ST Run gives Shanti chance to relive 200m triumph

Shanti Pereira (centre) gave the home crowd plenty to scream about when she bagged gold in the 200m in the recent SEA Games.
Shanti Pereira (centre) gave the home crowd plenty to scream about when she bagged gold in the 200m in the recent SEA Games. PHOTO: SINGSOC/ ACTION IMAGES

Almost two months after her historic sprint to gold in the SEA Games women's 200m, Shanti Pereira still recalls the sensation she felt as she strode across the finish line.

The goosebumps she got while running under the domed roof of the National Stadium and cheered on by a partisan crowd is an experience like no other, said the Singapore sprint queen.

The 18-year-old is relishing reliving that moment when she takes part in The Straits Times Run at the Hub on Sept 27.

It is the first time she is running at the 55,000-capacity stadium since the SEA Games.

Shanti, who also won a bronze in the 100m at the Games, is the first Singaporean woman since Glory Barnabas in 1973 to win a gold medal in the 200m at the regional multi-sport event.

Said Shanti, who will be lacing up for the 5km category: "Everyone reacts with just one word when they walk into the stadium. 'Whoa.'

"That was my reaction when I trained there for the first time last year, and every time I walk back in, I still feel the same."

Despite having competed at bigger, grander stadiums overseas - the Republic Polytechnic student is also slated to compete in Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium during the world championships later this month - she said that there is something special about running in a home stadium.

She said: "It's pretty amazing, whether or not there is a crowd in the stadium.

"It's something I can't really describe and haven't felt before.

"The track at the National Stadium is a very good one and I get super excited whenever I'm on it."

The third edition of the ST Run will end in the stadium for the second year in a row.

It will give participants the chance to cross the finish line at the same venue where South-east Asia's best competed during the SEA Games in June.

Backed by Panasonic, this year's race is introducing a special 18.45km category to mark ST's 170th anniversary this year.

The run will also feature a 10km route and a 5km fun run. Runners will continue to enjoy scenic routes, passing by landmarks like the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.

Last year's race drew more than 21,000 people.

Backed by Panasonic for the third year in a row, participants stand to win prizes like a Panasonic 55" 4K Smart TV worth $3,199 (18.45km category) or a 50" set valued at $2,199 (10km category).

Among the goodies for all the participants are a New Balance NB Dry running vest worth $49 as well as a finisher medal for their respective race categories.

Those who complete the 18.45km route will also receive an additional NB Dry tee.

•Sign up for the ST Run At The Hub 2015 at www.straitstimesrun.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2015, with the headline 'ST Run gives Shanti chance to relive 200m triumph'. Print Edition | Subscribe