Started with a bang last year, by the Running for Orang Asli support group, the trail run proved to be one of the first trail for 2011 and was a delight for runners who enjoyed the natural and the lush surrounding of the forest offered in the trail. The Orang Asli themselves scouted the trail for the runners to experience what it was like to run in the forest but proper markings were made for the runners. It was also an event where the runners had an opportunity to interact with the Orang Asli/Asal. There are not many trail runs that will be offered throughout the year.
So for this year, we have planned for a longer trail in the forest and more exciting program, to enable the runners to understand more the nature of the trail run and interaction with the Orang Asli. This year, we have also identified a sustainable project for the OA to continue and we would like to see that materialize maybe in a year or two. In addition, we have added a smaller route for children to experience a trail run too. All in all, its organized with a view for the runners to enjoy a morning in a trail run.
When? 28th April 2012 (8am – 12 pm)
Where? Kampung 16, Jalan Bentong Lama; GPS coordinates : 3.325979,101.754792
Who? Running for Orang Asli support group https://www.facebook.com/Running-for-Orang-sli/176238289092408
How much? Registration fee : 12-15km route : RM35(adults only); 3km : RM10 (children >5 years and limited only)
How to join? http://www.themarathonshop.com.my
Why? The objective for the OA Trail Run 2012 :
1. For Kg Batu 14, Jalan Bentong Lama, a piece of the OA land is being cultivated to be a showcase of OA houses and huts for community centers exemplifying the lifestyle and culture of OA. The intention for this center is to create an eco tourism business for the villagers as extra income whilst maintaining their heritage. This is a sustainable project that the Running for Orang Asli group would like to assist. Reasons to which why they are yet to a obtain government grants will be made known in the event.
2. For Kg Batu 16, Jalan Bentong Lama, this event is created to give an avenue for them to earn extra income by providing the venue for the run, volunteers as marshalls and guides, and for cooking some OA dishes. The OA too would prefer to work for their income rather than be always dependant on donations.
Check out last year's Orang Asli Trail Run video below!
Do you know that Malaysian Idol, Jaclyn Victor joined last year's run? Check out her pics HERE.