Running groups come and go. Some are a bit more resilient and stays a few years. Some die barely a few months after they start. In today time where things come and go at super speed, the CBD weekly Tuesday night run was a constant. But like all good movies, all good things has to come to an end and finally after 10 years, the CBD run has shut down.
The CBD run was started by Little Tigger and Tiwazz and a few others back in 2006 when mass running in Singapore was just starting to take off. The CBD run was a spin off from the now largely defunct SGRunners. Back then, there was corresponding regional group run like the Eastside Run, Westside Run and even a Northside Run! Interestingly, not all the founder of the CBD run work in the CBD yet they initiated it in the CBD for the benefit of us folks working there.
In its early years, the number of runners at each session was easily more than 20, a record for group run in those days. This is a picture of the runners at its first anniversary run in 2007.
The runners meet every Tuesday evening at the open area on top of the Tanjong Pagar MRT and ran to places such as Marina South, Fort Canning and even Mt Faber. With the redevelopment of Marina South, the run there was curtailed and looking for new routes became more challenging.
The CBD run was especially memorable as it managed to play matchmakers and spanned a few couples some of which gone on to get hitched.
The construction of Tanjong Pagar Centre on top of the MRT took away the little space for the runners to gather and that I think was the start of the death knell for the Tuesday night run.
By then, many other running groups had started in the area – from the still going strong Running Lab Funan Thursday Night Run to the HPB I-run twice weekly run at the UOB Plaza. There was also the Athletics Circle Thursday run and the Newton Wednesday Run both of which have since went the way of the dodo bird. Some of the runners moved to these new groups which were nearly or more accessible to their workplace. I myself went over to the Running Lab Funan Thursday Night Run although I tried to join them once in a blue moon like during their anniversary!
After 10 years, the CBD run has finally decided to bow out. In its last year, the number of runners have dropped to a handful of regulars, not helped by the lack of activity in the SGRunners forum where all the original members came off.
Anyway 10 years is a long time thanks to the dedication of Little Tigger, Tiwazz, Suanjing and Charlotte. Thanks for the time and the memories!