One of a Kind Experience

On: Thursday, June 4, 2009

I can still remember what it was like. Back in my teenage years, Komtar was the happening place. The first MCDs outlet was in Komtar and we used to go there to watch movies and simply hangout. Dining at the Komtar Tower restaurant, dubbed the highest restaurant in South East Asia was also an experience still etched in me, more for the spectacular views rather than food. Now after many years of neglect, Komtar is finally having a facelift to revive it to become the happening place again. Most notably the Komtar Walk project, which promises to transform the area into a luxurious and "the place to be" similar to the Bintang Walk.

So there was this Komtar Tower Run which I attended last week. It differs from other runs in that, you have to climb 61 storeys i.e. 1,100 flight of stairs after a 2km run around the surrounding area. Boy, was I surprised to see that many outstation participants, most notably Kenyans. Now I know why the entry fee was so expensive compared to other local events. My RM20 was partly contributed to their prize money which ranges from RM100 to RM1,500 for the top 10th placing. And not surprisingly, the Kenyans took 9 out of the 10 offered prizes. Well, we can say that it is good for competition and blah blah blah whatsoever. But the presence of these Kenyans simply evaporated any hope of local winners. Will we see a local winner amongst these Kenyans? I doubt so. They are so genetically blessed to run fast that no matter how hard local people train, we will never ever outdo them. Is that a fact or fiction?

As for the race, kudos to the organizers that it started right on time without any hussle of waiting for the "never on-time" VIPs. It's also good to note that there were many volunteers and medical personnel stationed along the route and on most storey's of the staircase. With inadequate ventilation, we're expected to have people fainting from overstressing or breathlessness. Hmmm...Got to think twice for next year's event. I'd rather they provide better quality goodies and tops rather than a substantial amount of prize money. Moreover, the prize money will unlikely be ours for the taking.

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