Similajau Nature Challenge Run attracts 200 runners

The Similajau Nature Challenge runners pose for a photo with the SFC senior officers after the prize giving ceremony.

BINTULU: The Similajau Nature Challenge Run 2019 held at Similajau National Park (SNP) yesterday attracted 200 runners in the 8km and 22km forest run categories.

Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said it was a great success for SFC Bintulu Regional Office which organised this inaugural run at the park.

“The run at the national park is a special recreational activity compared to other ordinary running events. I was told that the entries for the run filled up three days after it opened for public registration.

“We actually received more entries, but due to environmental conservation factor and for the safety of our runners, we had to limit the entry to 200 runners only,” he said at the prize giving ceremony.

Zolkipli said forest run is a new trend for younger people nowadays.For this year, SFC has chosen two national parks for the run namely SNP with the next event to be held in November at Kubah National Park.

Apart from practising healthy lifestyle, he believed forest run can instil greater public awareness of environmental protection and conservation and the importance of the national heritage.

“Similajau National Park has a good view, we should come here to appreciate the beauty of the nature,” he said.

Zolkipli said next year’s forest run will be on a bigger scale with runners from Miri and probably overseas in the future.

The champion in the men’s open category was Zulqarnain Zaidin while second to tenth place winners were Aswari Mustapha, Saga Ajon, Wallace, Ah Choi, Adha, Dave Ason, Felix, Mohamad Hafiz Jamil and Mohamad Qaiyum respectively.

In the women’s category the first place went to Christy while second place was won by Neng Seh.

Samalaju assemblyman Majang Renggi flagged-off the run around 6.40am.

Present at the event were SFC Sdn Bhd general manager Oswald Braken Tisen, SFC Bintulu Regional manager Endela Tipot, Bintulu Single Mothers Association chairperson Hanita Dahlan and SNP warden Salvia Sembai Ettin.

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