A Running Event by UM Librarians
By : Zanaria Saupi Udin, Assistant Chief Librarian University of Malaya Library
Over 1,500 runners participated in the Urban Intensity Run @ UM on 18th December 2016 which was organised by the University of Malaya Library. The University of Malaya Library is the first library in the country to organise an event of this magnitude. This shows the multitasking skills and readiness of its librarians. Coincidently, the University of Malaya is also celebrating its 111th year this year. Conceptualized to be a heritage trail, the new urban route included hidden gems not visible from the main road.
In the 10K route, runners had to tackle two obstacles before being rewarded with the sights of the Museum of Asian Art, the iconic round structure of the Faculty of Economics (established in 1959) and the Ibrahim Hussein Art Mural. All these buildings have inspired many Malaysians to lead and make a difference around the world, and will continue to be relevant to inspire many more.
The race was flagged off at 7.30 am by the UM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development), Prof Faisal Rafiq Mahamad Adikan. Under the patronage of Ginvera as the main sponsor, the race was held in 6 categories; 10 km (Malaysian Men), 10 km (Malaysian Women), 5 km (Malaysian Men), 5 km (Malaysian Women), 10 km (Non Malaysian Men/Women) and 5 km (Non Malaysian Men/Women).
Dr Nor Edzan Che Nasir, Chief Librarian of the University of Malaya Library said this is the first time the UM Library is organising such an event and the response has been really good. “In line with the celebration of 111 years of UM, we wanted a run that would allow the runners to run through UM’s historical buildings and landmarks. There are many such historical places that the public are unaware of and hopefully, through this event, more of UM’s history can be made known to the public,” she added.
The University of Malaya Library is committed to creating an inviting environment that supports research, teaching, learning, innovation and collaboration. With the success of this event, the library hopes to organise more activities and events that are responsive to the local needs and develop local partnerships aimed at promoting better health in the communities. The urban intensity theme had generated a lot of interests from the larger community as more than 80% of the participants were not from UM.