In conjunction with the International Day of Forest 2016, under the supervision of Dr. Siti Suriawati Isa, student volunteers of UPM has organized a 10KM run dated on the 28th of May. The run was named Ayer Hitam Forest Run with the theme of Forest for Community Livelihood. And guess what? We were there as well, joining the community of an estimated of 300 participants.
The Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, Puchong known as the Sultan Idris Shah Forestry Education Centre (SISFEC) to some, is a protected location that serves educational purposes as well as the research on anything related to forest for Universiti Putra Malaysia. Awarded to UPM by the Ministry of Selangor, this forest reserve is home to 127 species of flora and 197 species of fauna and was once called home by Orang Asli.
A total of 15 of us participated in the run and fortunately everyone was accounted for and returned in one piece after the “long” 10K (first-time for most of us btw). Participants are told to gather at a petrol station by 6.30am 1 kilometer from the starting point and flag-off at 8am after registrations and opening speech by the organizers.