Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kuching Heritage Race crafted for folks to trace cultures

KUCHING: The inaugural Kuching Heritage Race 2016 is taking place this Saturday and slots are still available for those who wish to participate.

To-date there are 120 participants in 31 teams registered for the Jan 30 event. The maximum participants are 200, and each team can have two to six people. There is a participation fee of RM50 per person.

According to organising chairman Philip Yong, the event is crafted at getting local folk to discover things about the city.

“We want to get locals excited and interested in our cultures and heritage that can be found in the city. Apart from learning about culture and heritage, we also hope to raise funds for charitable organisations. For this year, we have identified a local charity ‘Meeting Needs’, which provides support to families with special needs children.

“The committee has crafted the race to be fun and educational, similar to Amazing Race Asia, where participants get clues to complete the challenge.

“Anyone can participate but preferably if they have the ability to walk three to four kilometres and also each team must have at least someone with a smartphone.

“Most of the groups are locals but there are some teams from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as well,” Yong told a press conference yesterday.

Yong believed that it will be a great learning experience for participants. “We want to inculcate the love for culture and heritage. It is not a history exercise, you don’t have to know a lot of history to be able to win because the clues are all there.