ST Run in the City 2017: More than 13,000 lace up for fifth edition of annual run

13,000 gathered for The Straits Times Run in the city 2017, which is now in its fifth year. For many, the annual event has become a family affair.
ST VIDEO: MAY CHEN
The second wave for the 18.45km run being flagged off.
The second wave for the 18.45km run being flagged off.ST PHOTO: MAY CHEN
ST VIDEO: LIM YAOHUI
Runners for the first race taking a selfie.
Runners for the first race taking a selfie.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Runners of the 18.45km category preparing for the 5am flag off.
Runners of the 18.45km category preparing for the 5am flag off.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Neyton Tan, 31, was inspired to run with his alter ego, Spider-Man, after hearing runners say they want to be faster than the Marvel superhero.
Neyton Tan, 31, was inspired to run with his alter ego, Spider-Man, after hearing runners say they want to be faster than the Marvel superhero. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Many of those taking part in the run early Sunday morning arrived at the start point near the Esplanade more than an hour early.
Many of those taking part in the run early Sunday morning arrived at the start point near the Esplanade more than an hour early.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - This year's The Straits Times Run in the City took off early Sunday (July 16) morning, with runners taking on the longest distance (18.45km) the first to be flagged off from about 5am from the start point on Esplanade Drive.

There were about 5,000 participating in this category, created two years ago as a nod to the year the national daily was founded. 

About 4,000 runners took part in each of the 10km and the 5km events. 

All runners went past Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade Bridge and the Singapore Flyer, ending at the Padang where a post-race carnival awaited them. 

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Many came more than an hour before the scheduled start time to warm up, and most came donning the iconic blue running vest that has become synonymous with the annual run.

Into its fifth edition, the ST Run this year partnered the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon as its race partner, serving as a lead-up event to the December marquee event. 

 
 
 

An eight-month training programme was launched  to help runners prepare for both events. It is helmed by national marathoner and 2013 SEA Games gold medallist Mok Ying Ren and featured every Saturday in ST. 

Some runners came inspired by the 2013 SEA Games champion. 

Said bank executive Lim Hwe Min, 43, who ran with her husband: "We have been anticipating this run for some time already. This year is especially good because my idol Mok Ying Ren is running. 

"He's such a disciplined runner, down to earth, gone for running workshop before. Inspired by his love for running and passion for running. And friends who joined last year told me about the carnival and I'm looking forward to it."

Singapore's oldest marathon runner, Chan Meng Hui, also took part in the 18.45km run. The 87-year-old has been in every edition of the ST Run since it started. 

"No matter how slow, must finish the run," he said.


Chan Meng Hui, 87, seen at Zone 2 of the run. ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN


Runners at the flag-off for the 10km race. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


Runners at the flag off for the 18.45km race. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


Runners at the flag off for the 18.45km race. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


Runners depositing their bags. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


Runners queuing for the toilet at the bag deposit area. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


Pacer Chan Jia Hui, 32, getting ready for the 2-hour race. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI