More than 10,000 sign up for ST Run

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REGISTRATION for the inaugural Straits Times Run in the Park on Aug 25 has surpassed the 10,000-participant mark.

As of yesterday evening, about 4,600 runners have signed up for the 10km and 15km competitive runs, while more than 5,500 have registered for the 5km fun run.

To be held at the North Eastern Riverine Loop, which cuts through the scenic Punggol Waterway overlooking Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs, the run is organised by The Straits Times as part of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) programme, in partnership with the National Parks Board.

ST sports editor Marc Lim said: "This is our first running event, so we are delighted by the large number of signups ahead of the July 15 deadline.

"We will try to accommodate more runners, but we also want to ensure a good running experience for those who participate."

A number of companies, such as local firm Wah Son Engineering, are using the event as a team-bonding exercise. It will have 26 employees in the event. Japanese firm Tenet Sompo Insurance, with more than 100 runners, has also signed up.

Said Wah Son's executive director Lee Hee Joo, 41: "This is our first time running together as a company. We are a closely knit team, and this run will contribute even more to better bonding between teammates."

Participants say they are attracted to the event because of the goodie bag, which contains more than $168 worth of items - to celebrate The Straits Times' 168th birthday this year.

The items include a $33 ticket to Resorts World Sentosa's SEA Aquarium, a $49 "Lightning Dry" New Balance T-shirt and a Clinique voucher worth $80.

Said leisure runner Soo Ai Mei, 26, who will participate in the 10km run: "The entitlements were what drew me initially. But I am also looking forward to the run as I have not run at the park connectors before."

ugenec@sph.com.sg