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.