Monday, February 20, 2017

Bub & Me: Safari Zoo Run 2017

Last Saturday we went for our first family run of the year at Safari  Zoo Run 2017! We were up bright and early.. and praise God for the good weather! I still remember the torrential rain we experienced during Safari Zoo Run 2013 haha..thank goodness it was such a wonderful day for outdoor running!

The weekend before that we were at Marina Square to collect our Race Packs.

It was really smooth and for the first time ever, you didn't even need to wait for the event staff to attend to you to search for your bibs and goodies.. you could just use one of the FotoGraft Beta vending machines to collect your race pack items {see here for your runner's entitlement}!! How cool is that! (*^▽^)/

These vending machines were apparently just launched recently and event staff were still at hand to help in case there were any problems. The staff told us that in the future, the organisers will probably put them at the various malls for participants to collect their race packs at their own convenience.

All you needed was to either type or scan your IC number / event confirmation number and the machine will print your bib on the spot and dispense the t-shirt {and timing chips for those in the competitive categories}. After that you head to another staff to collect your eco goodie bag and vouchers.

Lil Pumpkin had fun taking the items out of the dispenser bin haha..

Even though our flag-off time for the 5.5km Safari Zoo Family Run was 8am, we reached the zoo about 7am to get a parking lot. After slowly going to the restrooms, wearing our bibs, taking some photos etc. it was about 7.40am and the starting pen was open so we went in..

This year, the Safari Zoo Run is themed "Run for Wildlife" and features 4 animal icons for Safari Zoo Run 2017 - Ah Meng the Orangutan, Chawang the Asian Elephant, Canola the Manatee and Sunny the Hornbill. It focuses on raising awareness for wildlife conservation. Each animal icon team supports an endangered wildlife species that the Singapore Zoo would like to raise awareness for.

Canola the Manatee mascot was there when we were about to start!

The race route was slightly different from the previous times we took part in the Safari Zoo Runs, but we still went through parts of the Singapore Zoo and even the Night Safari.

I think next time when Jurong Bird Park relocates to Mandai as part of a new 126ha eco-tourism hub in northern Singapore the Safari Zoo Run might go through it too??

I really love taking part in the non-competitive Family Run to slowly appreciate and take in the sounds and sights of the 2 wildlife parks in the quiet early morning before the tourists come in..

There's no need to rush, and you can stop at any time for photo opportunities with the animals.

You've to cross the finish line by 10.15am to collect your Finisher's Medal though but 2.5hrs is more than enough time to complete 5.5km even if you are ambling along as we were haha. o(^▽^)o

When we were at the start line, I thought I heard the host announce that there was going to be just 1 water station! But thankfully, there were actually 4 stations along the 5.5km race route.. phew!!

More than enough opportunities to get hydrated even if you didn't bring along your own water bottles.

Ever since DC Justice League Superheroes Run 2015 Lil Pumpkin has been completing our family fun runs without resting in her stroller haha.. even though this route is slightly longer than our usual runs, she still managed it without any whining or requests for us to carry her.

So proud of our little darling! I guess her CrossFit Kids classes has really been paying off in training her conditioning and endurance haha..

The 5.5km Family Run is comfortable not just for the young, but for the old to take part too. I was really happy my mum could join us for the event and have fun as well.

Mandatory shots with the route markers!! We always look out for these whenever we go for our fun runs..

It took us about 20 mins to complete 1 km.

In some runs these route markers can be kind of small but luckily these were big and visible..

One with the whole family ੧(❛▿❛✿)੭

My mum said that we should take one of Lil Pumpkin by herself at the 5km mark since she managed to run/walk the whole route by herself.. she was very proud of her granddaughter too

Only at the last part did the boy happily carry Lil Pumpkin on his shoulder past the finish line ( ᐛ )و

After the Safari Zoo Run, as per our usual practice, we headed to Rainforest Kidzworld in Singapore Zoo to cool down and play at the waterplay area. I thought it would be crowded with the other kids participants but surprisingly, it was pretty empty!!

Perhaps they went to the River Safari as you could enter for free that day as part of your runner's entitlement too.

We've never been to River Safari before but I'm pretty sure Lil Pumpkin would enjoy playing at the water playground much more than walking around again to admire more animals haha.. just look at her happy face in this photo!

Love the cute finisher medals that add to our growing collection of fun run medals but more importantly, I love the memories and experience of being active and taking part in these fun runs with my family.

It really makes you very appreciative of your health and wellness (●´∀`●)

If you're interested to join Safari Zoo Run next year, keep updated on their website here. Check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore too.


Mrs. L said...

This looks great, a family run is always fun!

Carrie-ann said...

How fun! Will try to remember to sign up for the event next year with my LOs!

Theresa Mahoney said...

Such a fun run! Those vending machines are so cool and convenient. I wonder if they will make their way to the US any time soon. I have several family members and friends who like to run races and they would get a kick out of the machines.

H.R. Bennett said...

It looks like so much fun! My niece actually just did a run to help raise money for her school.

Stacy said...

Fun run and for a good cause. Nice Tshirts too.

Small Kucing said...

so much fun. LOL.. We have something like this here too but not safari. It's botanical garden