ST Run 2016: Families that run together, bond together

The Singhs and the Lees have signed up for the ST Run on May 22. Mr Harminder Singh, wife Amrita Bakshi, son Sahej and daughter Harmita are all actively involved in sports but they seldom exercise together, so they see the run as a good opportunity t
The Singhs and the Lees have signed up for the ST Run on May 22. Mr Harminder Singh, wife Amrita Bakshi, son Sahej and daughter Harmita are all actively involved in sports but they seldom exercise together, so they see the run as a good opportunity to do so. Mr Lee Wingsheng and wife Irene Cheng hope that the mass run will be the start of a healthy lifestyle for their family. They say eldest daughter Danielle will be taking part in the run with them, and Sophie will be at the event to give her support.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Mr Harminder Singh and his family might be taking part in The Straits Times Run for the first time but they are certainly not novices when it comes to sport.

Both Mr Singh, 41, and his daughter Harmita, 17, are members of the Singapore Gun Club while his wife Amrita, 39, is an avid long-distance walker. The couple's son Sahej, 10, is part of NPS International School's football team and is already picking up golf from his father.

While they are athletes in their own right, the opportunity to bond and spend quality time together was what attracted the sports enthusiasts to sign up as a family for the ST Run, to be held on May 22.

  • ST Run 2016 fees

  • Loyal Runner rate*

    OCBC Mighty Savers 5km Family Run: $38

    • 10km competitive run: $48

    • 18.45km competitive run: $58

    * Open only to those who ran in the 2013, 2014 or 2015 edition

    OCBC Card member rate*

    • OCBC Mighty Savers 5km Family Run: $42

    • 10km competitive run: $52

    • 18.45km competitive run: $62

    * For OCBC credit card holders

    Full rate

    • OCBC Mighty Savers 5km Family Run: $45

    • 10km competitive run: $55

    • 18.45km competitive run: $65

    Register at http://www.straitstimesrun.com/


    Runner entitlements

    More than $500 worth, including:

    • One limited-edition New Balance "NB DRY" running vest worth $49

    • One limited-edition New Balance "NB DRY" Finisher Tee worth $49

    • One limited-edition finisher's medal

    • Chan Brothers Travel discount vouchers worth $200 (terms and conditions apply)

    • True Fitness 10-day passes worth $110

"We try to exercise together but my son has his own circle of friends and my daughter is busy with college so this ST Run will be interesting as we get to do it together," said Mr Singh, a director of sales at Garrets International, a marine catering management service.

Unlike the Singhs, Mr Lee Wing- sheng and his wife are looking to kick-start a sporting lifestyle with their first mass run as a family. They are doing the run with their eldest daughter Danielle, eight.

"It's about family bonding and also to start off our healthy lifestyle plan," said the 38-year-old Queenstown Secondary School teacher.

"It's good that all of us can go out and do something together. My wife has been talking about getting the kids to do more outdoor stuff. I thought this would be a good start."

While his wife Irene, 36, was initially unsure about taking part in the run, the prospect of inculcating a healthy lifestyle in Danielle eventually won her over.

"I thought this would be good exposure, especially for my eldest daughter, as she has never taken part in an activity like that before," said the bank executive.

The Lees have two other daughters. Adele is two months old and will not be taking part but Sophie, three, while not running, will be tagging along to support her family.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 29, 2016, with the headline 'Families that run together, bond together'. Print Edition | Subscribe