Up For The Challenge

There were fun and games aplenty, as some 400 participants ran, cycled and kayaked through Punggol Waterway Park in April.

By Yong Shu Chiang      27 July 2018

Hundreds of NSmen and their loved ones tackled fun games and challenges while racing through scenic Punggol Waterway Park on foot, bicycles and kayaks. On 28 Apr, participants of the second SAFRA Punggol Waterway Challenge showed their enthusiasm, fitness and ingenuity as they competed in the games. Supported by the Families for Life Council, the event saw fresh excitement as it presented a new race route around the park, following the inaugural event in 2016, and welcomed its first visually impaired participants.

Wan Wai Yee, 45, and Mohammad Ivni Bin Yaakub, 37, had competed in half-marathons, triathlons and open-sea swimming events previously. Together with their respective guides, they were among the participants who embraced the various activities of the Challenge, which consisted of a Doubles Challenge category, a Families for Life AceKids Challenge (for one parent and one child aged 7 to 10) and a Families for Life ChampKids Challenge (for one parent and one child aged 11 to 14).

Organised by SAFRA Punggol, the event saw the return of 20 pairs of participants from the 2016 edition to show their support and to compete. Among them were the defending champions of the Families for Life AceKids Challenge, Mohan S/O Krishnamoorthy and his son, Dhiren, and the runners-up to them, Woon Wee Koon and his son, Joven. Against the backdrop of nature, participants embarked on race routes of between 8km and 11.5km across the three disciplines of running, cycling and kayaking and completed up to eight challenges on their way to finishing the event.

Good teamwork was on clear display as participants took on challenges like Yoga Pose, Double Burpees, Three-legged Race, Buddy Skipping, Ring Toss and Trampoline Photo Jump. All finishers walked away with medals while the top three fastest teams of each category took home attractive cash prizes for their efforts.

The SAFRA Punggol Waterway Challenge is just one of SAFRA’s many enhanced sporting events this year, to help promote fitness and bonding among NSmen and their families. Other such events this year include SAFRA Sprint Kids Xtreme in June, the first- ver SAFRA Youth Sports Games (July), the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon (August), SAFRA Swim for Hope (October) and SAFRA Jurong Open House – The Mini Amazing Race (December). These will be followed by the return of SAFRA AVventura in January 2019, which will see the 11th edition of the popular multi-disciplinary endurance and adventure race being staged.