Welcome to Malaysia, the newest country to join the parkrun family, which had its first run on 14 April.
Taken from parkrun Australia:
A new member joined the Global parkrun family last weekend, as Malaysia launched their inaugural event, Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun. New events launch on a weekly basis across the world, however it’s not every week we get to welcome a new country to the parkrun family. parkrun Malaysia is an exciting addition to the group, and the twentieth country to become home to parkrun.
14 exuberant volunteers hosted 129 excited parkrunners, making the launch the 5th largest for a parkrun country after Namibia, Ireland, Norway and Swaziland. Among the participants were an incredible 82 local first timers to parkrun. Joining them were a host of adventurers from Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States, many of whom travelled to Malaysia specifically for the event. And none were disappointed.
How does parkrun in Malaysia differ to parkruns elsewhere? To begin with, the temperature and humidity readings are perhaps a bit higher than many a parkrunner would be used to. And instead of the typical post-parkrun coffee and breakfast you could expect elsewhere, locals head to a cafe near the park to drink Teh Tarik and eat Roti Canai – a spicy departure from traditional westernised cafe fare and an adventure for the tastebuds. Oh, and instead of using #loveparkrun, when in Malaysia you say #jomparkrun!
These little, wonderful differences aside, Taman Pudu Ulu is everything you could want from a parkrun: an interesting course, enthusiastic and welcoming volunteers, and a bunch of friendly walkers and runners coming together to start their weekend in the best possible way.
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