Nickelodeon’s first ever SpongeBob Run in Asia flagged off in Singapore on an overcast Saturday afternoon (6 August) at Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa.
My son is sitting for his PSLE this year, so I coaxed my 10-year-old daughter to be my companion for this fun run. What made this run enticing for us is the QUEST to find Patrick Star, SpongeBob SquarePants’ best friend who is missing, along the 5km route that will showcase the iconic landmarks from the underwater city of Bikini Bottom, including the Krusty Krab, and the houses that SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward Tentacles live in.
We rushed down from our earlier event attending the premiere of The Little Company’s Three Little Pigs to Sentosa only to realize that we were actually an hour early. The kids fun run had just started and we had an hour to kill. We spotted with SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Stars on the beach and decided to take wefies with them!!
And of course we were not the only mom-blogger-and-child pair at this running event. We were happy to see mommy bloggers Edlyn (MummyEd), Serene (Xavy-licious), Jennifer (DinoMama) , Shub (Rainbow Diaries) and Jenn from MyLilbookworm (not in the photo as she joined us later) with their kids.
At a quarter to five, we joined the sea of runners in our bright yellow running T-shirts for our turn to begin the run. You can see that the “Starting” point is way ahead.
What was different or unique about this run?
1) No Hurry Kinda Run
No one was in a hurry. There was an air of jovial leisure-ness to the run. There was no clock timing your race. You can run, jog, walk or stroll in any fashion you like. Many runners were parent-child pairs, boyfriend-girlfriend pairs or groups of friends running together. Due to the overcast weather, some runners made not-so-discreet U-turns towards the finish line while others saunter along casually.
This is definitely not for serious runners. There were no pacers to encourage you along or water stations along the 5km run to keep you hydrated. Runners were more interested in catching Pokemons than chasing after SpongeBob and Patrick.
2) Pokemon-Go Hijacked The Run
The much awaited Pokemon-Go Singapore version was launched the day before. Many runners were spotted with their eyes glued to their mobile phone screens, stopping only to catch the Pokemon characters. See photos below of Pokemon-Go trainers in action.
3) Beach Run
About 3km of the run is on the beach. For those of us who did not train on the beach, it makes running more arduous as our calf muscles have to work harder to run on the soft, uneven sandy surface. Most runners end up walking on the sandy stretch. We had sand in our shoes and kids were asking if they could take off their shoes and run on the beach.
Many runners also stopped to take selfies or wefies with the beautiful background of the sea and beach behind us.
This is our first run on the beach. Despite our inability to run well on the beach (more due to the inadequacy of my fitness level), we really enjoyed the run and the company of our friends.
We finished the run without much success in finding Patrick (stuff toys hidden on the beach) and completely missed out on the iconic landmarks from the underwater city of Bikini Bottom (see pic below).
It’s another run that we have completed together as parent and child.
We love the cute SpongeBob medals given out at the end of the race.
Even though we did not manage to find Patrick or see SpongeBob in person, it was an eventful run. Thank you Nickleodeon and X-Change Republic for inviting us to participate in this fun run. Check out this link for more pictures of this run.
This fun run is presented by X-Change Republic, a one-stop solution for sports and lifestyle brands with a presence in Singapore and Malaysia, who also organized notable in-house races such as YOLO Run and Diamond Dash.
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