Monday 3 November 2014

Wearing a vulgar T-shirt for a good cause

After the disappointment of the wet and mild Hello Kitty Run on Saturday, I collected the race pack for The Urgent Run yesterday.

It's called The Urgent Run because it's organised by the World Toilet Organization. "Urgent", toilet, get it? It's a very Singaporean joke for a supposedly international event.

I copied and pasted this from the website:

The Urgent Run Singapore is a 5km fun run event in the picturesque East Coast Park, one Singapore’s most famous and popular parks.

Organized by the World Toilet Organization, this flagship run will kick off in Singapore on November 9, the first of a series of events taking place in the lead up to UN World Toilet Day 2014. The Urgent Run is a fun event; most importantly, it’s accessible and inclusive.

Individuals of all ages are invited to join. Lucky draw on the day with great prizes including an iPhone 6, plus many other great prizes!

Free MILO will available at the event thanks to the MILO van.

Proceeds from the run will be used to support WTO's awareness, advocacy and sanitation work.

The Run is endorsed by UN-Water and the Singapore Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources.

Health, dignity and well-being for all through sustainable sanitation: help us to make this a reality by joining The Urgent Run Singapore.

The guest of honour will be Minister Lim Swee Say.

I was told there would be about 300 runners. (Hello Kitty Run had 17,000.)

I normally don't take part in such short runs (unless it's the Hello Kitty Run), but once I saw the event T-shirt, I just had to have it.

This is what it looks like on the front.

And this is what it looks like on the back.


This is possibly the greatest running event T-shirt ever.

The only misstep is the logo of sponsor Milo. Somehow, I don't think it's a good idea to have Milo so close to the word "shit". Milo and shit are already the same colour.

Though I'm sure that won't stop people from drinking the free Milo from the Milo van on Sunday.

The T-shirt alone is worth the $40 registration fee, but the race pack also includes a small flash drive, tissues, two bottles of Newater and of course, a toilet seat sanitiser.

I think it's still not too late to sign up.

EARLIER: If you love Singapore, celebrate World Toilet Day