Running With Purpose For The First Time

Caleb Goh takes part in his first Race Against Cancer and runs for cause.


Words Caleb Goh

The Race Against Cancer took part on 30th July this year. This was my first time taking part in this event, and also my first time running for a cause.


The race venue was situated at Angsana Green of East Coast Park, with the first flag off time for the 15km category at 7.10am. Public transport remains the best way to get here for events, as the nearby Carpark E2 has limited space.

The race site was crowded but still had plenty of space for participants to do their warm up drills and exercises. What did help was the morning weather: It was cool, not humid, and breezy enough.


The route for the Race Against Cancer was a simple loop with two U-turn points, it was pretty much on the pavement of East Coast Park which was a fast course. There were sufficient hydration points and clear distance markers to navigate with. At few designated parts of the race, there were supporters with banners cheering and whistling to encourage us along the way.

There were no barricades seen to cordon off the route for participants, so we were sharing the lane with the public in many spots. In some parts, it did seem jammed up, but if you ran on the grass instead of the pavement it was easy to get around the jam.


I ended the race with a timing of 1:09:25 for the 15km category which was a surprise as my muscles were aching from cycling the day before. The cool weather and the sufficient hydration points did help me and I managed to finish the race strong.

The race village was great for families to gather on a Sunday morning, with mini games and a fairground-like atmosphere. There was even a booth where you can print Instagram photos on the spot.

Until next year!


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