IMG-20141129-WA0012Ho ho ho!

Christmas came early for Singapore this year! If you were at The Promontory @ Marina Bay last Saturday evening, you would have double- checked your calendar and thought that Christmas was yesterday instead. Decked in Santa-lookalike race tees and Christmas hats, thousands of Santa Run For Wishes’ participants were gathered in town yesterday and ready to start off Christmas with not only a generous heart, but also, in a healthy manner. How so? Well, the registration fees and donations made will go to Make-A-Wish Singapore, the only wish granting foundation in Singapore that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 3-18 years. After all, Christmas is about the spirit of sharing joy, love and laughter, isn’t it?20141129_173744

As any runner would know, warm-up exercises are important before any run. Accompanied with groovy music, we were lucky to have enthusiastic instructors from Fitness First to lead us with some dynamic exercises. Despite the cold weather after the rain, it was hard not to feel pumped- up for the race after the exercises.

As the race horn sounded, thousands of Singapore’s very own Santas and Santarinas dashed across the starting line with enthusiasm, passion and joy. It was as if they were all rushing and eager to deliver Christmas presents to the good kids! (We all know naughty kids do not get the presents!)


A comfortable run

Despite the huge number of participants, there was no overcrowding experienced during the race at all. Not only is the race route wide enough, it is also a relatively easy one with little slopes and inclinations. Not to forget, the scenery was breathtaking. Besides the sea of red and white balls of wishes floated along Singapore River, one can also witness the myriad of kites being flown at Marina Barrage. In addition, the Merlion can be spotted at a distance.20141129_173819

Besides, it was encouraging to have passers- by to cheer you on for the run. Furthermore, you get to witness the myriad of costumes that the participants donned on during the run. From kings with crowns to Green Lantern, many participants were keen on winning the Best Dressed Competition. There were even ladies dressing as sexy Santarinas and Catwoman!

When one thinks of Christmas, besides Santa Claus, one will not forget the elves. Dozens of elves were there to help out for the carnival. Not only were they selling popular snacks like popcorns and candy floss, they were also facilitating games stations like the Bouncy Castle and H2O walkers. Bring any kid to the carnival and it would literally be like a 20141129_184256paradise of fun and joy for them!

Overall, despite it being a new run, Santa Run for Wishes exceeded my expectations. It would be a great run for any beginner and also, for anyone who is keen on bringing their families along to a run. Not to forget, it is a run that encapsulates the spirit of Christmas- sharing joy, love and laughter.


  1. Dear Chelza, thank you very much for the positive review. We were truly blessed with good weather despite the little drizzle, runners were still all geared up with enthusiasm. Being our 1st run, we had our ups & downs, but on the whole it was a wonderful event. We would like to thank those who came for their support & very appreciative with the presents for our wish kids. We look very much forward to see all next year for our 2015 run. Btw coincidentally, I am the Elf in the photo above, thank you for the shot!
    Best: Gillian Tay, Chairperson Santa Run For Wishes

    • hi Gillian, congrats for organising a run for such a good cause. My only suggestion, could the race date be closer to Christmas day for next year’s edition? 🙂

    • Hi Gillian! Nope problems about that! It is cool that you are the elf in the photo! I thought the elf costume was pretty awesome too!

  2. it’s really funny looking at all those “santas” in shorts while I’m freezing my a** in europe.

    Will try to join if event is back next year 😉 Merry xmas


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