SINGAPORE - Sunday's inaugural The Straits Times' Run in the Park gave many Singaporeans an introduction to the new Punggol Waterway Park.
The scenic race routes were a hit, as they took runners past ornamental bridges, reservoirs and over 20 species of mangrove plants.
"The view was simply fantastic," said sales manager Alicia Tan, 34, who ran the 10km race with four of her colleagues. "The great weather made it an easier run."
Many participants of the 15km race, which flagged off at 6.45am, paused to snap photos of Sunday's sunrise with their smartphones.
"It's a three-in-one package," said Miss Nur Shahidah Shaifuddin, 25, who ran 5km. "I get to see nature, keep fit and be with my family."
The University of Kuala Lumpur student was back in Singapore to spend the Hari Raya holidays with her parents and younger brother. "We've never seen this new park, so it's perfect family bonding time for us," she said.
For others, Punggol New Town also served up refreshing impressions of an area that was once a fishing village with poultry and pig farms and plantations.
Said Mr Dorian Manrique, 22, who completed the 5km Fun Run with nine family members: "We've all lived in Punggol for almost 10 years, but this is the first time we're seeing all the development in the area. I really like it."