Safra Singapore Bay Run with Dads

A few Dads participated in 2018 Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon this morning. Our section could be bigger, but a few fell sick.

Although the run is also known as Army Half Marathon, we ran the Fun 5 km, not 21km.

Beautiful patchy clouds welcomed the runners, splendid skyline 🙂

Nick says it best when we “busy” parents must find opportunities to keep ourselves fit. If we are strong, we can definitely better support our family.

So to fellow Dads, let us plan for more sports 🙂

Clockwise L-Nick, me, Wai Keong, Randy and Patrick (Image credit Nick’s IG)

Slightly warm, but not hot. We started the race with superb weather. When we were walking towards the start line on Esplanade Bridge, 21km and 10km runners were making their way to Finish line.

21km and 10km runners had started at 0430 and 0630 respectively. Kudos!

5km Race was well organised. there was only one wave, but there are plenty of space for us to run in CBD. Our route brought us one round anti-clockwise along Marina Bay.

Maybe I spoke too soon. We soon encounter families and runners who were blocking the lanes.

Slower runners please keep left, and soldiers please curse less, the younger kids around us need not hear all the F and swear words.

Merlion, MBS, Helix and Esplanade, we passed by Singapore’s icons.


Many heartwarming scenes of families running together. Parents encouraging the kids, and sometimes holding their hands. It reminded me of 2014 when I brought 3 boys along for our first “family run” (read post here)

We had to support the enthusiastic kids with “thumbs up” and shouting “well-done”.

We Dads #DaddyMatters paced each other and enjoyed the run. It was another opportunity for us to hang out and do something for ourselves.

We merged with the 21km and 10km runners, #TogetherWeRun is the theme for 2018 Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon.

As we ran pass the Esplanade the second time round, families (and super heroes) are lining up for their 800.


Some were wearing masks too 🙂

Safra Singapore Bay Run and Army half Marathon

Meanwhile, David and buddy showed their support by visiting a Doctor in their running attire. Get well soon, little Buddy!

Image credit Doting Dad IG

Route map for Safra Bay Run and Army Half Marathon 2018.

Back to our run, 900m to end point.
5km took us 35 minutes, we picked up our pace and finish strong.


Army Ready (ex) Soldiers strong :p
Happy smiles and cheers say it all, another Fun outing for the Dads.

Thank you Safra for the engagement. More details about Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon can be found on their Website and Facebook.

You may read about Daddy Matters‘ previous run in 2017 (Mizuno Ekiden) or follow SengkangBabies running experiences here.


Safra Bay Run Army Half Marathon 2016

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5km completed this morning at Safra Bay Run 2016. Our timing is around 40 minutes, slightly better than 2014’s run 🙂

SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon (what a mouthful), Safra Run is actually our first family run. Since then, we have been conquering more routes (running posts).

I am motivated to keep fit for my family too, thus you see me actively encouraging kids to take up cycling and even hiking.

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Good thing we arrive early, so many carparks were full and there were so many road closures! Best thing is the Fresh morning air, after yesterday’s horrible haze episode (psi 190).
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Sun came up to greet us around 7.20am.
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Love running on the tarmac, without the cars. Freedom to cut across the lanes 🙂
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There was a small diversion for the 5km route.

I told the boys these bouncing castles felt like my SOC (Standard Obstacles Course) in army haha, a fun distraction for the kids. Good thing we are attempting the obstacles early in the race, it would be exhausting to attempt the SOC after 4km marker :p
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They will love Jacob’s ladder and low rope in the near future 🙂
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The 5km route is fun and well organised, the only complain I had are the NSFs (10Km) who were jamming the whole road from Flyer to end-point. 5km runners merged with them after Helix bridge, along Raffles Avenue.

The NSFs (probably forced to join the race) prefer to bunch up and chit chat and banter at their own walking pace. For goodness sake, if you do not wish to run, move to the left and do not block the lanes!

It was so hard for families to squeeze through.
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5km is neither long nor short, but I do have to constantly psycho and motivate the kids. 1km more, water point infront, do not lag behind the “old soldiers” 🙂

We did see a few retired soldiers, wearing black and in their 60s to 70s. Kudos!
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My Fitbit actually clock 5.6km, glad to complete the race together with my boys.
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Thank you Safra for the fun family run, it was a memorable journey for me with the kids again 🙂