The annual National Geographic Earth Day Run 2017 is returning for the second time this year, bigger and better!
I will be joining them later today for Singapore’s first and only mass-run powered solely by renewable energy and driven by zero-waste initiatives.
Held from 2.30pm to 8.30pm on Sunday, 23 April 2017, at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, funds raised from the event will go to climate change initiatives of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore.
Featuring a 5km Fun Run and 10km Competitive Run, there will also be an Eco-Carnival with food and activities for all, ending off with an Eco-Concert helmed by renowned local acts who have pledged their support for the cause. Participants who pledge to reduce their carbon footprint through daily green pledges leading up to the run, will also be able to accumulate Green Dollars that can be used to redeem selected products at the Eco-Carnival.
Date: Sunday, 23 April 2017
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, The Meadow
Time: 2.30pm to 8.30pm (Flag-off at 4pm for 10km run, and 4.30pm for 5km run)
Distance: 5km Fun Run or 10km Competitive Run
Fee: S$69/pax or S$200/family (2 adults & 2 children under 12 years old)
*8% of registration fees will be donated to WWF Singapore in support of climate change education initiatives
1. 10km Competitive Run and 5km Fun Run
Each paid participant will be entitled to participate in the event, which will take a scenic route around Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay. Participants will each receive a race kit which includes:
- Race tee made from recycled plastic bottles
- Running belt with BPA-free water bottle
- Race bib made of seed paper
- Electronic Finisher’s Certificate
- National Geographic Earth Day Run NETS FlashPay Card
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF50 (15g) and Hydra Boost Water G
In line with the run’s zero-waste positioning, participants are urged to use the water bottles supplied in their race packs to refill and hydrate with water dispensers provided along the race route and at the event.
Men’s 10km and Women’s 10km competitive categories only:
- 1st: S$1,000 cash + 4D3N stay at IndoChine Resorts & Villas Phuket (Pool Villa)
- 2nd: S$500 cash + 3D2N stay at IndoChine Resorts & Villas Phuket (Ocean Suite)
- 3rd: S$300 cash + 3D2N stay at IndoChine Resorts & Villas Phuket (Oceanfront Room)
2. Green Pledges
Upon registration, participants will be provided with online accounts where they are encouraged to complete daily Green Pledges and reduce their carbon footprint.
Activities include pledging to take public transportation, cold showers, reducing food waste, bringing your own bag and using the fan instead of air-conditioner. Points accumulated allow participants to redeem selected products at the event.
The Eco-Carnival will take place throughout the programme of the National Geographic Earth Day Run. All activities will be conducted using clean renewable energy, with the aim to generate zero waste.
To fill participants’ stomachs, sustainable seafood and other dishes from IndoChine will be available in the form of snacks and full meals, with the use of non-disposable cutleries/crockeries.
The carnival will also feature booths with fun, family-friendly activities, and eco-friendly merchandise.
The event will conclude with a concert at 5.45pm, featuring local acts who have generously donated their time and performance fees to WWF as part of their support. These acts include Disco Hue, iNCH, Gareth Fernandez, The Façade, and Take Two.