Mohammed (third left) with Ting (fourth left) and other councillors showing the promotional poster for the 2020 Sibu Tower Run.

SIBU: The 2020 Sibu Tower Run will be the biggest ever event organised by Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) Alumni Association. It plans to accept 1,000 participants instead of 300 as in previous years. The event, hosted by Sibu Municipal Council, will take place at 6am on March 8 at Wisma Sanyan, currently the tallest building in the state with 28 floors.

Organising chairman Councillor Mohammed Abdullah Izkandar said that since Malaysia Towerruning Association was sanctioning it for the first time, the usual 5km run around the town square had been scrapped.

“Previously, the participants had to do a 5km run first before climbing the staircase of Wisma Sanyan which has a total of 627 steps. But now, they will immediately climb up the building,” explained Mohammed at a press conference here yesterday.

He continued that a medical team will be stationed on every floor of the building instead of a team on every three floors.

In addition to that, all participants will wear an individual timing chip to record their finishing time and determine who is among the top 30 for the four categories.

Mohammed added that Asia’s No. 1 tower runner, Soh Wai Ching  would be the ambassador for the run for the second time. Soh, who is currently the world’s No. 2, will be conducting a trial run here next month.

Mohammed (third left) with Ting (fourth left) and other councillors showing the promotional poster for the 2020 Sibu Tower Run.

“We are using the run to raise funds for 23 poor students of MPI who need a total of RM70,000 for their studies,” he explained.

The run is divided into Men and Women’s Open, Men and Women’s Veteran. The champion of each category stands to receive RM800 and a trophy, second place wins RM400 and trophy, third place (RM300 and trophy), fourth and fifth place winners (RM100) and sixth to 10th place winners (RM50).

Early birds will enjoy a discount of RM10 as the normal participation fee is RM70. Late registration is priced at RM80.

The early bird registration ends November 30, normal registration December 1 to January 31 while late entry is from February 1 to 15.

To register, one has to download the JomRun form from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Among those present at the press conference was SMC chairman Councillor Clarence Ting.