SINGAPORE: Despite being intellectually and visually-challenged, 38 of them showed how fit they are when they took part in the 2014 Passion North East Run on Sunday morning.
Some 2,000 participants competed in the run at Pasir Ris Park, with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean flagging off the 14km Women's Open and Veteran Competitive Run. The other categories include the 14km Men's Open and 4km Fun Run.
The oldest participant in this run is 70 years old, while the youngest is six.
DPM Teo, who is also adviser to Pasir Ris-Punggol Grassroots Organisations (GROs), was joined by three other grassroots advisers -- Mr Teo Ser Luck, who is also Mayor of North East District; Mr Gan Thiam Poh; and Ms Penny Low.
This was the third edition of the event, but participating for the first time this year was a group of physically and mentally challenged runners. 30 of them undertook the 4km route, with 8 going the full 14km distance.
Assisting them were volunteer guides from Runninghour, a running club that caters to people with special needs.
The event also attracted some 400 people to sign up as volunteers.
DPM Teo, who is also an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, said: "It allows those who are visually-handicapped and who otherwise may have difficulties taking part in such an event to do so and it also involves those from the community, to show their heart and help them along as well. I think that is very good."
Zaimoonisah Mohamed Yussoff, one of the visually-challenged runners, said: "It is good for visually-challenged (people) because it is a form of exercise and (helps them have a) healthy lifestyle." - CNA/ac
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