BE MY VALENTINE
There are many traditional ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day; buy a dozen red roses for your loved one, take your partner for a romantic candlelit dinner or perhaps, arrange a romantic getaway. In Asia, Valentine’s Day is much more than a day for couples to shower each other with love and affection. It is also a day for friends and families to celebrate their loving relationships with each other.
If you are looking for a unique, yet enjoyable, way to spend the most romantic day of the year, then “The Score Cupid Dash Run” event should be on your must-try list. This loved-themed event is aimed at giving the participants a fun-filled outdoor activity which they can share with their partners, friends or family, from the very young to the young at heart. This first-of-it’s kind love fanfare is open to the public regardless of their relationship status. In fact, among the 3,000 participants who turned-up, there was a good mix of couples holding hands, as well as, friends & family bonding together, all in the name of love.
A Colourful Love Parade
The chosen backdrop of The Score Cupid Dash 2015 is the picturesque Taman Metropolitan in Kepong. It boasts a spacious urban park with a grand lake situated in the middle. There is a 3.5km tree-shaded path which is the centre of attraction for many strollers, joggers, cyclists and skaters on any day of the week. However, on this Valentine’s Day morning, the atmosphere was exceptionally vibrant with the presence of 3,000 sporting men and women in blue and pink running vests respectively.
At 7:00am sharp, the first blue and pink wave of eager participants were flagged-off on their unique fairytale date. The colourful crowd were encouraged to jog or walk the 3.5km course, at a leisurely pace, so that they could fully enjoy the scenic park and its beautiful surroundings. At the same time, there were several fun-filled activities, organised along the route, in which the participants could enjoy together as a couple or as friends and family.
Love Is In The Air
In total, there were six different activity stations along the route to entertain the participants, and a drink-stop.
The first activity station represented courtship and the innocence of first-dates. The scene was decorated with swings, bicycles, dinner tables, bouquet of flowers and handheld signs with romantic messages, so that couples could use the many props available and pretend that they were on a romantic date. There were many friendly volunteers around to help the couples take their photos while on their “imaginary date” – posing on the bicycle, the swing, as well as, sitting at the table-for-two.
After taking endless photos, the participants proceeded to the next activity station. The second activity station reflected the marriage phase of a relationship, and it was decorated with love-inspired flowery arches, couple bean-bags, and heart-shaped decorations. Again, people were happily lining-up to have their photos taken with the many fun props provided.
Next attraction was crossing the Bridge of Love which was lined with pretty pink balloons along both sides. By this time, all the participants were smiling and laughing-away as they paraded along in the glory of the morning sunshine.
Then, at the halfway point, the participants took advantage of the water station to quench their thirst with a cup of mineral water and isotonic drinks.
After a short and gradual climb, the fourth station required the participant to write a message on a orange and toss it into a makeshift pool.
After that, using a net on a pole, you need to scoop the bobbing oranges out of the water and build a pyramid of oranges. Those with the tallest orange pyramids were rewarded with prizes.
On the way to the fifth activity station, there were two pretty flower girls dressed in white handing-out a single stalk of red rose to each of the passing female participants.
Some of the roses had a note tied to it with which the lucky recipient could redeem a free love pillow in exchange.
Just before the finish line, many participants gathered excitedly at the candle pit-stop. This station symbolised everlasting love as each participant was given the meaningful task of writing a love message to their partners on a small wooden heart which they would, in turn, hang up on a display wall inside a canopy colourfully adorned with scented candles.
After that, there was only a short sprint left to the finish line where all the finishers were handed-over a commemorative heart-shaped medal to mark the completion of their magical journey of love. The heart-shaped design of the medals were unique because the men and women’s medals were designed to fit unto each other, like a jigsaw puzzle, as a symbol of two people united by their mutual love and respect for each other.
Cupcakes For Everyone
Wait a minute! This love festival is still not over. The sixth and final task was decorating your own cupcakes with sugar-toppings and icing. Some people were very creative in their designs, and it just goes to show that on certain occasions you can, in fact, have your cake and eat it too!
After eating their self-made cupcakes, the participants headed to the soya bean booth to collect their free drinks to cool themselves down. While waiting for the announcement for the lucky draw prizes many people visited the vendors’ booths, and some people were still taking photos of themselves such as husband and wife duo of Chris and Angel.
Chris revealed, “my wife can spend the whole day taking photos of us with practically every prop and background”.
Angel beamed, “I like to join this type of short and easy fun runs”.
Energised By Love
Having participated first-hand in this fun event with my wife, and having witnessed so many happy smiling faces during its course, I can safely declare that this innovative event was a clear hit with the crowd. Kudos to the organiser and the sponsors on a job well done.