Running will not be the only thing on the agenda at The Straits Times Run in the City next month. Music, food and fun will also be available in abundance as both runners and visitors alike will be treated to a fun-filled day of festivities.
The May 22 event, which starts from the F1 Pit Building, will feature music from Singapore bands such as Shukor and Friends, Jukuleles and The Switch Gang.
The bands will be entertaining runners along the various routes - 5km, 10km and 18.45km - and also at the post-race carnival.
Registration deadline extended to May 1
The registration deadline for the ST Run 2016 has been extended to May 1.
All runners who sign up by May 1 stand to win a pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 running shoes worth $169. A total of 30 pairs will be given out to lucky participants.
Each runner will be entitled to a goodie bag worth over $500, including a limited-edition New Balance vest and T-shirt (each worth $49), Chan Brothers Travel discount vouchers (worth $200) and True Fitness 10-day passes (worth $110).
Runners who took part in any of the previous three editions - 2013 at the Punggol Waterway, and 2014 and last year at the Singapore Sports Hub - will enjoy a special rate of $38 for the 5km fun run, $48 for the 10km competitive run, and $58 for the 18.45km competitive run for the May 22 event.
Those who did not take part in previous editions can still get a $3 discount off the full rates of $45, $55 and $65, respectively, if they are OCBC credit card holders.
Said band leader Abdul Shukor Jalin of Shukor and Friends, who performed at last year's ST Run: "It was an awesome experience last year. A lot of runners stopped to take selfies and sing along. There was a carnival-like vibe.
"We'll be playing current hits like those by Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. By playing a wider range of genres, hopefully we can get more people to sing along and enjoy themselves. We hope to create the same atmosphere as last year, or even better."
Besides music, runners and guests can look forward to food and entertainment at the post-race carnival.
There will be food trucks from the likes of Coffee Bandits, Chobani Greek yoghurt, Sweet Monster's popcorn ice cream and Old Chang Kee. Among the items on sale will be iced coffee and tea, hot dogs, sandwiches and of course, curry puffs.
Said Old Chang Kee marketing communications manager Ng Bee Lin: "The ST Run is an ideal event for our Old Chang Kee O' My Darling Mobile Food Truck to come in as we are able to provide hot piping food for the runners after their run.
"After all, nothing beats a good snack to replenish runners' energy after their run."
Co-founder of Coffee Bandits Jessica Chow said: "Coffee Bandits has always enjoyed interacting and serving good coffee to our community.
"The ST Run is an ideal place to serve our freshly pulled speciality coffee and home-recipe food."
No carnival is complete without entertainment and for that, the Singapore Grand Prix mascot and grid girls will be meeting the crowd, and there will be games where attractive prizes can be won.
There will also be interactive zones where runners and their families can pose with cutouts of popular F1 drivers like Lewis Hamilton.