HAWK Run 2015

So I signed up for this run with my friends. It sounded exciting, and the medal looked so pretty. HAWK was supposed to stand for Health, Awareness, Wealth, and Kindness. Sounds good, right?

It didn’t get off on a great start though. My friends and I had signed up for the 22 November 2015 (yes this blogpost is way overdue) 7am wave, as we preferred the morning run instead of the evening run (there was also a 5pm wave). But then we suddenly received an email saying that they needed to change the date to 27 December 2015 due to unforeseen circumstances of disapproval of preferred location.

Announcement about the date change

There was an immediate uproar, because not everyone was able to make the new date.

And disapproval of preferred location? They were already collecting money for registrations without getting all the proper approvals and permits?

The new date was announced in the guise of a survey. We immediately replied saying that we could not make the new date.

So finally, they announced that the morning wave for the original date would stay, but the evening wave would have to be postponed to a later confirmed date/time. But then there was also announcement that the 22 November 2015 was non-competitive, while the 27 December 2015 was a competitive run.

Announcement about the new date with top 10 prizes

Not that I was aiming for top prizes (no way I could get a top prize), but this was suddenly announced after all the mess. If there were any runners planning for the top prizes, they would not qualify if they had stuck to the 22 Nov date.

Geez, thanks for alienating the 22 November runners.

COULDN’T FIND THE LOCATION

The venue was not announced during the registration – it only said “somewhere in Putrajaya”. The venue was properly announced only in the few days before the event, possibly after they finally got approval.

The venue was Taman Wawasan Putrajaya, and those of us unfamiliar with Putrajaya followed Waze, only to end up at the wrong side of Taman Wawasan. In fact, many of us couldn’t find the entrance initially, wandering around the drop-off Waze suggested for a while before finally finding the actual entrance which we had to get to through an unmarked lane, and even so it was a good 2km walk before we got to the flag-off point.

The view is really pretty though

THE RUN

I missed my friends at the flag-off. I found them initially, but I had gone to put my bag at the baggage drop, just before the horn sounded. I couldn’t find them, so I went in alone. And yes, it was tough.

Me with my friends (Andrew, Oppy, Farah, Lara) – the “before” shot

So, the 12km run was actually 3 loops of 4km around the park. And it was a difficult run, because the park was quite hilly. Some of the slopes were quite steep.

Route map for HAWK Run

Entry into the event was via a wristband, and no timing chip. Every time we completed a loop at the checkpoint, a loop was ticked off our wristband. That made it easy for many people to cheat, as not everyone wanted to do 3 complete loops.

I didn’t cheat, I did the whole shebang. But quite frankly, it hadn’t mattered, because it was non-competitive and medals would be awarded to everyone anyway.

Water station at a rather awkward location, as we had to get off the track onto the field, drink the water, then walk back onto the road.

So would I join this event again? Well, it wasn’t that badly organised. It’s just that it had a pretty poor start. But it doesn’t matter what I think because they didn’t organize this event again the following year.

The good thing was that the medal was quite pretty.

The pretty medal
The HAWK Run race pack. The white strip is the wristband for entry.
Me with the finisher items – the T-shirt, medal, and certificate
The five of us – the “after” shot
Fun shot of our shoes with the medals and certificates!
Zyen Hoo

Zyen is a Physics, Chemistry and Math teacher with many interests, including running and dancing. She also enjoys indulging in vanity projects such as her personal blog, and is a self-proclaimed reviewer. She is also notoriously slow in updating her blog due to her constant search for the next adrenaline rush (on top of her heavy workload at school and her freelancing projects), so she asks for your forgiveness and understanding of her very delayed updates.

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