Minister Of Youth And Sports Officiates Avenue K Balloon Run 7.0 Celebrating Merdeka Month

YB Hannah Yeoh, Minister of Youth & Sports officiates the Avenue K Balloon Run 7.0
YB Hannah Yeoh, Minister of Youth & Sports officiates the Avenue K Balloon Run 7.0

Avenue K Shopping Mall wrapped up its annual Balloon Run 7.0 today (20th August 2023) with 2,500 participants from diverse backgrounds in a vibrant celebration of Merdeka month. One of the highlights of this year’s event was the presence of YB Hannah Yeoh, Minister of Youth and Sports who officiated the event.

The distinct element of this run is the four fuchsia pink balloons that are tied to every participant throughout the race, passing by various city attractions such as the Petronas Twin Towers, starting and finishing at the mall’s entrance on Jalan Ampang. This enduring tradition has shaped the unique identity of the fun run, making it what it is today. Reiterating its commitment to inclusivity, Avenue K also partnered with the KLBUG Sports Community for the first time, integrating 80 athletes with special needs into the Balloon Run.

Athletes with special needs flagged off

“I thank the organisers for making the decision to make the run an inclusive one to reflect the spirit of Merdeka. This is in line with one of the main thrusts of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which is to make sport accessible to all”, said YB Hannah Yeoh.

Since its introduction in 2014, the Balloon Run has become a hallmark event for Avenue K, embodying its commitment to community support and engagement. The theme of AK Balloon Run 7.0 featured the vibrant fusion of Malaysian pride, displaying the Jalur Gemilang and the national flower, hibiscus, aligning perfectly with Merdeka month.

YB Hannah Yeoh and AK Shopping Mall management pose with participants

“The team and I are genuinely proud to have an annual event for all to connect and celebrate unity. Beyond just racing, it emphasizes community , health and lifestyle. From the first run with 700 runners in 2014 to now over 2.500 participants, including many repeat runners, and this year, with the participation of 80 athletes with disabilities, it feels good to see this event holding a special place in the community. It’s a testament to the run’s impact in weaving communities together through sport,” shared Rachel Er, Centre Manager at Avenue K Shopping Mall.

This year’s event saw an enthusiastic response, welcoming a notable number of participants, exceeding last year’s count. Participants had the option to embark on a spirited 5km or a more demanding 10km route. The energy persisted post-run with Zumba sessions in collaboration with Fitness First, aerobic dance by SuperPark Malaysia, culminating in a live lucky draw along with booster treats from Village Grocer, an expected highlight of Avenue K’s Balloon Run 7.0. All finishers received a commemorative medal, celebrating their accomplishment and the event’s dedication to inclusivity and a healthy lifestyle.