The status of the annual Ipoh International Run has taken a big step forward following its recognition by the Education Ministry under the “One Student, One Sport” policy.
Organised by the Ipoh City Council, the event will come under the ministry’s co-curriculum activities, which will account for 10 per cent of the students’ passing grade, including five per cent for sports involvement.
The Ipoh International Run is also aimed at nurturing a sporting culture among students and enhancing awareness among society on the importance of sports.
The run, which is in its 17th edition, will be held in conjunction with the council’s Ipoh City Day celebrations and Visit Perak Year 2012.
The run is expected to be flagged off by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir at 6.45am on July 1 at the Indera Mulia Stadium. Ipoh mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim said schools which field the highest number of participants would be given cash rewards.
The school with the most number of entries will receive RM1,000, second place RM750 and RM500 for third place.
“We are expecting some 13,000 runners, including foreigners for this year’s edition,” Roshidi told a press conference here recently.
The run is divided into 11 categories (21km, 10km, 5km and 7km) with a 5km Fun Run as a new event.
Prizes will also be awarded to the best dressed participants in the Fun Run. A total of RM96,750 in cash prizes are up for grabs. The highest prize of RM5,000 will be given to the Men’s Open international winner and RM4,000 to the women’s champion.
The first 5,000 entrants will receive a T-shirt to be worn on the day of the run.
The organiser will promote the run in China, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore apart from having registration counters and road shows in shopping complexes and schools.
Last year, runners from the United States, Britain, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Ghana and Kenya participated in the run. Foreigners had dominated the events in the past.
Information is available at Ipoh International Run 2012 Secretariat, Community Affairs Department, 8th Floor, Wisma Bougainvillea, Jalan Foo Choo Choon, Ipoh.