SINGAPORE: The Singtel - Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) Race Against Cancer has been cancelled due to haze.
“In light of the poor air quality, and for the safety and health of runners, volunteers, staff and beneficiaries, Singtel, the title sponsor, and Singapore Cancer Society have decided to cancel the race,” said organisers in an announcement on Saturday night (Sep 12).
The race was scheduled to happen on Sunday at 7am, but as of 9pm, the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) levels continued to remain within the unhealthy range, said SCS.
Organisers added that they would not be able to provide a refund.
"We are unable to provide refunds for your registration fee due to set up costs that have already been incurred," they wrote in an FAQ post on their Facebook page. "We sincerely appeal to you to regard your registration fee as a donation to SCS, to support our programmes and services in Minimising Cancer and Maximising Life."
The FAQ also explained why they would not be able to postpone the event.
"We are unable to postpone this event to a later date as the costs incurred in doing so will lead to an additional expense, which would cause a breach in fundraising regulations that have been set for voluntary welfare organisations," organisers wrote. "This will also impact the funds that we have set aside for our programmes and services.
"In addition, a postponement to any possible later date this year would be affected by poor weather during the monsoon season as well as the exam and holiday periods."
Registered 15-kilometre and 10-kilometre runners who wish to collect their finishers’ medals from SCS can do so at their office from Sep 14 to 30, Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. They just need to bring their Race Bib upon collection.
The office is at 15 Enggor Street, Realty Centre, #04-01, Singapore 079716.
SAFRA RUN AND YELLOW RIBBON RUN WATCHING PSI FIGURES
Separately, the SAFRA Celebration Run & Ride and the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run will also be happening on Sunday.
Both race organisers have said that they will closely monitor the PSI figures and inform racers on Sunday at 5am of any change in plans.
SAFRA wrote on their Facebook page at 5.30pm on Saturday that they would send an SMS notification to participants if the 5km and 1.5km runs would continue to take place.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Ribbon Project Singapore said they would watch the 24-hour PSI and 3-hour PSI readings at 5am on Sunday, and if they exceeded 100, "both the 10km competitive run and 6km fun run will be cancelled and a 6km walk will be available for all participants".
"If PSI reading exceeds 200, both the 10km competitive run and 6km run will be cancelled and buses will proceed to the carnival site which has many exciting activities for everyone to enjoy," they added.
The Yellow Ribbon Project Singapore will also be sending an SMS notification at 5am, along with updates on their social media, website and mobile app.