A Platform for Women to unleash their fierce side
By Raziyah Begam and photos by Valerie Lua Yu Ling
The hot and humid weather did not deter the runners as they emerged from the Nike She Run’s race with a great sense of accomplishment. 8000 women participated on Saturday evening to run in the Nike She Runs 5k race. This annual event presented avid female runners with the unique opportunity to be part of Nike’s global She Runs race movement, connecting to a global community with 85,000 other women from 12 cities worldwide.
Decked up in their Nike She Runs T-shirts, runners gathered at Gardens by the Bay East for the flag off at 6pm. The new race route provided participants with scenic experience as it brought them past waterfront promenade, marina barrage and flower dome.
The young athletes was a new addition to this year’s Nike’s female-only race. The young athletes were the first batch of runners to complete their 3.18 km run. It was a part of Nike’s effort to draw and encourage young female runners.
The runners were in for a treat after their run at the Race Village which was designed specially to cater to the likes of women by providing them express manicures, foot massages, and food and drinks. Participants were given the opportunity to capture their Nike She Runs moments through photo booths set up in the race village and also the Pledge wall which enabled participants to write down their pledges.
The entertainment kicked off at around 6.30pm. Familiar local talents such as Band 53A, Charmaine Pelaez and DJ duo TWOFACE lighted up the atmosphere with their amazing performances. Taking the participants through the celebration were hosts Power 98 Radio DJ Emily and previous MTV VJ Utt.
Vanessa Boon, age 24 who was participating in this Nike run for the second time wanted to challenge herself to complete the run within the timing she set for herself.
“The experience that Nike has given me is simply great. Participating in a female only race helps to bond with other female participants and as well as forge meaningful friendships.”
“However, the race venue was rather inaccessible for those who have to take public transport” said Vanessa.