🐲 Dragon Back Run 2017 Race Review By Happy Runner
🏃 Running Event | Dragon Back Run
Date | 05 March 2017
Venue | Sekolah Kebangsaan Meru 2, Jalan Paip, Klang
Distance | 23km / 15km / 10km
Flag-Off | 5:45am (23km) / 6am (15km) / 6:30am (10km)
Total Runners | 700 (400 for 23km)
Event Organiser | Pacer Sports
🙌 MY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
My 🏁 3’ 31”
My ⌚ Average Pace 9’10”
My🔥 Calories 2,834
Under the highly capable direction of Race Director, Mr. S.P. Wong, the annual Dragon Back Run in Meru is Pacers Sports showpiece event. It draws a loyal following because it provides a quality Running experience for the Participants.
With the surge in many Running Events which are too focused on making profits, promoting commercial brands and putting the Runners interest only in second place, it is easy to lose touch with the basic joys of running events – minus the bells and whistles.
So, I decided to join this event to support such rare events which form part of our Running Subculture, and at the same time, to rekindle my Running Soul.
Ready! Steady! Bang!
I arrived on the scene just in time to witness the fireworks being launched in the morning darkness, and I quickly joined the 23 km runners embark on our epic run.
At the start, I ran with the rear guard along Jalan Paip which gives me the chance to warm-up my legs first, and we even got the Race Director urging us onwards from inside the safety car.
When we entered Persiaran Mokhtar Dahari, the rhythmic sounds of raindrops interrupted the stillness of predawn.
Cutting through the sheets of rain, we ran up and down the elongated rolling hills all the way to the end before turning left into Jalan Bukit Cerakah. By this time, the rain had stopped and daylight appeared,as I switched on my AfterShokz headphones to psych myself up for the upcoming series of steep hills ahead🎵
I had been constantly monitoring my heart rate throughout the race, and I decided that keeping my heart beat somewhere around 160 BPM was probably my best option to face the killer hills under my current fitness condition.
The later it got, the more thankful I was for the previous rainy spell because my body temperature kept cool and there was no crazy heat to further drain my energy.
Although my overall pace was slow, I enjoyed the distance, the route, the cardio workout and most importantly, the whole experience reminded me, why I love Running in the first place, and that is the freedom to be myself and pursue my own dreams. It’s too easy to get caught up in all the commercial hype and soon forget about the pure pleasures of Running. Indeed, this kind of genuine Runner’s Running Event can keep me in touch with my Running roots, and that’s a huge plus in my books.
Breakfast Is Served
Since I only eaten half a red dragon fruit and coffee before leaving my house 5 hours earlier, I was understandably famished after the race. Luckily, there was plenty of food and drinks provided in the school canteen, and I wolved down slices of watermelon, 2 packets of nasi lemak and countless sweet snacks like there was tomorrow!
💓 My Event Highlights
I can fully recommend this Dragon Back Run to any runner for the following reasons :-
The Epic Rolling Hills & Dragon Theme🐲
The Efficient & Clockwork Race Management 🕣
The Value For Money 💰
Less Commercials, More Soul 😍
The Friendly & Helpful Volunteers 😇
💐 Special Acknowledgements
Congratulations to podium winners and all finishers.
Thank you to Pacers Sports, RD Wong, The Crew, and Event Partners on another phenomenal Dragon Back Run… I hope this wonderful saga will continue for many more years!
🏃Check-Out My Action Clips
There’s nothing better than receiving your medal & water right after crossing that finish line.
To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.
About The Author
Gus is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider for CYCLING NEWS, Gus Ghani for SPORTS INFOTAINMENT and FOLLOW gusghani @IG for LIFESTYLE.
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