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Run with The Straits Times In The Park

Unique 5km, 10km or 15 km runs through North Eastern Riverine Loop on August 25

SINGAPORE, 15 May 2013 - Catch a glimpse of colourful waterside birds, lush greenery and scenic waterways along one of the newest running routes in Singapore.

Serious and casual runners will enjoy this refreshing and different running experience in The Straits Times Run In The Park on August 25Sunday.

This will take them through the North Eastern Riverine Loop of the Park Connector Network (PCN), which winds along the natural coastline of Punggol Beach and the river banks of Punggol and Serangoon Reservoirs.

The Straits Times is going off the beaten track to bring runners closer to nature in this outdoor event, in collaboration with the National Parks (NParks) Board, which is commemorating "50 Years of Greening Singapore". 

The run is part of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers (STAR) series to actively engage its readers and the community.

Said Mr Warren Fernandez, editor, The Straits Times : "Many of our readers love to get outdoors and have fun while keeping fit. They read us for the latest news and trends on just how to do that. So we have decided to take them to this unique spot on the park connector network for a run with a difference. The ST Run will showcase a scenic route. We will also be with our runners every step of the way as they prepare for the run, in our coverage in the run-up to the event, in our Home pages and the Mind Your Body pages." 

"In addition, as always, we aim to deliver great value to those who sign up. Participants will enjoy more than just an opportunity to run with their friends or family. For the cost of signing up, they will also get a ticket to the latest attraction at the Resorts World Sentosa. So, as with other Star programmes, the ticket will be worth a lot more than what you pay for it, thanks to our generous partners. That is how we show our appreciation for ST readers."

The run will take place at the sprawling Punggol Waterway Park, which is easily accessible for runners as it is near the Punggol MRT.

Runners can sign up for the 5 km fun run, or the 10 km or 15 km competitive runs, which will fan out to different routes through this North Eastern Riverine corridor.

The registration fee will be $55 for the competitive runners and $46 for fun runners. Those who who sign up as a family or group of four will enjoy a group discount and pay $50 and $42 each respectively for the competitive or fun run. The group discount also applies to a group of four for mixed runs, for example, the group can register for two places in the longer run and two in the fun segment. The fees are inclusive of GST.

As in the previous STAR events, participants can expect to receive attractive goodies with each sign up - a New Balance "lightning dry" tee-shirt that is worth $49, a ticket to Resorts World of Sentosa's S.E.A Aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium, worth $33 plus other items. 

Registration starts early June. More details will be announced later.

On the partnership, Mr Poon Hong Yuen, CEO of NParks, said: "The North Eastern Riverine Loop goes round one of the most scenic places in Singapore, with lush greenery by the river, as well as rich biodiversity. Several species of birds, butterflies, and even otters have been spotted there. To commemorate 50 Years of Greening Singapore, we are happy to partner The Straits Times and bring more Singaporeans to this area to enjoy our green spaces."


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E
 


For more information, please contact:

Marc Lim (Mr)
Sports Editor
The Straits Times
DID: 6319-5498
Email: 
marclim@sph.com.sg

Tan Ooi Boon (Mr)
Head, Customer Service
Marketing Division

Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319-2088
Email: 
ooiboon@sph.com.sg

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Manager
Corporate Communications and CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319-1586
Email: 
yeosc@sph.com.sg



About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of SPH, has been serving readers for more than a century. Launched on July 15, 1845, its comprehensive coverage of world news, East Asian news, Southeast Asian news, home news, sports news, financial news and lifestyle updates makes The Straits Times the most-read newspaper in Singapore. 

Quality news, in-depth analyses, impactful commentaries and breaking stories are packaged to give readers riveting accounts of events in Singapore, the region, and beyond. 

The Straits Times' key strength is in its world class coverage of news outside Singapore. With 20 bureaus in major cities around the world, The Straits Times correspondents bring world news to readers on a Singapore platter, helping them appreciate world events from a Singaporean perspective. 

In keeping with the times, The Straits Times introduced weekly supplements such as Digital Life (DL), Urban and Mind Your Body (MYB) to complement The Straits Times as well as IN and Little Red Dot to cater to young readers in schools. In 2010, IN won the World Young Reader prize for the Newspapers In Education category. The prize was awarded by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra).

The Straits Times also has an online presence at 
www.straitstimes.com. The site features top stories, blogs and an online forum threads. Also under The Straits Times' umbrella are citizen journalism site Stomp and online television service The Straits Times RazorTV.


About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. It publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, 
omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visitwww.sph.com.sg.


About National Parks Board (NParks)

National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for providing and enhancing the greenery of our City in a Garden. Beyond building green infrastructure, NParks is actively engaging the community to enhance the quality of our living environment. 

NParks manages over 300 parks and 4 nature reserves. Adding to this is the extensive streetscape, or roadside greenery, that forms the backbone of our City in a Garden. An island-wide Park Connector Network is also being developed to link major parks, nature areas and residential estates.

As the lead agency on biodiversity conservation, NParks has developed an urban biodiversity conservation model, which aims to conserve representative eco-systems in land-scarce Singapore. NParks also monitors and coordinates measures to enhance the presence of biodiversity in our urban landscape.

NParks is working closely with partners in the landscape and horticulture industry to increase productivity, and provide training for all levels of the workforce. Enhancing competencies of the industry will support Singapore’s vision of being a City in a Garden.

For more information, visit 
www.nparks.gov.sg and www.facebook.com/nparksbuzz