The 17th edition of the Great Eastern Women’s Run returns to full swing and registrations were launched on Wednesday at Raffles Place by Ms Low Yen Ling, Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Mr Khor Hock Seng, Group Chief Executive Officer, Great Eastern. The launch saw 1,100 race slots signed up at the end of the day.
The 2023 event – which will be held on Sunday, 29 October at the Singapore Sports Hub – returns for the first time to full, pre-pandemic scale and will feature six categories of race activities, up from the four last year. The two additional categories are the 21.1km half marathon, as well as the 100m Princess Dash for three- to six-year-olds. They supplement the four categories from last year: the by-invite-only 21.1km half marathon for local elite runners, as well as the categories for members of the public of 10km, 5km, and the 2km ‘Mummy and Me’ run for ladies with daughters aged five to 12.
Women leaders who ran alongside Minister of State Low Yen Ling were (from left): (1) Jennifer Wong Pakshong, Group Company Secretary & General Counsel for Great Eastern, (2) Cheryl Chen, Fundraising and Events, Senior Manager, Daughters Of Tomorrow, (3) Low Yen Ling, Minister of State, (4) Dr Choo Su Pin, Council Member, Singapore Cancer Society, and (5) Vanessa Lee, Team Singapore SEA Games runner. They were flagged off by (from left): Khor Hock Seng, Group CEO, Great Eastern, and Colin Chan, Managing Director, Group Marketing, Great Eastern.
This year also sees an increase of competitive categories with more prize money being set aside to nurture local sporting talent. In addition to the 21.1km elite by-invite-only category, cash prizes will also be awarded to the top three finishers of the 21.1km and 10km local closed categories, with more than S$18,000 of prize money to be given out.
At today’s launch event, Minister of State Low Yen Ling ran alongside representatives from Great Eastern, Daughters Of Tomorrow, Singapore Cancer Society and Singapore elite runner and SEA Games participant Vanessa Lee on treadmills to mark the official opening of the race’s registration, as well as the start of the fundraising campaign by Great Eastern’s employees and financial representatives. The runners were flagged off by Mr Khor, Great Eastern Group CEO. This display of solidarity fully exemplifies this year’s race slogan of ‘Start Strong, Finish Great’. For each kilometre the fundraisers clock between today and 30 September, Great Eastern will donate $1 to the beneficiary organisations Daughters Of Tomorrow and Singapore Cancer Society. All race registrations today will also attract a S$5 donation from Great Eastern.
To celebrate Great Eastern’s 115th anniversary, the first 115 women who came to the launch event decked in any Great Eastern Women’s Run T-shirt from a past race received a pair of complimentary race slots of their choice, while other on-site registrants were able to sign up at a special launch day promotional rate.
Every woman deserves a great run in life. The Great Eastern Women’s Run has been the game-changing race for generations of women through championing female wellness and bonding while motivating women to unlock their own versions of greatness. The run has also become a tremendous force for uplifting communities in Singapore. Over the next five months, our Great Eastern employees and financial representatives will fundraise actively for beneficiary organisations Daughters Of Tomorrow and Singapore Cancer Society, with the support of Community Chest.”
– Khor Hock Seng, Group Chief Executive Officer, Great Eastern
The funds raised will go towards programmes supporting underprivileged women in their back-to-work journey and helping cancer survivors to integrate into everyday life and to regain a strong sense of community and identity.
From left: (1) Cheryl Chen, Fundraising and Events, Senior Manager, Daughters Of Tomorrow, (2) Vanessa Lee, Team Singapore SEA Games runner, (3) Low Yen Ling, Minister of State, (4) Dr Choo Su Pin, Council Member, Singapore Cancer Society and (5) Jennifer Wong Pakshong, Group Company Secretary & General Counsel, Great Eastern.
Singapore’s only all-women’s run has been organised by the insurer Great Eastern since 2006. The race was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19-related social restrictions. In 2021, the run was held virtually, with the exception of a smaller physical event for elite runners. Last year, the run resumed in a reduced physical format at the Sports Hub, with 4,000 runners taking part.
How to take part
The Great Eastern Women’s Run Reach for Great Fundraising Challenge 2023 supports two beneficiary organisations: Daughters Of Tomorrow and Singapore Cancer Society. To donate, please visit: https://www.simplygiving.com/event/gewr2023
To register with your female posse, go to www.greateasternwomensrun.com to take part in Singapore’s only all-women’s race.
Race categories and pricing
|Category||Online (valid till 2 October 2023)||Participant age as of 29 October 2023|
|Policyholder† and Loyal Runner* rates||Public rates|
|21.1KM||$57||$64||Min. 18 years old and above|
|10KM||$47||$54||Min. 16 years old and above|
|5KM||$30||$37||Min. 13 years old and above|
|2KM Mummy + Me
(1 female adult and 1 female child)
|$46||$56||Female adult min. 18 years old and above
Girls 5-12 years old
|2KM Mummy + Me
(1 female adult and 2 female children)
|2KM Mummy + Me
(1 female adult and 3 female children)
|100M Princess Dash||$18||$25||Girls 3-5 years old|
- All prices are in Singapore Dollars and are inclusive of GST
- †Policyholder refers to Great Eastern Policyholders.
- *Loyal Runner refers to Great Eastern Women’s Run 2022 runners.
- Registrants may make payment via Credit/Debit Card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) and PayNow.
Images: Great Eastern Women’s Run