Fitness and scenic beauty blend in cultural night run


IN a spectacle of lights and camaraderie, some 1,500 passionate runners gathered near the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge this evening for a thrilling night run, immersing themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the iconic bridge and its surrounding landscape.


Under the starry sky, participants from all walks of life embarked on a journey that blended fitness with the mesmerizing charm of the bridge.


The bridge, usually bustling with traffic, was transformed into a runner’s paradise.


Organised for the second time by Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and Koperasi LLM Berhad, the ‘Cultural Night Run 2023 @ Penang, 2nd Bridge’ has become a hallmark of community spirit, attracting runners of all ages and skill levels.


The event was held, in collaboration with the Penang government, Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), Penang Amateur Athletics Association (PAAA), Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd, and 10Sensus Sdn Bhd.


The run was also supported by various government agencies, non-governmental organisations, sports associations and other relevant agencies.


State Youth, Sports and Health Committee chairman Daniel Gooi Zi Sen lauded the event for fostering close relationships between the participants.


“We celebrate Malaysia Day today and we witness many individuals proudly donning their traditional attire to take part in this significant event.


“The participants are having a good time besides conquering the night run together. This is a memorable evening for everyone,” he told Buletin Mutiara after flagging off the runners of the half-marathon.


Gooi (centre), Jalaluddin (on Gooi’s right), Rajendran (waving the Penang flag), Chai (waving the Jalur Gemilang) and other VIPs flagging off the runners.


Gooi, together with LLM chairman Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, MBPP mayor Datuk A. Rajendran, and Penang State Sports Council director Harry Chai also flagged off the participants of the 12km race, and the 5km fun run.


Gooi (forefront left) and the other VIPs taking part in the ‘VIP Cultural Night Walk’.


The VIPs then join in the merriment by taking part in the ‘VIP Cultural Night Walk’. This purposeful stroll has been thoughtfully designed to generate financial support from both corporations and individuals, with the proceeds earmarked for the betterment of welfare homes.



Story by Christopher Tan

Pix by Muhamad Amir Irsyad Omar