To promote tourism in Kalaw Township, the third Kalaw Trail Run 2018 was organized on Sunday, with the Kalaw Heritage Hotel of Kalaw Town as the starting point.
The competition included a 12-km long-distance running and a 21.1-km mini half-marathon.
A total of 351 people including 198 tourists and 153 locals participated in the event.
Among them, 71 tourists and 46 locals participated in the mini marathon, while 127 tourists and 107 locals took part in the long-distance running.
At the opening ceremony, Kalaw Township MP Daw Pyone Kay Thi Naing delivered the welcoming remarks.
The mini marathon started at 7 am and the long-distance running began at 7:15 am, with Daw Pyone Kay Thi Naing and Shan State Hotel and Tourism Department Director U Htin Aung Naing firing off the starter’s guns. A total of 24 prizes were awarded at the competition.
The mini marathon started the from Kalaw Heritage Hotel and proceeded along the church, the monastery, Hlut Pyin village, Shwe Taw Kyin, Taunggyi Shay village, Myinmahtet village, Mhinelong mountain foot, and the Clock Tower, and ended at the hotel.
The long-distance running started from the Kalaw Heritage Hotel and proceeded along the monastery, the cold water lake, the Hnee pagoda, and Shwe U Min road, and ended at the hotel.
Along the marathon routes, officials from the Kalaw Township Public Health Department, the Myanmar Emergency Medical Service, Tourist Police, MHA, MTGA, and Ride Behind Kalaw provided healthcare and safety to the participants.
The first edition of the amateur race took place in December 2016, with 70 local and foreign participants. The second edition in December 2017 saw 300 participants.
(Translated by Hay Mar)