A fun birthday celebration at the Kish-Harshi Annual Run 2016

Last Saturday evening, avid runner Kannan Kandasamy held a fun run to celebrate the birthdays of his two young children – son Kishore and daughter Harshitha.

Harshitha (left) and Kishore (right), the two VIP guests.

Harshitha (left) and Kishore (right), the two VIP guests.

The run, which he had called the Kish-Harshi Annual Run 2016, had comprised of a fun 3.5km loop around the Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park and it was a blast, with more than 30 runners and even a dog joining in with the event to enjoy the festivities.

Before The Run

The adorable Cody the dog.

The adorable Cody the dog wears a finisher’s medal.

From the moment that Cody – the dog had arrived, he had been swamped with runners who all wanted to get close to him and touch him.

In my opinion, Cody was definitely a cute dog! And I think that Cody seemed to have enjoyed being at the centre of attention though as he didn’t really try to get away from us all!

The Running

It was a fun run despite the weather.

It was a fun run despite the weather.

I must say that I really enjoyed myself thoroughly. The weather conditions that evening were pretty conducive for a run, as it had rained earlier and had just about dried up by the time the run flagged off at about 5.20pm that day. However at one point though, I admit that I had been fearful that it would not dry up on time.

I ran together with one of my friends, Cora as well as Cody. Both of us had pretty much let Cody dictate the pace throughout the run, and he had been pretty consistent at around 6.30 to 7.00 mins per kilometre. Though I had noticed that Cody’s tongue was hanging out during the second half of the run, he simply carried on running even though he may have been a bit tired.

Cody is a strong runner who does not get distracted easily!

Cody is a strong runner who does not get distracted easily!

The scenery was also quite nice at Bishan Ang Mo Kio Park even though I had just been running there recently at The Great Relay running race. I suppose that this was probably because I do not usually visit this park often as I do not stay around the Bishan area so the scenery and ambience is still somewhat new to me.

While Kishore had also joined the rest of us with the running though, Harshitha did not because she was too young.

Finisher’s medals were also given out to the runners upon their completion and I thought that this had been was a nice gesture by Kannan to sponsor these medals.

A birthday celebration must have a cake!

A birthday celebration must have a cake!

Food Galore after the run

After the short run, it was food galore – and there was probably more than enough food available to feed a bunch of hungry runners.

One of our friends, Lily Bimmo had generously prepared a massive amount of food, including bee hoon, grilled and fried chicken, fried potato meatballs, and some curry, and all of these proved to be immensely popular amongst the runners. And I think that the curry was the first item to disappear, too.

Runners gather for a wefie after the run. [Photo by David Tan]

Runners gather for a wefie after the run.
[Photo by David Tan]

Cody the dog took this post-run opportunity to rest though and I pretty much noticed him resting in the corner of the small shelter that we were at, for some time.

Overall though, I would say that it was definitely a fun experience and I had a complete blast, though we could not stay out too late – possibly because the two children probably needed to get back home to catch some sleep.

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