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Orchard Rd to be closed for Anlene Orchard Mile involving 5,000 runners
By Patwant Singh, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 28 March 2007 2004 hrs

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SINGAPORE : Orchard Road will be closed for a sporting event this June.

The Anlene Orchard Mile will see some 5,000 women running down the Orchard shopping belt.

The event is modelled after other similar events in New York and London.

Starting at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station, participants will run past famous landmarks like the Istana and major shopping centres along the Orchard belt.

The 1.6km race will end at the Orchard Road MRT station.

Chris Robb, Managing Director, Sporting Spectrum, said, "Our initial approach was (to) close off the entire Orchard Road. We have been given approval to close two lanes of Orchard Road so traffic can still flow. Yes, there will be some degree of disruption to people, but again the timing, on a Sunday morning, first event at 8.30 on a Sunday morning, roads are opened by 10:30 at the latest."

The short distance means mothers and daughters, and three-generation families can take part.

Even celebrities will be running or walking down the famous stretch.

Sports aside, the event aims to spread the message of osteoporosis to women.

Achyut Reddy, Country Manager, Fonterra Brands, said, "If you look at the statistics globally, we are talking about one in three women over 50 could be prone to osteoporosis, and one in five men could be prone to osteoporosis, so you are talking about some big numbers."

While the event is primarily targeted at women, men can lend their support on June 10. - CNA/ms



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