International Earth Day Run – April 20, 2014
Finished 12th with a time of 43min:04sec for 9.73km resulting in an average pace of 4min:26sec. Elevation gruesome 203m.
For the 10km a 5km loop had to be run twice, meaning twice a 1km long rather steep hill, which is called “Bukit Cinta” as I got to know from my LYN Runners friends. An extremely tough race today in very humid conditions.
The organization of the race was somehow surreal. No announcement, no MC welcoming the runners before the race and sharing some information. No upbeat music but more something I would think to be appropiate for the reception of a cosmetique studio. Such more slow and boring music is nothing to get runners in the right mood.
Everybody expected the race to start at 7am but that hour passed. Again no notification. People gathered inside the UM track and field stadium hoping/thinking the start would be there. Nobody knew, nobody guided the runners. Then at maybe 7:15am officials started to direct some runners outside the stadium, where the actual starting line was. More runners followed and eventually the race flagged off at 7:30am.
Road safety was soso. There were cones splitting one roadside from the traffic. Unfortunately cars and buses still entered the road from both sides, creating small chaos along the route. A few marshalls along the route helped to regulate the traffic as well. Some runners complaint about unsafe traffic situation later.
There were two water stations along the 5km route, which was sufficient. Upon finishing I was not well directed, which way to take to enter the stadium with the finish area. This was a bit annoying after a very tiring race and wishing nothing else but to stop. At that point I encountered some poor sportsmanship from another runner who felt the urge to comment on my calls/questions which route to take. Luckily something I don’t experience often. Guess that was an unexperienced runner who took the easy option to only run 5km, thus lacking the understanding how it feels when pushing hard over a bit longer distance.
In the end a good workout for a Sunday morning. The route is something that will make me think twice to sign up for a race again in that area
Photos courtesy by Tsang Huang. Good to see that my transition towards a more efficient running style goes well. The photos were taken 100m before the finish line and I was completely wasted at that point, still I run a decent mid-foot strike – I like 🙂
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