Insurance firm staff get backing for ST Run

TENET Sompo Insurance is one company that believes in a healthy lifestyle for its staff.

The Japanese-owned firm is sponsoring tickets for all employees who wish to sign up for the Straits Times Run in the Park, and is making the Sunday a company family day. Out of its 200 staff, more than half have signed up.

Chief executive officer Stella Tan does light jogging at the gym almost every morning before work, and is hoping to overcome a knee injury to take part in the 5km category.

"We always believed in promoting a balanced lifestyle for our staff and the benefits from exercising," said the 57-year-old. "We will be encouraging them to bring their families along and to participate in the carnival."

For senior division manager Koji Takahashi, the ST Run will be his first visit to Punggol Waterway.

"It is great to be able to see my colleagues in a different attire and doing sports," said the 44-year- old, who runs 10km every weekend.

He is even considering getting his family to come here from Japan during their holiday season so they can also soak up the sun.

Division manager Florence Chew, 53, took up running in 2009 and founded an informal group of about 20 colleagues who run several times a week near their Raffles Place office.

She is looking forward to the family event, and added: "The goodies are also really attractive, and it is a good initiative by the company to encourage participation."

The ST Run in the Park will be held on Aug 25, in conjunction with the National Parks Board. About 4,000 have signed up in less than a week since registration opened last Thursday.

Registration can be made at www.starevent.sg or via the event's interactive iPad ad.

mzlim@sph.com.sg