New land-and-water race to mark opening of Safra Punggol club

 Members of the public exploring the new Safra Punggol Club on April 24, 2016.
Members of the public exploring the new Safra Punggol Club on April 24, 2016. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
The crowd at Safra Punggol Club on April 24, 2016.
The crowd at Safra Punggol Club on April 24, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Children accompanied by their parents at the water play area in Safra Punggol, on April 24, 2016.
Children accompanied by their parents at the water play area in Safra Punggol, on April 24, 2016. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
 People kayaking on the Punggol Waterway, next to Safra Punggol, on April 24, 2016.
People kayaking on the Punggol Waterway, next to Safra Punggol, on April 24, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - To mark its opening, the new Safra Punggol club will hold a race that features kayaking, cycling, running and obstacles such as waterslides this June.

The Safra Punggol Waterway Challenge, which takes place along Punggol Waterway and Coney Island, has three categories: pairs of adults and two categories for parent-child pairs of different ages.

Registration for the June 11 event, which is also open to the general public, is now open and closes on May 29.

The new five-story club, which opened on Sunday (April 24), aims to serve some 80,000 national servicemen (NSmen) and their families in the north-east region.

Integrated with the nearby Punggol Waterway Park, it features facilities such as a rental bike kiosk - the first Safra club to have one - which is part of the national park connector network. This allows visitors to rent a bicycle at Safra Punggol and return it at East Coast Park, for example.

Water activities such as kayaking are potentially on the way, too.

Safra Punggol executive committee chairman Major (NS) Terence Quek said the committee is exploring, with the authorities, the possibility of having a water activities facility where members can rent equipment such as kayaks.

The club, served by Punggol MRT and Sam Kee LRT stations, includes fitness and leisure facilities such as a gym, yoga studio and karaoke outlet.

From July 1, NSmen can even take their Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) at the club's gym.

For families with children, there is a pre-school, indoor water playground, gymnastics school and other enrichment activities.

Visitors will also have a range of food and beverage options.

As part of its opening celebrations, Safra Punggol is also holding a 30 Days of Fun Carnival throughout the month of June, with promotions, fitness workshops and other activities.