Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Larian 40 Taman: Taman Merdeka Johor Bahru

So, despite the worries about my ankle, the 2nd "Larian 40 Taman" went on without a hitch this past Saturday at Taman Merdeka in my hometown, JB. To be honest, I'm not 100% yet, but cancelling the run was never in consideration.

 I got there at around 7.15am and already there were some runners waiting for me. The crowd this time around was slightly different than the first run, as more people brought their whole families to join in the fun. So it was pretty cool to see all these kids very "semangat" to hit the track! A couple of friends from KL who were in town also took part. You guys are awesome lah.

Taman Merdeka at Jalan Tasek Utara (opposite RTM) itself wasn't always a park. There used to be some chalets a few decades ago, and I remember passing by this place every day on the school bus going back home. There used to be a pool here as well where they kept dolphins. Yes, dolphins!

For the longest time, the area was left just like that after the chalets were torn down. And now it's become a recreational park which is fast-gaining popularity amongst JBians. I say "fast-gaining" cos the favourite spot has been the Kebun Bunga Istana. But it was closed since the New Year for renovations, so the crowd has moved over here.

Anyway, other than the murky water, the park is indeed a pretty cool place. Strategically located with lots of space, it offers some nice views of JB too. "Larian 40 Taman" would definitely recommend it to visitors of JB and residents alike.

Back to the run, we started at around 7.45am and covered a distance of 2.46km. Everyone was in good spirits and the kids really tried their best to complete the route.

And really, Johoreans are just friendly and nice people lah. Even the ones who didn't join us, said hello and spurred us on.

So I wanna give a special shoutout to everyone who participated in Saturday's run. And because it's Johor, it's even more appropriate for me to say, You Guys Rock!

For more photos and the full report on the run, click HERE

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