One foot after another

City talk | Siu Sai-wo 11 Nov 2019

I went to Disneyland earlier to take part in a running race sponsored by AIA Vitality.

Many similar outdoor events were canceled this year, and it makes this one particularly precious.

Most of my friends who participated in previous years showed up, including well-known marathon runner and media veteran Walter Cheung Shu-wai, who came with the second generation, adding vitality to the occasion.

As is customary, the organizer invited representatives from various public bodies and councilors to join.

I saw lawmakers Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong and Pierre Chan Pui-yin from the accounting and medical constituencies, both good runners. Hospital Authority chief executive Tony Ko Pat-sing was there too.

Airport Authority executive director of finance William Lo Chi-chung, who attends many such activities, showed up with his better half.

The airport and hospital authorities have both had to deal with frequent contingencies recently, inevitably putting added pressure on members of their management. The opportunity to do a bit of exercise hopefully provided some stress relief.

Lo also brought his camera, and I saw him snapping away merrily around the place.

One feature of the run at Disneyland is that the course takes runners inside the park. As I was running in refreshing fall weather, I saw in the distance the new Castle of Magical Dreams taking shape.

Different from the European continental feel of the previous castle, the new one has a distinctive multi-national design. It is scheduled for completion next year, followed by the Frozen-themed area in 2021.

Staff dressed up as cartoon characters to greet participants along the route, lending a festive atmosphere to the event, and I found it had an immediate calming effect on my tense nerves.

I was told close to 10,000 people took part in the two-day event, many of whom were visitors from other places.

Many such local events have been canceled recently, and it makes one feel quite helpless. That is probably why I find the run this year especially memorable.

Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily

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