Record number of families at Safra run

Acting Minister for Education and Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung flagged off the Safra 5km fun run on Sunday (Aug 28). 
Acting Minister for Education and Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung flagged off the Safra 5km fun run on Sunday (Aug 28). PHOTO: SAFRA SINGAPORE BAY RUN & ARMY HALF MARATHON / FACEBOOK
The Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon was made more fun this year with two giant inflatables inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course.
The Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon was made more fun this year with two giant inflatables inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM SENG
Giant inflatables inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course at Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon.
Giant inflatables inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course at Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM SENG
Giant inflatables inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course at Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon.
Giant inflatables inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course at Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM SENG

SINGAPORE - Runners in red tank tops with a camouflage design on their sides turned up in force for a run organised by Safra and the army on Sunday morning (Aug 28).

About 42,000 participants took part in the Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon.

In its 24th edition, the event attracted a record number of 7,000 family members of  SAF national servicemen and soldiers this year.  This is a 51 per cent increase from 2014.

The haze, which returned last Friday (Aug 26), did not deter runners. The air quality improved slightly Saturday (Aug 27). This morning, the 3-hour PSI was 62.

Said quality assurance engineer Jolyn Han, 36, who took part in the 10km run: "It won't kill, even when the PSI is 100+ I still go around catching Pokemon (on the mobile app Pokemon Go)."

The run was made more fun this year with two giant inflatables inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course.

These obstacles were part of the 5km fun run and runners had the choice of whether to navigate through them on their run.

Those who did so clambered up the inflated steps of a 5m-tall float mimicking an obstacle in the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course commonly known as the Jacob's ladder and bounced their way down inflated steps on the other end.

On the second float, runners teetered across narrow inflated platforms, ducked under a horizontal float and strafed through inflated poles.

The obstacles were popular with the runners and queues of about five to 10 people built up before each obstacle. The queue in front of the second float increased to at least 15 people at one point in time.

Mothers also participated in the Families for Life 800m Challenge for the first time. The category was previously opened only to father-and-child pairs. About 370 mothers took part in this event.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen was the event's Guest-of-Honour. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State for Defence and President of Safra, flagged off the 5km Fun Run.

Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, Senior Minister of State for Defence and Deputy President of Safra, flagged off the 10km Race and Families for Life 800m Challenge.