Strong turnout at inaugural ST run

Strong turnout at inaugural ST run
People taking part in the 5km fun run form a line at Punggol Waterway Park on Sunday. Many said they enjoyed the run through the scenic park setting.

SINGAPORE - A pink hue illuminated Sunday's dawn, as the first of the blue-clad runners streamed into Punggol Waterway Park to mark the start of the inaugural The Straits Times Run in the Park.

Under sunny skies, the last of the 12,000 participants crossed the finish line some three hours later, to complete the largest running event at one of Singapore's newest park connectors.

As part of The Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) series, the event - which is organised in partnership with the National Parks Board, in commemoration of "50 years of Greening Singapore" - featured three categories: the 15km, 10km, and the 5km fun run.

Said Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez: "We are grateful for the the strong turnout on Sunday, from our readers, as well as our staff and sponsors.

"In the run-up, we were concerned about whether there would be haze or rain, but in the end, we were fortunate to have a beautiful morning. Many told me they especially enjoyed the scenic park setting."

The organisers are planning to make this a regular event, but not before improving on aspects of the race.

There were long lines to collect goodie bags at the end of the run, and congestion at some water points.

Added Mr Fernandez: "Some aspects could have been better managed, and we will improve on this front, but overall, it went pretty well. Many asked if we would do this again next year, and I think we will."

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