Monday, November 3, 2008

TNP Big Walk

When The New Paper (TNP) started its first Big Walk in June 16, 1991, it expected only 4,500 walkers to turn up. But expectations were exceeded when over 7,000 walkers showed up. The event has grown by leaps and bounds since then.

In May 21, 2000, the Big Walk 2000 held at National Stadium saw a record breaking of 77,500 participants. This day did not only mark the 10th anniversary of TNP Big Walk, it was also awarded the official Guinness World record as The World‘s largest walk. TNP Big Walk was last held in May 2006 and was suspended after the plans were announced to demolish the National Stadium which was its long time base.

This year, TNP finally found a new home for the Big Walk – the Marina Barrage. The fact that all 20,000 places were snapped up within the 5 registration days showed that the Big Walk has not lost its popularity.

Top left: Participants gathered at the Suntec's Fountain of Wealth from 6am.
Top right: All ready to take off.

Top left: Crossing the Suntec grounds, we exited into Nicoll Highway.
See the Concourse and Golden Mile on your left and the scenic Kallang Basin on the right.
Top right: Turned into Stadium Road and see the National Stadium and Indoor Stadium.

Top left: Crossed the Tanjong Rhu Bridge and followed the red brick road as we passed Tanjong Rhu View and Tanjong Rhu Road.
Top right: We entered the gates to the grounds of the future Marina West Gardens and walked on this 900m unpaved nature trail, which skirted the Marina Bay golf course.

Above: The 900m unpaved nature trail continued. We were almost there...

Top left: Yes, we saw the Marina Barrage!
Top right: Crossing the finishing line and we completed the 5km walk!
Above: More and more participants arrived!

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