultural Hall in Penampang for the finale, end of that month.
"It's a good opportunity to reflect the unity, culture of Sabahans and the refreshing air of Tambunan's interior to visitors," said Pairin, who is also the Huguan Siou. The running event is basically divided into two categories – an 11km hilly route marathon for the avid runners and a 3km run for veterans. Those interested can obtain the entry forms the Kota Kinabalu Water Department Office at Gaya Park, Tambunan District Office and Mercy Office in Luyang Perdana now.
Alternately, runners can also sign up through a dedicated Facebook page set for the purpose or call Patrisha at 016-811 9511 or Helen 012-816 0801 for details.
Early bird fees are set at RM40 and RM30 for adults and students now, while RM50 and RM40 respectively will be charged to those who register after March 1.
Runners will be entitled to a finishers' medal and event t-shirt as organisers will prepare cash prizes worth up to RM5,200 and lucky draws worth RM10,000. Race starts at 6.30am at the designated ground as all proceeds from the event will benefit the less fortunate children and orphans at Bondulu Children's Home in Toboh.
Organisers have also arranged for a story-telling, traditional sports and tug of war competitions during the event.
(Source from Daily Express Wednesday, January 21, 2015)