Organised by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), the ISCA Run 2015 aims to promote camaraderie, family bonding and healthy living amongst Singaporeans.
At the same time, it also aims to create greater awareness of its two supported charities – the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) and the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) – as a form of corporate responsibility.
Now into its second edition, the ISCA Run this year flagged off at the Big Splash Playground in East Coast Park this morning. There were two categories for the runners – a 5km and a 10km race.
Runners had largely enjoyed themselves
And runners who had taken part in the event largely enjoyed themselves. Said Xavier Leong Wei Xuan, 27, a financial executive, “It was great. The weather wasn’t hot and it was quite cloudy and windy. The route was pretty standard for East Coast Park, but I enjoyed it because this was the first time I have run at East Coast Park for a race.”
Added audit assistant Soh Wen Jie, 35, “This was a great opportunity for me to have a quick exercise session and check it off from my weekly schedule. Being a working adult, I don’t really have a lot of time to exercise. Of course I wasn’t treating it as a race or targeting to win.”
For Christine Ooi, 23, an audit assistant, the run was very relaxing. She said, “I generally find East Coast Park a very relaxing place, so it was good to run here early on a Saturday morning. The scenery and the weather were also great.”
Post-race activities and refreshments were good
Besides the run itself, many runners also enjoyed the post-race activities and refreshments. Said Leong, “I liked the band – I thought it was quite interesting to get them to come in and perform. There were also adequate post-race refreshments such as Red Bull and Gatorade so that was quite good too.”
Added Haffian, “I thought that the emcee did a really great job in engaging the runners and I enjoyed listening to the music from the band too. It was a great way to relax after the run.”
Could have been some minor improvements
Some runners felt that there could have been minor improvements for the run, though. Said Muhammad Haffian, 27, an auditor, “Perhaps there could have been more water points. Being a 10km run, there could have been water points after every 3km along the route. But apart from that, I enjoyed myself – the scenery was good and the crowd was ok so there was no bottlenecks along the way.”