Many adults participate in running events as a way to escape from the stress of daily life. Children, too, can benefit from running, so why not make it a family-bonding activity? Running can reduce stress, boost creativity and improve attention span, while building physical stamina and mental endurance. Furthermore, runners develop confidence and self-esteem from the sense of achievement they experience when they complete a run. Which of the following 2020 kids running events will you sign up for this year?


Editor’s note: In light of the 2019-nCoV situation, some runs have been cancelled or postponed. These include Butterfly Run 2020 (cancelled), Relay For Life 2020 (cancelled) and Marina Run 2020 (postponed – update pending). Those that have been rescheduled are listed below accordingly. We’ll also be adding to this list whenever new runs are announced, so do bookmark this page to stay updated!

February 2020 Kids Running Events

1. Nasi Lemak Run

kids running events 2020 - nasi lemak run

This made-for-foodies fun run rewards your efforts with a packet of the yummy dish. Apart from the 4 km Normal Nasi Lemak and 8 km Upsized Nasi Lemak categories, families with kids below 12 years can take part in the 700 m Mini Nasi Lemak. Afterwards, feast on your well-deserved (Halal-certified) nasi lemak with tea, coffee or Milo! Entitlements include a limited-edition Nasi Lemak race tee and finisher medal.

When 16 February 2020
Where MacRitchie Reservoir
Details & registration www.nasilemakrun.com

March 2020 Kids Running Events

2. 2020 MetaSprint Series Duathlon

kids running events 2020 - metasprint superscoot

The second of a three-race series, the 2020 MetaSprint Series Duathlon offers a run-bike-run format. It’s a family-friendly event that introduces newbies to the sport of triathlon. Kids aged 8 to 11 years first run for 700 m, then cycle 6 km, before completing another 700 m run. There are also categories for youth aged 12 to 15 years and adults 16 years and up. Little ones aren’t left out either — 4- to 8-year-olds can join in the 500m Superscoot!

When 8 March 2020
Where F1 Village
Details & registration www.metasprintseries.com

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3. HomeTeamNS Adventure Race 2020

hometeamns adventure race

This year’s HomeTeamNS Adventure Race will test an athlete’s physical and mental endurance through running, cycling and hiking. Those 16 years and up can form a team of two for the 23 km multidisciplinary event. There’s also the 5 km Adventure Dash for parent-child teams for kids aged 10 to 15 years. It’s open to the public, with HomeTeamNS members and SAFRA/PA members getting discounts on race fees.

When 21 March 2020
Where HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok
Details & registration www.spacebib.com

4. Terry Fox Run Singapore 2020

kids running events 2020 - terry fox run

The 10th annual Terry Fox Run held in Singapore returns in March. Completely organised and run — pun unintended! — by volunteers, all donations and pledges go towards supporting cancer research. The non-competitive 5 km and 10 km runs are ideal for families. Feel free to run, jog, walk, push a stroller and bring your family pets. It’ll be a fun day of getting fit, meeting new friends, and supporting a worthy cause.

When 22 March 2020
Where Angsana Green, East Coast Park
Details & registration www.terryfoxrunsg.com

5. Spartan Kids Race Sentosa 2020

spartan kids race

Spartan Race is a leader in the sport of obstacle racing, and you’re never too young to start. The Spartan Kids Race encourages kids to jump, run, get muddy and have a jolly good time conquering obstacles. There are non-competitive races ranging from 800 m to 3.2 km for kids aged four to 13 years. 10- to 13-year-olds can also win trophies in the competitive category. Every competitor comes away with a t-shirt and medal.

When 28 March 2020
Where Palawan Green, Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island
Details & registration www.spartanrace.sg

(See also: 9 Adrenaline-Pumping Obstacle Courses Where Kids Can Train to Be Modern-Day Ninjas)

6. Safari Zoo Run 2020

kids running events 2020 - safari zoo run

#runforwildlife at the 12th edition of the family-friendly Safari Zoo Run. Sadly, it will also be your last opportunity to take part, as it will be taking a break ahead of Mandai’s expansion plans. One adult and one child aged 4 to 12 can team up for the 2 km competitive Safari Duo Dash. The 4 km non-competitive Safari Zoo Walk is also open to those as young as 3 years. You’ll also get a rare chance to see Night Safari in broad daylight!

When 29 March 2020
Where Singapore Zoo
Details & registration www.safarizoo.run

April 2020 Kids Running Events

7. Inaugural Onsite Punggol Earth Day Real Time Run 2020

kids running events 2020 - onsite punggol earth day run

Earth Day falls on Wednesday, 22 April. The Saturday prior, join a run to do your part to save the earth. First, shut down your lights and electrical appliances at home. Next, gather the family and grab your friends. Then join the Inaugural Onsite Punggol Earth Day Real Time Run. You can join the 10 km Competitive Run, the 5 km Fun Run, or the 2.5 km Signature Plogging Run where you’ll pick up litter on the way.

When 18 April 2020
Where Punggol Waterway
Details & registration www.spacebib.com

8. 2020 MetaSprint Series Triathlon

metasprint triathlon

In the finale of the three-race series, the 2020 MetaSprint Series Triathlon combines swimming, biking and running. Kids aged 8 to 11 years first swim for 150 m, then cycle 6 km, before running 1.5 km. 7- to 11-year-olds can also compete in a Kids Relay Team. There are more categories for youth aged 12 to 15 years and adults 16 years and up. Little ones from 4 to 8 years will scoot 500 m and run 200 m in the Scootathlon.

When 19 April 2020
Where East Coast Park
Details & registration www.metasprintseries.com

(See also: 5 Ways to Live a Zero-Waste Lifestyle in Singapore Now)

9. Income Eco Run 2020

kids running events 2020 - income eco run

Run towards zero waste at the Income Eco Run 2020. Kids aged 4 to 8 years (and parents) can run the 800 m Cool Kids Dash, with a 1.2 km version for 9- to 12-year olds. Other distances include 5 km, 10 km, and 21.1 km Half Marathons. The greenest run in Singapore is open to the public, with discounts for NTUC Income Policyholders, NTUC members, PAssion card members, and ‘Loyal Runners’ who participated in all three previous editions.

When 26 April 2020
Where F1 Pit Building
Details & registration www.ecorun.sg

May 2020 Kids Running Events

10. ISCA Run 2020

isca run

Organised by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, this event promotes healthy living, family bonding, and networking among members of the accountancy profession. However, you don’t have to be an accountant to take part in the ISCA Run 2020. There’s a 5 km and 10 km run for seniors, adults and youth from 13 to 18 years. Kids aged 5 years and up can take part in the 70 m Kids Obstacle Course too.

When 16 May 2020
Where OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub
Details & registration www.isca.org.sg

11. OSIM Sundown Marathon Singapore 2020

kids running events 2020 - sundown marathon

One of the biggest events on Singapore’s running calendar is back. The OSIM Sundown Marathon Singapore 2020 is a night race that’s second only to the Formula One GP. While the main events are the more serious Full and Half Marathons, little ones aren’t left out. Parents can take part in the 5 km Fun Run alongside children from 4 years of age. There’s also a 10 km Challenge for teens 13 years old and up.

When 23 May 2020
Where F1 Pit Building
Details & registration www.sundownmarathon.com

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June 2020 Kids Running Events

12. Compressionsport Run & Run-Swim Challenge 2020

kids running events 2020 - tri-factor run swim

Ahead of the Triathlon National Championship later this year comes the Compressionsport Run & Run-Swim Challenge 2020. Part of the TRI-Factor Singapore Series, runners are invited to mix it up in four categories. If the 10.5 km and 21 km runs aren’t exciting enough, partner a swimmer friend in the Run-Swim-Run team challenge. Kids aged 6 to 12 years can kickstart their passion for running in the 1 km Fun Run.

When 28 June 2020
Where Casuarina Grove, East Coast Park
Details & registration www.trifactor.asia

July 2020 Kids Running Events

13. Run For Light Singapore 2020

run for light

Celebrating its fifth edition, Run For Light is introducing a new category this year. The Ekiden 5KM Challenge calls for teams of five who will run a 5 x 5 km relay. It joins the 10 km Individual Open, 5 km Fun Run, and the iconic 1 km Blindfold Walk. Show your support for Guide Dogs Singapore by walking the distance in a blind person’s shoes — blindfolded! Leave your dogs at home, but families with kids as young as four years are welcome.

When 25 July 2020 (postponed from 22 February)
Where Punggol Waterway Park
Details & registration www.runforlight.com

August 2020 Kids Running Events

14. Triathlon National Championship 2020 Singapore

tri-factor triathlon

The biggest race in the TRI-Factor Singapore Series is the Triathlon National Championship. It sees veterans, newbies and prime athletes racing in various competitive categories. At stake are 18 qualifying slots to the Asian Triathlon Championship in Quzhou, China. But it’s not all serious competition. 6- to 12-year-olds have their own Kids Distance Triathlon: 100 m swim, 6 km bike and 1 km run, after which the whole family can celebrate at the TRI-FEST Carnival!

When 2 August 2020
Where East Coast Park, Angsana Green
Details & registration www.trifactor.asia

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15. Run for Hope 2020

kids running events 2020 - run for hope

Organised annually by Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the National Cancer Centre Singapore, Run for Hope continues its mission to raise awareness for cancer research. Avid runners can participate in the 10 km Non-competitive Run, while families can bond over the 3.5 km Fun Run. Join the run and join in the fight against cancer — you could win a staycation at Four Seasons Hotel too!

When 16 August 2020 (postponed from 23 February)
Where Marina Barrage
Details & registration www.runforhope.sg

September 2020 Kids Running Events

16. Ground Zero Run 2020

ground zero run

#runforhumanity at Ground Zero Run, a running event that challenges runners with disaster survival scenarios. Rush for safety in times of crises and complete the 10 km Race Against Time within 80 minutes. Obtain emergency supplies by running with a 5-kg relief pack in the non-competitive 5 km Relief Aid Challenge. In the 1 km Kids Dash, runners aged 3 to 12 years have the option of carrying a 1-kg rice bag. All donations and pledges raised will go towards Mercy Relief efforts.

When 6 September 2020 (postponed from 19 April)
Where Marina Barrage
Details & registration www.groundzerorun.com

November 2020 Kids Running Events

17. iWALK – Bright Vision Hospital Charity Walkathon 2020

Bright Vision Hospital invites young and old to walk for elderly patients. iWALK — BVH Charity Walkathon 2020 aims to raise $250,000 to support patients’ medical costs. After the 3.8 km non-competitive walk, you and the kids can challenge yourselves to a series of exciting games inspired by the popular “Running Man” variety show. You also stand to win a trip for two to Taiwan!

When 21 November 2020 (postponed from 7 March)
Where Heroes Lawn, Esplanade Park
Details & registration www.spacebib.com

December 2020 Kids Running Events

18. Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2020

kids running events 2020 - standard chartered marathon

The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2020 will be back in December 2020. Mark your calendars and check back for more details closer to the date.

When 5 & 6 December 2020
Where F1 Pit Building
Details & registration www.singaporemarathon.com

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Header & featured image: Income Eco Run 2019

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