For husband and wife pair of James Munyi and Monia Watetu from Kenya, making a trip to Ipoh for the 20th edition of Ipoh International Run had been a sound investment.
With both entered into the 21 km of Men’s and Women’s Open International, James clinched second position with a time of 1:00:50 whereas Monia was placed first with a time of 1:11:25. James took home a cash prize of RM3500 while Monia, RM4000, among other sponsored prizes.
Ipoh International Run is not new to James, 30, as this was his third year of competition (2009, 2014, 2015) except that this year, he brought along his wife, Monia, 23. They have two children, aged 6 and 3 years.
Besides James and Monia, 36 other runners were from Kenya. The country had the largest representation besides host Malaysia.
Paul Kimani from Kenya won first place in the Men’s Open International with a time of 1:00:43. He took home RM5000 cash prize.
All in all, there were eleven categories based on gender and age group. Meanwhile, distances were 21km, 10km, 7km and 5km. The top twenty winners in each category received cash prizes. All who completed within a stipulated time per category also received certificates of participation.
Ipoh International Run is organised by the Ipoh City Council. It was established in 1985 and was turned into an annual sporting event in 1991.
This year’s run attracted 9095 entries from 13 countries, including Malaysia. It was close to the organiser’s target of 10,000 runners. A total of RM100,000 in cash prizes along side a host of lucky draw prizes, including a grand prize of a 50-in Sharp TV, were given away.
Event: Ipoh International Run 2015
Venue: Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh
Date: 15th Nov, 2015
Time: from 6.45am
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