Participants of the Marina Run 2014 were all smiles as they took in the sun and the fun at the event. (Photo by VoxSports)
We may already be well into the second month of 2014, but that didn’t stop the crowd from attempting to do good on their new year’s resolutions of keeping fit at this year’s Marina Run! It was, after all, the first 10km and half-marathon of the year.
As its name suggests, the 15 February run route boasts an unbeatable view of the Marina Bay landscape, bringing runners on a scenic run around Gardens by the Bay. There were three distances that runners could attempt, all of which had specific themes - the non-competitive 5km race, the 10km run, and the half-marathon.
For casual racers, the 5km “Wet & Wild" fun run proved to be a family-friendly option. Not only did the short race ‘sprout’ a wide variety of runners - young children and elderly included - the chance to be active on a blazing Saturday afternoon also helped them have fun while they were at it.
Every participant under the “Wet & Wild" category were given a water pistol for their 5km run, and were strongly encouraged to use them against one another along the route. After all, one of the main draws of the 5km run was the "Gorgeous Wet Look" contest, where the most drenched male and female runner after the race were given a prize.
With this, strangers running alongside each other soon started to engage in water fights, and between running while enjoying the beautiful landscape and running away from other racers’ water pistols, the 5km passed quite quickly for all.
“The run was great because of the scenery… compared to our previous runs, the 5km seemed shorter,” gushed Siti Aisah Jasmin, 24.
Another participant, Emily Chee, agreed.
“It’s my first time doing such a run… the kids were chasing us and we were chasing them, so it was quite interesting,” she said.
Meanwhile, both the 10km and the 21km half-marathon shared the same theme of “Light up the Nite". Both runs took place later in the evening, compared to the late afternoon “Wet & Wild" run that was more of a fun in the sun activity.
Organisers had advised less experienced runners to compete in the 10km run, while those who have had more long-distance training to compete in the 21km route.
Also, unlike the 5km fun run, the longer routes were for competitive participants who were all issued a race bib with a timing chip attached.
Runners in the competitive categories did not lose out on the either. For both the 10km and 21km races, participants were spurred on to run in their own illuminated costumes, be it made from “illumi sticks, blinker lights, or glow in the dark”materials.
But be it recreational runners or serious marathoners, the Marina Run had people exercising while enjoying themselves.
Like many other sporting activities too, participants had some feedback as to how the event could be improved.
“It was very hot, so an earlier timing would be better,” said Nurul Huda Jailani. In spite of that, the 24-year-old described the race as an “overall good experience”
Another participant, Rina Chua, summed it up best.
“It was a fun run, and the scenery was very nice… makes it not so stressful!” she exclaimed with a grin.