Olympic Day Run began in 1987 as an effort to commemorate the foundation of the International Olympic Council on June 23 1984 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin. It’s a global annual event that celebrates the spirit of the Olympic Games and encourages people of all athletic abilities to get active and support the Olympic Movement. Since its conception 19 years ago, as many as seven million people, including people with disabilities and participants from Ethiopian villages and El Salvador, have participated in Olympic Day Runs.
Here in Singapore, the Olympic Day Celebrations, which are presented annually by McDonald’s and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), look to spread the Olympic ideals and values of excellence, friendship and respect, and to encourage people of all athletic abilities to get active.
The event was flagged off by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, and was participated by more than 2000 people of all ages, ethnicities and athletic abilities. Participants enjoyed a fun family walk and got the chance to become “Olympians” for the day as they tried their hand at archery, football and basketball at the Jurong East Sports Centre.