Participants of The Straits Times Run showed they were raring to go for this Sunday's race as a queue formed outside the OCBC Arena an hour before race pack collection began at 11am yesterday.
Retiree Alan Khoo, 62, was among those in the queue. Mr Khoo, who goes for runs four times a week, will be taking part in the 18.45km category with his wife and son. This will be his third ST Run.
He said: "I have missed the run for two years, and I just want to come back for it. I particularly liked the second run, when we got to run into the Sports Hub."
Another returning participant was Jason Wong, who joined the queue sporting last year's ST Run T-shirt. The sales director, 55, signed up for the 10km race last year to get back into running, and while he walked occasionally during the race, there was a sense of satisfaction upon completing the run.
He said: "As age has caught up with me, I wanted to build my fitness up again. Since I did it before, I am going to try to do it every year.
"Last year, I ran with my family, but this year I will be running with my friends, and I hope to complete the run again."
Participants were kept engaged and entertained during the race pack collection, with the run's presenting sponsor Panasonic rolling out a game at its booth, and the first 200 participants winning a Veggie Life salad pack.
It also has a daily lucky draw, with one $150 voucher from Takashi-maya up for grabs. Yesterday's winner, Ms Afifah Aljaru, was selected by Panasonic's Ms Soh Yiling.
Elsewhere, Great Eastern, the ST Run's official insurer, conducted a steps challenge, with the man and woman who top the daily leaderboard winning prizes. Runners also thronged the booths for Compressport and Qoolmart.com, buying running-specific goods such as ankle guards and gels.
Participants can collect their race packs at OCBC Arena Hall 1 today from 11am to 8pm. Tomorrow's collection times are from 11am to 7pm.
Each tote bag contains a New Balance "Dry" race top worth $49, a water bottle, a wristband from Panasonic, Himalayan Salt candy, Tiger Balm Active Muscle Rub, Tiger Balm plaster, samples of Spinmatic Low Suds Laundry Liquid and Sofsil fabric softener, a voucher from the ST Run's official transport operator ShareTransport and a box of Win Win potato crisps.
Weather conditions monitored closely
The ST Run organisers will be monitoring the weather conditions - be it for rain or haze - closely.
They will do their best to let the event proceed as planned, but the safety and health of participants, staff and volunteers remain their top priority.
Organisers will adopt appropriate measures for the event in accordance with the guidelines by the National Environment Agency.
Participants should refer to the NEA website for the latest haze advisories.
Key updates and last-minute announcements will be posted on the ST Run's Facebook page and website, and the ST Sports Desk's Twitter account at 9pm on Saturday and from 2.30am on Sunday.
Major announcements will be publicised on ST's breaking news page.
Should weather conditions be unsafe to proceed with the event, the organisers will cancel the run, although every effort will be taken to proceed as far as possible.