The Singapore Financial District saw over 1,700 runners taking to the streets of Singapore Financial District last Thursday night for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay! Macquarie Bank clinched first place for the second year running, and their prize money of S$10,000 was donated to Hope House.
The champions completed 10 laps of the 1 mile (1.6km) course in 51 minutes 11 seconds. Saxo Capital Markets and Barclays came in at 52 minutes 17 seconds and 52 minutes 47 seconds respectively. Individually, Melvin Wong from Bloomberg was the fastest runner with a time of 4 minutes 34 seconds.
David Forrester, Captain for Team Macquarie Bank said,
“This is a fantastic event and it is great for Bloomberg to bring it back to Singapore for another year. We had a lot of fun competing and catching up with our industry friends. On top of that, being able to raise $10,000 for Hope House made it even more meaningful. I am also pleased to share that the Macquarie Bank Foundation will match an additional S$10,000 to the winning prize for our donation.”
Inspiring Teamwork and Good-Natured Competition amongst Singapore’s Largest Corporations
The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, now in its second year in Singapore, is a unique corporate race where teams of 10 compete in a relay not only for pride and bragging rights in the Lion City, but for a S$10,000 cheque to donate to the charity of their choice.
The race is proudly sponsored by Bloomberg and official race partners Virgin Active and Eastspring Investments. Attracting teams from ANZ Bank, Barclays, Glencore, Macquarie Bank, MasterCard, Standard Chartered, among many others, the Relay had runners taking a route twisting and turning along streets, through buildings, staircases and along the Marina Bay Waterfront before handing over the all-important baton to a waiting teammate back at the start line.
Supporting the Sportcares’ CareRunners Programme!
Mr Richard Seow, Chairman of the SportCares Advisory committee and Chairman of Sport Singapore commented,
“We are proud to have such corporate partners in the community supporting our mission of using sport as a force for social good. SportCares has organised programmes and projects that have touched the lives of more than 5,000 children and young adults. The support from this event last year has helped us to expand our programmes, such as the CareRunners Programme and we hope that more events and corporates will come on board and join us in this journey.”
The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay continues to help fund a running programme for the SportCares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sport Singapore. Over the last year, the programme provided training and mentorship opportunities for children and young adults with the aim to discover and inspire a new generation of sporting talent through running.
Taking place amidst the dramatic setting of The Promontory @ Marina Bay and keeping with the commitment to give back to the local community, the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Singapore 2014 was a great memorable experience for all involved!