SINGAPORE - Family gatherings are a special time for Mr Alvin Tan and his family. Whether it is their weekly dinner, a monthly football game or the annual family holiday, the Tans never fail to turn up.
This weekend is no exception - even if they will be doing something different.
Fourteen members of the family - ranging from 13 to 48 years old - will be pounding the scenic paths of Punggol Waterway at The Straits Times' Run in the Park on Sunday.
The idea of incorporating running into their family activities was first mooted three years ago, when Alvin and his siblings watched their mother struggle with heart problems before her death.
Realising the importance of good health, they decided to encourage one another to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Said Alvin, 48, a financial consultant: "Once you register for everyone, they know that they will need to train on their own to ensure that their fitness level is there.
"It doesn't mean that if you run, you will be free from illness.
"But running is one of the keys to a healthy life, and we want to encourage that."