Run for a chance to join Antarctica expedition

If you are into fitness and want to support the first All Women Expedition to Antarctica scheduled next year, join the Antarctica Charity Run 2018.

The top 10 winners in the Women category will automatically advance to the semi-final round of the search for five protégés to go on the unique expedition.

National polar explorer and “Ice Queen” Dr Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir will mentor them for six months before they embark on the expedition, which is scheduled for next November.

All Women Expedition to Antarctica (Aweta) project director Datuk Noorizah Abdul Hamid said the charity run was aimed at raising funds for the entire expedition.

“It is estimated to cost US$1mil (RM4.24mil) covering logistics, training, equipment and attire.

“We are targeting over 3,000 people to participate in the run, which will begin and end at the Karangkraf Media Complex at Section 15, Shah Alam, on Jan 8 next year.

“Registration is open until Dec 17,” she said.

Noorizah said the run offers two categories – the 13km Men and Women Open (18 years and above), 13km Senior Men (40 years and above) and Senior Women (35 years and above) Open and 5km Individual Fun Run.

Registration fees are RM65 for the competitive Open categories and RM50 for the fun run. There is a RM5 early-bird discount for the first 500 participants.

To find out more or to register, visit 2018

On the expedition, Dr Sharifah Mazlina said the roadshow to recruit protégé hopefuls was ongoing and would continue until mid-January to other locations including Sabah and Sarawak.

“So far, 37 women aged between 20 and 47 have passed the physical test which included push-ups, sit-ups, squats, quadrant jumps and beep test.

“Those who are interested can still sign up. The Top 30 women will be selected for the semi-final in February.

“The next stage to select the Top 5 will be done through a television reality programme,” she said.

Noorizah noted that they were still in discussion with several TV channels over the airing of the reality programme.

Among the tasks of the expedition includes retrieving a time capsule which Dr Sharifah Mazlina buried in Antarctica during her 2007 expedition.

After retrieving the time capsule, the participants will bury a new time capsule that will contain the aspirations of women for Transformation 2050 (TN50).

Dr Sharifah Mazlina first conquered the South Pole in 2004, creating history as the first Asian woman to do so.

She topped that achievement in 2007 by conquering the North Pole, also becoming the first Asian woman to achieve the feat.