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  Straits Times 2 Sep 07
Runners reveal their favourite hot spots
By Jeanette Wang

AMID the hustle and bustle of Singapore's city life, running junkies here find peace in nooks and crannies of running havens around the island.

From the Botanic Gardens to Bedok Reservoir, East Coast Park to the Esplanade, there are hot spots to get one's adrenalin fix.

The most popular routes - according to 20 seasoned local runners The Sunday Times polled - have two things in common: lovely scenery and no traffic.

Top of the list is MacRitchie Reservoir and its neighbouring areas, stretching from Pierce Reservoir to Mandai Zoo.

Said student Gary Soh, 24: 'The hilly terrain is challenging, the air is fresh along Old Upper Thomson Road - especially at 5am - and the route is scenic along Seletar Reservoir and parts of Mandai Road.'

East Coast Park's 10km-odd stretch is another hot spot. 'There is eye candy, nice sea breeze and good scenery,' said real estate agent Julian Loh, 32.

Some runners, such as medical student Ng Jun Jie, 21, mapped out their own running routes starting from their homes for convenience. He lives in Choa Chu Kang and runs to Adam Road Food Centre for its 'delicious food' and back.

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