SINGAPORE - The seventh edition of the NTUC Income RUN 350, organised by Young NTUC, flagged off early Sunday (April 10) morning and featured a new category called Fun on Wheels to showcase environmentally-friendly transport options.
Participants of this non-competitive category were to cycle, in-line skate or kick-scoot through a 4km route. Other categories of the run also included the 21.1km half-marathon, 10km and the popular 800m Kids Dash.
Another green initiative that was introduced this year was the Utility Challenge. To encourage home owners to reduce their carbon footprint, organisers rewarded 1,050 participants with cash vouchers from NTUC FairPrice when they presented utility bills that reflected usage below the national average for their household type during race pack collection.
In the men's half-marathon, Kenya's David Kibet placed first with a time of 1hr 06min 56sec and runner-up Stephen Chirchir clocked 1:10.28. Joseph Mwangi Ngare's time of 1:12.30 puts him third. The top local men's finisher was Stuart Haynes (1:17.31).
Meanwhile for the women's half-marathon, Cheptoeck Careen, also from Kenya, won the category with her time of 1:20.59 to edge out second-placed Pamela Chepchumba's 1:21:14. Susan Jemutai Kosgei raced a 1:25.55 to clinch third on the podium. Jasmine Goh finished as the top local finisher with 1:31.27.
Also participating in the women's 21.1km race on Sunday was local marathoner Neo Jie Shi, who will represent the Republic in the Rio Olympics . She was the third local finisher (1:34.26).
An estimated 10,000 runners took part in this year's run. Mr Desmond Choo, Young NTUC executive secretary, said: "Our messaging has gotten stronger. We see a lot of returning runners from past years and they tell me that this run's the only one allows them to contribute to the environment by running.
"We also encourage our runners to demand the same standards of keeping green at other races. We want to be the race that sets off this cascading movement - every race can be carbon-friendly, not just RUN 350."