The Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon is back (SSBR & AHM) – bigger and definitely better! The most massive event of the Singapore running calendar drew 70,000 avid fans. The number of “bump ins” was incredible.
Always keeping it fresh, the Civil Service Club morphs the event’s name to fit the running location. Last year, the race was organized at Bedok Reservoir and was named “Reservoir Run 2011. Set in the heart of the Marina Bay area, organizers have aptly named it “Run by the Bay 2012!”
The inaugural Pocari Sweat Run was a massive hit with the 4,000 registrants! Set in the picturesque Gardens By The Bay, the race route consisted the best of tropical horticulture, magnificent city views and landscaping artistry. Runners were treated to resplendent habitats morphing along the track, from desert tundra to teeming jungles. The one million squared metre sanctuary was a feast for the eyes and a boost to running spirit.
The Marina 21K @ Punggol was a great race with a spectacular turn out of international runners and supporters, hailing from Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Italy, USA, Mexico, and more. It has the potential to rival the great marathons of Singapore!
The grand motto of “Running as One” was encapsulated in the charity element and the broad races. New this year was the 3km community walk-a-jog, allowing everyone to run their own race. With inclusion in mind, the veteran categories caused the age band to explode. The Jurong Lake Run 2012 had participants from one years of age to eighty!
In its six year running, the Mizuno Passion Mount Faber Run was a great draw for runners, as the route contained an element uncommon in Singapore – hills! Just 10km long, the rapid inclines featured heavily, making this race a challenge for any runner. Though glutes were fatigued repeatedly, reward came in panoramic views at the submit of each climb. Breathtaking sights and a bun buster really get your heart going.
Tucked away in the tranquility of Punggol estate, the event, like its participants, was light and charming. Catchy pop music energized this breezy Sunday morning as runners prepared to compete in the 10km open category.