Mandai Wildlife’s signature 5km run returns after 3-year hiatus, to be held Sep 23-24

Runners will get to race past animals in the Night Safari, River Wonders and Singapore Zoo.

Dini Qistina Binte Ali

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Published: 7 July 2023, 3:40 PM

Fancy a 5km run past elephants, orangutans and other animals? 

The Mandai Wildlife Group is bringing back its signature “back-to-nature” run this year, from Sep 23 and 24.

First launched in 2009 Safari Zoo Run, it has been renamed the Mandai Wildlife Run. The 13th edition returns – after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic – in conjunction with Singapore Zoo’s 50th anniversary celebrations

While the exact race route is yet to be announced, it will start at the Night Safari and end at the Singapore Zoo. 

The first day of the event is catered for the competitive runners, while the second day is for families. 

There are two competitive running categories – a 5km corporate run and the 5km competitive challenge for individual participants. 

Registration for the individual event has begun, with sale of early bird tickets costing $72 each lasting until Jul 14. From Jul 15 till Sep 4, tickets will cost $72 for Friends of Wildlife members, $76 for those with Mandai Wildlife Reserve’s WildPass. The regular ticket costs $85.

The family event on the second day features a 5k fun run, a 5km leisure walk for seniors, and a 3.5km Ranger Buddies Family Dash for one adult and one child. 

Early bird ticket sales, open till Jul 14, cost $66 for the run, $55 for the walk, and $112 for the dash. 

Participants for either the competitive runs or the family events will get a race pack that consists of a Mandai Wildlife Run t-shirt, a tote bag and medal, and admission to the Singapore Zoo or River Wonders on the same day of the race.

Only runners who complete the entire run will receive a finisher’s medal, which is made of metal recycled from past race medals. 

Race pack collection will be held at the Mandai Wildlife West on Sep 16 and 17 from 10am to 6.30pm. 

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In the six weeks leading up to race day in September, there will be 10 health and wellness programmes held within the Mandai Wildlife Reserve. 

These include running clinics at the entrance of Singapore Zoo, parent and child yoga sessions alongside Orangutans or Manatees and “Morning Forest Bathing” sessions. 

The events are ticketed, separate from registrations for the Mandai Wildlife Run. 

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