Torch relay held for first time as 5,000 people take part in HomeTeamNS run

Runners starting off on the HomeTeamNS REAL Run on May 17, 2015, A total of 5,000 runners took part in the 20th installment of the run on Sunday. -- PHOTO: HOMETEAMNS
Runners starting off on the HomeTeamNS REAL Run on May 17, 2015, A total of 5,000 runners took part in the 20th installment of the run on Sunday. -- PHOTO: HOMETEAMNS
Minister Masagos Zulkifli and torch bearer Amos Chia, a 20-year-old Singapore Police Force NSman who is one of the 20 torch bearers at the HomeTeamNS REAL Run on May 17, 2015. -- PHOTO: HOMETEAMNS
Minister Masagos Zulkifli and torch bearer Amos Chia, a 20-year-old Singapore Police Force NSman who is one of the 20 torch bearers at the HomeTeamNS REAL Run on May 17, 2015. -- PHOTO: HOMETEAMNS
Members of the Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force who participated in a 5km torch relay, to mark the 20th edition of the REAL Run. -- FACEBOOK/HOMETEAMNS REAL CLUB 
Members of the Singapore Civil Defence Force and Singapore Police Force who participated in a 5km torch relay, to mark the 20th edition of the REAL Run. -- FACEBOOK/HOMETEAMNS REAL CLUB 

SINGAPORE - An annual run organised by Home Team National Servicemen (NSmen) featured a torch relay for the first time on Sunday.

The HomeTeamNS Celebrates Life torch relay involved 20 full-time NSmen and NSmen from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).

They ran a 5km route during the event held in Sentosa on Sunday morning.

To mark the 20th edition of REAL Run, we have twenty runners from SCDF and SPF participating in the 5km torch relay together. All the best boys! #REALRun #theultimaterunningexperience

Posted by HomeTeamNS REAL Club on Saturday, May 16, 2015

The torch relay serves to honour the 180,000 men in HomeTeamNS for their contributions towards Singapore's safety and security, as HomeTeamNS marks its 10th anniversary, HomeTeamNS said in a statement.

A total of 5,000 participants took part in the run, named the Regular Exercise, Active Lifestyle (Real) Run, which is into its 20th year.

 

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And we have officially flagged off REAL Run 2015! Watch the 10KM runners go as they compete for the best in The Ultimate Run!#REALRun2015 #HomeTeamNSpower

Posted by HomeTeamNS REAL Club on Saturday, May 16, 2015

The run consisted of 10km and 5km competitive and recreational run categories on road and sand terrains.

The event was flagged off by guest of honour Masagos Zulkifli, Second Minister for Ministry of Home Affairs and president of HomeTeamNS.

Minister Mr Masagos Zulkifli has passed the finishing line! #REALRun2015 #TheUltimateRunningExperience

Posted by HomeTeamNS REAL Club on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mr Masagos said: "I am delighted that Real Run, touted as the toughest 10km race in the nation, has been well-received by the runners for the last two decades, and continues to be an event that binds SPF and SCDF forces."

The run was also attended by the Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck and the Commissioner of SCDF Eric Yap Wee Teck.

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