Singapore, 22 May 2016 - The Marina Bay area was awash in a sea of blue as more than 12,000 participants and spectators took part in The Straits Times Run in the City at the F1 Pit Building on Sunday morning.
The event, backed by presenting sponsor Panasonic for a fourth consecutive year, saw runners enjoy a scenic morning route that took them through the heart of the city, passing some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Barrage, Jubilee Bridge, Gardens by the Bay and the National Stadium.
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin was this year's Guest-of-Honour, flagging off runners in the 10km category, before taking part in the 10km run himself. Participants also took part in the OCBC Mighty Savers 5km Family run and the 18.45km run, aptly named to mark the year that The Straits Times (ST) was founded.
As this year’s event was moved from the Singapore Sports Hub – where it had been held the last two years – to the F1 Pit Building, a splash of Formula One pizzazz lit up the runners’ experience.
Through a tie-up with Singapore Grand Prix, organiser of Formula One's first night race, runners took off from the same starting grid as the F1 cars, and they crossed the finish line with the SGP chequered flag waving them on. A replica of a Formula One car also provided race goers and visitors to the post-race carnival some excitement as the public tried their hand at changing the tyres of the car in the SGP Pit Stop Challenge. Exclusive autograph sessions and pit lane passes were given out to the fastest participants.
The carnival, featuring more than 10 food trucks and sponsors' tents, was the largest at an ST Run to date. Besides food, there was live music as well as appearances by S-League footballers and mascots. ST journalists like sports columnist Rohit Brijnath were also on hand to meet readers.
The big winners of the day were Stephen Munhathia Nkubitu (men's 18.45km), Margaret Njuguna (women's 18.45km), Elija Muturi Karanja (men's 10km), Jasmine Goh (women's 10km).
Minister Tan said: "It was very good to see so many people coming out and enjoying themselves with family and friends. I think organised runs like this are important because it is a focal point for people to attend. For some, it is an opportunity to train up, for others they just come for a good day out. There are a lot of fun events here as well, and it is really good to see so many events being organised. What it does for a healthy and fit lifestyle is important. And from a community perspective, it is an opportunity for friends and family to come together."
Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor of ST, said: "I'm very happy that so many people turned up, and they seem to be enjoying themselves. Each year we organise this run because we want to get the readers to come and join in and enjoy themselves. I think we had a perfect day , lovely weather, very scenic route. It was a wonderful event."
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