Runners in for a scenic race

Participants in The ST Run at the Hub will negotiate a waterfront route before finishing at the National Stadium.
Participants in The ST Run at the Hub will negotiate a waterfront route before finishing at the National Stadium.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH, MARK CHEONG

One more week to register for ST Run; route takes participants past famous landmarks

From the iconic Singapore Flyer to the picturesque Gardens by the Bay and Marina Barrage, participants of next month's The Straits Times Run at the Hub will get to run past some of the nation's most famous landmarks.

With the city's waterfront as a stunning backdrop, the race route is among the most beautiful of the mass runs in Singapore and is one of the reasons why Madam Yvonne Chang, 44, will be back for her second ST Run at the Hub on Sept 27.

The mother of three had participated in the two previous ST Runs, first at Punggol Waterway and then at the Sports Hub last year. She said that the run is "one of the events I will do every year".

The housewife said that the Marina Bay promenade and waterfront route is a refreshing change from her usual running spots at MacRitchie Reservoir and the Botanic Gardens.

"I also like the part when we will run into the Sports Hub," she said. "It's not somewhere we can always run at, and it's different from where the usual races end."

The run, backed by presenting sponsor Panasonic, features three race categories: a 5km fun run, a 10km competitive run and a special 18.45km route, to mark the year the paper was founded - in 1845.

Said ST Run organising committee chairman Marc Lim: "Almost all our runners last year remarked how they enjoyed the waterfront route. So this year, we made sure to try and stick largely to a similar route while making sure to include more scenic spots as much as possible.

"All three routes are true to making this a waterfront race."

A new inclusion to this year's route is the 220m Jubilee Bridge, which links the promenade in front of the Esplanade to Merlion Park.

But the highlight for many will still be running into the National Stadium to complete their race.

Said first-time participant Gabriel Kuek, 35, a manager in the shipping industry: "My friends and I seldom run, so it will be interesting to go past places we normally just pass by, or on a visit, or to watch the recently concluded SEA Games."

Mr Murtuza Topiwala, 43, is looking forward to participating in his first running event since recovering from a knee injury.

"During the one year when I had to stop running, I felt so hopeless," said the data centre consultant, who intends to sign up today.

"Running is my passion and I just want to get back to doing what I love," he said.

•Runners have a week left to sign up for The Straits Times Run at the Hub. Register at www.straitstimesrun.com by Aug 31.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2015, with the headline 'Runners in for a scenic race'. Print Edition | Subscribe