The popularity of the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run (SSBR) & Army Half Marathon (AHM) never fails to draw thousands of participants.
Contributing to the smooth running of such a large-scale event was an additional group of people quietly helping out behind the scenes.
When participants across the island were getting what rest they could on pre-event night, about 150 Team NILA volunteers chose to forgo their beauty sleep to make their way down to the Marina Bay area to help out in various ways.
Team NILA volunteers pose for a photo during the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon. Photo: Sport Singapore
Team NILA volunteers were involved as race ambassadors and deployed at various landmarks from City Hall to Raffles Place to provide information and directions to event participants.
A select group of volunteers were also present at the starting point to distribute animal headbands to families taking part in a friendly, non-competitive 800m dash.
Participants of the 800m dash during the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon. Photo: Sport Singapore
With their experience from the 28th Southeast Asian Games and the 8th ASEAN Para Games, the seasoned Team NILA volunteers were warmly welcomed by SAFRA.
SAFRA project executive Adrian Chia, said: “Team NILA has a good experience in sports volunteering, so I thought what better way to get a pool of experienced volunteers to help out with SSBR.”
The 29-year-old also commended Team NILA for their organisation, adding that having a systematic structure with team leaders was beneficial in delegation and management of duties.
“The team leaders are very experienced in handling the volunteers so that is actually a very big load off my shoulders.”
When the opportunity to volunteer at the SSBR & AHM presented itself, 49-year-old Christina Tong jumped on it.
“Volunteerism, to me, comes from the heart. It is a passionate thing,” said the office manager, who has 15 years of experience under her belt.
Tong had previously helped out at other running events such as the Standard Chartered Marathon, Aviva Ironman 70.3 and the Sundown Marathon.
“This is an event that I’ve not done before, so I would like to see what it’s like for the Army Half Marathon,” said Tong.
“My first event was the Standard Chartered Marathon. At that time, I was just a drinks station leader. When I saw all the top runners running, it is very inspiring.”
Interested to join the Team Nila and explore various volunteering opportunities? Find out more at our upcoming engagement session with ActiveSG Academies and Clubs!