Mr Jakob Bader, 55, spent most of his life as a pastry chef back home in Basel, Switzerland.

But the retiree now volunteers in Singapore as a running guide for the visually-, physically- and intellectually-disabled with local sports cooperative, Runninghour.

The cooperative is organising its third mass running event – Runninghour 2017: Run So Others Can – that will take place on May 13 at Bedok Reservoir. READ MORE


“When there are steps, a turn, uneven ground or people, that’s when our guides come in. They are our eyes.”

Ms Patricia Poo, who joined sports co-operative Runninghour in 2013, is featured in this instalment of Heroes Among Us, a video series which explores the lives of everyday people who overcome extraordinary challenges. READ MORE 



About Runninghour 2017

WHAT: Runninghour 2017

Singapore’s only mass running event where participants will run alongside visually-, intellectually- and physically-challenged runners.

The public can also participate in the “Blindfold” run where runners will be given a blindfold and tether and then paired up to take turns leading each other blindfolded for 500m each.

WHEN: May 13, Saturday

WHERE: Bedok Reservoir


FEES: $25 to $40 for the public, free for all runners with special needs

CATEGORIES: 3.5km, 5km, 10km (All are non-competitive)


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