I was reluctant to wake up at 5.30 this morning when my alarm clock went off as it was raining outside. I just wanted to continue sleeping in my warm bed. I expected most of the participants of Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2010 to stay home on this cold and wet morning.
participants waiting at the Starting Line in their ponchos
I was proven wrong. Despite the rain, many participants turned up to sweat it out for a good cause. The rain couldn't stop them, they either brought their own umbrellas or put on ponchos provided by the organizers.
Many showed their support for ex-offenders who sincerely want to change by purchasing Yellow Ribbon Shoelaces (S$2.00), setting a record for the “Largest number of runners wearing yellow shoelaces!”. All proceeds will be donated to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
A cheerful Mr C Kunalan bringing sunshine to the event
I was so happy to see Singapore's greatest sprinter, Mr C Kunalan coming to support the event.With a total of 15 SEA Games and 5 Asian Games medals under his belt and a host of National Records to his name, he is an inspiration to everyone.
Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Law and Second Minister for Home Affairs, flagged off the race at 8am. Later, I missed out on his speech at the Changi Prison Complex as I was stuck in the traffic jam due to the road closures. :(
thousands of participants braved the rain at Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2010
The Yellow Ribbon Prison Run 2010 features a unique run route unlike any other run in Singapore. It takes runners past several historical sites in the Changi area including Johore Battery, Changi Chapel Museum and Old Changi Prison Wall. As runners approached the finish line, they entered the conserved old Changi Prison Gatehouse which brings them inside the new Changi Prison Complex.
long queues for the shuttle buses to Singapore Expo
Themed “Beyond The Run”, the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run is all about giving ex-offenders a second chance to start afresh. By participating, runners are lending their voices collectively to a message of hope for all ex-offenders “to pick themselves up and to get back on track”.
See you next year!!