Paul (seated centre) flanked by Shafrie and Khairul Nizam and others at the meeting held at Dewan Suarah Mesra Mukah yesterday.
By Henry SiyuMUKAH: A bigger cash prize money is up for grabs in the Mukah Beach Triathlon 2008 which will be held here on April 19.
According to the Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation (KPSU) sports assistant secretary, Paul Kawin Pipo, this time around the prize money totalled RM9,140 compared to RM8,000 last year.
“This year the total prize money is bigger compared to RM8,000 last year.
The event is divided into eight categories - men’s 16-22 years, men’s 23-39, men’s 40-49, men’s 50 years and above, ladies 16-34 years, ladies 35 years and above, teams relay (men) and team relay(mixed),” he told reporters at the meeting held at Dewan Suarah Mesra Mukah yesterday.
If there are less than five participants in one age group, they will join the next lower age group.
The event includes 750m swimming (crossing Batang Mukah), 20Km road cycling and 5Km running.
The closing date of the event held in conjunction with Mukah Kaul Festival is April 7. The entry fee is RM25 for individual events and RM45 for relay events.
The main venue (start/end or transition area) is the Mukah Old Town parking bay and the triathlon will begin at 7.30am with the arrival of the participants.
The arrival of the guests of honour and the flag-off will be at 8.30am followed with the prize presentation ceremony at 10.45am.
“The guest of honour is yet to be known and we hope to get more participants this year. It was said that last year the number of participant was not up to expectation because some of them preferred the event to include swimming which was scrapped due to unfavourable condition (wet season),” Paul said.
Those interested can call the secretariat at 082-444926/440441(Miza), Timothy Dominic Atong (084-873802/013-8288515), Satar Smawi (084-805689/019-4683493) or Joe Frazer Sawed (084-330726/019-8875163).
The event is jointly organised by Sarawak Triathlon Association and Ministry of Social Development and Urbanisation Sarawak(Meanwhile, professional triathletes are not allowed to join this event.
Among those present at the meeting yesterday were the event coordinator, KPSU Sports Officer, Awang Hashim Haji Awang Bujang, Khairul Nizam Morshidi who represented Mukah Resident, Shafrie Saili who represented Mukah District Officer, Mukah Youth Camp principal, Satar Smawi, Mukah KPSU officer-in-charge, Timothy Dominic Atong, Dewan Suarah Mesra Manager, Haji Awang Adeni Haji Awang Mahsen and Royston Valentine from Mukah Youth And Sports Department.