Recreating Traditions at SSBR 2014
By Nina Syahira
September 1, 2014
Ah, Sunday morning. What a perfect time for a good run.
And a good one it was indeed.
The 23rd edition of the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon was a huge success this past weekend. About 46,000 participants turned up at the Esplanade Bridge where all four races took off. With the first race flagged-off at 5am by Major General Perry Lim, Chief of Army. Despite the early timing, you could feel the great excitement in the air on the Esplanade Bridge and see the big smiles on everyone’s faces.
Dr Maliki Osman, the Minister of State for Defence and Deputy President of SAFRA, was invited to flag off the SAFRA 10km run while Mr Chan Chun Sing, the Second Minister for Defence and President of SAFRA was at the helm of the SAFRA 5km Fun Run.
And how could you not smile when the event this year brought its first ever “Happy Run”? What separates this specially-themed race from the 21km and 10km ones is the ‘fun elements’ added to the route. This included a 500m bubble zone, specially designed distance markers, motivational banners and funny quotes. There were even fun songs which the participants, young and old, danced to. The Happy Crew who further encouraged them with high-fives and much to the delight of the kids in particular, the ‘HAPPY’ mascot gave out free hugs. It truly did “bring the fun to your run”!
Even the newly named Families for Life 800m Father and Child challenge had the participants wearing smiles – literally. Those masks were issued as part of our attempt to set two new records for the “Largest gathering of people to wear masks” and the “Largest Father and Child race”. Thanks to our ever supportive NSmen and their families, we broke the previous record with 1,191 people for the former and 737 pairs for the latter this year.
But of course that’s not the only fun part of the event. In fact, we like to keep to our traditions. There were other various motivational characters like the official streetside festivities. If it’s not the Team NUS cheerleaders, it would be the stiltwalkers (pictured above), the samba percussion band or even the Malay kampong group cheering on the participants at different points along the route.
Besides that, the post-race activities included fun-style challenges for children adding more excitement to the day. Specially made for our NSmen participants and their young ones, these challenges were greatly inspired by the SAF Standard Obstacle Course (SOC). Walking past fathers guiding the little ones through elements like the balancing bridge and the inflatable Apex ladder sure made the place look like a good ol' carnival on the Padang. There was even a human foosball game setup right next to it. What a great way to spend your Sunday morning!
Prize presentation for AHM 21-km Men Master race: (L-R) BG Tung Yui Fai, Low Yeah Kher (1st Runner Up), Major General Perry Lim and Lexxus Tan (champion)
And to the winner of the AHM Men’s Master, it certainly is. Congratulations, Lexxus Tan for conquering the 21-km race! Out of the 21,800 participants, Mr Tan reached the finish line in one hour and twenty-one minutes, beating the two runners-up by four and five minutes respectively.
Indeed, many positive memories were made during the event especially for our NSmen. SAFRA wishes to thank every single one of you for being a part of SSBR AHM 2014. We will see you at the next race!
Stay tuned for our event highlights video coming soon!
Want more SSBR AHM memories? Read 10 fun facts about the event since its inception in 1992!
Look out for more big events here like the upcoming Swim For Hope! Or join our SAFRA Night League if you want some hot football action!