Singapore is a safe country for running/walking/hiking outdoors. However, it is still necessary to take safety precautions when engaging in outdoor activities.
These are some general tips for safer running:
(A) Preventing Injuries
Remember, you are taking part in this race at your own time and place. Make sure that you are medically fit to participate in the race. Please take care to prevent potential injuries with the following tips:
Plan your route. Check if there are toilets and water stops available along the route in case you need them.
Meals should be consumed at least 2 to 3 hours before the run.
Warm up before a run. A good warm up routine prepares your body for the run and prevents injuries.
Wear appropriate attire for the run (e.g. comfortable running shoes with a good fit, socks and apparel) that prevents abrasion.
Stay hydrated. Remember to consume water in small amounts before, during and after the run. Singapore is hot and humid. It is important to replace the water lost through sweat to prevent conditions such as unitary tract infections, stress, headaches or heat stroke. By the time we feel thirsty, we can already be dehydrated.
Replace the electrolytes lost through sweating with isotonic packs, sports water or salt tablets if running for more than 90mins to help your body retain fluids and prevent muscle cramps.
Put on a cap, sunglasses and some sunblock if you are going out for a run under the sun.
Listen to your body. Rest if feeling unwell.
Cool down and stretch after a run.
In line with Ministry of Health’s advisory, participants are advised to avoid strenuous physical activities such as running for one week after your first and second vaccination doses.
(B) Safe Distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Remember, if you are going out for a run/walk/hike, please be socially responsible and follow the safe distancing guidelines:
Participants engaging in sports and physical exercises should observe all safe management measures as stipulated by Sport Singapore.
Please visit https://safedistparks.nparks.gov.sg/ to check on the Park Status or Visitor-ship Status of the parks before you go. Please avoid crowded places and choose a time when there are fewer people at the venue of your choice.
(C) Stay Safe when walking/running/hiking long distances alone
Participants should take note that you do not have to complete the YR Challenge in 1 single run/walk/hike.
Participants are highly encouraged to plot your Yellow Ribbon route prior to the run/walk/hike to minimise reference to your mobile phone or running app during the run.
Please remember to undertake safety precautions when running/walking/hiking long distances. Bring the following items along for your long run/walk/hike:
Water (preferably in refillable bottles) to stay hydrated
Isotonic packs or drinks or salt tablets
Energy gels/bars or some easy-to-bring-along snacks that can give you an energy boost such as bananas, nuts, sweet potatoes and jellies
Smartphone (to record your runs, use as e-wallet for purchases at a nearby F&B outlet/convenience store if necessary, and in case of emergencies if you need to contact anyone)
Power bank/spare phone battery and charging cable (in case you run out of battery on your smartphone)
GPS-enabled smartwatch (if you prefer to record your runs using your smartwatch and sync your runs to the app after reaching home)
Caps/sunglasses/cooling sleeves/sunblock if you are going to run under the sun for a long period of time
Some cash (not too much) for urgent purchases at a nearby F&B outlet/convenience store, if necessary, to replenish your water and energy.
Remember to stop for a break if you are feeling unwell at any point in time.
Last but not least, during this time of COVID-19, please remember to bring a mask and put it on when you stop exercising.
Remember to inform your family or friends when and where you are going for your long run/walk/hike and the estimated amount of time you will take before you get home so that they will not worry if they do not hear from you during this time.
Avoid routes/areas that are too secluded, quiet or dark, early in the morning or late at night on your run/walk/hike.
Bring along a headlamp if you are heading out to these areas in the dark.
Wear bright and/or reflective apparel or apparel with reflective strips.
Be careful and stay alert to your surroundings, and do not plug in your earphones/headphones.
Bring along a noisemaker if you have one.
Run to bright and open places with people immediately if you sense anything wrong in your surroundings.