If you’re available in the morning of July 24 (Sunday), you shouldn’t miss this running event. By Estelle Low
Participants of Shape Run 2016 will receive a turquoise Skechers tank top (above), on top of other attractive goodies.
Are you feeling the race fatigue yet? It’s mid-year, and more than 50 running events have come and gone. There are at least two happening every weekend, each boasting a unique theme. The recent boom in running events means that organisers have to work harder and harder to differentiate each race.
While inaugural running events promise lots of fun and novelty, nothing quite compares to the familiarity of Shape Run, which started in 2006.
Before joining Shape, I had signed up for Shape Run of my own accord several times, simply because I like what it stands for. As the first all-women’s race in Singapore, Shape Run ignited my interest in running. I began to see that running did not have to be the solitary activity undertaken in times of stress and angst.
Through Shape Run, I discovered that warm, fuzzy feeling of running alongside thousands of women like myself, who are constantly looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. To this day, I have not felt a similar sense of solidarity at any other running event. #Truth.
In its 11th edition this year, Shape Run still has plenty to offer. Just in case you missed the announcement: Shape Run 2016 is happening on July 24 at Marina Bay’s Bayfront Event Space. (Visit www.shape.com.sg/shaperun to register.)
Need more convincing to be part of Shape Run? Here are six great reasons to book your slot.
1. Enjoy a discount if you sign up with someone.
From now till June 20 (the early bird period), it costs $39 to do the 5km race, and $69 if you register with a buddy. Savings: $9 – enough to buy you both breakfast after the run. If you’re game for a longer distance, psycho your friend to sign up for the 15km race with you: A single entry costs $55 while a double registration costs $99. You’ll both save $11. Not a bad deal!
Excited children at the flag-off of Shape Run 2015’s 1.8km Family Fun Run.
2. Run/walk – and bond – with your family.
No one to help you look after your kid? Take the whole family along! The 1.8km Family Fun Run has categories for two ($39), three ($59) and four ($78) pax. Your child qualifies as long as he or she is 13 years old and below. Rates shown apply for the early bird period, from now till June 20.
10km runners at Shape Run 2015.
3. The 10km and 15km races are good training for a half marathon.
Long-distance runners would know, it’s not easy to find routes that are training-friendly. By that, I mean proper running paths where you don’t have to stop at traffic junctions, look out for inconsiderate pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, inhale toxic fumes, and even encounter nasty surprises along the way, such as unanticipated road blocks, construction works or a stray animal scurrying towards you.
At Shape Run, you can be assured that the routes are clear of obstacles and paved for a smooth running experience, just like any race should be. Plus, you’d know exactly the distance you’re covering. No more guess work or checking to see if your GPS watch is accurately calibrated. If you’ve signed up for a half or full marathon later in the year, the Shape Run is your perfect training ground.
4. You get to join three training runs to help you prep for Shape Run.
Sign up for a run and get free training – how good a deal is that? Shape Run offers participants the opportunity to meet and train with pacers several weeks before the race. So even if you have no clue on how to train, or simply lack motivation, here’s your rescue. There will be three training runs for each race distance (5km, 10km and 15km). Each session is limited to the first 250 sign-ups. Check the Shape Run page for deets.
Participants at Shape Run 2015 having fun at a mass dance workout after the race.
5. Experience the peace and sense of “girl power” as you run alongside like-minded women.
Proud to say: Shape Run is one of the few women-only runs in Singapore. The Shape Run participants I interview every year always rave about this one thing: That Shape Run is the most pleasant and well-organised of the many runs they’ve been to. I attribute this partly to the absence of guys (not counting the male pacers). Their *ahem* excessive sweating plus supersized egos makes them prone to overtaking and a degree of shoving, as commonly seen at gender-neutral races. (No offence, guys!)
6. Shape Run gives awesome goodie bags.
If you’ve been to a Shape Run before, you’d definitely agree. Pretty gym bag, good-quality running tank top, reputable skincare products, spa vouchers, gym passes, yummy snacks, isotonic drinks… these are just some of the enticing freebies you’ll receive by signing up. Check out this year’s goodies here.