In its ninth year, the number of participants for the Ipoh Starwalk has continued to increase year after year. At the Ipoh Starwalk 2012, a staggering number of participants, totalling 15,500 were recorded for the walk that was held in conjunction with Visit Perak 2012.
A total of 130 walkers, comprising locals as well as competitors from Singapore and even Kenya, put their stamina to test in the newly introduced international 10km competition category. In addition to that, 1,210 took part in the national category while 14,160 participants sweated it out in the 7km non-competition event.
The event was flagged off by the Mentri Besar of Perak, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir along with Datuk Bandar Datuk Roshidi Hashim, Star Publications (M) Bhd managing group director and chief executive office Ho Kay Tat, and The Star executive editor Datuk Wong Sai Wan.
Booths were set up by the eventís main sponsors at the grounds of Stadium Indera Mulia. Booths by YES 4G, Genneva Syariah, Ambank, Demak, Canon, BP Healthcare, Indomie, Magnum 4D, Pallas, F&N and Salonpas were flooded by people looking to replenish their energy with free drinks and snacks or to simply strike up an offer made by the sponsors. A throng of people were seen standing in line at the YES booth for a chance to win a free YES ID worth RM50 in a game of miniature golf.
The crowd were kept entertained with a dance variety show that was held inside the stadium complex before the prize presentation to winners in the competition category and lucky draw.
At the lucky draw, YES as a main sponsor of the event also gave out six Eclipse Ė the worldís smartest phone, to six lucky participants of the Ipoh Starwalk 2012. Six scooters sponsored by Demak were also given away as main prizes at the lucky draw. Schools in Ipoh with the highest number of entries were also presented with book vouchers.
Ipoh Starwalk 2012 was jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and the Ipoh City Council with the cooperation of the state government, Perak Athletic Association, Perak Education Department, state police, Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital and Rela.