What: 204km Marathon (Hindu Ritual to celebrate Lord Muruga)
Registration: 25 March 20010, 12.00 noon
Organiser: Tamil Nesan
This 19-year old young fine man is really talented and has perform in many functions. And he loves dancing, too.
He took part in my first ever community awareness relay run in May 2008 held at House No 48, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. JW Gift of Dignity Relay was 'borned' to create awareness within the community & to give this special young people an avenue to compete & run alongside ordinary people. Wai Keen together with his father & another youth from the program formed a team to compete in the Men Open Category. This is prove that given the opportunity, they can lead a normal life and compete alongside ordinary folks.
And prior to the relay run, the editor of Star Online and her team spent a day to document their activities. (Please log in here to view the video)
The youths were truly ecstatic & excited with this unexpected invite from a total stranger (to them). I was the proudest among all cos' its a breakthrough in the very objective of the relay run - building an accepting community & individual towards people with learning disabilities! They always look out for such invites or outing where people will treat them with dignity & respect. I truly miss their company on the weekend these day due to my own hectic schedule. Being a friend of this organisation since 2002, I enjoy being their friend. They are so real & one lots who truly speak from their heart. They never doubted your sincerity. They never fail to make my day! Thank you, my dear friends.
One of my many dreams (besides the Tiger Beer's dream .. . LOL) is to have friends from the running fraternity to spend evening tea break with them on a weekend and to run alongside with them at Taman Bukit Kiara, TTDI on a Saturday evening. One of the reasons is, they heard so much about me running in road races but didn't really get the opportunity to be in any of the practice run with road runners. So, it will be another milestone if anyone of you would like to invite them to your practice run in Taman Bukit Kiara, TTDI on a Saturday evening.
I would like to wish all of them a great roaring Tiger year with a biGGGGG BANG!!!!!! . . . . . Thank you for the joy & great time that we had over the years. I shall treasure each and every moment that I had with all of you.
Thank you Wai Keen for you never fail to amaze me with your antics and humors.
hhmmmmm.... is she going to run in that??
Tigers on shopping spreeeeeee......... go go go !!!!
1st task - tweeting @ HQ pub
After each task, we have to run half a circle round the complex for the 2nd, 3rd ........ and collect all 4 stickers & some Tiger Beer souvenirs at each check point. At one of the joints, we were made to eat that darn spicy chicken wing that almost got me choke . . .aarrrrggggghhh :(
The whole evening (after the race) sharing the same table enjoying the beer, food and sharing his humility but didn't cross my mind a tiny bit about him. He was such a friendly, down-to-earth guy. Great personality, humurous, jovial, friendly & chatting away the evening like good old friends.
Yup . . . thats Kris Law. Who?
So, I log on to his blog on late Sunday . . . . . . . what a nuts I'd been? Really? So, I did a little research (well this is definitely not me coz' I am not a movie maniac & I'm a no-no busy-body). Out of curiosity, i ran a google search to confirm his 'claims'. . . . . . . and . . . .
Just wonder if he will mail me a copy of these movies if I request for one? Yeah, he is a good writer too. So, do drop by his blog at http://krislaw.blogspot.com/ to view his blogging & get closer to this talented down-to-earth young man.
I dropped out of Putrajaya Marathon and opted for the Tiger Run instead because I haven't really recover from my cold & I doubt I can complete my marathon without doing more damage to my health. So, I just hope perhaps I could get one of those small prizes from Tiger Beer since there are only 88 participants.
But, I supposed God works in a miraculous way as the race was a total new experience in my running years. This time around I was in touch with so many young & talented bloggers instead of runners! Weird, ya . . . .
What a Great way of ushering in the Year of Tiger . . . . . . sharing the joy of a running friend who won his dream prize & meeting so many young, talented, vibrant & positive minded people!
Thanks to Pueh Tian (runwitme) for sharing
Thanks Tiger Beer & Nuffnang for a great start for the Year of Tiger!!!
Group photo - Christmas Island
I'm really fortunate to have the opportunity playing at different field level taking on various role in the running fraternity.
Community work - working with the urban poor is my other passion. Being involved since 5 years ago, I've been involved in many community issues relating to land & housing problem. For my role, I'd been selected to attend a 10 days workshop & exchange of ideas in Bali, Indonesia (2007) & Nairobi, Kenya (2008).
Bali has been very close to my heart as the community and issues that surround the people are very similar to the one back home. I would love to visit them again to see their progress after my last visit in 2007.
I would like to incorporate my community work & running in a 2-IN-1 package to spread this work to the running community who are also very close to me. I would like to realise this dream as I do not know when 'Polio' will come knocking on my door.
Facilitating a road race & the community shared similar characteristics -
. . . . . . its about the people
. . . . . . its about passion
. . . . . . its about being HUMAN
. . . . . it requires patience, perseverence & dedication
ULTIMATELY . . . the unique design of the medal & running tees as mementos that will be cherished by all . . .. . a truly JW RUN