SINGAPORE: About 46,000 people were at the Marina Bay on Sunday (Aug 31) for the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon. And this year, the longer races seemed to be the most popular.
21,800 people participated in the 21-kilometre Army Half Marathon. A majority of the runners were Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regulars and national servicemen.
There was also a 10-kilometre race, a five-kilometre "fun run" and a father-and-child event. Youngsters also tried their hand at a special version of what is known in the Army as the Standard Obstacle Course.
Now into its 23rd edition, the aim of the event is to promote bonding and fitness as a lifestyle among SAF servicemen and their families. It is jointly organised by SAFRA and the Army.
"Our aim is to encourage a culture of fitness within the SAF and particularly in the army,” said Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing. “While the number of participants is about the same, what we have seen is that more and more people are taking up the longer distance races. So we are very happy that the fitness culture has been taking root in the SAF itself." - CNA/ec
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