ST Run At The Hub 2015

Experience a unique high at carnival

At the Land Rover Twin Terrapod ride, the vehicle will be suspended five metres above the ground at a 45-degree tilt. The thrilling ride is open to the public at the Sports Hub's OCBC Square - in front of the Kallang Wave Mall - from 9.30am to 7pm on
At the Land Rover Twin Terrapod ride, the vehicle will be suspended five metres above the ground at a 45-degree tilt. The thrilling ride is open to the public at the Sports Hub's OCBC Square - in front of the Kallang Wave Mall - from 9.30am to 7pm on Sunday.PHOTO: WEARNES AUTOMOTIVE

With its three running routes going mostly on flat terrain, participants at Sunday's Straits Times Run at the Hub do not need to negotiate physically-challenging slopes.

Nevertheless, they will still have a chance to experience the adrenaline rush of going down a steep slope - in the comforts of a Land Rover car.

Indeed, race participants can have a first-hand taste of the vehicle's all-terrain capability when they experience the Land Rover Twin Terrapod ride, one of the exciting treats at the post-race carnival.

The free ride is open to the public and it will be located at the Sports Hub's OCBC square from 9.30am to 7pm on Sunday.

To simulate the thrill of travelling off-road on a steep slope, participants will be strapped inside a Land Rover which will mount a mobile platform track.

The platform will raise the car to a height of almost five metres above the ground, and inclined at a 45-degree angle, before cruising down on descent.

The short but thrilling ride is already generating excitement among the participants. Lynda Yew, who is taking part in the 18.45km category, hopes to bring her 13-year-old son, who will be running in the 5km race, for the Twin Terrapod ride at the end of the run.

The 47-year-old lab supervisor said: "It's a bit of a surprise to find such a ride at a running event. I've never experienced it before and it should be quite special, so I think we should try it on Sunday."

Warehouse assistant Tan Hung Heng, 58, added: "If we want to ride a roller coaster, we have to pay to go to Sentosa. The Terrapod experience is unheard of and I will like to give it a try."

On Sunday, one ST reader - out of a shortlist of 2,000 - will also drive home a brand new Land Rover Discovery Sport, which is worth $165,000 excluding certificate of entitlement.

The give-away is the biggest prize in this year's ST170 Treats competition, which marks the Straits Times' 170th anniversary.

The winner must be present at the grand draw to receive the car keys from The Straits Times editor, Warren Fernandez.

The draw will be held at the National Stadium at about 11am, and those who are shortlisted can collect their lucky draw wristbands at a counter outside Gate Nine before entering the National Stadium.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2015, with the headline 'Experience a unique high at carnival'. Print Edition | Subscribe