Where to assemble: Suntec City Fountain of Wealth
When: Sunday 2 November 2008, by 7am
– 6am onwards: Big Walkers arrive
– 7.30am: Flag-off for 5km walk to Marina Barrage
– Average estimated time to complete walk: 1.5 hours
– 9am onwards: Exploring the Marina Barrage and collecting the NTUC FairPrice goodie bag
– 9am to 1pm: Free shuttle buses back to Suntec City Mall, collecting the Suntec goodie bag and enjoying the post-walk carnival
How to get there:
Big Walkers are encouraged to take public transport to the start point at Suntec City’s Fountain of Wealth. This is due to road closures and diversions due to the Big Walk.
– By MRT: City Hall MRT
– By bus: Please note that due to road closures, buses into Suntec have been diverted.
SMRT bus services 106, 700A and 857 will be temporarily diverted. Refer to SMRT’s website for details.
SBS bus services 10, 14, 16, 36, 70M, 97, 107M, 111, 133, 162M, 502, 518, 578, 579 and 581 will not stop at certain bus stops. Refer to SBS Transit’s website for a full list of affected bus stops and their routes.
– By taxi / drop off: Please note that due to road and lane closures, heavy traffic is expected on Temasek Blvd, outside Conrad. Big Walkers coming by taxi are advised not to alight or drive through there. You may drop off at the Suntec City taxi stand along Raffles Boulevard, which is opposite the Marina Mandarin Hotel.
– For drivers, please expect congestion and jams. For Suntec parking, you are advised to park at Basement 1 Blue and Green zone; or B2 any colur zone. You are advised to enter via Suntec Convention Centre carpark entrance. Alternatively, you could park at Millenia Walk or Marina Square.
Click on map to see enlarged version of map, and instructions on where to park, and how to get to the carpark entrances given the road closures.
What to bring:
– The 4 items you received during registration: Your goodie bag coupon, sun visor, fan and Big Walk sticker (you could stick this on your T-shirt, body, or pin it on using safety pins). Remember, you need your goodie bag coupon to redeem your 2 goodie bags. Also, you stand to win up to $250 each in NTUC FairPrice vouchers if you are spotted with the visor, fan and sticker in our Spot Me Contest (click here to find out more).
– Water, in case you get thirsty during the walk. Please note there will be a water point at the Marina Barrage, at the end of the 5km walk, but there will not be a water point along the route.
– Wear comfortable shoes for the 5km walk
– If you’re feeling creative, come in teams of at least 2, dressed in an environmentally-themed costumes, and win up to $500 in NTUC FairPrice vouchers per team in our Green Fancy Dress contest (click here to find out more).
As with all previous years, The New Paper Big Walk is an all-weather event. We will be distributing 20,000 free rain ponchos for all participants at the start of the Big Walk on Sunday 2 November, whether or not it rains.
At the Marina Barrage:
What else can you expect to do and see after the walk ends at the Marina Barrage? You’ll be glad to know that we’ve got loads of activities lined up for you.
* The Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) Carnival will be taking place at the same weekend at the Marina Barrage. A “mini town” will be set up in the courtyard of the Marina Barrage to promote green living, so do take the time to visit the exhibits.
* Picnic @ Barrage
Perhaps you’re feeling peckish after the 5km walk. How about a nice picnic on the Marina Barrage green roof with your family and friends?
There will be snacks and water in the NTUC FairPrice goodie bag for Big Walkers.
You can also buy food from special booths set up at the Marina Barrage by NTUC FairPrice and its partners. There will be:
– A Cheers store selling a variety of drinks, ice-cream, chips and sweets.
– Chomp, selling foods like fishballs, sandwishes and nasi lemak
– Hara HK Tim Sum, selling buns, siew mai and other dimsum
– GioGio, selling a variety of sausages and meatballs
– Summerhouse Donut
– Fisherman Friends
– Kraft potato chips
If you’re feeling really festive, bring a straw mat and stash it in your backpack for that real picnic atmosphere when you reach the Marina Barrage.
* Colouring contest
Colour pencil company Stabilo, together with Big Walk presenter NTUC FairPrice, are organizing a coloring contest for the first 200 children (aged 6 to 9 years old) who sign up at the Stabilo booth at Marina Barrage. There are a total of $500 worth of prizes to be won. Click here to find out more about the Stabilo-FairPrice colouring contest.
* If you’re feeling hot after the 5km Big Walk route, you can look forward to free tryouts of kayaking and aquabike at the Marina Barrage from 10am to 5.30pm.
So make sure you pack another set of clothes.
* Exploring the Marina Barrage: Enjoy the fountains in the open central courtyard. Let your kids run through the community water playground. View the beautiful Sustainable Singapore Exhibition Gallery (while enjoying the air-con there).
If you’re feeling like having an art exercise, there are also three sculptures that you can look up at the Marina Barrage.
Two of them are aluminium and stainless steel structures made by Lorenzo Quinn of Spain, entitled The Force Of Nature and What Goes Around Comes Around.
The third is a 6.95m-high artwork called Splash @ Marina by Singaporean visual artist Lim Poh Teck.
He painted on an actual size replica of the seven pumps operating in Marina Barrage. The word “water” in different languages is incorporated into his artwork.