It was that time of the year again – for Surians of all ages to don their sports attire and to lace up their running shoes, for it was the R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras‘Cross Country Run 2014’. This 16th edition of the annual Run was held on 21 February 2014 and this year’s event attracted a total of approximately 1,200 participants comprising R.E.A.L International School Suria (RISS) students, National Secondary students from Junior 5 to Senior 5, and even the school’s admin staff, parents and ex-students who competed under the ‘Open Category’.
With House pride at stake, and stoked by the intense but healthy rivalry between the Blue, Red, Green and Yellow Houses, the heat of competition was further fuelled by the aim of finishing the run within the one-hour mark. Only those who achieved this will be awarded points for their respective House teams. The challenge was also heightened this year by the fact that the course length is longer compared to 2013, due to approval from relevant authorities for the school to use the route heading towards the Hulu Langat Water Dam 2. Therefore, the entire running route after the increase was estimated to be 6.3km long.
From the start of the race at 9am, the student runners were required to collect three ‘tags’ from three separate stations along the route. Failing to do so would lead to disqualification at the end. Living up to its cross country name, the route took participants through the surrounding housing area as well as the Hulu Langat Water Dam 2 and Forest Reserve within the vicinity of the school.
As the runners crossed the finish line with the dust settling on a fiercely-competitive race, the points were tabulated and results finally announced. Emerging as CHAMPION of the Suria Cross Country 2014 was BLUE House; followed by Red, Green and Yellow House in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place respectively. In the spirit of maintaining both physical and mental health as well as instilling the practice of a balanced lifestyle from young, extracurricular activities and events such as this cross country run is a proud, time-honoured tradition of R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras.