28 January 2013, Singapore – While most of us are still lazing on the bed on a sunny Sunday morning, about 6,000 energetic individuals made up of 71 different nationalities were gathered at Tanjong Pagar Rail Station to participate in the first ever BlackBerry Green Corridor Run.
The runners were flagged-off by Guest of honor Acting Minister for Manpower and Senior Minister of State for National Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin and raced for 10.5 Km. Amongst the runners was Class 95FM Cartunes DJ Mike Kasem with his co-host Jean Danker cheering him and other runners on from the side lines together with a cheerleading squad of loyal listeners.
The ‘Green Corridor Run’ presented by BlackBerry is the first race to be held entirely on the ‘Rail Corridor’, which follows the course of the old rail line, starting at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station. It runs parallel to the AYE before heading North via Buona Vista, passing near Holland Village and through the lush Clementi Woodlands, before finishing at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station. The route allowed runners to experience one of Singapore’s least known natural wonders and show their support for keeping the area as natural as possible, benefiting generations to come. It will be an eye opening experience for most, as this area was once off-limits to the public.
Samson Tenai, 32, from Kenya and Rosie Clarke, 26, from the UK, stood up and were the overall winners for the male and female category, completing the race in 34 minutes 11 seconds and 41 minutes 42 seconds, respectively. “When the opportunity to participate in a run along our old Rail Corridor came about, I jumped at the opportunity. I think it’s important to raise awareness of this historical stretch of land for future generations,” said Rosie Clarke. Samson Tenai commented; “It was definitely an interesting route and the terrain was different to most of the other runs that I have done in the past.” Both winners walked away from the race with a cash prize of S$1,500, a BlackBerry Bold 9900 and expressed their interest in participating in next year’s run.
BlackBerry too were pleased with the enthusiastic response to the Green Corridor Run. “2013 marks BlackBerry’s ten year anniversary in Singapore so we’re delighted to be the lead supporter for an event that celebrates a unique part of the island’s history. The number of participants that ran the route and showed their support for the cause was overwhelming and fantastic to see,” said Charles Dufourq, Country Director, Research In Motion Singapore.
The Metropolitant Team can’t wait to participate in the next Green Corridor Run. Who’s coming with us?