The force is strong for Singapore’s running tourism

Fans at the run dressed up as their favourite Star Wars character

The two-day May the 4th be with you Festival in Singapore concluded with a bang on Saturday after drawing legions of fans from the lion city and around the region.

Presented by event organiser Esprimo and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the festival included the Star Wars Run, a special appearance by Albin Johnson, fan performances and costume marches.

Fans at the run dressed up as their favourite Star Wars character

The second edition of the Star Wars Run saw over 10,000 local and overseas participants across three race categories, including the competitive 10km, non-competitive 5.4km and the inaugural 540m Young Jedi Dash – a category specially designed for children aged four to nine years.

Runners in the non-competitive 5.4km were roused up in a flag-off where Light and Dark side participants ran in opposite directions, and were treated to a pyrotechnics display that illuminated the Singapore skyline.

Fans got up close and personal with Albin Johnson, founder of 501st Legion, the international Star Wars costuming organisation, who was roving festival grounds with his special pink astromech droid, R2-KT.

Festival-goers were also treated to a line-up of classic themes by Singaporean Star Wars tribute band Dark Empire, who performed famous pieces such as The Imperial Suite, The Imperial March “Darth Vader’s Theme” and Star Wars Main Theme.

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