RUN FOR A GREENER FUTURE
The Labour Movement continues to generate awareness on climate issues with 2016 edition of RUN 350
In recent years, more focus has been placed on the pressing issue of climate change as the globe starts seeing its tangible effects. One run aims to take the awareness to another level by inspiring Singaporeans to take action now. Organised by Young NTUC, the youth wing of the Labour Movement, RUN 350 is introducing more green initiatives in 2016 to educate and harness the strength of the masses to do our part to combat climate change.
Taking place at the F1 Pit Building on 10 April 2016, this year’s run will see a new category being introduced: Fun on Wheels. Participants of this category will cycle, in-line skate or kick-scoot through a 4km route, showcasing the ease and availability of environmentally friendly transport options. Other categories of the run include the 21.1km half marathon, 10km and the popular 800m Kids Dash.
This green journey also begins with the launch of registrations digitally this Wednesday, 2 December 2015, 10am. Participants are not required to print their confirmation slips for race pack collection, reducing the amount of paper that will potentially be used and wasted. On race day, biodiesel instead of regular diesel will be used to fuel the generator powering the event, further reducing carbon footprint of RUN 350.
Another exciting addition to the upcoming run is the Utility Challenge. To take part, registrants simply need to bring along a copy of their most recent utility bill when collecting their race pack. Those whose bill reflects usage that is under the national average for their household type will receive a cash voucher from NTUC FairPrice, limited to the first 1,000 participants.
These initiatives taking place in the lead-up to the run are in line with the global 350 movement. The movement aims to inform the public of the need to lower atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to 350 parts per million, which scientists believe is the level required for Earth’s sustainability.
Green initiatives are not new to Southeast Asia’s premier eco-run. Since it was first held in 2010 in Pulau Ubin, RUN 350 has introduced initiatives such as a Bring Your Own Bottle campaign to the run, to reduce the use of disposable and non-biodegradable plastic bottles, and the Medal Recycling Campaign, which encourages the public to recycle their old race medals. Singaporeans are also stepping up to show their support for the cause. While the first RUN 350 saw 1,000 runners coming forward to run for the 350 movement, more than 10 times as many – over 13,000 – are expected for the 2016 edition of the run.
“The Labour Movement has always sought and fought for a better future for all. While we care for our working people and their families, we also care for the environment that we all work, live and play in. With RUN 350, we believe that we can rally the public and spread the awareness of a very pertinent issue: the planet’s health and our future,” said Desmond Choo, Executive Secretary of Young NTUC.
“The effects of climate change are affecting us now and we can no longer afford to sit back hoping the planet will heal itself. It’s time for each and every one of us to start doing our part for Earth before it’s too late. We’re thus extremely grateful for all the support the run has garnered, both from participants and our sponsor NTUC Income,” he added.
“Recent catastrophes reminds us of the planet’s fragility, and we hope this run continues serving as a strong reminder the decisions we make today affect our future,” said Marcus Chew, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications at NTUC Income. “Through the 350 movement, we encourage participants to create a better tomorrow by managing our resources responsibly today. This principle also applies to other aspects of our lives including financial management. It is for this reason that NTUC Income is proud to continue supporting the 350 movement and play our part in impacting the future generations.”
Early bird registration for RUN 350 will be opening on 2 December 2015 (Wednesday), 10am. Entries start from $13 for NTUC/nEbO members and Income policyholders.
Date: 10 April 2016, Sunday
Time: From 0500hrs for first flag off of 21.1km half marathon
Venue: F1 Pit Building, Marina Promenade
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