All smiles at the finishing line - my first event, the Energizer Night Race 2010 in Cyberjaya.
Yup, it is indeed an hassle. You have to wake up as early as 3 to 5am, drag your sleep deprived body to the venue, looking for a safe spot to park your car so early in the morning or have to pay midnight charges for cab (like me, usually), going through so many people at the venue, bracing the jam + road closure on the way back and the list goes on...but why more and more (through my personal observation, of course) young adults under 30 years old are participating in running events?
For many, running is not only just for getting fitter or to trim down those extra kilos. Some actually viewed it at a bigger scale - as a rite of passage. Hence, it could be one of biggest moment of their life for your friend/significant other. That is exactly why you need to be there and celebrate them.
I believe there will be many first time runners at the upcoming Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2012. It is pretty much the biggest running event in the country and it is certainly a memorable place for one to start their journey into the world of running. It will be even more memorable if you are there to celebrate with them. So, be there. :)
I was fortunate enough that someone was there at my first running event in 2010. We might not talk with each other anymore due to unfortunate circumstances but nevertheless, that was one of my fondest memory of her. That might sound a little bit grim but that is a personal example of what I'm trying to say in this post.