The 11th edition of the Shape Run took place last Sunday morning at the Bayfront Event Space. The race attracted around 9,500 runners and the city route took runners past iconic Singapore locations such as the Esplanade Theatres, Singapore Sports Hub and the Gardens by the Bay.
Billed as Singapore’s first all-female run, the 2016 race had comprised of three categories – a 10km and a 15km competitive run, as well as a 5km fun run, to appeal to all types of runners.
As well, there was a 1.8km Kids Dash targeted at children aged 13 years and below, with the aim of getting the young ones interested in running as well.
Runners had thought it was a well organised event
Runners who had taken part in the Shape Run 2016, had thought that the race was well organised.
Said Jennifer Paulsen, 31, a housewife who was taking part in her first all-women’s run and had competed in the 10km category, “The logistics and the route were perfect. The scenery was also lovely, as it always is the case in Singapore. But I think I should have trained harder though!”
She added, “Still, it was nice running with a bunch of women; it felt pretty awesome as everyone was smiling and acting really cool whilst running.”
Sharing her sentiments was Ab Facey, 40, a swimming coach who ran 10km. She said, “The run was absolutely fantastic! The weather today was perfect and the route was very well set up. I also thought the water points this round were much better than last year. There were also more volunteers handing them out, the route was clearly marked and we had lots of space to run with no bottlenecks.”
The Marina barrage slope was challenging
However she found the slope over the Marina Barrage to be a challenge though.
Said Ab, “The slope was tough; it was super hard and when I was reaching the top, I was so happy that I was sprinting.”
Scenery of the Singapore CBD was lovely
She added, “And from the top, the views of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer were awesome and there were also some big, black clouds; I wish I could have just stopped and taken a photo.”
Also finding the scenery of the Marina Barrage and the Singapore CBD to be beautiful, was Sharon Colfer, 42, a housewife who ran in the 15km race.
She said, “The scenery was really lovely and there was also just the right number of hydration points available along the route. This is one of the best races that I have been to this year, and there was also detailed information on how to get to the race site.”
Sharon added, “Usually I run 10km races, but today I decided to take on the 15km as a personal challenge. I’m so happy that I did it.”
Hard to wake up for such an early morning race
The challenge for Marlene Oswald, a 30 year old tax consultant, however, was to be able to wake up for the race.
She explained, “It was hard to wake up so early in the morning! But I am glad that I managed to drag myself down here to run this race.”
A Wonderful and memorable run
Added Marlene, who took part in the 5km race, “but it was a wonderful run and I am feeling glad to have been a part of it. The weather was hot and sweaty but it was considered good for Singapore standards, so I am not complaining.”
Karie Parker, 50, a housewife, also agreed. Said Karie, who was a 1hour 40mins pacer for the 15km race, “It was definitely a wonderful and memorable run, especially when I crossed the finishing line together with my friends.”
She added, “Everything fell into place together really well this morning and the weather couldn’t be more perfect.”