Last Saturday, we completed our first family run at Safari Zoo Run 2017 @ Singapore Zoo. Safari Zoo Run is an annual event held at the zoo, aimed at increasing funds and public awareness to conservation projects for critically endangered wildlife.
This year, about 7500 participants participated in the race. Each participant could choose to be part of one of four teams: Team Ah Meng (supported Sumatran orangutans), Team Sunny (supported helmeted hornbills), Team Canola (supported South-east Asian freshwater turtles) and Team Chawang (supported Sumatran elephants).
Participants helped in deciding the division of funds for conservation when they chose a team to join. Running on a points system, participants were given opportunities to collect points for their team, which would lead to a larger allocation of funds for the conservation of the championed endangered species. For example, participants could score points with the number of Instagram posts uploaded during the race, and the top 3 male and female runners in the 10km category also earned points for their teams.
Runners representing Team Ah Meng came out tops, garnering additional funding support of $40,000 for Sumatran orangutan projects. Wildlife Reserves Singapore also committed an additional $20,000 each to regional projects supporting helmeted hornbills, Southeast Asian freshwater turtles and Sumatran elephants.
We were honoured to be invited to be part of the event, participating in a relaxing 2.5km Family Dash, and below is our photo journal for the day!
Safari Zoo Run 2017 Photo Journal
We were almost at the start pen when MF decided he needed to use the toilet. Despite saying he didn’t need the toilet when we passed it just before reaching the start pen. WHY do kids always do that? WHY??
In the start pen waiting for the race to start!
Emcee getting the crowd hyped up!
These boys didn’t need hyping up. They are perpetually high.
Oops, we got stopped behind a rope. Turned out they flagged us off in small batches. We thought we were in the second batch. Turned out we were in the fourth! And I thought we arrived pretty early because there were many more people behind us.
Sunny the helmeted hornbill danced to the beat of PPAP. I thought it was hilarious!
We were flagged off at last!
Sunny cheers the crowd on!
The kids dashed off at the sound of the horn. I could hardly keep up!
Who’s here for the dash? Uhmmm… Apparently not those of us in the non-competitive category. Most of us were here for a (quick) stroll through the zoo.
Oh yeah, water break!
Grabbed a drink and continued strolling.
MY spotted his favourite animal – the elephant. That signified a mandatory rest stop.
We reached the 1km mark!
Everyone seemed more interested in taking photos of animals than dashing.
Giraffes! That calls for another rest stop.
Storks decided to join in the race above us.
And so, Pokemon Go decided to release Gen 2 Pokemons the day before the race. And we ended up spending much of our race catching new Pokemons.
We reached the 2km mark! Almost at the finish line!
Cutting through the (air-conditioned) Frozen Tundra for a chill route to the finishing line.
Had to stop to say hello to the polar bear.
With the finishing line in sight, it is finally time to dash!
Told him to bite his medal and he bit the strap. Right.
Kissing his medal.
Pin this up for later!