Runs with quirky themes a hit here

Runs with quirky themes a hit here
The Electric Run held in Seattle.

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans have long been fans of conventional marathons and running events, but it looks like their tastes are getting quirkier as more themed fun runs are making their debut here.

The country recently concluded its inaugural 5km Singapore Color Run and will hold its first 5km zombie run, called Race The Dead, in October.

In the run, participants will have to tackle obstacles while evading other runners dressed up as zombies.

But the latest to join the fray is the Electric Run - a 5km night-time run that incorporates pulsating music, LED lights and glow-sticks to create a rave-like atmosphere. The run originated in the United States late last year.

Though a Singapore date has yet to be fixed, an official website has been set up, and a Facebook page, Electric Run Singapore, has garnered over 5,000 "likes". A series of races will also kick off soon in Australia and Britain.

There are also runs which incorporate obstacle-course challenges, like the Lion Dash and the Commando Challenge, both taking place here in December.

Public-relations manager Deborah Dayani Nanayakara, 28, who plans to sign up for the Electric Run, said the unexpected rave concept is a draw, and having the run at night helps set it apart from other events.

That same "novelty factor" spurred her to sign up for the Singapore Color Run in Sentosa earlier this month, she added.

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