Without fail, the Tortoise runners will join in this run to raise funds for charity and kind of mark our usual run route on Mondays.
Race Pack Collection
Did not manage to go to the Race Pack collection for this one. But when I got my pack, I was quite shocked that the bag is really big, there were many goodies inside. Samples( washing liquid), body wash and others. Vouchers and discount coupons for many shops and products. The tee shirt this year is of cooling material and the design is cute. The goodie bag pack is a large haversack with a front pocket to hold things.
This year the race is in the morning, there are many other categories but our team took the 10km and also the team relay. There is also the individual category. The race venue is at Marina Promontory, same as previous years. The baggage drop, portable toilets and medical stations are available. I parked in one of the buildings nearby, as on Sundays there is per entry carpark. There is also a big tent with some booths by POSB, Health Promotion Board, and People’s Association to promote some of the family activities.
The Race Route
The route is the same as with every year only whether we get to run up the barrage or not. This year, we did and the measurement was correct at 10.2km a little overshot but compared to previous years, it was finally exact. From the Marina Promontory to the Gardens by the Bay East and U-turn back to the promontory. The route is scenic and breezy for the morning. But going up the barrage was a little tedious as I had not been really running up hills. The race clashed with Yellow Ribbon race as such some of the usual photographers were not there. But we still got some shots from Runcapture, You Run I shoot and also our own in house friend who was there to support us with the shots.
Along the way, there were also water points with non carbonated isotonic and water. As the route is a U turn route the same water points were spotted along the way.
The team relay takes into consideration the overall timing of 6 runners with at least one female. It is actually quite competitive as every year the shufflers were there and they really can go very fast. However, this is also the time you can check on whether you have improved as there are many strong runners in the relay. It was also nice to see who you were competing with that morning.
This race is something the Tortoise runners will never miss yearly and we also enjoyed this get together. The finishing line is quite exhilarating because you get to see it while running back, and you will force yourself for that extra mile. You get some hydration and the finisher medal after the race.
After the race we will hang around to take pictures of the bay. Fortunately for us, the haze has cleared on the race day itself. Else we will be running in the smog, or the race might be cancelled. Another usual thing we do is to go to Lau Pat Sat for some breakfast.
This year one of the Tortoise runners, Daphne Lim came in a place higher than last year clinching the 1st Runner up position. We were all very happy for her winning this feat. Till we come back again next year!