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I Love George Town Run


Asiorf - December 24, 2019 - 0 comments

I Love George Town Run.

In conjunction with George Town receiving its status as a UNESCO world heritage site, the “I Love George Town Run” returned for its third year running. 1st Avenue was proud to once again be hosting a run that benefits the charity homes with proceeds helping those in need of healthcare as well as various charity organisations.

Penang is home to many of Malaysia’s colonial past and it was on this island that the British first staked a claim under the operations of the East India Trading Company. This event aimed not only to promote George Town’s heritage but served as part of the mall’s CSR initiative.

The “I Love George Town Run” raced along the cultural and heritage precinct, inviting runners to take in the sites and culture that earmarked George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the runners geared up from as early as 5am on the morning of 19 August, it was a welcome sight to see a sea of blue gathered on the ground floor of 1st Avenue.

Runners were at their marks in anticipation to kick off the 8km fun run way before the stipulated time of 6.30am. They were out of the gates before the sun could rise and runners made their way around George Town passing sites such as Fort Cornwallis, one of Penang’s most well-known landmarks.

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As the sun started to peek over the horizon, runners had passed Penang State Museum, reputedly one of the best museums and galleries in all of Malaysia, featuring exhibits that showcased Pe-nang’s rich historical artefacts.

Another of Penang’s most beautiful sites, St Georges Church posed as a welcome landmark for runners as they took in the architecture of South-East Asia’s oldest Anglican church.

The sun was up and shining as runners made their way back to 1st Avenue, with finishers receiv-ing their medals followed by a lucky draw. The lucky draw marked a close to another successful run and we hope to be able to continue with the initiative in the years to come.

The “I Love George Town Run” took its inaugural step in 2016, 8 years after George Town was awarded its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has since gathered momentum and drawn attention from beyond Penang, proving to be a successful initiative that connects both local and larger communities from within and beyond.

1st Avenue is proud to once again be the official organiser of the “I Love George Town Run”, a fun marathon that showcases the vibrant and historical heritage of Penang as well as bringing the community together for a worthy cause.