It can be a hassle to carry cash around at mass sporting events such as The Straits Times Run.
Thankfully, for this year, ST Run participants can leave their cash at home, and use ez-link cards to purchase food and beverages conveniently at the post-race carnival at the Padang on July 16.
In fact, vendors will be accepting only ez-link payments at the five food and beverage stalls. Runners will receive an ez-link card in their race packs, which they can collect from July 6-9. They can then top up their cards before the run.
For the first time, vegan burger joint VeganBurg will offer hot dogs and BBQ franks aimed at giving runners a smooth recovery after the race.
Founder Alex Tan said: "VeganBurg's mission is to be the burger of the new generation, and there is no better event than a sporting event to break the stereotype of a vegan lifestyle by offering delicious, healthy, non-greasy plant-based burgers.
"Our ingredients contain high quantities of zinc and iron, which are beneficial for overall body recovery."
As for meat lovers, Telok Ayer-based restaurant Meatsmith will be offering a variety of meat items including a buffalo chicken hot pocket and a pulled pork sandwich, starting from $8-$15.
ST RUN 2017 CARNIVAL EATS VEGANBURG ($5-6)
• Old school hot dog
• BBQ franks with ranch dressing
ASANOYA BAKERY ($2-4)
• Croissant and other baked goods
WATANABE COFFEE ($4-8)
• Iced coffee
• Flavoured floats (matcha, melon, etc.)
LOCO LOCO ($2.50-6)
• Thai milk tea
• Brisket sandwich
• Pulled pork sandwich
• Brisket marmalade springroll
• Buffalo chicken hot pocket
• Didi Ball fruity cereal
• Original coco chocolate corn
• Sweet kiss meringue cookies
*Payment via ez-link card only
*Ez-link card can be found in the race pack
Runners can also turn to Loco Loco which will be serving churros and Thai milk tea.
This year's grand post-race carnival is also set to be filled with games and entertainment.
Local bands such as The Jukuleles and Drumworks, who will be entertaining runners along the 5km, 10km, and 18.45km routes, will be at the carnival as well.
Band manager and bass player of The Jukuleles, Kamal Yacob, said: "The fans can expect a mash of popular songs from artists such as Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars which will be played on the ukulele and trumpet, producing a Hawaiian vibe. When they are starting to run, we will play songs to cheer them up. Running alone is tiring but when you have music there, their moods will be enlivened.
"Also, in the post-race carnival, they can let themselves loose by dancing to the music. It will definitely help relieve their tiredness."
Participants can also stand a chance to take part in the post-race lucky draw this year.
As part of its 99th anniversary bonanza, Panasonic will be offering its 65-inch 4K OLED television, worth $10,999, as the grand prize.