Early birds flock to register for Big Walk 2014 until website crashes for 3 hours

Early birds flock to register for Big Walk 2014 until website crashes for 3 hours
FIRST TIMER: Madam Stella Yeo, who was one of the early-bird sign-ups, will be taking part in the Big Walk for the first time.

In a twist to the adage that the early bird catches the worm, a rush of early birds signing up for The New Paper Big Walk crashed the event's registration website yesterday.

Keen walkers began applying for the walk as early as around 5.30am yesterday and by noon, the website had been overwhelmed with entries.

It later went down from 12.30pm to 4pm.

Mr Kelvin Lee, 38, the event manager of the Big Walk, said the large amount of traffic was unprecedented.

"The website was down because there was too much traffic coming into the server," he said, apologising for the inconvenience.

"We did not expect so many big groups to sign up together at once. We would like to encourage group sign-ups for more than 50 pax to write to us at enquiry@tnpbigwalk.sg

He added that his team has rectified the problem by increasing the website's bandwidth.

Among the early birds when registration began yesterday was logistics planner Stella Yeo.

The 45-year-old, who signed up at around 8am, will be a newbie at the Big Walk on Nov 30.

Madam Yeo is also trying to convince her daughters, aged 18 and 15, and friends to join her.

She enjoys long strolls and is looking forward to a light workout during the Big Walk. Indeed, walking is part of her lifestyle - she would often walk about 3km from her workplace at Suntec City to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station for her after-hours stroll.

She would also walk around MacRitchie Reservoir during weekends.

It is an easy and convenient activity, Madam Yeo said.

She added: "Most importantly, walking allows you to enjoy your surroundings. I enjoy looking at the people, buildings and the nature around me.

"I find it very relaxing to sweat it out after a day's work."

This year's Big Walk route is certain to appeal to those like Madam Yeo.

A major attraction of the 5km route is the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, Singapore's longest and tallest bridge.

The view from the 33-year-old bridge is appealing as it offers a bird's eye view of the city skyline, the sea and Gardens By The Bay.

In addition, participants will get a goodie bag with over $250 worth of freebies up for grabs. They include an exclusive Denizen T-shirt worth $29.90, Nando's meal vouchers and discount vouchers.

Online registration closes on Nov 21.

This article was first published on October 25, 2014.
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