ST Run: Registration opens tomorrow for unique running event at Punggol Waterway

Registration for the inaugural Straits Times Run In The Park, set to be the largest running event at one of Singapore's newest scenic park connectors, opens on June 6.

The run will be held on Sunday, Aug 25, in the North Eastern Riverine Loop which cuts through the scenic Punggol Waterway and overlooks Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs.

It will feature five categories: a 5km fun-run for recreational runners, and the 10km and 15km (men's and women's) runs.

The run is organised by The Straits Times as part of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) series to engage its readers and the community. The event is in collaboration with the National Parks (NParks) Board, which is commemorating "50 Years of Greening Singapore".

Mr Marc Lim, sports editor of The Straits Times, said: "Sport unites. It excites. It entertains. These are the three principles which The Straits Times can identify with. This is why when it came to organising an event to engage our readers, a sporting event seemed the perfect fit."

The registration fee is $46 for the 5km fun-run and $55 for the 10km and 15km competitive runs. Those who sign up in a group of four or more will get a discount and need pay only $42 and $50 respectively.

As The Straits Times celebrates its 168th birthday this year, all participants are entitled to a goodie bag with more than $168 worth of gifts including:

* A $49 "Lightning Dry" New Balance T-shirt

* A $33 ticket to Resorts World Sentosa's SEA Aquarium, the world's biggest oceanarium

* A make-over or facial treatment from Clinique that is worth $80

In a break from tradition, ST is offering prizes for the top 100 competitive runners instead of the usual top three. In addition to gifts from sponsors, the first 25 runners with the best time in each of the 10km and 15km races for both the Men's and Women's categories will get a free one-year All-in-One digital and print subscription of ST worth about $340 each.

In addition, presenting sponsor Panasonic is setting aside a wide range of eco-friendly electronic products worth tens of thousand dollars as prizes for runners.

Clinique is offering a free one-year supply of its products to winners of the four categories of the two competitive races - Men's category (10km and 15km) and Women's category (10km and 15km).

There will also be a lucky draw for runners. Resorts World is offering a free stay at its breathtaking Ocean suite worth $3,000 as a top prize. A participant will also get a free home renovation package worth $16,800 to commemorate ST's 168th birthday from leading home designer Chew Interior Design.

More details on the prizes will be announced later.

Registration and payment can be made at the official event site at Runners can also sign up via the event's interactive ad on The Straits Times app on iPad. More information is available from at 6319-2087 or though e-mail at