The Star Wars Day celebration in Singapore ended with an array of fireworks as the 2nd Star Wars Run Singapore came to a close. Held on May the 4th (and 5th) at the F1 Pit Building, the two-day Star Wars Day: May The 4th Be With You Festival gave fans the change to immerse themselves in Star Wars fandom with an array of activities that was concluded with the run.
Organised by Esprimo and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the event drew fans from Singapore and around the region. The night run alone saw 10,000 local and foreign participants across the three race categories, including the competitive 10km, the non-competitive 5.4km, and the inaugural 540m Young Jedi Dash – specially designed for children aged 4 to 9 years.
Participants got to choose between one of two routes – the Light side or the Dark side. Runners in the non-competitive 5.4km run had a unique flag off where they ran off in opposite directions, each side flagged off by members of the Rebel Alliance or soldiers from the Empire. Runners of all ages took part in the run, including a three-generation family of six.
77-year-old Mdm Chia, who participated in the run with her children and grandchildren, said: “This is my first time taking part in a run so it is an extremely memorable experience for me. The run was a fun opportunity to bond with my family.”
A VISIT BY R2-KT
At the event, the droid you were looking for was special pink astromech droid R2-KT. With R2-KT was founder of the 501st Legion, Albin Johnson. The story behind R2-KT is an amazing one, and fans were excited to see it and Mr Johnson in person.
“I am super-excited to meet Albin Johnson and R2-KT,” said Star Wars fan Tina Gan. “When I heard R2-KT was appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I went back to the cinemas at least 3 times to search for her scenes. It was such an honour to be able to thank Albin Johnson and R2-KT for all the good deeds they that they have done, for the joy they have brought to the fandom and for the hope they have inspired in the Star Wars community.”
SERENADE OF THE DARK EMPIRE
Over the two days, fans had lots of other things to take part in, including a kids’ fashion parade. They were also treated to performances of classic Star Wars themes by Dark Empire, Singapore’s first Star Wars tribute band.
They performed famous pieces such as The Imperial Suite, The Imperial March and the Star Wars Main Theme.
Other activities around the festival ground included a display of vintage and contemporary Star Wars toys, members of the 501st Legion Singapore Garrison and Rebel Alliance, and a movie and picnic under the stars. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi were screened over the two nights for festival-goers.
“We are heartened by the great turnout at the second Star Wars Day: May The 4th Be With You Festival,” said Mr Ang Han Wee, Race Director of the Star Wars Run and founder of Esprimo. “We would like to thank the fan clubs for their on-going support; Mr Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion and the stunning R2-KT for taking the time to join us in our celebrations this year. As we progress into the third year collaborating with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, we look forward to bringing more magical experiences to the young and the young at heart.”
And even while the Star Wars Day festivities came to a close, I’m sure that everybody is looking forward to celebrating again next year.