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 Singapore Bay Run 2014

Safra Singapore Bay Run 2014 debrief :

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 Bay run 2014 video

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 🙂

We just walk through Promontory yesterday with Fairprice, read our “Fairprice Walk with U” review 🙂

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“.
Family activities weekend

Thank you for the invite SAFRA Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon. (running route for 2014)

Follow Safra on their website and Fanpage for more Family events in the future.

Do pop by our Fanpage album for more event photos. As Daddy is working on this blogpost, Boon Yee has just subscribed to some sleep therapy ..ZzZz…

(Visit our 5km runs, Safra , Energizer, Sundown, HelloKitty, ZooRun, Justice League)