August Man Run 2019 – Review by Happy Runner
The second edition of the August Man Run was held at Tun Dr Ismail, and it proved to be equally enjoyable as its predecessor which was held at Lot 10 KL back in 2017.
This year, more than 800 runners, from elite to fun runners, had participated in the 12km or 6km categories.
Menara KEN and the surrounding affluent neighborhood had provided a most pleasant running backdrop for us to test our fitness & speed levels.
🌓🏃🏻♂️The August Man Run 2019 (2nd Edition)
Race Date : 20th April 2019
Time : 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue : KEN TTDI, KL
Distance/Flag Off : 12km/5:00pm & 6km/5:15pm RUNNER’S ENTITLEMENT……
💜12KM (Competitive Run) ✅Event tee ✅Fashionable tee (after the race) ✅Completion medal ✅E-certificate ✅Personalised timing chip.. 💚6KM (Non Competitive Run) – Event tee & Completion Medal……
It’s most unusual for running events to be flagged off at 5pm, but I prefer to run in daylight rather than at night because I can take clearer photos of runners in action.
Starting and finishing earlier, also mean that the participants can make plans for dinner after the race. Otherwise, Saturday night races would normally start at 8pm which clashes with dinner time, and subsequently, upsetting our biological clock because we are forced to eat later than usual.
I don’t like night marathons which start at 8pm, 12am or 1am for the same reasons that our eating and sleeping patterns will be out of whack – its effects are similar to suffering from jetlag.
After all, running 42km is hard enough without such additional physical challenges of sleep & food deprivation.
On top of everything, the local police did recommend for this earlier start, so that the roads could be reopen by 7:30pm, and hence, the public road users would not be inconvenienced while they ventured out for that evening.
It’s good for event organisers to make reasonable compromise and reduce disruptions to the local residents as much as possible. So, good job Augustman 2019 for being civic-minded and respecting the local community. When there is no complaint from the public, it would be much easier to hold future running events in this new venue of TTDI neighbourhood.
The start pen in front of KEN was brimming with runners who were raring to go when the Guest-of-Honour YB Hannah Yeoh (Segambut MP) told them to enjoy the run and return safely, before she flagged them off.
The first 3km took the runners on wide roads which were flanked by houses and shop lots until we turned towards the famous Taman Bukit Rimba.
The first and last water station was set-up in front of Insan Bakti. This was the U-turn point for the 6km runners. Meanwhile, the 12km runners entered the private road gates there which lead them to the Sime Darby Convention Centre at 6km point.
Although, the 12km route is not such a long distance, there were many uphill and downhill sections which made the race more demanding and more interesting.
There was a mix of runners of all levels and from different walks of life which reflected the broad appeal of the event. Being an inclusive and a community based event with plenty of attractive goodies and prizes certainly attracted both elite and fun runners.
Can you believe that 12km Runners receive a cool finisher t-shirt in addition to the standard event Tee!
There were plenty of drinks and snacks which were provided by the event sponsors for runners to recuperate.
There was also a private party for VIP Guests with free-flow beer and sugary finger desserts & mousse.
For most runners, the NATURAL HIGH of reaching the Finish Line and being rewarded by a refreshing drink of water is sufficient to end this memorable event on a HAPPY NOTE.
Many thanks to Ruben and the August Man Run Team for a splendid event worthy of all discerning runners.
Not forgetting, a special thanks for the very helpful & cheerful crew.
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