Record-breaking SSBR '13 Memories
By Tim Wee
September 2, 2013
An annual fixture on the local running circuit, the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run (SSBR) is a fun filled marathon experience that caters to both professional and casual runners. With a 74% increase in NSmen participation this year, the family orientated event saw over 46,000 participants and their families up and about this past Sunday morning.
Set amidst a magnificent backdrop, the picturesque sunrise certainly added a buzz to the air of excitement as participants gathered at the starting point. Flagged off by Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, the runners were also joined by Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Chan Chun Sing as the event got underway at the Esplanade Bridge.
Embarking on the one-of-a-kind downtown route, the runners were able to experience familiar local landmarks such as the old Supreme Court, Gardens by the Bay and F1 Pit Building in a whole new light. Moreover, there was extra motivation for participants with stilt walkers, street bands and belly dancers populating the race route. If that wasn’t their cup of motivation tea, the various National Service experience displays would have stirred their combative spirit to push on!
Some of the motivating sights along this year’s SSBR route!
At the finishing line, the atmosphere was approaching fever pitch with supporting family members clamouring to get a glimpse of the victorious runners. Ultimately, the 21km Men Master title went back into the hands of two-time SSBR winner Mok Ying Ren. The 2010 and 2011 champion ran long and hard to regain his crown, beating 6069 of his fellow runners in the process. Clocking a time of one hour 10 minutes and 13 seconds, it represented a personal best for Ying Ren and a new SSBR record.
SSBR 21km Men Master Winner Mok Ying Ren
However, that wasn’t the only record smashed at this year’s SSBR! With over 671 father and child pairs in the “Dads For Life 800m Father & Child Challenge”, this year’s SSBR broke its previous record for the “Largest Father and Child Race” in the Singapore Book of Records. The momentous achievement was highlighted by SSBR 2013 Organising Committee Chairman, Brigadier-General Tung Yui Fai as he was sure that “those who have participated in setting a new Singapore record will share this special memory for years to come.”
That enduring memory would have been made extra special as many of the kids relished the chance to marvel at this year’s military vehicle displays. Furthermore, families would have also been enchanted by the musical talents of the local bands and the cast of the popular movie Ah Boys to Men to round off this year’s festive SSBR experience!
The Behemoth Military Vehicles on Display!
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SAFRA wishes to thank all participants for a memorable SSBR 2013!
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