The Straits Times Run is now in its seventh year. And this year, we had an itch to move the needle big time.
We’ve tried to shake things up with every edition, whether it was being the first mass participation run to be held at the new National Stadium (2014) or tying up with an overseas run – the Gold Coast Marathon – last year.
This year, we want to promote the event to an audience close to my heart – schools. The ST Run’s SPH35 – Panasonic Schools Challenge gives school runners, or even those who do not represent their school on a regular basis, a chance to do so in a mass participation event. The distance is 3.5km and there are two divisions; one catering to those in tertiary institutions and the other for secondary students aged 17 and under.
There will also be a new 3.5km Fun Run for the public this time. It’s a shorter distance from the previous 5km and has been created this year to mark ST publisher Singapore Press Holdings’ 35th anniversary.
While the 10km and 18.45km distances will return, we hope the new categories will inspire you and your school to get moving.