Fun way to bond for families

Runners taking part in the 10km race in the ST Run at the Hub getting on their way after they were flagged off near the Singapore Sports Hub around 6.30am yesterday.
Runners taking part in the 10km race in the ST Run at the Hub getting on their way after they were flagged off near the Singapore Sports Hub around 6.30am yesterday.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH AND MARK CHEONG
Runners making their way past the Helix Bridge.
Runners making their way past the Helix Bridge.ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
Finishers at the run posing at a special photo booth, where they could have their picture taken with a replica of ST's front page as a backdrop.
Finishers at the run posing at a special photo booth, where they could have their picture taken with a replica of ST's front page as a backdrop. ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
Some participants came dressed in wacky costumes, including characters like Spider-Man and Zorro. There were 5km, 10km and 18.45km races.
Some participants came dressed in wacky costumes, including characters like Spider-Man and Zorro. There were 5km, 10km and 18.45km races. ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, KUA CHEE SIONG
At various points during the race, runners were entertained by music from different eras – from the 1950s to the present day – accompanied by dancers dressed in the respective eras’ fashion.
At various points during the race, runners were entertained by music from different eras – from the 1950s to the present day – accompanied by dancers dressed in the respective eras’ fashion.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Finishers of the ST run joining a mass workout which featured energetic dance moves to the tune of the latest chart toppers. Other post-race activities included music and dance performances and a lucky draw.
Finishers of the ST run joining a mass workout which featured energetic dance moves to the tune of the latest chart toppers. Other post-race activities included music and dance performances and a lucky draw.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Siblings join race as a tribute to late father; others see it as chance to celebrate family ties

Three sisters took a big step yesterday to pay tribute to their father who had inspired them to stay fit through running.

Ms Zarinahar Abdul Razack, 50, and her sisters Jamela, 51, and Laila, 54, had stopped running after the death of their father two years ago diluted their motivation.

But they picked it up again a year ago and made a milestone yesterday when they took part in the 5km category in the ST Run at the Hub.

"He influenced us to start running and, if he was around now, he would definitely be here to take part," said Ms Laila, an administration assistant in a school.

Other runners linked their participation to a celebration of family ties through a shared activity.

Ms Lissy Ukken, 48, and Mr Joseph Low, 49, laced up running shoes to tackle the 10km route to commemorate their 25th wedding anniversary. "This will be a celebratory run for us," said Ms Ukken, an executive assistant. "The scenery is amazing and we get to go past so many historical parts of Singapore."

Ms Han Xiao, 24, and Mr Wu Zibin, 24, also wanted a Sunday to remember as a newly-wed couple.

"We just got married (in August) so we are participating in this event (10km) as a couple and I'm looking forward to the challenge," said Ms Han, who is studying project and facilities management at the National University of Singapore.

Ms Chiang Kar Ling, 38, signed up her family for the 5km race so that the occasion could strengthen their bonds. "We don't have time to do many activities as a family as my child has to go for tuition, and my husband has to work," said the sourcing manager, who has an eight-year-old daughter.

Koh Tze Xuan, 16, a student in Edgefield Secondary School, noted that the ST Run helps boost family relationships as "you are able to motivate and encourage each other so it facilitates family bonding".

She attempted the 5km route with her parents and brother.

Other runners were hoping to inspire the younger generation to lead healthier lifestyles instead of being couch potatoes.

Mr Lau Kheng Kee, 78, said he runs about 5km daily and hopes to go even further with training.

Civil servant Sarjeet Singh, 60, who was also in the 5km run, wanted to show the world that age is nothing but a number.

"The message I want to send to people is that despite being 60 years old, I am able to wake up and run in the morning, so young people should be able to do the same."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2015, with the headline 'Fun way to bond for families'. Print Edition | Subscribe