Running enthusiasts reignited interest in long distance running following the launch of the Brunei Half-Marathon in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2020 at the Mini Sports Complex of the Sultan Hassan Primary School in Pekan Bangar, Temburong yesterday.
Organised by AKIF Media Marketing and Event in collaboration with the Brunei Darussalam Athletics Federation (BDAF), the non-competitive meet attracted 250 participants.
In accordance to government measures, there were no official winners in the Brunei Half-Marathon as running events are only allowed for recreational purposes. Two categories were contested – 21km and 10km.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong flagged off the 21km race and joined a 2km brisk walk.
Earlier, Acting Temburong District Officer Pengiran Muhammad Ameer Mubaarak bin Pengiran Haji Hashim flagged off the 10km race.
Local runner Awangku Khairul Amry bin Pengiran Azmi led the race in the 21km event, while Leon Berry led the race in the 10km event.
Awangku Khairul Amry said, “This is the second time that I have joined a 21km race. I love half marathons.”
The Team Younes member admitted that there are rooms for improvement with his performance.
Meanwhile, Leon praised the country for organising such an event.
“It’s great to see that events are up and running again. It had been a very long pause.
“I think one of the last events I did was in February so it was really good to see Brunei organising events again. It’s nice for runners to come out and stretch their legs.”
The runner, who has competed in multiple districts, added that such an event can help promote the Temburong District to be a tourist hub.
The meet also served as a platform to scout potential athletes to be developed for the regional and international races.