|Coral Bay Run 2017|
|Coral Bay Resort, Pangkor Island|
|14th May 2017|
|*To be confirmed|
|RM 40 - 70|
The 3rd Edition of the Coral Bay Run 2017 returns to Pangkor Island on the 14th May 2017!
Running at Coral Bay with more challenge, more fun... It's a race against yourself, other runners, and nature !
It wouldn't be the Coral Bay Run without the Coral Bay Resort!
Here are the special room rates:
|Room Type||Room Rate||Extras|
|Superior Room||RM180.00 nett||2 breakfast|
|Deluxe Room||RM210.00 nett||3 breakfast|
|Apartment 2 Room||RM270.00 nett||4 breakfast|
|Apartment 3 Room||RM330.00 neet||6 breakfast|
|Duplex||RM350.00 nett||6 breakfast|
|Extra Mattress||RM40.00 nett||1 breakfast|
Hotel reservation contact:
Name: Mable Lam
Phone: 012 523 3125
*To be confirmed
Cut Off Time
* To Be Confirmed
Race Kit Collection
* To Be Confirmed
Category and Fee
|Category||Distance||Early Bird||Normal Price|
|5km||RM 40||RM 50|
Men Open (18-39)
|13km||RM 60||RM 70|
Women Open (18-43)
Men Veteran (40-49)
Men Senior Veteran (50 and above)
Women Senior Veteran (44 and above)
Men Open International
Women Open International
All participants will stand to receive the following entitlements:
- Brooks 3 Rflex technical t shirt
- Bib number
- Timing chip
- Finisher Medal
- Light Breakfast
T-shirt Sizing Chart
*To be confirmed
* To Be Confirmed
|Men open||RM400(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM300(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM200(C) 2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)|
|Women Open||RM400(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM300(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM200(C) 2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)|
|Men Veteran||RM400(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM300(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM200(C) 2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)|
|Men Senior Veteran||RM400(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM300(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM200(C) 2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)|
|Women Veteran||RM400(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM300(C) 2D/1N(V)||RM200(C) 2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)||2D/1N(V)|
|Men Open International||3D/2N(V)||3D/2N(V)||2D/1N(V)||-||-|
|Women Open International||3D/2N(V)||3D/2N(V)||2D/1N(V)||-||-|
A Runner’s experience at the Coral Bay Resort Pangkor Run in 2015.
A Humbling Experience (Joanna Tan)
I was never a runner during my school days, and never liked the idea of pounding my feet on the tarmac. Even when I joined the gym back in KL, I chose group exercise classes over the treadmill. But all that was set to change when I moved back to Ipoh in 2008. Being a new mother at that time, I did not have the luxury to attend group classes and the nearest place for me to work out was the Polo Ground. When I ran my first round in the Polo Ground, it was a torture to finish that 1.3 km! My calves hurt and I was out of breath! (Oh well! I could also blame it on the lack of exercise after giving birth). Later, I learnt about Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh (KRI) through a friend, and found out that they organised running events. My first event organised by them was the Lang Indah Charity Run. It was an eye-opener as I never knew the running community was big in Ipoh. I survived the 5 km and later took part in their KRI Annual Road Race for the next few years. I knew I was hooked when I started to take an interest in running gear, be it shoes, apparel or equipment.
Usually, the running events organised by KRI are based in Ipoh. However, the Pangkor Coral Bay Run, held on 22 March 2015 was the first event that was held out of Ipoh. It was in collaboration with Setia Awan Holdings Sdn Bhd as part of their objectives to promote Pulau Pangkor as a tourist destination as well as to create awareness of a healthy lifestyle through running. This event attracted 473 participants, including both local and foreign. I was told that the route is a scenic one and the distance was only, yes, ONLY 13 km. I signed up almost immediately and started preparing for it. However, during the race kit collection at the Coral Bay Resort, the President of KRI, Chong Him Shoong, told me that there are hills and the route is quite a tough one. If there was one fear I had, it was the fear of hills! To be honest, I did most of my training on flat roads and if possible, excluded hills as part of my training (Now I know escapism is never the answer)
The good thing about this event was the starting point. Dewan Arena Pangkor was located right opposite the Coral Bay Resort. I had more than enough time to get a good breakfast, and squeeze in a warm-up run (which was not possible when I did the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon and Penang Bridge International Marathon). It turned out that we did not run around the island. Instead, we did a U-turn after the 7 km mark somewhere after Teluk Nipah. Besides the stunning scenery, cool sea breeze, great weather (God heard my prayers), the route had more than enough hills to challenge the participants. The flag-off was at 7 am and away we went to conquer the hills! I started with a good pace in the first 2 km or so and even managed up the first hill without panting. However, my joy was short lived as I soon found out that that was just the beginning and *gasp* I had more hills to tackle! Those hills reminded me of Bukit Kledang and Bukit Kinding in Ipoh. Those never ending slopes, those steep inclines that leave you breathless and your leg muscles, ache! The funny thing about running events is that everyone you meet along the route seems slightly familiar. Nothing beats a runner waving their hand or smiling at you when both your eyes meet, like a silent encouragement that runners give each other.
I was at the 5km mark when I saw Phan on his motorcycle leading the first runner (Yes, the first runner!) to the finish line. It was Godwin Kipruto, a runner from Kenya and when I looked at my watch, it showed 40 minutes. I was not even close to the half way mark, and I believe that he must have been flying as he finished in 45 minutes 26 seconds! I cannot help but admire the stride and pace that some of the runners have (Not so much the younger participants, but more of those in the Senior Veteran Category, 50 years and above). The tenacity in some of the participants who were running for the first time is worth a mention here too. They kept to their pace and never gave up, even when they hit the hills! I also found out, through a random conversation I had with a participant, she just recovered from a sprained ankle after the Viper Competition. One of the most touching moments before reaching the finishing line was this group of runners who came out and cheered their friend. He was the last one to arrive in his group and was totally worn out. One of them supported his shoulders while some ran along his side. They even gave him a small banner (UTARA RUNNERS) to hold as he reached the finish line! This reminded me of a scene from a war movie where the comrades of an injured soldier risked their lives in order to get him to safety. It is no different in this situation – The runners came in a team, and they ensured that no man (It was an all male group) was left behind!
The prize presentation for the various categories was held with trophies and cash prizes presented to the winners. Lucky participants also walked away with Brooks T-shirts and 3 days 2 nights stay at Coral Bay Hotel during the lucky draw sessions. Every participant who completed the run was given a medal and for some of the first-timers, this medal will serve as motivation to participate in other running events. Executive Director of Setia Awan, Datuk Jimmy Doh hopes to make the run an annual event in Pulau Pangkor and that there will be more sporting events such as mountain biking to be held in future. Mr Benx, the Director of Setia Awan also thanked the organising committee for organising such an amazing event. Indeed, it was very well organised, right from the race kit collection to the water stations, finish line and the prize presentation cum lucky draw. Chong Him Shoong added that ‘It was an honour for KRI to given an opportunity to work with Coral Bay Resort and bring this event back to Pulau Pangkor. We are totally enchanted by the beauty of this island and look forward to organising more sporting events on this island in the near future. This is a new high in KRI history as this event is the first cross border event that has been undertaken by the club.’
I finished the run in one piece (As my sister would say, everyone can finish the distance; it depends on the state that one finishes in). Yes! The hills have, once again, made me eat humble pie! With every step I took while climbing those hills, this point was hammered into my head – Make the hill your friend! Make the hill your friend! It was not an easy route after all, albeit a short distance, I took much longer to finish! Oh well, after saying that, it looks like I will have to work on my relationship with hills and be a bit more disciplined in my training. That is also the beauty of most sporting events – They become an addiction and for me, this humbling experience is a start to making the most out of each training session, to challenge myself and improve. Ahh! One must remain optimistic and I am quite sure I will do better in my next event.
Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh was founded in 1988 and recently celebrated its Silver Jubilee 2 years ago. The main objective behind the formation of this club was to encourage more people to participate in sports events and live a healthy lifestyle. There are currently 500 members and most of them are actively involved in running. Some members have also diversified and participated in both duathlons as well as triathlons. KRI has also partners various organizations in managing cycling and running events. Members are also welcome to participate in the Annual 10 Mile Road Race, Ang Pow Run and Ang Pow Ride. Their outstanding events are the Century Ride (A 160 km cycling event) and Annual Road Race with distances ranging from 10 km to 21 km. The Club has also successfully organized dualthons back in 2013 and 2014 at the Haven Residences, Ipoh. For more information, please visit the club’s blogspot (http://kelabroadrunnersipoh.blogspot.com).
About the Writer
Joanna never expected to fall in love with running after completing her first 5km. She firmly believes that the process involved in completing a run is very much like life and the struggles faced during a run only makes one stronger and more resilient. Apart from her love for chocolates, coffee and books, running now occupies a special spot in her life too! Her favourite motto is by Silken Laumann (Canadian Olympian) - “It’s important to know that at the end of the day, it’s not the medals you remember. What you remember is the process – what you learn about yourself by challenging yourself, the experiences you share with other people, the honesty the training demands – those are things nobody can take away from you whether you finish twelfth or you’re an Olympic Champion.” Having said that, Joanna vows to make her relationship with hills work and hopes that it will be a lasting one!