STRun2016: Families and friends enjoy F1 fun, food and a fabulous time

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Despite the early morning rain, more than 12,000 gathered at the F1 Pit Building as early as 3am for The Straits Times Run in the City race on Sunday.
Runners try their hand at the Pit Stip Challenge - the fastest person to change a tyre wins passes to the Drivers' Autograph Session at the Singapore GP. ST PHOTO: ALEYSA JOHN

SINGAPORE - The wet weather did not dampen the spirits of more than 12,000 people who turned up for The Straits Times Run In The City 2016 at the F1 Pit Building on Sunday morning.

Runners got to experience the thrill of motor racing up close, thanks to a tie-up with Singapore Grand Prix (SGP). Participants got to interact with grid girls and were even met at the finish line by a checquered flag.

The most exciting aspect of the event was the Pit Stop Challenge, where people competed to see who was the fastest person to change a tyre of a replica F1 car.

Winner Low Yuan Shen, 22, walked away with a pair of tickets to the Drivers' Autograph Session of the SGP after setting the fastest time of 10.75 seconds.

Said Low: "It's a very unique hands-on experience. I realised that it's not easy, seeing how heavy the tyres are. It makes you see how good the pit crew are that they can change them so fast."

He is looking forward to meeting his favourite driver, Lewis Hamilton, at the SGP, which takes place from Sept 16-18.

Three other participants walked away with a pair of Thursday Pit Lane Experience Passes each.

Runners also used the occasion to display their creativity, and a few stood out from the crowd with their interesting costumes.

Mr Tsubasa Nakamura, 41, turned heads when he showed up in a business suit, carrying a copy of The Straits Times.

"In Japan, many salarymen read the newspapers on the way to the office or on trains," he said. "Since it was The Straits Times Run In The City 2016, I got the idea of adding the newspaper to my costume.

"I enjoyed the race and wanted to give the spectators something to smile about."

Mr Jackie Tan, 46 and son Tan Kee Hern, 13, both wore Captain America shirts for the race.

"I run about 5km a day five to six times every week. I'm trying to encourage my son to run too," Mr Tan said.

Ms Ivel Law, 36, her husband Ronn Chee, 47, and her youngest son, four-year-old son Chee Lee Keng participated in the OCBC Mighty Savers 5km Family Run, bringing a tricycle.

"For us it is a stroll rather than a run. It's a good way for the family to spend time together," Ms Law said

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, who was this year's guest of honour and also took part in the 10km run, said: "I think organised runs like this are important because it is a focal point for people to attend.

"For some, it is an opportunity to train up, for others they just come for a good day out. There are a lot of fun events here as well, and it is really good to see so many events being organised. What it does for a healthy and fit lifestyle is important. And from a community perspective, it is an opportunity for friends and family to come together."

The post-race carnival was an ideal chance for runners and their families to unwind after the race. There was food from the likes of Old Chang Kee and Coffee Bandits. There were also live music performances from local bands like The Switch Gang and Shukor and Friends.

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