Monday, 28 October 2013

Running: Rockin' Rock to Rock Run 2013 (Penang)



Running In The Name Of Rock!
It was a good 10.2KM run along Batu Ferringhi yesterday. As Batu Ferringhi is located at the beach area in Penang, this running event allows participants to enjoy the scenic beach and sea view in the area. Signed-up for this run alone this round.

About Rock to Rock Run 2013
Race Entry Pack Collection
As per arrangement by the organisor, outstation participants were allowed to collect their race pack the day before the race too. I managed to collect mine at Hard Rock Hotel office. The staffs and the security officers were very helpful. The running tee design was awesome. Still got my own size as selected earlier during registration even for late-collection. Comfortable material by Brooks. Kudos to Hard Rock Hotel Penang!


Running Day
Reached Hard Rock Hotel at 6am. Parking area was available but at a first-come-first-serve basis. Luckily found parking 300 metres away from Hard Rock Hotel. 

Head straight for registration and was given a yellow band. On-site runners registration was mentioned in the race guide.

The 10.2km category was flagged at 7am. It was a straight forward run without any turns until KM4 at the round-about. Distance markers were seen at every 2KM. Water station and medical were only available at KM5 after doing a U-turn at the checkpoint. Luckily I was wearing my water bottle belt for own hydration. Received the 2nd wrist band in red at KM5 checkpoint too.










Completed the run back at Hard Rock Hotel Penang at 01:16 minutes. Hope to see some finishers photos of the event soon. Collected my finisher medal, certificate and a lucky draw number at the finishing line.


Tracked my run with Nike+ Running app. Below route map for 10K category.

Did a short stroll at the event area while waiting for the lucky draw sessions. Booths are as sponsors, partners and charity. There was a Zumba Dance and great live-band performances by Ray & Jazzjatz and Deviate too. Love the event photo backdrop. The wings element design is so cool!

Bun and water collection
A long line for a cup of MILO

Hard Rock merchandise booth
Performance by Ray & Jazzjatz
Performance by Deviate
Comment
The running route was fine but not until KM7. Buses and other motorist were using the same road. Had to volume-down my music and ran closely to the side of the road to avoid incoming vehicles from front and back.

Was surprised knowing to have only 1 water station for a 10KM distance run at this event. Lack of medical team along the route too. Saw a lady runner had to walk 1KM towards the checkpoint with a cramp.



Summary: Good job to Hard Rock Hotel Penang and partners! I will definitely come-back next year. Just wish I had won any of your lucky draw prizes.

Event Recommendation: ★★★ (5/5)


Rock to Rock Run 2013 Completed!

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