Since the redevelopment of the MacRitchie Trails and introduction of The Green Corridor, trail running in Singapore has been literally been on a trailblazing rise, thanks largely to the the pristine natural and man-made heritage, as well as the physical challenges it offers to running enthusiasts.
Having only walked along The Green Corridor on previous occasions, I decided to try my hand at one of these runs organised by the aptly titled Trail Running Singapore, a group of enthusiasts that brings like-minded runners to exchange trail running information, all while helping newcomers embrace nature altogether.
Depending on your fitness and familiarity, trail running might be a bit of a challenge to the uninitiated, and I found the undulating terrain at times affecting my normal breathing pace. My Nike Air’s that are comfortable for normal road running also seem to be a little too thin for trail runs, and I really wasn’t comfortable carrying a non-ergonomic waterbag for the run (I literally carried a backpack with a water bottle inside).
That being said, trail running definitely eliminates the boredom that many runners, including myself, face when running along the pavements and even park connectors. Squirrels, dogs, and of course the many landmarks along The Green Corridor, such as the Truss Bridges and former Bukit Timah station, make getting to each ‘checkpoint’ along the trail much more rewarding. People also seem much happier running along the trail, as I can’t remember the last time I was greeted by more than three random strangers in a day.
Ultimately, trail running is definitely a breath of fresh air to our urbanised community, and will definitely help to foster a greater appreciate for both the natural and also man-made heritage found throughout the numerous trails in Singapore.
For more tips on what to expect and trail runs and how you should prepare for them, just checkout this article HERE.