Run for our heroes
Do your part and honour our frontline heroes by doing a 1km run in your neighbourhood.
Run for Heroes 2020 is a ground-breaking virtual running initiative that aims to build a national movement of support for Singapore’s healthcare and service frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-organised by sports and wellness management company Orange Room and sports marketing consultancy Novastella, and supported by Sport Singapore (SportSG) through the Active Enabler Programme (AEP) and #SGUnited, the event will run till August 8, 2020.
Said Orange Room managing director, Elvin Ting: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact all around the world. In Singapore, lives and businesses have been disrupted. Our frontline and healthcare heroes have worked incredibly hard and put their lives at risk for months now to keep us safe.
“This initiative is our way of showing our solidarity and support for our frontliners. We want to start a nationwide movement to celebrate a collective community spirit by rallying individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to run for someone else in a show of support to those who are fighting the virus outbreak on our behalf.”
To celebrate this community spirit, participants will be entitled to two iconic red and white wristbands that will serve as a unifying symbol of support in the collective fight against COVID-19. Besides being Singapore’s national colours, red represents our common blood and unity of purpose, and is also the international colour symbolising medical aid. White represents the traditional colour of uniforms worn by nurses and doctors.
Upon completion of the 1-km run in your neighbourhood, one wristband will be sent to the participants and the other will be sent to a frontline hero with a personalised message of thanks as an expression of gratitude. Besides medical professionals, these frontline heroes include individuals such as our cleaners, security staff, transport workers and staff manning the quarantine and isolation facilities. Wearing the wristbands allow everyone living in Singapore – from the frontliners to the people they protect and serve – to have a visible and recognisable symbol that will connect all of us in a spirit of unity and solidarity, and remind us of the challenges we will face and overcome together.
“The reason why we chose a relatively doable distance of 1 km is to ensure that everyone who wants to can be a part of this initiative. The COVID-19 outbreak has hit all of us, and we should all do our part to thank and support the frontliners,” said Novastella director Nicholas Fang.
Run for Heroes is a non-profit initiative and seeks to raise funds for The Courage Fund, which provides relief and support to all who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Run for Heroes 2020 aims to attract 500,000 runners and to distribute a total of one million wristbands before the event concludes on August 8, a day before Singapore’s National Day. In order to commemorate the entire nation coming together behind a common cause, all participants and frontliners are encouraged to wear their wristbands as Singapore celebrates National Day on August 9.
To register, participants can sign up on the website (www.runforheroes.sg) for S$9.50 per 1km slot. Registration has started and the race distance should be completed by 2359hrs on August 8, 2020.