9,000 took part in 6th Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, raising $130,000 for ex-offenders

Participants running inside the Changi Prison Complex near to the finishing line of the 10km route during the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Participants running inside the Changi Prison Complex near to the finishing line of the 10km route during the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run on Sunday, Sept 14, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Participants running through the Old Changi Prison Wall into Changi Prison Complex during the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run on Sept 14, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Participants running through the Old Changi Prison Wall into Changi Prison Complex during the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run on Sept 14, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
A pariticipant in a karate uniform at the start of the 10km Competitive Run category of the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
A pariticipant in a karate uniform at the start of the 10km Competitive Run category of the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
(From left) Commissioner of Prisons Soh Wai Wah, Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister
(From left) Commissioner of Prisons Soh Wai Wah, Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, opens a symbolic gate at the start of the 10km competitive category of Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, takes a 'selfie' with participants , including Commissioner of Prisons Soh Wai Wah (third from righ
Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, takes a 'selfie' with participants , including Commissioner of Prisons Soh Wai Wah (third from right, in white shorts) at the start of the 6km Fun Run category of Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Start of the 10km Competitive Run category of the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014. About 9000 people ran or trudged along "The Road to Acceptance" on Sunday morning for the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, which raised $130,000 for ex-offenders. --
Start of the 10km Competitive Run category of the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2014. About 9000 people ran or trudged along "The Road to Acceptance" on Sunday morning for the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, which raised $130,000 for ex-offenders. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE- About 9000 people ran or trudged along "The Road to Acceptance" on Sunday morning for the sixth Yellow Ribbon Prison Run, which raised $130,000 for ex-offenders.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Alson Wang wheeled his way through a 6km route ending at the Changi Prison Complex. He was assisted by volunteers from Runninghour, a group that organises sports activities for the disabled.

"Running has made me stronger and I get to go out and meet friends I would not have otherwise met," said Mr Wang, 29, in Mandarin.

Singapore's oldest marathon runner Chan Meng Hui, 84, completed the 10km course in an hour and 49 minutes. "I inte nd to run till I drop dead, I want to die when I am running and not in the hospital," said Mr Chan, who will run his 100th marathon this year.

Mr Shariff Abdullah, also known as SG Blade Runner, ran 10km with an 8kg backpack. He is training for an Everest marathon which will take place next year.

The event was launched by Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu at 7.35am when she unlocked a gate to symbolise second chances for ex-offenders. She also ran the 6km route.

Part of the $130,000 raised will fund education bursaries for ex-offenders.