Although there were moments of doubt, all things worked out in the end for me to race in this year’s Great Eastern Women’s Run! We had cool and cloudy weather, amazing running buddies that encouraged me on when I was too tired or lazy to train, and … a timely (albeit too short) break between work trips this weekend.
This year was the race’s 10th anniversary. A total of 17,000 women participated today, setting a new record as the largest number of participants in an all-women run in Asia.
What I love about the Great Eastern Women’s Run is that the event celebrates women and encourages us to live a more active lifestyle, while acknowledging the many facets of our lives – from healthy living, social causes, group activities … even, children! The fringe activities include training runs, Piloxing and Kpop X dance fitness classes. Though I’m rather choreographically challenged, I had a fun time following along in the spirit of looking good (I mean, aerobic and body toning). For the first time, participants could donate and donned colourful tutus in a myriad of hues of pink, blue, yellow and purple, in support of three women and children-related charities — Breast Cancer Foundation, Community Chest (Children with Special Needs) and the SingHealth Duke-NUS OBGYN Academic Clinical Program. Furthermore, the race featured its inaugural Princess Dash as 500 girls aged three to nine years, clad in pink princess-like tutus participated in a 100-metre dash, and were rewarded with a “finishers tiara.” What a nice opportunity for moms with girls – making me wish I had a girl too, even though I love my little guy to bits!
So thank you, Great Eastern Women’s Run, for inviting me again this year and making it so hassle free, including delivering our race packs right to our home, sending us useful training tips and timely updates given the perpetual haze. It was a wonderfully organised and meaningful event. I’ll definitely be back next year and maybe, improve my time 🙂
Stay tuned for the next race so you can run to live great and give great too!