Tackle this with family at Safra Bay and Army runs

Runners Devathas and Lim Xiang, who will be taking part in the 21km Army Half Marathon on Aug 28, trying out the inflatable Apex Ladder, a new feature inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course at this year's Safra Singapore Bay Run and Army Half
Runners Devathas and Lim Xiang, who will be taking part in the 21km Army Half Marathon on Aug 28, trying out the inflatable Apex Ladder, a new feature inspired by the SAF's Standard Obstacle Course at this year's Safra Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon.PHOTO: SAFRA

If you are strolling by the Promontory@ Marina Bay on a Sunday, don't be surprised by the sight of runners of all ages trying to conquer two giant inflatables.

Custom-made and inspired by the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) Standard Obstacle Course, the Apex Ladder and Rubble are two of the many features for participants to enjoy at the Safra Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon 2016, which is in its 24th edition this year.

"The inflatables are an interesting feature the kids and families at the 5km fun run will definitely enjoy," said Mr Lawrence Pang, a 38-year-old father of three.

The photographer has taken part in the run five times in the past, and is glad he can share this year's experience with the whole family. "Previously, my wife used to wait on the sidelines, but this year, we all get to participate in the 800m Families for Life run," he said.

After a year-long hiatus owing to SG50 celebrations, the event returns this year on Aug 28, and is expected to attract more than 37,000 participants.

Operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) from the SAF's 2 People's Defence Force, who are taking part in the 21km Army Half Marathon, feel it is a great opportunity to build on their camaraderie.

Public relations executive Colin Tung and a lawyer who wanted to be known only as Devathas, both 27, have pursued running for nearly 10 years. The two met on the tracks and have been close friends ever since.

"During our full-time service, when it came to long runs with the unit, we could speak to people of a senior standing on an equal footing. We were all just runners who shared a passion for the sport," said Mr Devathas.

Colonel (NS) Simon Lim, chairman of the organising committee for the event, said: "Having strong family support provides the peace of mind for our NSmen to give their best when they serve their national service commitments. It is important that we continue to strengthen bonds among not only our soldiers, but also their families."

Registration for the event is open till July 28. Visit www.safra.sg/ssbr_ahm for more details.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2016, with the headline 'Tackle this with family at Safra Bay and Army runs'. Print Edition | Subscribe