After enjoying a great run in last Sunday’s adidas KOTR run, I am back at the Padang for the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon 2011. This was a pre-dawn race consisting of 21km, 10km and 5km fun run. I was running in the 21km half marathon and the runners were assembled on the Esplanade Bridge, all charged up for the 5.15am start.
As this year was the 20th anniversary of the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon, there were many “Firsts” ranging from a refreshed running route, to a first “Father and Child Challenge” category. The 21km running route took runners past 20 of Singapore’s iconic landmarks, including Marina Barrage, Bay east at Gardens by the Bay, Old City Hall, Anderson Bridge, to name a few.
After exiting from Marina Barrage, we ran along the Gardens by the Bay that connects to Tanjong Rhu View. This section of the route was similar to that of Marina 21K run which I did back in July, and which I dislike due to having to run on grass patches in the dark, as well as on uneven footpath. Other than this little inconveniences, the running route was refreshing, and the myraid of colourful street-side performances at various locations along the route certainly provided the runners with much welcome relief.
My timing for this 21km run was 1h 40mins. I had an enjoyable time during and after the run, congrats to the organizer for a well-organized race and all the volunteers for their hardwork! Now it’s time to let some post-run pictures continue the story.