In an effort to test their mettle and endurance, students from R.E.A.L Schools, Cahaya Campus, Shah Alam participated in the 27th edition of the ‘PJ Half Marathon’ on 6 September 2015. The much-anticipated annual event – which attracted more than 4,000 participants – kicked off at Laman MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council) and offered runners new routes to negotiate this time around, covering well-known roads like Jalan Gasing and Jalan Templer. Individuals could choose to run in one of four categories – the 21km and 10km Open category, the 7km Students category or the 3km Fun Run.
For the Cahayans; who took part in the 7km run for students; it was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile outing as Year 11 student from R.E.A.L International School, Sean Goh, clinched a highly commendable 11th position in the School Boys category while teammates Sydney Hoh and Hanna Marie managed to finish amongst the Top 20 runners in the School Girls category. These were certainly noteworthy results considering the high level of competition present on the day.
Ultimately though, the overriding objective was to have an enjoyable day out on a Sunday morning with friends and family. With the theme for this year’s marathon being “Run Because You Can”, the message to all participants as well as to the public was that – as long as one has the capability to run, one should just do it as it is one of the best ways to exercise and cultivate a healthy lifestyle. In saying that however, the PJ Half Marathon was open to everyone including the disabled. Credit to the joint organizers; Selangor Amateur Athletics Association (SAAA), MBPJ and Puncak Ventures SRA Sdn Bhd; for ensuring another safe and successful edition of the popular marathon.
The event was somewhat familiar territory for the Cahayans who are no strangers to running events, with full-scale cross country runs being organized by their school every year to promote active participation in sports AND to spot potential talents. Such events are in fact part and parcel of R.E.A.L Schools’ complete and balanced curriculum which places equal emphasis on extracurricular pursuits as well as academic excellence, thus producing all-round individuals in the process.