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Straits Times Run attracts 13,000 participants for seventh edition

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straits times run 2019Some 13,000 participants showed up for the seventh edition of the Straits Times Run. Photo: Sport Singapore

Some 13,000 participants were treated to a haze-free sunrise early on Sunday (29 September) morning as they showed up for the seventh edition of the Straits Times Run.

The annual run which features 18.45km, 10km and 3km events is popular for its accessibility to both professionals and enthusiasts. Runners of the longer routes also enjoyed a view along Nicoll Highway that featured the Sports Hub and overlooking the Kallang River, before passing by the Central Business District and the Gardens by the Bay.

straits times run 2019Paralympian Dr William Tan, the event's first-ever official wheelchair racer in action. Photo: Sport Singapore

Notable participants of the run included Nick Impey and Soh Rui Yong, the first two finishers of the 18.45km event, and Paralympian Dr William Tan, the event's first-ever official wheelchair racer. The run was also graced by Sport Singapore chief executive officer, Lim Teck Yin, as well as Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu.

The women's race, meanwhile, was won by Japan's Maki Inami, who successfully defended her title from a year earlier, with a time of 1:11:55.

"It's a very nice route along some of the iconic landmarks of Singapore, like Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer," said Dr Tan. "I know organisers had to go the extra mile to make the course accessible and I feel very grateful."

straits times run 2019The annual run is popular for its accessibility to both professionals and enthusiasts. Photo: Sport Singapore

This year also saw the introduction of the inaugural SPH35-Panasonic Schools Challenge, a 3.5km race that aims to give all participants a chance to represent their schools in a competition apart from the National School Games.