The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun Chapter 9: Khoo KAY HAO

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Question 1 - What is a typical day at parkrun?

I usually go to bed early on Friday as parkrunday begins as early as 530am for me. I usually aim to arrive at around 7am so that I can help the volunteer team set up the start/finish area.

Question 2 - What is your parkrun history?

I got to know about parkrun last year via a Facebook post regarding the launch of Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun. I began my parkrun journey on 26 May 2018 when I ran my first parkrun in 23 minutes and 29 seconds at Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun. I have not looked back since. So far, I have completed 28 parkruns and 10 freedom runs as well as volunteered 15 times.

Question 3 - Why Presint 18?

The scenery is what attracts me to Presint 18 parkrun. I like to run along the beautiful lake. The course is also flat and easily accessible which further motivates me to attend Presint 18 parkrun.

Question 4 - What are your goals at Presint 18?

I have overall parkrun goals. For the foreseeable future, I want to complete 100 parkruns and 100 freedom runs as well as achieve 100 volunteer credits. These are the milestones I am really looking forward to. As for long term goals at parkrun, I want to keep parkrun as part of my healthy lifestyle. My Saturdays will always be dedicated to parkrun.

Question 5 - What would you say to first timers and newbie parkrunners?

I always encourage new people to attend parkrun. It is an absolute joy to see newbies and first timers run, jog or walk on parkrunday at parkrun. I will only say that parkrun will help you stay healthy and make you happy, hence come join the fun.

Question 6 - Tell us your memorable moment at parkrun.

Pacing at parkrun is memorable for me. I feel happy helping parkrunners meet their target pace. The appreciations from them after the run is an added bonus for me.

Question 7 - What do you think about volunteering at parkrun?

For me, volunteers are the blood of parkrun. I appreciate the efforts of every single volunteer at parkrun not only in Malaysia but globally as well. I always make an effort to volunteer as much as I can. It is the best way to give back to the parkrun community. Let’s volunteer whenever we can.

 

Khoo Kay Hao (A 4536797)

Number of parkruns ran/walked - 28

Number of parkruns volunteered – 15

 

This is the ninth chapter of "The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun", an Independent Issue brought to you by the Presint 18 parkrun volunteer team. It will feature participants of Presint 18 parkrun regardless of whether that participant runs, walks or volunteers at Presint 18 parkrun.

If Presint 18 parkrun has had an amazing impact on your life or you would like your Presint 18 parkrun story to be shared on the next chapter of "The Legends of Presint 18 parkrun", please get in touch with us at presint18office@parkrun.com or speak to our volunteers any Saturday at Presint 18 parkrun.

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