Run Round Singapore – Going the Distance
First ever 218-km mega relay run to celebrate NTU’s 55th anniversary and raise funds for needy students
As part of Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) 55th anniversary celebrations, its alumni, students, staff and supporters will be coming together to take part in a unique 218-km Run Round Singapore relay run, which will be held from 27 to 28 March 2010.
The total distance of the relay run is equivalent to five marathons combined. This will be the first ever 218-km relay run to be held in Singapore. The record of ‘Highest Participation Relay Run Round Singapore’ (168km, 50 relay stations, 3,593 participants) was set five years ago when NTU celebrated its 50th anniversary.
As part of its 55th anniversary celebrations, the NTU community is coming together and rallying supporters and friends to break this record for a worthy cause. Nine core runners – representing NTU alumni, students and staff – will attempt to go the entire distance and to set new records for the Singapore Book of Records by completing the 218-km run in under 36 hours.
Among them are the three alumni who had successfully completed the previous Run Round Singapore in 2005, covering a total distance of 168km. They are: Mr Lim Nghee Huat (Nantah, Commerce, 1975), Mr Yong Yuen Cheng (National Institute of Education [NIE], 1997), and Mr Adrian Mok (Nanyang Business School, 1999). Joining them in this record-breaking sporting endurance feat is the only female core runner, NIE Teaching Fellow Ms Yong Yean Pin Adeline (NIE, 2000).
To encourage more participants from various constituencies throughout Singapore to take part in the non-competitive mass relay run, there will be a total of 68 relay stations, each averaging 3km, along the 218-km route. About 10,000 participants are expected to take part in Run Round Singapore.
The core and relay runners will be flagged off by NTU President Dr Su Guaning at the Chinese Heritage Centre, Yunnan Garden Campus, on Saturday, 27 March 2010 at 8.30am.
A rousing End Point Carnival Finale will be held at the Sports and Recreation Centre, NTU, on Sunday, 28 March 2010 from 6pm onwards to welcome back the runners at the end point of the 218-km relay run. Sports competitions such as 3-on-3 basketball, 5-a-side soccer, 4-a-side street netball and 4-a-side floorball, and cheerleading, musical and dance performances will be held to create a carnival-like atmosphere. The End Point Carnival Finale will be open to all NTU alumni, staff, students, supporters and Run Round Singapore participants and their family members.
Besides promoting healthy lifestyle and celebrating the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Run Round Singapore also aims to raise funds for the NTU Endowment Fund, which supports financially needy students of NTU.
Running enthusiasts may register for the relay run at www.ntu.edu.sg/RunRoundSingapore, and call 6790-4327 / 6790-4434 or send an email to RunRoundSingapore@ntu.edu.sg if they have any query about the event. The closing date for registration is 5 March 2010.
Run Round Singapore is supported by the People’s Association (and its Constituency Sports Clubs), Singapore Sports Council, South West Community Development Council, Singapore Athlete Association, Health Promotion Board, and the National Parks Board, among other organisations.
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