Organised jointly by the Tampines Central CSC (Community Service Club) and Jalan Kayu CSC, the Coney Island fun run flagged off yesterday at the Punggol Settlement.
Comprising of one category – the 6km fun run – this event had been scheduled to flag off at 7.30am and it had been a simple out and back route, from Punggol Jetty through Coney Island and return.
Woke to a heavy downpour
I woke up to a heavy downpour in the morning so I was wondering at first whether the run was going to take place. Fortunately at about 6.30am, the skies cleared just in time for the run to take place. So I quickly got out of bed and headed down to Punggol Promenade for the run.
I reached the race site just after seven o’clock and hung around with some friends while waiting for the run to commence. And we also spent some time catching a few Pokemon; we found out that Punggol Jetty is actually a pretty decent place to catch water-type Pokemon.
Race was delayed
The actual running flag off however, had actually been delayed by about 15 minutes due to there being a miscommunication between the authorities – so as such the Coney Island gates had not yet been opened for the runners by 7.30am.
Starting the run
We finally started running at 7.45am. It had been a cooling run thanks to the nice post-rain weather. The first 1km took place on the park connectors before running into Coney Island. Then the next 4km took place on the island – we ran the full 2km from one end of the island to the other and then looped back the same way that we had come – for a total distance of 6km.
There was also a hydration station at Coney Island at the 3km U-turn point with the organisers giving out bottles of water there.
Running through Coney Island is always a rustic feeling
To me, running through Coney Island has always been a rustic and back-to-nature feeling, thanks to the rustic and natural setting there.
And with the nice breeze blowing towards us yesterday morning, the run had felt easy, pleasant and enjoyable.
The only drawback? I did not manage to catch sight of the famous Coney Island Cow, again.
As well, there are also no Pokemon or PokeStops in sight within Coney Island itself, though – for all of those Pokemon hunters out there!
Finished all too soon
The 6km fun run finished all too soon. On finishing, I received a medal and a goodie bag containing plenty of items such as a banana, canned isotonic drink, cream bun and water. The bag contained plenty of goodies, for a community sports event.
Additional water and fruit drinks were also available as well at the end point for runners who needed extra hydration.
Post-run, I also noticed that a PokeGym located at the Punggol Settlement finishing point had been changing hands very frequently amongst the three Pokemon Go teams. Looks like there had been a lot of Pokemon players out and about, yesterday morning!
After my run, I hung around for a while – waiting for the lucky draw to be announced and there had been quite a few CapitaLand gift vouchers of varying amounts, as prizes. And this was probably the most eagerly anticipated part of the event for most of the participating runners!