TNP Big Walk 2014: 18,000 tickets gone in 19 days

TNP Big Walk 2014: 18,000 tickets gone in 19 days
Participants of The New Paper Big Walk 2012 which is a 5km route from Clarke Quay to Marina Barrage, taking selfies.

A sea of people will turn the iconic Benjamin Sheares Bridge into their playground on Nov 30.

About 18,000 tickets for The New Paper Big Walk have been snapped up - just 19 days after online registration began.

Registration is now closed.

Said a spokesman for The New Paper Big Walk, which is presented by the Singapore Turf Club: "The response has been overwhelming. For that, we are grateful to all the participants."

Added the spokesman: "We are looking at ways to offer more places to those who have missed registering online."

Those who managed to register early, at a special price of $12 ($15 after last Saturday), were relieved to have made the cut.

Accountant Joshua Pang, 37, who will be going to the Walk with his wife, said he is glad to have obtained the tickets early.

"I registered early as the price was lower during the early bird registration, so I felt that I had a better deal compared to (those who bought) the normal-priced tickets."

His sentiments were shared by finance manager Kristine Ng, 39, who is looking forward to taking in the scenery on Benjamin Sheares Bridge with her family of six.

"I'm glad to have already bought the tickets, and at a low price as well.

"I'm not surprised at the response because photographs from previous Big Walks have always shown that the event draws a huge number of people."

Big Walk presenter Singapore Turf Club is buoyed by the response.

Its vice-president (corporate services), Mr Simon Leong, said: "We are heartened by the overwhelming support for this year's The New Paper Big Walk.

"To achieve full-capacity sign-ups in less than three weeks speaks volumes for this iconic event.

"As the presenter, we definitely look forward to walking with all the registrants and promise a fun-filled and picturesque 5km walk."

The managing director of sponsors Jay Gee Melwani Group, Mr R Dhinakaran, added: "We are happy to be associated with an event that has had such good response, and can't wait to see the participants wearing our official Denizen Big Walk T-shirts on that day."

Each registered Walker will get items worth more than $250 in the Big Walk goodie bag, including the exclusive official Denizen T-shirt worth $29.90.

The New Paper's editor, Mr Dominic Nathan, pledged to find a way to satisfy those who wish to sign up through walk-in registrations.

He added: "We are happy that the online tickets have sold out. It confirms that the Big Walk is an iconic Singaporean event."

joonlei@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Nov 12, 2014.
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