ST Run to have a post-race carnival

Those who completed The Straits Times Run in 2014 participating in Zumba exercises at the Sports Hub. The registration for this year's May 22 race event starts from the middle of this month.
Those who completed The Straits Times Run in 2014 participating in Zumba exercises at the Sports Hub. The registration for this year's May 22 race event starts from the middle of this month.ST FILE PHOTO

A post-race carnival, complete with entertainment as well as food and beverage stalls, will await participants of The Straits Times Run 2016.

The event is organised with the runners in mind, but will also be open to friends and families of those taking part.

This year's edition will be held on May 22 at the F1 Pit Building. Runners can sign up for any of the three categories - 5km fun run, and 10km and 18.45km runs - from the middle of the month.

Having the run at the F1 Pit Building will allow organisers to enrich the race experience for participants. "The ST Run aims to give our runners a new experience," said ST Run organising committee chairman Marc Lim.

"We were the first to bring a run to the Punggol Waterway in 2013 and were also the first at the Sports Hub in 2014. This year, by having the event at the F1 Pit Building, we, together with our sponsors and partners, hope to provide a unique post-race experience that the whole family can enjoy.

"We will be announcing more details once we open registration after Chinese New Year, so do watch this space."

While the post-race carnival is set to be a big part of this year's event, runners can also look forward to many race elements that made last year's edition an enjoyable one.

To mark The Straits Times' 170th anniversary last year, the runners, who started from the Sports Hub, were taken through time during the race and treated to tunes and even live music from yesteryear along the race route.

Said Mr Lim: "The music, especially the live band, was a big hit with the runners. Some even stopped for a little dance. So that will definitely be coming back."

Also set to feature again is a route that is one of the most scenic among the races here.

This year's move to the heart of the city will allow the organisers to maximise the use of the city- and waterfront-centric route, taking participants past some of the most scenic sections of the island. Iconic landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Jubilee Bridge are set to feature.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2016, with the headline 'ST Run to have a post-race carnival'. Print Edition | Subscribe