Some 2,000 runners took part in the Rock to Rock Run 2017 in the name of charity and community service to raise funds to build a zinc roofing above the assembly area of Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Ferringhi.
A sum of RM70,000 was raised at the run. Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Ferringhi was first established during the British era in 1909 and due to limited space does not have a field to conduct sports and recreational activities.
As such, the assembly area in the centre of the school is utilized for sports and recreation by students.
There was overwhelming response to the charity run as registration had to close early after hitting the 2,000 mark. Competition was held for the Fun Run (3.8km) and Competitive Run (10.2km). All runners received a Rock to Rock Run T-shirt, certificate of participation, finisher medal and entitlement to the lucky draw.
The run was flagged off by the State Exco Youth and Sports, Women and Family and Community Development Chong Eng along with Hard Rock Hotel Penang General Manager John Primmer.
The winners for the Men’s Open was Chandirann Kalyana Kumar with Muniandy M. Kisna and Ricky Beh Keng Chun finishing first runner up and third respectively. Joanne Lim Wei Ni took top spot for Women’s Open with Foo San Sang taking second spot and Catherine Yeo finishing third.
The Men’s Veteran saw Chng Back Choon taking top honours while Ann Chong top spot for the Women’s Open section.
Hard Rock Hotel Penang lived up to its motto of “Take Time To Be Kind” and previous beneficiaries of similar Rock to Rock Run were Seri Cahaya Welfare Home in 2010 and 2015, Crystal Family Home Penang and Association of Rehab of the Disabled in 2011, Asia Community Service Stepping Stone Centre in 2012, SJK (C) Permatang Tinggi in 2013 and SJK (C) Yok Eng in 2014.
The crowd was entertained by local band Jazzhats and Vibe Dance followed by the lucky draw session.
The run was also supported by Penang state government, Penang Sports Council, Penang Amateur Athletic Association, City Council of Penang Island, Tropical Spice Garden, Entopia, Jesin Builders Sdn Bhd, Sharp, Brooks, Sanyu, PBA, Delta, Coca Cola, Perskindol and Garmin.