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Monday, 17 July 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Trishaw treasure hunt a hit to enjoy scenic Ipoh

MANY would want to rest on a Sunday morning but not for 114 people.

They cycled trishaws around town looking for clues while enjoying some of the scenic sceneries Ipoh has to offer.

They were all part of the Amazing 3-Weil Race 2017, which was organised in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017.

Thirty eight teams of three were seen scouring for clues and answering some questions in the treasure hunt concept race.

Weil Hotel Sales and Marketing director Hendry Tan said the race was meant to spread awareness on carbon footprint and also promote healthy living.

To make the race challenging, the hotel decided to incorporate treasure hunt elements to give the race a kick and also allow participants to be competitive physically and mentally.

“Each team had to answer questions, with answers they found along designated routes covering Ipoh Old Town, where most of the city’s cultural and heritage buildings are located, as well as Ipoh New Town.

One of the trishaws going past the famous mural of Old Uncle Drinking Coffee painted by Ernest Zacharevic at Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Ipoh.
One of the trishaws going past the famous mural of Old Uncle Drinking Coffee painted by Ernest Zacharevic at Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Ipoh.

“Some teams were riding a trishaw and some riding bicycles built for three.

“Here the people will have to look for hidden clues, answer mind boggling questions and hunt for photos of historical places in the city,” he told reporters at the hotel premises after witnessing the flag-off of the event.

Organising it for the first time, he was heartened to see the response and could only provide for 38 teams as they were only 38 trishaws and bicycles built for three.

Participants had to cycle a 4km route that had three checkpoints – Padang Ipoh, Dessert Street and the hotel.

Tan said half of the participants were locals and the other half were from Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The youngest participant was 11 years old and the oldest was 65.

Tan said the trishaw hunt was also part of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility efforts and part of the proceeds from the event will go to the Loyal Handicapped and Disabled Children Home Association in Silibin.

“This is our second CSR effort for the year after the Stretch Your Ringgit to Save Lives project where we raised funds as well as donated a percentage of our food and beverage sales to buy infusion pumps for the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” he said.

On the prizes to be won, Tan said the winning team took home RM2,000 while the prizes for the first, second and third runners-up were RM1,500, RM1,000 and RM500, respectively.

They also gave away six consolation prizes of cash vouchers for dining and free stays at their concept rooms.

The event was flagged off by Weil Hotel general manager George King at 8am as they all started off slowly in order to get their balance right with their trishaws.

Some were effortless but there were some who struggled with the vehicles built for three as they could not move in unison in the beginning.

However, as time went on, they got used to the paddling and some teams that struggled even received help and encouragement from the other teams.

“I hope they all had a good laugh, fun and brought back precious memories because we definitely did!

“To us, everyone is a winner for helping those in need the most,” said Tan.