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Here's an interesting way to combine family fun with health and fitness -- why not sign up for a fun marathon with your loved ones?
There are various races happening in Singapore which are suitable for all ages - from those who are very young to those who are not-so-young. So put on your running shoes and join a marathon with your family today!
WHEN: Saturday 3rd October 2015
WHERE: Marina Bay Event Square
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: This is a walk against breast cancer and by participating, you will show your support towards raising breast cancer awareness, show support for breast cancer survivors, and help raise funds to the Breast Cancer Foundation’s support group programme and awareness outreach.
You can sign up for this Fun Walk with your teenager in the 13 – 59 years old category, or even ask your parents with an active lifestyle to join the 60 years old and above category.
WHEN: Saturday 10th October 2015
WHERE: Big Splash at East Coast Parkway
DISTANCE: 5km (Relief Aid Challenge) and 10km (Race Against Time)
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: Organised by Singaporean humanitarian organisation, Mercy Relief, this event includes a Relief Aid Challenge which allows participants to experience what it’s like for the beneficiaries who have to walk long distances to collect relief packs.
The Relief Food Packs includes commonly used necessities in households here such as: Rice, Sugar, Salt, Cooking Oil, Milo, and Bee Hoon, which will be distributed to low income families in Singapore after the event.
WHEN: Saturday 17th October 2015
WHERE: Marina Barrage
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN:
Do you want to run like a stealthy puma at night, under the beautiful twinkling stars? The well-known sportswear company, PUMA, brings you this unique night race with lots of pre-event entertainment as well as live band performances.
Participants of the Puma Night Run will also stand a chance to win two tickets to Europe!
WHEN: Sunday 1st November 2015
WHERE: The Float @ Marina Bay
DISTANCE: 100m, 5km, 10km, 21.1km
This run caters to women from all walks of life and is catered to female runners of all levels. This year, a new category called the “Princess Dash” has been introduced for your little girls to join in as well.
Participants who make a small donation to show support for the Breast Cancer Foundation, Community Chest (in support of children with special needs) and the SingHealth Duke-NUS OBGYN Academic Clinical Programme, will also receive a special tutu for you to don on race day!
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.greateasternwomensrun.com
(Image source: Great Eastern Women’s Run 2015)
WHEN: Sunday 8th November 2015
WHERE: The Float At Marina Bay
DISTANCE: 5km (Fun Run), 10km and 21km
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: The biggest Public Servant Run in Singapore is now open for registration and even includes a special Fun Run Family Package for CSC Members and Civil Servants.
This event is organised by The Civil Service Club, which aims to promote sports, social and other recreational activities for a healthy lifestyle amongst public officers and the community at large.
WHEN: Sunday 15th November
DISTANCE: 500m – 2km (Spartan Junior Race), 6km run and 22 obstacles (Spartan Sprint)
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: Touted as the world’s best obstacle course race, Spartan finally arrives in Singapore for the first time and has various categories for participants of all ages to join!
Your little ones can even get a taste of their very first marathon as Spartan Junior is open for kids ages 4 – 13 years old, and those 14 years and above qualify for the Spartan Sprint.
WHEN: Saturday 28th November
DISTANCE: 2km and 5km
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: Santa Claus is in town to make Christmas this year even more extraordinary and to celebrate the spirit of giving at the biggest Christmas run in Singapore. All the registration and donation proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation and even matched dollar-for-dollar by the Singapore Government as part of the Care and Share Movement and SG50 celebrations.
Participants of the Fun Runs can also enjoy exclusive entry into Universal Studios for exciting rides and attractions after the event!
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.santarunforwishes.sg/
WHEN: Sunday 29th November
WHERE: Swissôtel The Stamford
DISTANCE: 73 storeys (1,336 steps)
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: Join this vertical challenge with your partner or best friend and race up 73 storeys to the top of Singapore’s tallest hotel to enjoy the breath-taking panoramic scenery!
There is even an exclusive room package for you to start your pre-race routine in the comfort of this luxurious hotel, which includes a daily buffet breakfast for two and complimentary 24-hour parking.
WHEN: 5 – 6th December
WHERE: Singapore Sports Hub
DISTANCE: 700m (Kids Dash), 10km (Wheelchair), 21.1km (Half Marathon), 42.195km (Ekiden and Marathon)
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: Known as one of the world’s elite races, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) has established itself as the ultimate running event here and is even said to have helped grow the running culture in Singapore.
With categories especially for kids below 13 years old, and even for wheelchair-bound participants, this marathon is suitable for the whole family!
WHEN: Saturday 19th December
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: One of Singapore’s favourite character will be back in town this year to celebrate the Christmas cheer with a new and exciting concept – the very first Hello Kitty Night Run!
Participants will be delighted with the special race pack which was designed with Hello Kitty lovers in mind and contains an exclusive runner’s t-shirt, a limited edition Christmas-themed Hello Kitty plush toy, a race bib, a Hello Kitty shoe bag and even a medal!
WHEN: Thursday 31st December
WHERE: Siloso Beach
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN: This unique UV bubble run is catered to those who seek more than the usual thrill of a typical race as the running event will come to an end with a big bang at the Siloso Beach Party - Singapore’s biggest New Year’s Eve party!
Race highlights include waves of (washable) UV-glow coloured bubbles at every 1km point, a face painting competition, UV bubble blasters for runners and spectators, a surprise zone at the 3km point, and the exciting countdown party to usher in the New Year.
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Dew is a teacher, theatre practitioner and playwright who is raising her daughter to know that anything boys can do, girls can do better!
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