Close to 2,000 people supported the Olympic Movement at Olympic Day Run 2013 this morning at Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park. The 2.7 km Run was flagged off by Guest-of-Honour Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information at 9 am and joined by 13 athletes from Olympian Singapore.
Held annually in conjunction with the worldwide celebration of Olympic Day and presented by McDonald’s and SNOC, the Run seeks to spread the Olympic ideals and values of excellence, friendship and respect. Participants, consisting of families and friends who signed up through the official race microsite www.olympicdayrun.sg and students from primary and secondary schools, were joined by a contingent of about 700 McDonald’s employees and their families.
Vice President, SNOC, Dr Tan Eng Liang said, “Olympic Day is a day where we celebrate the birth of the modern Olympic Movement, and therefore we invite people of all ages and ability to get active, discover new sports, and have fun with the side activities while learning of the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. For Olympic Day 2013 we are also driving home this additional message to the sporting community to respect the environment, and therefore these first-ever Go-green initiatives for this morning’s activities.”
Ms Phyllis Cheung, Managing Director of McDonald’s Restaurants (Singapore), added, “McDonald’s has been a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games since 1976 and we have been bringing the Olympic spirit closer to Singaporeans for more than a decade as the exclusive global presenter of the Olympic Day Run. Together with our partners in SNOC, we are happy to encourage families to get up and go active in celebration of the Olympic values.”
Mr Jose Raymond, Executive Director of the Singapore Environment Council said: “We see the Olympic Day Run bringing together not just Singaporeans but people throughout the world. Sports reaches everyone, touches everybody and affects the world over. Sports and our environment go hand-in-hand to promote the sustainability of our health and fitness. With the International Olympic Committee taking a proactive approach to building a better world by promoting sustainable development through sport, the Olympic Day Run 2013 provides an excellent opportunity to instill a sense of responsibility towards the environment. And while we may don jerseys and flags of many colours, Green is now the universal colour of every sport.”
Apart from featuring various Olympic Sports related competitions, such as football and volleyball competitions, the event also “go-green” with various initiatives in place. Signages were reused and recycled and participants were encouraged and reminded to bring their own water bottles to collect drinking water after the Run. All plastic bottles and cans at the event were collected and sent for recycling. Participants also took part in a Discovery Hunt Challenge where information on various green efforts and initiatives was shared.
About McDonald’s Olympic Partnership
McDonald’s became an Official Sponsor of the Olympic Games in 1976 and has a long-standing commitment to the Olympic Movement. At the 1968 Olympic Winter Games, McDonald’s airlifted hamburgers to U.S. athletes competing in Grenoble, France, after they reported being homesick for McDonald’s food. Since then, the company has served its menu of choice and variety to millions of athletes, coaches, their families and fans. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games mark McDonald’s sixth Olympic Games as a Worldwide Partner and seventh as the Official Restaurant of the Olympic Games. McDonald’s current sponsorship will continue through till 2020.
About McDonald’s Restaurants
In Singapore, McDonald’s has a network of 125 restaurants island-wide, fifteen Drive-Thrus, over 30 dessert kiosks and over 40 McCafé outlets.
McDonald’s is the first in the industry to offer super-convenience with McDelivery 24/7 (online ordering available at www.mcdelivery.com.sg), 24 hours Drive-Thrus, 24 hours dining at a majority of restaurants daily or on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays) and Breakfast from 4am.
McDonald’s employs 8,500 people in Singapore and serves more than 6 million customers every month. It is the recipient of the Aon Hewitt Best Employer award in 2007 (Singapore), 2009 (Singapore & Asia) and 2011 (Singapore & Asia) and the national Service Excellence award in 2008.
In 2011, McDonald’s received recognition for its green efforts winning four Green Mark for Restaurants certifications by the Building & Construction Authority. This includes the first ever Platinum Green Mark award for its restaurant at Jurong Central Park.
For further information on McDonald’s Singapore, please log on to www.mcdonalds.com.sg
About Singapore National Olympic Council
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national non-profit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympics Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the South East Asian Games. Singapore’s involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894. For more information, please visit www.snoc.org.sg.