And off they go...
First-ever 218-km mega relay run in Singapore to celebrate NTU’s 55th anniversary and raise funds for needy students
Nine core runners representing Nanyang Technological University (NTU) alumni, students and staff set off this morning at 8:30am for their 218-km Run Round Singapore. They were flagged off by NTU President Dr Su Guaning.
Joining them at the start point at the Chinese Heritage Centre, NTU, were more than 3,000 relay runners who ran the first station of Run Round Singapore. Over 8,800 relay runners will be taking part in the non-competitive mass relay segment of Run Round Singapore, which consists of a total of 68 relay stations – each averaging 3km – along the 218-km route.
The nine core runners will attempt to go the entire distance and set new records for the Singapore Book of Records by completing the 218-km run – the equivalent of five marathons – under 36 hours. They are: NTU alumnus and PhD student Teng Teck Hou, 31; final-year Computer Engineering undergraduate Ng Junwei, 27; Nantah alumnus Lim Nghee Huat, 56; Nanyang Business School alumnus Adrian Mok, 34; National Institute of Education (NIE) graduate Yong Yuen Cheng, 38; NIE graduate and teaching fellow Yong Yean Pin Adeline, 33; and College of Engineering alumni Chua Kok Chiow, 35, Chin Kok Kai, 41, and Lee Hua Qun Melvin, 28. Running throughout the day and night, they are expected to return to the end point at NTU’s Sports & Recreation Centre in the late afternoon on Sunday, 28 March 2010.
“All nine athletes, young and old, seasoned marathoners and first-timers, take on this challenge with a single-minded purpose and determination,” said Dr Su. “One thing binds them – their attachment to this university.”
Run Round Singapore is a signature event organised to celebrate NTU’s 55th anniversary.
The event also aims to raise funds in support of educational advancement. “As we celebrate NTU’s 55th anniversary, it is appropriate that we cast an eye to the future, to those who will come after us to carry on the Nantah spirit,” said Dr Su. “For this purpose, the university will channel funds raised from this event towards student bursaries to help future generations of NTU students.”
A rousing carnival finale with games and dance performances will be held at NTU’s Sports & Recreation Centre on Sunday, 28 March 2010 from 6pm onwards to welcome back the relay runners at the end point of the 218-km relay run. Sports competitions featuring 3-on-3 basketball, 5-a-side soccer, 3-a-side floorball, and 4-a-side netball competitions will also be held in the early afternoon from 3pm onwards.
The carnival finale will be open to all NTU alumni, staff, students, supporters, well-wishers and Run Round Singapore participants and their family members.
Run Round Singapore is supported by the People’s Association (and its Constituency Sports Clubs), Singapore Sports Council, South West Community Development Council, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, Singapore Athlete Association, Health Promotion Board, and the National Parks Board, among other organisations.
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