ST Run: Duo win cruise trips by signing up early for ST Run

(From left) Chan Brothers marketing and communication executive Joyce Tan with the winners Beverly Lim and Maureen Lim. Beverly is going on the cruise with her sister, while Maureen is going with her husband.
(From left) Chan Brothers marketing and communication executive Joyce Tan with the winners Beverly Lim and Maureen Lim. Beverly is going on the cruise with her sister, while Maureen is going with her husband.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

She received multiple calls on her mobile phone, but declined to answer them because the number was unfamiliar.

So imagine Ms Beverly Lim's surprise when she received a text message informing her that she had won a three-night weekend cruise for two from Chan Brothers Travel.

The RCI Voyager Cruise, worth $2,436, was the 23-year-old law undergraduate's prize for winning the early bird draw for The Straits Times Run.

Those who registered for the May 22 run before March 9 were eligible to enter the draw.

"I was totally surprised when I found out I had won the cruise. I will be going with my sister, since I can bring only one person and I cannot choose between my parents!"

Ms Lim is an avid runner who has been taking part in half-marathons since 2014. However, she began running 10km races at the beginning of the year and will be doing that distance at the ST Run.

"Initially, I found 10km races more tiring than half-marathons because you have to maintain a faster pace," she said. "However, the training duration and intensity is less for a 10km race. Since the Sundown Marathon (which she has entered) is the week after the ST Run, I felt that taking on the 18.45km category would be too tiring."

For fellow winner Maureen Lim, 53, it is perhaps a story of beginner's luck as this is the first time that the IT consultant has entered a race.

"I usually exercise in the gym," she said. "However, I was looking to try something new and the ST Run came along at the right time. I saw an advertisement for it a few days before registration opened and decided to sign up."

The cruise is a small consolation for the fact that her children will not be running with her. "I wanted to use this opportunity to have a family activity. But my daughter is overseas for her schooling and my son is not free on that day," she said.

"However, I will still be running with my husband. I hope to be able to have fun and challenge myself."

Registration for the ST Run is still open. Those who sign up before next Wednesday stand a chance to win a Mobot glider worth $1,499. Two Mobot Kenetic eBikes worth $1,499 each are also up for grabs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2016, with the headline 'Duo win cruise trips by signing up early for ST Run'. Print Edition | Subscribe