Malaysia to organise inaugural Asean Unity Run 2015

Malaysia to organise inaugural Asean Unity Run 2015
Running for unity: Khairy (third right) with Hazali (left) getting set to hit the asphalt as Malaysia National Secretariat deputy director general Jojie Samuel (second right) and Aman deputy president Ahmad Firdaus Anifah look on.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will be organising the inaugural ASEAN Unity Run 2015 in conjunction with the ASEAN Day celebrations on Aug 8, which will also see the setting up of the ASEAN Village from Aug 7 to 9.

Aimed at promoting unity and harmony among communities in Malaysia and the ASEAN region, the Aug 9 run is organised by Aman Malaysia, set up based on the principles of a peaceful Malaysia, and will sport the motto "Peace, Progress and Unity".

According to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the run is timely considering Malaysiajust concluded the hosting of the 26th ASEAN Summit this week.

"The ASEAN Village and ASEAN Unity Run 2015 have immense power in bringing together the dynamic force of the 620 million people in the 10 ASEAN countries," said Khairy, who became the first person to sign up for the run, which features a half marathon, a 10km run and 5km fun run.

President of Aman Malaysia Datuk Mohamed Hazali Abu Hassan said that running has become popular in South East Asia.

"In South East Asia, the 2015-2016 calendar boasts 288 running events, with Malaysia hosting 94 events.

"The ASEAN Unity Run also aims to set a Guinness World Record in the form of the largest stroller run in a single location, where we will set the record for the most number of people pushing prams and strollers over a distance of five kilometres," said Hazali of the event that will start and end at Padang Merbok.

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