Race participants set off for the first leg of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay 2014 Singapore (photo by SportSG).
The 1.6km course is a corporate race that pits companies like Barclays, Glencore, MasterCard and many more against each other. The companies form teams of 10 and race along the scenic Marina Bay Waterfront before handing over the baton to a waiting teammate back at the start line.
David Forrester, captain for Team Macquarie Bank was understandably ecstatic about being crowned the champions again, crediting the win to the team’s hard work despite their busy work schedules.
“The team started training earlier and harder. We managed to improve our timing this year and run three minutes faster this year. We have busy day jobs, so we exchange our training programs with each other via emails and train on our own,” Forrester explained.
Another person grinning from ear to ear at the end of the relay race was Melvin Wong from Bloomberg. He was crowned the fastest individual runner of the race with a timing of 4 minutes 34 seconds.
A race participant pushes on in the final stretch of the 1.6km long route (photo by SportSG).
Wong was overjoyed about finally winning this year, after narrowly missing out on first place last year.
“I came in second last year and it fired me up to win this year. I felt that my race this year was good and it met my own benchmark. I have given my all in this race. I will definitely be back to defend my title next year,” he said.
As for Team SportCares Foundation, who is the philanthropic arm of Sport Singapore, promoting sports for social good and helping charities raise money was one of the reasons they took part.
“I think the race was great and our team camaraderie was excellent. To actually be promoting sports as a change for life is what Sport Cares is about and we did it today. Our strategy today was mainly to have fun,” explained Michelle Verma of Team Sport Cares.
SportCares Foundation is the official charity partner for the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay race in 2014 (photo by SportSG).
SportCares Foundation is also the charity partner of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay this year and according to its chairman, Mr Richard Seow, the relay was key in helping the foundation expand its programmes for children and young adults last year.
“We are proud to have such corporate partners in the community supporting our mission of using sport as a force for social good. The support from this event last year has helped us to expand our programmes, such as the CareRunners Programme and we hope that more events and corporates will come on board and join us in this journey,” he expressed.