Participants of the 3km walk departing during the Walk, Run & Cycle and carnival in conjunction with World Heart Day at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Over 1,000 people thronged the capital last weekend to take part in the Walk, Run & Cycle event and Carnival that was held to observe the annual World Heart Day.

The fun and casual event was jointly organised by the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) at the Ministry of Health and Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (GJPMC).

This year, World Heart Day carries the theme “My Heart, Your Heart” which aimed at raising public awareness and imparting knowledge on cardiovascular disease as well as prevention measures in mitigating heart disease risk factors.

Participants warming up during the Walk, Run & Cycle and carnival in conjunction with World Heart Day at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

People from all walks of life gathered in the early Sunday morning and painted the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien red as they donned the official World Heart Day t-shirt.

Everyone was supportive and in high spirits to walk, run and cycle with their family and friends, all for a good cause.

The event that was managed by saw the participation of children, teenagers and adults across three categories namely; the 1.5- and 3km Fun Walk, 10km Fun Cycle and 11km Competitive Run.

Participants of the 10km cycling race departing during the Walk, Run & Cycle and carnival in conjunction with World Heart Day at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Prior to the start of the race, participants had a warm-up session conducted by Studio 96 for 15 minutes, preparing their body, loosen joints and muscles to prevent injuries.

Moreover, after the brief stretching session, the 11km runners open flagged off at 6.45 am, dashing through routes starting from the capital to Jalan Kebangsaan, Jalan Menteri Besar and Jalan Perdana Menteri.

Most of the participants in the category are experienced runners who took part in many local and international events.

Participants of the 1.5km walk departing during the Walk, Run & Cycle and carnival in conjunction with World Heart Day at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Crossing the finish line first in just over 36 minutes in the men’s open was Younnes Ammouta while Joanna Hudson completed in 47 minutes in the women’s open – each brought home a medal and $300 cash prize.

Meanwhile, for the 10km Fun Cycle category, enthusiastic cyclists raved their way towards Jalan Residency along the Brunei River before crossing the RIPAS Bridge in Sg Kebun and returned to the field.

Also happening simultaneously with the race at the field was a mini-exhibition showcasing health checks, cardiovascular screening and CPR demonstrations as well as fitness activities conducted by gyms and fitness studios.

In attendance to flag off the race and presented prizes to winners was Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham Haji Jaafar.

Members of the public enjoying the Walk, Run & Cycle and carnival in conjunction with World Heart Day at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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