Fitness Fanatic laments the lack of consideration displayed by the organisers of the ‘Penang Run 2013’.
The first major run for 2013 in Penang and it has to fall on Thaipusam day!
And one will wonder why this appeal for runner registrations appeared in The Star (http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2013/1/1/north/12515566&sec=north).
Not in my five years of participating in such runs has a major run fallen on a major public holiday. Merdeka runs are scheduled after 31 August, and runs in conjunction with the Penang Governor’s birthday are always organised after the big day.
I would expect supporters of the Penang Run 2013 such as USM, Jabatan Belia dan Sukan Pulau Pinang (per the advertisement) to have more commonsense and be able to recommend another Sunday for this run. I, for one, had to withdraw my registration and the same with my fellow running buddies who are Hindus. It was such a disappointment not to be able to participate. More than that, I am disappointed with the organisers, sponsors and supporters of this event for having such an ignorant attitude and being totally insensitive to this major public holiday.
There is nothing political about the recent news reports demanding the postponement of this run. In fact, this should be considered. There are many Sundays to choose from. It does not have to be on Thaipusam!
Fitness Fanatic is the pseudonym of an occasional contributor to our Thinking Allowed Online section.