A participant enjoying the run despite the rain. Photos: Khalis Rifhan/Voxsports
Despite the unfriendly weather on Sunday morning, 5035 runners turned up to complete the second installation of the Green Corridor Run held on Saturday, May 18.
Starting their route at the historical Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, running along North Buona Vista and Holland Village, the Green Corridor Run participants braved through the storm to complete their 10km journey which ended at Bukit Timah Railway Station.
The run was flagged off by Minister of State, Ministry of National Development Mr Desmond Lee Ti-Seng and joined by Manpower Minister, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin (below).
Minister Tan, who took part in the inaugural run, expressed hope that the scenic run will continue for the coming years.
“Good to see many still out and about celebrating this run along this special route,” read the posting by Minister Tan on his official Facebook page.
“Looking forward to keeping it contiguous, as green as possible and to evolve in a way that will keep to the spirit of much of what has been contributed by so many Singaporeans.”
In its second edition, the Green Corridor Run provided the runner with a combination of trail, gravel, grass, clay and mud with the rain pouring down on the running enthusiasts.
The run brought the participants through Kampong Bahru Road, Jalan Kilat Timor, Commonwealth Drive and into Tanglin Halt Road and Holland Road. For most part of the route, they were greeted with slush sights of forestry and whistles from the birds once the sky opened up towards the end of the run.
According to the organiser, “The Green Corridor Run was the first sporting event to be held on what was formerly the rail line that connected Singapore to Malaysia and was the beginning of the Oriental Express for those journeying into the heart of Asia,” as stated in their official website.
“The rail line has been out of use for many years and this has allowed the surrounding area to flourish with greenery and natural habitat.
“It is now an uninterrupted stretch of ecological and culturally significant land that stretches the entire length of Singapore.”
The tranquility and peaceful surroundings were some of the reasons that brought participants to register for the run.
Unlike the usual running events in Singapore, the Green Corridor Run brought many away from the hustle and bustle of the streets and into the uncharted territories which many tend to overlook in their day-to-day business.
“We heard of this race from our friends who took part last year,” explained 26-year old Patrick Kang.
“They came again this year and so we registered too. Although the weather is not kind to us, I still feel relaxed and enjoyed the run.” added Kang who was at the run with five of his friend.
Also coming away with a positive outlook was Roxie Pavich: “This is the first time we are running off the road, and it is exciting to do so. Everything is planned out well. It is a great race and I will do it again!”