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Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

by On Jan 9, 2018

3,500 runners joined Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in a fight to protect active lifestyle, quality family time and a philanthropic community.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

On Saturday, 6 January 2018, I took part in the first ever Transformers Run in Singapore. There is only one distance category in this event, which is 5km. As a fun run, the event welcomes runners from all ages.

The race pack collection was held from 28 to 31 December at Kallang Wave Mall. The collection process was smooth without any queue. Inside the drawstring bag were a wristband, a Transformers tee, a water bottle and two small boxes of milk.

Getting to the Event

Getting to the event venue at Palawan Green, Sentosa, was hassle-free. Runners were entitled to free monorail ride from VivoCity to Sentosa.

My friends and I took the monorail from VivoCity and alighted at Beach Station in Sentosa. After we exited the station, there wasn’t any signage pointing to the direction of the race village. But it wasn’t a big deal because I already knew the location of Palawan Green.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Giant robot made of balloons

Carnival

The carnival started at 12 noon, while the flag off of the 5km was scheduled to be at 4:30 p.m. The first thing that caught my attention when I entered the event venue was the big inflatable slide that seemed to be a favourite among the kids. There was also an inflatable boxing ring.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Inflatable slide

The mass warm up was held at 3:45 p.m. where we danced to a couple of songs. After the warm-up, we hydrated ourselves with free drinks from the 100Plus booth.

Then, we went to the Passport Redemption Counter to redeem our Carnival Passport. On one side of the passport, we had to fill in our particulars. At the other side of the passport was a 3x3 matrix filled with various booth name. A chop is earned by visiting the booths and completing certain tasks. After collecting 3 chops that form a line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), the card is considered complete and valid for the lucky draw.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Carnival Passport

Even though the clock was already showing 4 p.m. and the emcee was telling runners to head to the start line, we were determined to collect the chops before running. We played various games and performed different tasks, such as shooting static targets, throwing ping pong balls, taking photos with cardboard cut-out, throwing balls, as well as requesting for chops from volunteers a the 100Plus booth. Collecting chops were so fun that we missed the flag off by a few minutes.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

One of the games in the Carnival

5km Run

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

The start line of Transformers Run

The route brought us running at Siloso Beach, Imbiah trail, Merlion, Orchid Connection, Palawan Beach and eventually back to Palawan Green. Despite having run a couple of times in Sentosa before, this was my first time running past Merlion and through Orchid Connection. I’m glad that I got to see more of Sentosa Island through Transformers Run.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Entering the trail in Sentosa

There were 2 hydration stations along the route. Both stations were serving chilled and refreshing 100Plus isotonic drinks.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Hydration station

Most of the route was barricaded with metal railings, except the portions at trails and Merlion. Since distance markers were not present, I used my watch to estimate the remaining distance.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Route is well-barricaded

The crowd size at Transformers Run was quite manageable. It wasn’t overly crowded, and there were opportunities to run, except at the narrow paths such as Imbiah trail and Orchid Connection.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Merlion Walk

In no time, we arrived back at Palawan Green. We collected a medal, a can of 100Plus isotonic drinks and a bottle of mineral water.

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

Finisher's Medal

Post-Race Activities

There were numerous fun post-race activities at Palawan Green after the run. At about 5:30 p.m., there was a stage games. The emcee was giving out prizes for runners who could bring items that start with letter T, R, S and G. The participants were so creative in their answers, we couldn’t stop grinning.

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Then, it was the performance by The Annoying Brothers, a group of two talented guys performing circus tricks and making thousands of people laugh. During the performance, the lucky draw winners (not top prizes) were displayed at the Carnival Passport Counter.

Eventually, the lucky draw winners for top prizes were announced at around 7 p.m. As usual, I didn’t win 🙂

Transformers Run 2018 Review: An Afternoon with Robots in Sentosa Island

There were numerous photo walls at the Transformers Run

Event Overview

  • A fun event that comprises of fun run and fun carnival.
  • Many prizes were given out for the stage games and lucky draw.
  • Getting to the event was hassle-free.
  • Road closure, hydration points, traffic marshals were great.
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Eva is a casual runner who has been hooked on marathons since her first race in 2011. She’s content to spend her weekends only on running. She is also a hiking enthusiast and traveling addict. When she’s not doing outdoor activities, she indulges in reading.

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