Wow... Wow...WOW~!.... That was all I can say during last week's "We Run KL 10K 2012". It was an amazing experience and very educational on my part; NOT as a runner that is. ;)
I've never got to register for the run nor did I actually planned to in the first place. I missed last year too but I manage to do it on the first ever Nike KL 10K. It has always been my plan to work "behind-the-scenes" of a run as a volunteer. It's good to sometimes take a break from competitive running and cheer on for friends who are participating. So when Kenny asked me whether I was alright to assist him for the setup at the startpoint on race day; I was all on board.
Our morning started pretty early around 9am. It has been raining cats and dogs for days and Padang Merbok was damp and soggy. But the setup was well planned and the work has been going on non-stop. As for me and Kenny, we are in charge for the setup at the start point at Jalan Ampang. We cycled from Padang Merbok all the way to Saloma (where the start point is) and arrived about 9.30am. Our work is about to commence from 10am onwards.
|Arrived at Jalan Ampang. All set up and ready to go!|
We only had the full road closure from 2pm onwards, so we gotta work real quick. Like Speedy Gonzales quick. Then, the dreaded weather..... At sharp 10am when we were suppose to start hanging up the banners, that dreaded rain started. The downpour lasted for at least 5 hours and it was heavy for most of it. BUT the show must go on!
|Massive effort even during the rain.|
|Kenny is supervising the backdrop for the main stage.|
|The main stage is up!|
Come by 2pm, the rain slowed down a bit but not showing signs of stopping. But at least we had 3/4 of the road closure done. Everyone was frantically setting up but all is well organized. At least I still haven't been showing signs of cracking under pressure. I was jokingly telling Kenny, that probably this rain is a real challenge to prep for future event setups.
We only had 2 hours to completely finish up everything before the first runners arrive. So entering Speedy Gonzales Mode 2!
|Road closure done. Barricades up!|
|A quick pose at the main stage first.|
|With Sharon; also a volunteer on that day.|
And when the first wave of runners came, the rain has stopped. By then, we were 95% complete and putting up the finishing touches. Everything was in order.
The volunteers were also in position ready to greet the massive strong force of 15,000 runners.
|Sharon, Lum Oldman and gang are ready to go.|
|All done, just in time.|
|Please head to startline.|
|View from start point.|
|Everyone say hi!|
|A once in a lifetime shot. Look at that massive crowd!|
|Emcees for the day. JJ & Ean.|
|All awaiting in anticipation.|
|It's always a great honour to see Uncle Oli.|
Without yakking too much, below is a video I captured from our setup, the gun off and the concert for the night. Sorry, I didn't manage to capture Mizz Niza's performance. I was treading through with bike over the mud.
When the gun was off, it took about almost 15 minutes until the last runner ran through the start arch. It's really a sight to be behold. 15,000 runners running through is just so jaw dropping. Yes, my jaws dropped literally.
Once the last runner past through, it was no time to relax as we needed to clear the street ASAP. Enter Speedy Gonzales Mode 3. All our entire morning and noon hard work had to be taken down. And by Kenny's record, it was the fastest he has done. In less than 30 minutes, we cleared 3/4 of the setup. That was incredibly fast. The staging, arch, barricades and everything was cleared in a jiffy. A real great team work from everyone.
|Everything cleared in a jiffy. Record speed time too!|
|All running to head back to Padang Merbok.|
|A great support cheer team.|
I tread along my bike through the mud, not caring that I was gonna be wet and dirty again. At least, now I can say my MTB has gone down dirty.
Kenny and I parked our bikes and headed off to the festivities. Along the way, we met alot of our fellow runners and friends. Some were the usual pros and some were first time runner (first virgin runs). Thumbs up to you all!
|With Jason Loh, 4th placing category below 25 Mens.|
|The music pumping the night away!|
|With 2nd place winner Veteran Men, Jean Pierre Lautredoux. See ya at DPC 2012!|
|The ever loving couple, Kenny & Winnie.|
|Jean Pierre receiving his prize.|
|I just love this sandwich sign. Just brilliant.|
Seeing it as a regular runner, I believe the event was a success. Perhaps a little over-the-top with the outdoor concert but then again it's something special. I'm sure the 10,000 youngsters were delighted with the taste of real live entertainment. Not many high school kids can brag they have been to an outdoor party with a live set of DJs and celebrity singers to entertain them. Dammit, you guys are so lucky! I didn't even have that when I was 15.
The party ended at 9pm sharp but we still had loads to clean up. Kenny's team and I retired about 11.30pm. I was still glad to see some more friends working as volunteers clearing up. After our goodbyes, it was time to go home.
I went home with a smile on my face. Tired, but I'm happy. :)
|The fab team I was working with for the day.|