Singapore Sports Hub
Sep 27, 2020
Aug 24, 2020 – The Straits Times Run tries to shake things up with each new edition that comes along. But this year, a massive change has been forced upon us with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.
While we had always planned to include a virtual run as part of the build-up to the main ST Run this year, the digital realm will now be our main focus, with mass participation sports events still prohibited in Singapore.
But regardless of the restrictions, it remains vital that we maintain our health and well-being and the ST Virtual Run, like the ST Run before it, will strive to fulfil that purpose.
For those of you who don’t know what a virtual run is, it is a “race” that can be carried out from any location you choose. You can be on the road near your home, on a stadium track, or on a trail at MacRitchie Reservoir. You can run at a time of your choosing, at your own pace and even choose to complete the race over several sessions. All you need is a smart phone that can track the distance and time.
This year, even as we look to the future with this digital iteration of the ST Run, we at ST are also taking time to reflect on our distinguished past. The paper turned 175 years old on July 15. So to mark this milestone, the ST Virtual Run will offer participants two categories to take part in – 17.5km (Oct 9-18) and 175km (Oct 19-Dec 17).
There will also be a sense of continuity for our loyal participants as the two distances will give them the chance to complete their collection of a unique keepsake – the ST Run’s “trilogy” of medals.
If you recall, the ST Run launched this one-of-a-kind, three-part series of medals in 2019. The first piece was collected at last year’s run. The middle portion will be given to those who complete the 17.5km distance while those who finish the 175km run will be able to complete the “puzzle” by picking up both the second and third medals. When joined together like a jigsaw, the three parts will showcase the city’s landscape, which has formed the backdrop for the physical run over the years.
While the ST Virtual Run is a new take on an old faithful, some things also have not changed. One of these is the steadfast support of our sponsors and partners such as Panasonic (presenter), OCBC (official credit card), 100PLUS (hydration partner) and New Balance (official sportswear). We, the team behind the ST Virtual Run, are indebted to them as well as all who have made this event possible.
While Covid-19 might have changed the way we engage in sport, why we run, jump, swim and play has not changed. So lace up your trainers and sign up!