Featuring a scenic and picturesque route for runners together with a carnival for them and their families too, the Carnival Run last evening, a 5km fun timed run, was organised by Aljunied CSC.
Taking place at Bedok Reservoir Park and aiming to reach running enthusiasts from all over Singapore, the 2016 edition of the Carnival Run had attracted about 700 participants – all of whom had enjoyed themselves at the race.
An enjoyable and well organised race
Said a runner, David James Stevenson, 46, a banker, “It was a very enjoyable and well organised race. The route was a bit tough at the beginning as there was a big hill, but overall, it was fun. The weather turned out to be lovely – I thought it would be too hot but it wasn’t! And it was also really good running next to the reservoir – I live very close by so I come here quite often, but it’s so beautiful that you can never get sick of the place.”
Agreed corporate lawyer Cora Hong, 33, “I love the location because though it was a very warm and hot day yesterday, there was a bit of breeze around the reservoir, and some terrain changes – so you get sand and hills too, rather than just road – so that added a bit of variety to the race, which I liked.”
The scenery was beautiful
Cora continued, “The scenery was also very beautiful – I never usually run here and the open space feels as though you are out of the city. It’s also a fun and short race to do together with my friends – and we all certainly had a great time running this evening.”
Also having a good time at the Carnival Run, was banker Rahul Bhandari, 43. He said, “Though the route was crowded at the beginning, the crowd soon spaced out and it became quite enjoyable. I had signed up because I thought the carnival atmosphere would be nice – and it’s a lovely way to spend at Saturday evening, having some healthy fun together with my friends and colleagues.”
Sweated less due to the breeze
For Kiwi medical student William Harris, 25, who is here on a visit from Auckland, New Zealand, the Carnival Run had proved to be a less ‘sweaty’ experience compared to his usual runs in Singapore.
He explained, “Bedok Reservoir is a beautiful place to have a run and I really enjoyed myself at the race. I love running around this nice reservoir – it’s a very scenic place and with the cool breeze, I also found myself sweating a lot less than I usually would, when I run here.”
The post-run carnival was a great idea
Besides the actual running though, there was also a carnival, as the name of the race had implied. And the runners certainly had thought that it was a really good idea, to be able to chill out with some healthy fun and games – after a sweaty run.
Said Human Rights Consultant Syfra Van Der Wert, 30, “Well you need sugar after a run, so having a post-run carnival that comes with a free popcorn station is a great idea! But I haven’t actually managed to take a look at the festivities yet though.”
Added Cora, “The carnival looks like a fun, family-friendly event, with a casual and lively atmosphere as well as lots of games and food – so I should be staying around to check it out.”