SINGAPORE – More than 2000 runners flocked to Bishan Stadium and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park on Sunday (August 26) – and had more problems than just the heat.
They participated in the Run For Inclusion, the annual running competition in Singapore, where disabled athletes can run alongside the disabled.
Among the participants was the 27-year-old student, Mr. Wong Ren Yi, who was experiencing what it would be like to run as cerebral palsy or deafness during a new empathy-run & # 39; segment. Runners were on uneven ground and were given ear plugs to mimic the problems that such people would face.
Mr. Wong, who studies autotechnology at the Institute of Technical Education, suffers from mild autism, but participated in his third Run For Inclusion.
He said: "It is interesting to understand those experiences, I also love to run with my friends."
The event also included a & # 39; autism challenge & # 39; where participants had to walk or run through a sensory tunnel full of bright lights and sounds – they showed how people with autism can be sensitive to sensory overload.
A record 571 people with special needs participated in this year's event, and 295 caregivers also participated. There were three runs, at distances of 12 km, 6 km and 3.5 km.
Guest of honor was Mrs. Denise Phua, mayor, CDC in Central Singapore and MP for Jalan Besar GRC, who marked the event. The Run for Inclusion has been held since 2015.