This is the 2nd year that I got an invite to join this race. Last year it was at Sentosa and while that race route was more interesting, on certain portion of the route, runners had to run on narrow pavements and alongside cars. This year, the race, now in its second year has moved back to mainland Singapore.
The good thing about a night race is that race organiser can set up a proper race village complete with all sort of activities like in this case there was photobooth, face painting and food stalls. There was even a big large stage with a beautiful digital display screen for live performance. Not that these are not available at day races but usually those starts too early and the activities can only start post race by which time the sun is up and too hot for most people to enjoin in comfort.
One of the highlight of last year Puma Night Run was the presence of many celebrities and these year Puma did not disappoint the fans with a full line up of them.
The race route wounds round the Marina Bay covering a distance of slightly over 10 km. Puma had thoughtfully inserted this information into the race details so runners are aware in advance that the distance is more than 10 km. The race route itself is the by ow too familar Garden by the Bay – Helix Bridge – Marina Promenade – Tanjong Rhu PCN – Garden by the Bay East and finish at Barrage. The problem with this route is that part of it especially outside around the Tanjong Rhu, Garden by the Bay and Marina Barrage are too dark. Perhaps for future edition, the organiser might want to consider putting up spotlights at the darker part of the route especially the Barrage itself to avoid any accident.
I heard there were free beer but didn’t see any. There were some food stalls but these are not free and overpriced. However, overall, it was a well organised race with few if any hiccups. Now if only I have found the free beer. That would be a perfect race!
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