Promoting a healthy and active lifestyle while testing one’s physical limits were on the cards when 11 Running Club members and one teacher from R.E.A.L Schools, Shah Alam Campus took part in the ‘Go For It! – FTKLAA Cross Country 2016’ run at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur on 17 January 2016.
The 31st edition of the annual running meet was organized by the Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTKLAA) in collaboration with Sports Toto. The event offered attractive cash prizes totaling up to RM 11,950; along with certificates of participation, trophies and medals to contestants of the race which ranged from children as young as nine years old to senior citizens who were 50 years and above. For the school’s Running Club, this was also their first cross country run of the year.
That Sunday morning saw the budding runners all fit and raring to go in their respective Boys and Girls categories, which were open only to 13 to 17-year olds. This edition of the 6.7km race proved to be a rather challenging one with participants having to tackle a variety of terrains along the park route. Despite this, the R.E.A.L runners successfully navigated the trail en route to completing the race.
As they triumphantly crossed the finish line, the students were greeted with more cause for celebration when their schoolmate and Year 10 student, Jay Chern, from the campus’ R.E.A.L International School, conquered the race in just 42 minutes and 5 seconds! It was certainly a commendable achievement for Jay Chern to complete the race under the qualifying time of 60 minutes.
This latest initiative is in line with R.E.A.L Schools’ proud tradition of regularly participating in local cross country events. Running has always been regarded as a popular pastime in cultivating and maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle; regardless of age, gender, religion or race. For our youth in particular, such meets also serve as a platform to test their mettle and physical prowess with fellow running enthusiasts, whilst sharpening their competitive spirit as well.
It also plays an integral part in R.E.A.L Schools providing a balanced and comprehensive curriculum, one that emphasizes on academic excellence as much as extracurricular accomplishments in the effort to produce well-rounded individuals. As the Running Club members pump and gear themselves up for the next competition, it is hoped that greater strides will be made in encouraging even more students to participate in such wholesome sporting endeavours.