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Registration for The Straits Times Run In The Park opens on June 6

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2013 - Registration for the inaugural Straits Times Run In The Park, which is set to be the largest running event at one of Singapore's newest scenic park connectors, opens on Thursday, June 6, 2013.


Running enthusiasts can sign up for the 5km fun-run and the 10km and 15km competitive runs which will be held on Sunday, August 25, in the North Eastern Riverine Loop of the Park Connector Network. 

The early Sunday morning outdoor event offers runners a unique and refreshing experience, taking them through the scenic Punggol Waterway Park and along the natural coastline of Punggol Beach and the banks of Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs. The park connector is near the Punggol MRT station.

The run is organised by the English flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, as part of the Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) series to actively engage its readers and the community. The run is in collaboration with the National Parks (NParks) Board, which is commemorating "50 Years of Greening Singapore". 

The registration fee is $55 for competitive runners and $46 for fun runners, inclusive of GST. Those who sign up in groups of four or more will enjoy a group discount and pay $50 (competitive run) and $42 (fun run) each. 


Registration and payment can be made at the official event site at www.
starevent.sg , which can be assessed online and via all mobile devices.

Runners can also sign up via the event's interactive ad on The Straits Times app on iPad. Those who need more information can call 6319-2087 or e-mail 
imark@sph.com.sg

The inaugural ST Run in the Park is presented by Panasonic and supported by other key partners including Resorts World Sentosa, Clinique, New Balance, 100 Plus, Tenet Sompo Insurance and Chew Interior Design. 


Mr Marc Lim, Sports Editor of The Straits Times, said: "Sport unites. It excites. It entertains. These are the three principles which The Straits Times can identify with. This is why when it came to organising an event to engage our readers, a sporting event seemed the perfect fit."

He added: "The ST Run is a run with a difference. Not only will running enthusiasts get to spend their Sunday morning in one of the newest and most scenic park connectors, they can also expect a whole slew of activities to help them prepare for the inaugural run on August 25.”

"From pre-run clinics with some of Singapore's top long-distance runners to a running guide which discusses everything from nutrition to choosing the right shoes, ST will be with you every step of the way." 


All participants will receive a host of goodies, including:

    · A $49 "Lightning Dry" New Balance T-shirt
    · A $33 ticket to Resorts World Sentosa's SEA Aquarium, the world's biggest oceanarium, which is valid until Dec 31, 2013
    · A make-over or facial treatment from Clinique that is worth $80 
    · And other attractive gifts from generous sponsors, to be announced later


In addition, Presenting Sponsor Panasonic is setting aside a wide range of eco-friendly electronic products worth tens of thousand dollars as prizes for runners. 

Resorts World is offering a free stay at its breath-taking Ocean suite worth $3,000 as a top prize for the lucky draw, while Clinique is offering a free one-year supply of its products to winners of the four categories of the two competitive races – Men’s category (10km and 15km) and Women’s category (10km and 15km).

One lucky draw runner will also get a free home renovation package worth $16,800 to commemorate The Straits Times' 168
th birthday from leading home designer Chew Interior Design. 

In a break from tradition, The Straits Times is offering prizes for the top 100 competitive runners instead of the usual top three. In addition to gifts from sponsors, the first 25 runners with the best time in each of the 10km and 
15km races for both the Men’s and Women’s categories will get a free one-year All-in-One digital and print subscription of The Straits Times worth about $340 each.

More details on the prizes will be announced later. 

Mr Daniel Tan, Director of Panasonic Singapore, said: "We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of ST Run. Panasonic’s partnership with The Straits Times is in line with our efforts to establish our ties with the community. By offering our smart and eco products which help people lead better, greener lives, Panasonic aims to further strengthen this relationship." 

Mr Roger Lienhard, RWS' senior vice-president for Attractions, said: “We are delighted to be partnering The Straits Times again in its Star series of events. A visit to the SEA Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa will be a perfect extension to the run for the whole family. Home to over 100,000 marine animals of more than 800 species, the oceanic journey through the world's largest aquarium will bring visitors up-close with magnificent marine creatures. It will be nothing short of a fun-filled and educational experience for Straits Times readers.’’


Ms Nance Tan, Brand General Manager of Clinique Singapore, said: "Clinique is pleased to partner ST Run In The Park to promote healthy living. Great skin comes with healthy skin. At Clinique, we will help you to achieve your healthiest skin ever starting with a simple three-step regime that is custom-fit for every skin type and concern. Each beautifully crafted Clinique skin care and makeup product is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free, so even the most sensitive skins can feel at ease. Through this partnership with ST Run In The Park, we hope to share our advocacy for a healthy lifestyle." 

Ms Catherine Lim, Assistant Marketing Manager of New Balance Singapore, welcomed the ST Run and said: “New Balance Singapore aims to build our brand value by supporting the growth of running culture through sponsorship of key races and fun runs. The sponsorship of such events helps to connect us to the runners directly and to understand their needs."

Ms Jennifer See, General Manager (Beverages Singapore) for Fraser & Neave Foods, said: "100PLUS is excited to be a part of the inaugural ST Run. While our strong support towards serious athletes to outdo themselves is evident in our involvement in events like The Straits Times Athlete of the Year Award, 100PLUS is equally committed to encouraging sports enthusiasts to take part in sports events targeted at families and people from all walks of life. 


“These sports events serve as a platform for 100PLUS to reach out to the community to instill the benefits of healthy living and motivate the masses to embrace an active lifestyle. Positioned as the hydration partner of choice for many marquee sports events on the local calendar, 100PLUS has established a year-round programme to support the dreams and aspirations of our consumers.” 

Ms Stella Tan, CEO of Tenet Sompo, added: “Tenet Sompo Insurance is delighted to partner with The Straits Times once again. As a strong believer in a balanced lifestyle, we are happy to be part of the ST Run In The Park and look forward to spending a great time with our family and friends.”

Hailing its partnership with The Straits Times as a "first", Mr Tan Geok Chew, managing director of Chew Interior Design, said: "We are proud to be a part of this momentous event by The Straits Times. It is certainly a first for us as a home designer to take part in a major running event. But we are happy to say that it is precisely such out-of-the-box thinking that has given us the creativity to design the best homes for families in Singapore."


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 visit www.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.