Varsity Run 2021 In Conjunction with His Majesty's 75th Birthday

25 July 2021 – On the occasion of the 75th Birthday celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Chancellor of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan (KUPU- SB), the universities co-organised a charity run, Varsity Run 2021.

The charity run aimed to raise funds to ease the sufferings of the Palestinians as well as encouraging public to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. All the proceeds from the registration fees and donations will be channeled to Palestinians Humanitarian Fund.

This year's Varsity Run covered a total distance of 75km in accordance with His Majesty's celebrated age. In order to complete the distance, the concept of cumulative distance running between the four higher education institutions was introduced where each institution or its representatives to run an equal distance of 18.75km along the scenic route of BandarKu Ceria in the capital.

Varsity Run was made up of two categories: the 2.5km Fun Run/Walk and 18.75km Elite Run. It saw over 700 participants assemble for the early morning flag-off at the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien, Bandar Seri Begawan. Amongst the participants for both categories included senior officials, lecturers, staff and students of the universities, as well as members of the public.

The event started with the recital of Surah Al-fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by safety briefing, warm-ups and flag off for each category.

A batch of runners in the Elite Run was the first to be flagged off by Yang Mulia Dr. Awang Haji Norarfan bin Haji Zainal, Rector of UNISSA followed by the Fun Run/Walk which was flagged by Yang Mulia Datin Dr. Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice-Chancellor of UBD and Yang Mulia Professor Dr Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Hj Sulaiman, Vice-Chancellor of UTB. Meanwhile the warm-up session was led by Yang Mulia Dr. Haji Adanan bin Haji Basar, Ra'es of KUPU-SB.

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