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2014 edition of ST Run to finish in National Stadium

Published on May 26, 2014 7:32 AM
Runners warming up before the 5km fun run at the Straits Times Run in the Park at Punggol Waterway last year. This year's ST Run at the Hub will allow participants to be the first to finish at the new National Stadium. -- ST FILE PHOTO

The Straits Times Run is back, and this year's edition promises to bring back much of last year's inaugural run and more.

In keeping with the spirit of offering running enthusiasts a new and exciting experience, this year's run will allow participants to be the first to finish in the new National Stadium.

The ST Run at the Hub 2014 is scheduled for Sept 28 and will see 20,000 runners enjoy a morning run in the city, East Coast Park and much of the new Singapore Sports Hub before ending their race under the National Stadium's iconic dome.

Said Straits Times sports editor Marc Lim: "The Sports Hub and the National Stadium will play host to some of the world's best athletes in the coming months. But they are not just playgrounds for top athletes.

"The Sports Hub is also a place for ordinary Singaporeans and that's why we're bringing you there. It doesn't get much more exciting for a runner than to run into a stadium and be cheered on by thousands as you cross the finish line.

"Sept 28: Save the date. It will be an unforgettable experience."

ST has teamed up with experienced race organisers Infinitus Productions to ensure that the run will be one to remember. The crew at Infinitus has worked on major events and were most recently behind the Illumi Run and the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

Said Infinitus director Jeffrey Foo: "We are very proud to be part of the ST Run at the Hub. It will be the first run to end at the brand new Sports Hub and we are looking forward to creating a wonderful race experience for all."

Last year's inaugural run saw more than 12,000 tackle Punggol Waterway's undulating pathways in the largest running event at one of Singapore's newest and most scenic park connectors. The run last August was divided into three categories: 5km, 10km and 15km.

This year, the ST Run will offer a new half-marathon category, in addition to a 10km route and 5km fun run.

The inaugural run's popular pre-run clinics will also be back.

Singapore's top male and female marathoners Mok Ying Ren and Anne Qi Hui will be conducting distance running workshops and clinics for participants.

An attractive goodie bag worth more than $120 awaits participants, who also stand to win prizes worth about $50,000.

The run is organised as part of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers programme to reach out to the community.

Details of the run will be announced on Friday.