2 grandpas and 22 others run 58km for 58th National Day: 'This is a gift from us to Singapore'

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Is everyone doing it now?

People are running 58km to celebrate Singapore's 58th National Day.

First, there are the members of the Happy Feet Running Club, such as Stomper Jason.

Last year, he and three others completed 57km for the nation's 57th birthday. This year, 22 of them managed to go the distance.

One of the finishers, Shafiee Barahim, who planned and ran the route last year, did so again.

The route, starting from the Red Dot Museum on Aug 4 at about 9.15pm, included the following landmarks:

  • Merlion
  • Padang
  • Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles
  • Singapore River
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Orchard Road
  • Istana
  • Sheares Bridge
  • East Coast Parkway
  • Geylang Serai
  • Singapore Sports Hub
  • Kampong Glam
  • Sultan Mosque 
  • Little India
  • Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
  • Angullia Mosque
  • Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
  • Church of Our Lady of Lourdes 
  • Chijmes
  •  Armenian Church 
  • Central Fire Station
  • Old Hill Street Police Station, now the Ministry of Communications and Information
  • Chinatown
  • Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
  • Sri Mariamman Temple
  • Jamae Chulia Mosque 
  • Nagore Durgha Shrine
  • Thian Hock Keng Temple
  • Al-Abrar Mosque
  • Telok Ayer Street
  • Robinson Road
  • Lau Pa Sat
  • Marina Bay Sands

The Happy Feet Running Club members completed the route in 8½ hours.

"This is a gift from us to Singapore!" said the Stomper.

Shafaiee added: "The main ingredient for this success is this year's National Day motto itself – 'Onward as one'!"

And then there are the two grandpas from Santai Runners, who go by the nicknames Boy Bard and Tok Lu.

"The runners, in their 50s and 60s, started their journey at midnight and finished 10½ hours later on Aug 1," said Stomper Badrul.

For Tok Lu, who is turning 61 in November, it was not his first National Day rodeo. Last year, he also ran 57km for the occasion.

The Stomper said: "As Singapore's birthday looms nearer by the day, many runners are expected to fill the streets and accomplish their 58km runs to commemorate this special year after Covid."

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