LJ initiated this.. in the end she got 4 friends, I got 4 friends, and together we signed up as a group for the Green Corridor Run which happened on Sunday 18th May. As stated on the website, “The 10.5km course, starting at the historic Tanjong Pagar Rail Station winds its way along the beautiful green corridor, finishing at the old Bukit Timah Rail Station.”
“The Malaysian government recently handed back ownership of the rail line to Singapore, at which point there was a large campaign by the Nature Society to save the rail corridor from redevelopment. The campaign was successful and the rail line was removed and replaced by turf to enable the community to exercise and commute along this natural corridor through the city.” Details here.
According to the Nature Society (Singapore) Facebook page, for this event alone, the Green Corridor Run managed to attract more than 7000 runners from 70 different nationalities.
Seven of us went for Wave 3 while three of us went for Wave 4. It was raining the entire morning, and the 10am Wave 4 runners were only released to run at around 10.45am. I guess it was worth the delay and wait. Running (note: walking) on a long stretch of nature trail which was wet and muddy, with thousands of people, only made it an enjoyable experience.
Two thumbs up to the event organisers for this event. I did briefly mentioned they are also the events organiser behind Run 350. Like Run 350, I think they managed the Green Corridor very well too. Clear markers, volunteers and medics at regular points, boards put up to provide some friction for us running on this particular long stretch of mud, shuttle bus service out.. and thank goodness they still let the Wave 4 runners out although it was delayed for more than 30 minutes. It was a closed trail, so I guess they did not have to think about re-opening road closures, which was what happened for the 21 km run for Run 350. But I guess taking that decision to still let people run under the rain, and making the staff and volunteers work slightly longer was a bigger consideration and for that, I appreciate their decision and hard work.
My pictures below. If you are interested to see more or official ones, check out the Green Corridor Facebook page.
And.. I think more people should go and visit this green corridor, for leisure walks, photography sessions, nature lessons, anything! I mean, it’s a hidden gem right through the city!