Seven years old Boon Yee made it! Although our family cross the 5km mark together, Daddy is especially proud of Boon Yee. His hair was never dry after the first km, but quietly displaying his determination, our little man try to pace his brothers.
Earlier in the day, we say Good Morning to Merlion. Our 5km race is at 8am, but the early birds are already pounding the tarmac (21km 5am and 10km 7am).
It feels good to run on a road deprived of cars. Absolute freedom. We heard more than 46,000 serviceman and families have signed up for 2014’s Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon.
Safra mascot, which kids had mistaken for M&M haha!
Does not matter if you are going against traffic, the roads are cordoned off today 🙂
Halfway-point is at Helix bridge. We refused to let tired legs dampen our mood. Some folks are doing Aerobics with loud music to encourage us to carry on.
Nice try boys, today no chartered services. Actually, it is Daddy who wanted to take a shuttle bus and take photos of us when we reach end-point (lame excuse!)
As we reach the last kilometer, SuperDads and SuperKids are ready to dash 800m 🙂
Counting down.. 700m … 500m
Even Victoria Concert Hall produced melodious chimes to egg the runners to push on (check video below).
Video : Running up and down and keeping the momentum
We clocked 48 minutes to finish our race. It was heartening to see young families trying to cross the finishing line hand in hand 🙂
Poor kids looking tired and worn out, we just need our 100Plus (and maybe tower).
And they are not yet aware that Daddy is SUPER proud of them today! Well done Boys!
Post-running activities. While we catch our breath, kids can enjoy fishing or slide-a-mug. There is a huge bouncing castle too.
How come kids are not tired?
Jumping for Joy, we did not understand what Daddy meant when he say “5km will be the new benchmark” for our future runs?
Daddy has something to say :
You will notice on our Instagram that SengkangBabies are leading an active lifestyle. As our kids love sports, it was a good opportunity for me to pull them along to participate in mass jogging or runs. It is easier to motivate them when we run in groups, rather than individually.
Besides improving our family bonds and a good workout (away from Ipad and computer games), sports is always one of the best way to buildup resilience and increase a child’s confidence.
My boys were initially skeptical about completing their 5km run but they persevere.
Seeing them put in so much effort, I myself am motivated to improve my fitness and join them in more Fun Runs in the future! Do pop by some other sports events on our blog, “Fairprice Walks with U” and “Energizer Night Trail“.
Three of us are going for the 3km Family Obstacle course.
The whole area has a carnival-like atmosphere. Runners, families are all eager to start early to avoid the Sun.
Every 60 seconds, one batch of runners are released.
Eight obstacles should not be too challenging right?
And off we go, it did not took us long to find the tyres!
Hop and jump is easy, but we did not expect the numerous slopes along the trail, some with 30 degrees incline!
(Image credit Energizer Singapore Night Trail)
And we are only at the 500m mark…
Video : The sun and the slope was unforgiving. We had to be careful when we ran down the slippery gravel hill. One slip could meant a bad bruise or sprain.
The track in Mandai is a path less travelled. And the scenic paths (with BKE on the right) does relieved some of our weariness.
Ooops, we are tramping on Protected Area hee hee.
Great outdoors, we are sweating buckets ! But Daddy must keep up our spirit and momentum (and still find time to take video).
Must find some time and shade to take selfie, showoff to Mummy.
(Taking photo is an excuse for Daddy to catch his breath)
Can you spot the Durian trees? Husks were spotted on the floor, someone has been harvesting the Durians 🙂
Water Parade to hydrate ourselves.
As if 3km is not long enough, add in tyres, nets and even a bouncing castle!
The obstacles made Energizer Singapore Night Trail much more challenging.
The swamp was not too muddy and wet, lucky us. But Daddy thought it would be more authentic to remove the planks, let everyone get mud spa :p
Once we started on our challenge, No U Turn :p
Kids only knew that they are going for some run 2 days before, and Daddy was not sure whether he has they would have the stamina.
Not your usual bouncing castle! Obstacle points actually offers runners an opportunity to catch their breaths.
Yes, we did it ! We took 30min to complete our 3km obstacle course. We even manage to dash across the finishing line together.
Daddy is super impressed and proud of the kids’ endurance and achievement.
Refreshing fruits and ice creams to cool down participants.
There are post run activities and entertainment to keep kids happy.
Although the race was quite tiring, we strive to complete the challenge together.
Jump for Joy !
* The other categories for Energizer Singapore Night Trail are the 6, 12 and 18km long. There is a 1.5km Family Obstacle course too. More details and pricing can be found at Energizer Singapore Night Trail website.