The Ties That Bind Our Army
The 26th edition of the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon had record-breaking numbers of servicemen’s families participating. With a record high of over 7,400 family members attending, the participation numbers of families joining the event are said to be a 40% leap from 2017. This seems appropriate, given that the theme of the event this year was,"Together We Run", and this was seen in many examples. The Families for Life 800m Challenge was, once again, the most popular category amongst families, and has attracted 3,600 NSmen and their families in the run. Many even took part in a new record, where they donned specially-designed, superhero-themed event tees and face masks to break the previous record of Singaporeans running en-masse. Dubbed the “Largest Mass Run Wearing Masks”, a total of 1,379 participants took part, eclipsing the previous numbers of 1,191 of parents and their children back in 2014. Many more families also took part in the competitive 21km AHM and SAFRA 10KM Run, with family participation in both categories doubling this year. The end-point carnival was filled with activities for families to play with, including various exercises used by the Army to train their soldiers at the Soldier Strong Booth like the agility ladder, Sled, Tyre Flip and Battle Rope. The event, while noted as a legacy run that has been passed on from generation to generation of men, has in recent years tried to be more inclusive and more family oriented, in an effort to recognize how much family means to the lauded institution.