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SAFRA Bay Run, Army Half Marathon to focus on NSmen, families

Organisers will incorporate feedback from NSmen on the running route, and special races for NSmen to bond with their families will also be featured. 

SINGAPORE: The annual SAFRA Singapore Bay Run (SSBR) and Army Half Marathon (AHM) is back again, with a renewed focus on NSmen and their families.

For the first time, input was sought from NSmen runners in planning the route. Twenty-three runners from the SAFRA Running Club and Team FatBird ran parts of the proposed route on June 14.

Their feedback includes lighting up areas along the Skyline Promenade Park Connector, as well as a detour along Rhu Cross to reduce congestion under Sheares Bridge. The comments will be used to improve the overall running experience, said the organisers.

This year's run also presents more opportunities for NSmen to bond with their families through a host of happiness-themed elements, including a 500m bubble zone and “Happy” mascots in the 5km "fun run".

NSmen can also participate in the 800m Father and Child Challenge, and share a part of the National Service experience with their children via a set of challenges inspired by the SAF Standard Obstacle Course.

Organisers are aiming to meet or surpass last year’s turnout of 46,000 participants, as well as the number of NSmen participating in the full 21km run.

The run takes place on August 31, and priority registration for SAF servicemen and their families and SAFRA members has opened. Members of the public can also register for the event until August 7.

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