The runners from SMK Sacred Heart eager to go for the run. Ting is at left while at right is the school’s senior assistant Ling Ngie Ming.
SIBU: SMK Sacred Heart is again sending runners to take part in the BP Run at Sibu Town Square on Aug 31.
Their chief coach Ting Kung Jin described the run as educational besides helping to foster closer rapport among the various communities.
“We salute The Borneo Post for taking the initiative to organise the healthy and meaningful event which will go a long way in creating an awareness among members of the public of the need to exercise and keep fit,” he said yesterday.
Ting said the school is sending 20 runners to take part in the 10km run and the Fun Run.
He regarded the run as a good training ground for the students for future cross country championships.
“We have been the overall champion in the previous two inter-school cross country championships,” Ting said, adding the last cross country run held in Kanowit early this year saw the school sweeping both the U-18 and U-15 sections.
SMK Sacred Heart also took part in the previous three BP Run.
Last year, Lucas Wong emerged the first runner-up while in the 2015 edition, Loi Ming Shen lifted the title and in 2014, Kelvin Tie returned third.
The run attracted about 3,000 runners last year, a sharp rise in the number of participants as compared to the some 600 runners at the first BP Run in 2011.
Ting believed the BP Run is widely popular due to its various benefits as compared to other runs.
“Taking into account all the good factors and the freebies, that easily explains why the run is able to garner more and more runners each year,” he said.
Ting said the entry fees is cheap – RM25 for Fun Run and RM20 for 10km run – and the prizes are attractive.
“For the Fun Run, up to 90 participants can win at least RM20 plus a medal while for the 10km run, up to 60 winners can collect at least RM30 plus a medal and a certificate.
“On top of that, a free towel is given away to each participant,” he noted.