The Altruistic Runner
Ground Zero – Run For Humanity 2016
Runners in the 5km Relief Aid Challenge carry a relief pack filled with food to simulate people fleeing disasters. PHOTO: RUN SOCIETY
What: This charity run allows the participants to walk or run in the shoes of a disaster survivor.
In the 5km Relief Aid Challenge, runners will take on an extra load of 5 to 7kg in the form of a relief pack filled with non-perishable food items such as rice and sugar all the way to the finish line.
To create a more “authentic” atmosphere”, sand sections have been added to the route.
Organised by home-grown humanitarian organisation Mercy Relief, the run was created to give a glimpse of the experience of disaster victims, says executive director Zhang Tingjun.
Proceeds will go to Mercy Relief’s general fund which supports their Singapore operations.
Ms Zhang says: “We hope runners can experience the challenges in a survivor’s journey through a simulated experience of the disaster ‘ground zero’ situation.”
Participants in the 10km Race Against Time will have to sprint to complete the run within 80 minutes. Runners who want to kick it up a notch can opt to carry a relief pack.
Parents can sign their kids up for the new 500m category. Each parent and child pair will work together to carry a relief pack weighing 1kg.
Where: Casuarina Grove, East Coast Park
When: Aug 14, 7.30am
Cost: From $58 for 10km, $63 for 5km and $70 for a parent-and-child (aged three to 12) pair for 500m
Info: Registration closes on Aug 7. Go to www.groundzerorun.com
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline ‘Run for fun’.