LABUAN: The 3rd Labuan Bird Park Charity Trail Run 2019 programme received an overwhelming response from various participants locally and internationally at and business entities at Bird Park here Sunday morning.
The event organised by Labuan Veterinary Services Department saw more than 600 people including from Kenya, Brunei, Thailand and Philippines participating in the run.
The event flagged off at 6.30am with a 11km run by Department of Veterinary Services deputy director general Dr Marzuki Zakaria and Labuan Corporation deputy chief executive Rithuan Ismail.
Labuan Veterinary Services director Dr Marysia James Abie said among the challenges the participants faced during their run was traversing the course comprising uphill and downhill stretches.
“Along the way, they passed by several challenges trails, with the run ending at Bird Park, ” she told reporters here today.
She said the number of participation for this year running was overwhelming with 20 per cent increase from last year,” she said.
Dr Marysia also said they would organise a similar event again next year as they received supports and encouragements from various strategic partners.
She said the programme was aimed at inculcating healthy lifestyle practices among the people, government and private sectors employees.
“It is also a part of a charity program where a total of RM3, 180 of the participation fees collected will be channeled to Bird Park Fund organisations,” she said.