Kuala Lumpur, 23 January 2017 – Health and good deed may have proven to be a winning combination for the first edition of Sun Life Malaysia Shine Resolution Run at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur recently.
Over 2,000 running enthusiasts began to crowd at one of the rare green spaces in the city from as early as 5:30am before the 12km Competitive Run flagged off at 6:20am and the 5km Fun Run at 7:00am. Out of the total number of participants, close to 700 participated in the 12km while the remaining joined the 5km Fun Run.
Speaking during the Sun Life Malaysia Shine Resolution Run is Mr. Ooi Say Teng, Chief Executive Officer / Country Head of Sun Life Malaysia. “We are delighted to see such an overwhelming response from the competitive and recreational runners for this inaugural event. Not only have these runners embraced a healthier lifestyle but they have also participated in a worthy cause.”
“Sun Life Malaysia has been in partnership with Diabetes Malaysia and HOPE Worldwide Malaysia through financial sponsorship for diabetic patients and health programmes for the underprivileged community since 2014. Today, besides part of the proceeds from registration fees as well as the Ringgit-to-Ringgit boost from Sun Life Malaysia, we are also taking the opportunity to pledge our 2017 sponsorship to both organisations,” he added.
Through Shine Resolution Run, both charity organisations received a combined total of RM257,000 to support their 2017 programmes and initiatives.
Present at the event is also Mr Kevin Strain, the President of Sun Life Financial Asia. Mr Strain who took part in the 12km run said “Globally, Sun Life is committed to the awareness and prevention of diabetes by promoting healthy living. Running is not only a good form of exercise but has also been proven to keep diabetes at bay. More importantly, we want to encourage the public combat the rise of diabetes through knowledge and a positive change in lifestyle.”
“This is why we conceptualised this Shine Resolution Run which is happening at the same time today both in Malaysia and Hong Kong. I am very pleased to be here in Malaysia for this inaugural event and I am looking forward to more Sun Life business units in Asia holding this event together moving forward,” Strain added
Sun Life Malaysia Shine Resolution Run featured two primary events, namely the 5km Fun Run and the 12km Competitive Run. A total of RM10,400 in cash prizes, trophies and prizes worth up to RM6,570 were given to the first five who reached the finishing line from the respective 12km categories:
Sun Life Malaysia Resolution Run is a “fun run” - apart from the races, there were a lot of side activities lined up for the day, namely game booths with great giveaways, health checks, inflatable castles, free candy floss, tattoos, fun Instagram booth, sponsor booths as well as food trucks.
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