Great Eastern Women's Run: New Princess Dash category for 2015 GEWR

Participants at the Great Eastern Women's Run in November 2013.
Participants at the Great Eastern Women's Run in November 2013. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - To celebrate its 10th edition of the women's run this year, the Great Eastern Women's Run (GEWR) will feature its first ever Princess Dash category for this year's event.

In addition, participants are also encouraged to participate in the run's 'Don A Tutu For A Cause' and do their part for charity.

The new features of this year's GEWR were made at the media launch on Thursday morning at the Sports Hub. Grace Fu, Minister in Prime Minister's Office, was present at the launch.

The Princess Dash category is open to girls aged 3 to 9. The children will be given a goodie bag, a red running T-shirt and a tutu to wear for the 100 metres run. A tiara will be awarded to the girls upon completing the Princess Dash.

Runners can also contribute to the GEWR's three selected charities - The Breast Cancer Foundation, Community Chest (in support of children with special needs) and the SingHealth Duke-NUS OBGYN (obstetrics and gynaecology) Academic Clinical Programme.

To support this cause, participants need a minimum donation of $5 and they will be given a tutu to wear for the run. Also, the tutus can be decorated by the runners themselves or at stations at the race entry pack collection point and 10 of the most creative tutus will be selected to win prizes.

Held on Nov 1, the GEWR will flag off at the Singapore Flyer and finish at The Float@Marina Bay.

 Said Ms Grace Fu: "I see the number of participants growing and it is really a much looked-after event for women. It's a time for women to come and celebrate and really show that they are embracing life. With SG50, it is a great opportunity for women to come on board to celebrate healthy living and also to give back to the community."

Said Mr Colin Chan, chief marketing officer of Great Eastern: "This is the first time we are having a very dedicated effort to get the running community of the GEWR to participate with us to raise funds for the beneficiaries. We learnt that if we have some anchor or elements of the run that could rally everyone, that's how we can get people to join us in that effort to raise fund for these causes."