City Mosque, Kota Kinabalu , part of the race route
I have been away from blog land because I have been away in Borneo from 2nd -9th May 2013. This was a trip planned since our last Borneo run. I had spoken longingly of seeing Sipadan, a destination on my bucket list. 3 out of 4 of us were really keen to register for the Borneo run one last time this year and then to fly over to Sipadan straight after the run. Although Doc did not join us, a new member, CaRy did and so did MarG.
Borneo International Marathon 2013 did not happen as scheduled. 1st, it fell on the same day as the Election Day of Malaysia, which was called just 3 weeks before the election when the run was planned many months before. At first, the organisers managed to persuade the authorities to allow the race to go on but pushed to an earlier time like midnight, 5th May 2013. There were many Malaysians who wanted to vote as this was to be a watershed election. They would have to of course return to their home states to vote.
Just one day before we were due to leave however, we received an email to inform us that the race has ben cancelled. There were talks that it was because of the reported missing 700 explosive items from a quarry. Fearing the repeat of the Boston Marathon this year, the police advised the organisers to cancel the run and they had to.
Since we had already made all preparations for the trip, we decided to go anyway.
And we did run, an informal race where about 100 over of the runners turned up late at night to fulfill their intended full or half marathon. The unrelenting spirit of the runners enervated the organisers, many of whom turned volunteers, offering their vehicles as make shift drink stations, the sight of which spurred the runners even more. The sea breeze and the coastal route, the magnificent university campus and the grandeur of the City Mosque made me run like I could run forever. And we did, all of us completed the route and ran till well over midnight. It was to me, the best kind of race to run.