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Race Review: Tayaria Run 2017

running in a saree
Tayaria Run 2017 wasn't quite a race for me as I intended it to be a fun run in a saree. Basically putting my Kerala shopping to good use plus I had a night race the night before. And no doubt after SCKLM2017's friendship run, I discovered that I actually did enjoy running in a saree!

A boutique race of approximately 650 runners with options of 10km and 5km. Since 5km was not a timed run, the organisers decided to make it fun for all participants by offering prizes for Best Festive Costume.

Flagged off from Quill City Mall at 7am for the 10km and 5km at 7:15am. Both categories ran pass iconic KLCC and quaint Kampung Baru. Ample water stations with super friendly marshalls. For a small run like this, I was impressed with the number of photographers and traffic police around. The marshals and police were placed every couple hundred metres. Official cars BMW also drove along the route!

I started off intending to walk but it turned into a jog with Hariram. A jog turned into a run as itchy legs discovered the route was too fun not to be ran. And off I went, happily running like a "runaway bride" - friends mentioned that it did look that bit at one point. Pretty effortless running in a saree if you lift one side up a little. Took it at 6:30 per kilometre in my last 2km.
runaway bride in a saree

Since I took it easy, no water stops were necessary for me. It was good to note that the volunteers clearly called out what they were holding in their hands. As I ran, the podium 10KM runners zipped pass me. Cheered them on as familiar faces passed me. In my head "Woah...they started 15 minutes ago and they have 3km more to go?".

Crossed the finish line, stopped my watch and I was directed to collect my medal. Friendly volunteers handed me my goodie bag, water, apple and nasi lemak...utterly delicious nasi lemak. So good that I ate before I could remember to snap pictures!
friendly volunteers at Tayaria Run 2017
Your friendly nasi lemak guardians!

Being a Sunday, it was good seeing so many families come out to run together. One daddy was carrying his kid, another daddy pushed a stroller and daddy BK ran with his son. It was also a good catch up for me with some running pals, some whom I have not met in person for some time.
father and son
Fellow TPRC buddy BK Lim who ran with me the very first time I joined my running club back in 2013 to run Double Hill.
Sunday family day out running
Family day out for these 3 too.
Daddy and 2 young kids
Not the easiest to carry one and hold on to another. Kudos to this daddy!
with my very tall pal Harry
Harry my fellow Parkrun buddy joined me too. Love his socks!
Arbain was one of the crews for Coast 2 Coast recently. Was a pleasant surprise to see him as one of the marshals for Tayaria Run 2017.

A pic with 2 more running buddies Jiun Pan and KK before flag off.
And how can one forget my 2 Crayzee sisters. Congrass Jessie on 1st runner up for ladies veteran 10km.

Unlike many other races that waste quite a bit of time with lucky draws, Tayaria Run 2017 was quick and efficient with it. The draws were done and winners were listed down. So all one needed to do was just to check for you bib number. Luck was not on my side.

However, it turned out to be a surprise win for the 5km category for Best Festive Costume. Hahaha...definitely made it worthwhile to wake up early for Tara and her mum to help me with my saree!
champion for 5km Best Festive Costume
For those who ran the 10km, you can check your results:
http://results.checkpointspot.asia/results.aspx?CId=17036&RId=160

For pics of town along the race route, check out my buddy runwitme.

Gears:
• Adidas Adizero Primeknit- I am a flat foot but am getting a hang of wearing neutral models for shorter distances. Pretty possible once one focus on the running posture. Not easy but I am getting there.
• Suunto Spartan Ultra - loaded the route GPX and set GPS accuracy to Good. 4% battery used.

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