Great Eastern launches the 15th edition of the Great Eastern Women’s Run (GEWR). This year’s race will see Singapore’s first all-women’s virtual run. To mark the return of GEWR after the cancellation of the race in 2020 (due to the Covid-19 pandemic), runners will lead a fund-raising initiative where monies will go towards underprivileged women in the society, helping them lead a better life.
This year, the public will get to participate in the GEWR by clocking their miles via a mobile app from 14 November to 15 December, across a total of five different race categories, with a special 113km category to commemorate the company’s 113th anniversary in 2021. Other categories will include the usual 5km, 10km, 21.1km distances, as well as the popular 2km category specially for mothers and daughters (5 to 12 years old). For the special 113km category, participants can choose to form a team of two to four ladies to complete the distance collectively or clock it individually within the time period.
To prepare participants for their run, GEWR will conduct a series of monthly virtual challenges to encourage ladies to increase their mileage and improve their pace on the app MOVE by Liv3ly*. Participants can also expect tips from athletes, running coaches, physiotherapists and nutritionists on this journey as participants train with GEWR on Facebook and Instagram, starting from September.
This year, Great Eastern will eliminate single-use plastic in race packs and entitlements, to make an impact towards a greener and more sustainable world. Finisher medals for participants are 100% recyclable, while the race bag this year is made from natural pulp fibre and is recyclable. Great Eastern pledges to use the race as a platform to raise awareness and funds towards supporting underprivileged women in their back-to-work journeys. With that they have adopted two charity organisations – Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) and Daughters Of Tomorrow (DOT). Aiming to empower women by helping them achieve financial independence to support their families, and a new beneficiary this year.
Registrations for GEWR will begin on 18 August and can be done through the Great Eastern Women’s Run website. Participants will be required to clock their distance through the MOVE app from 14 November to 15 December 2021.