Friday, October 14, 2016

Recap: Hari Sukan Negara HSN21K 10Km Fueled by Lucozade Sport

How did you “turun padang” last Hari Sukan Negara? Just like last year we had a tonnes of event to choose from for Hari Sukan Negara, which aimed to garner the participation of seven million people through various programmes throughout the nation.

We decided to participate in the HSN21KM. It was a clear choice because it was one of the key events in conjunction with Hari Sukan Negara 2016, celebrated on 8 October 2016. Moreover, our favourite sport drink, Lucozade Sport is the official sponsor. Heheh!

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The 10km race was flagged off at Dataran Merdeka at 7.00am by President of Muse Group Asia, Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin. One of the reasons we picked 10km, not 21km was because of the start time. 7am is just nice for us to take the earliest LRT to Masjid Jamek. No hassle to drive or to Uber.

We inched our way along Jalan Raja Laut before crossing the bridge to Jalan Kuching.

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We told you to "turun padang" for Hari Sukan Negara. It's your own fault if you got stuck in the jam. Heheh!

The road was partially closed for the run, causing a heavy flow of vehicles on the open lanes. We had to eat exhaust pipes debris for breakfast here! Heheh!

Thanks to all the road marshalls and Traffic Police officers, the run was quite smooth for the runners.

I was shocked to see an overturned lorry along Jalan Kuching. According to the marshall, it accident occurred much earlier before the start of the run. I couldn't event imagine the outcome if it were to happen during the run. The result would have been devastating.

So happy to see this water station! A refreshing water stop along the busy Jalan Kuching, offering runners water and also cold Lucozade Sport.

The KLCC in the skyline behind us. Come to think of it, we have never run this route before. First time running on Jalan Kuching towards this direction. However, we don't quite enjoy this stretch of road due to the noise and pollution.

Good advice there - "Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction."

The run took a familiar turn into the Jalan Tunku area. The distance markers are displayed prominently along the route.

Our wish for fresh morning air after running on the polluted Jalan Kuching was ruined. Who in the right mind would do mosquito fogging on a weekend? Had to cover our mouth and show down to a walk while passing this area. Otherwise, we would have dropped dead like the mosquitoes. Heheh!

Keep calm and drink Lucozade Sport.

Sports drinks like Lucozade are an important source of fluids and energy while exercising or running; the carbohydrates found in sports drinks help to replenish your body’s energy supply for better performance. We are glad that there were two drink stations that served Lucozade on the 10km route.

Overall, the HSN21KM 10km was okay. We didn't quite like the first few km of the run in Jalan Kuching due to the pollution and noise. There is a safety concern too since the road is straight and the tendency for drivers to speed is higher. The second portion of the run is much better. The water stations are well-stocked with water dan Lucozade Sport.

Love the atmosphere at Dataran Merdeka which was a mix of merriment and excitement! Love the free ice cream for all too.

So, what’s next after the Hari Sukan Negara? We hope all of us will continue being active. More organisers would take a proactive step to organise better event, not just for profit’s sake. Let’s us join forces to transform Malaysia into a Sporting Nation by 2020.

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