More than 44,000 Runners in Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2023 Cover Distance To The Moon And Back

  • David Barmasai Tumo and Rose Chelimo emerged victorious in the male and female Gold Label Elite Marathon, while Soh Rui Yong and Rachel See are the male and female champions of the National Championship Marathon.
  • A record high for international participation – over 8,000 international runners from more than 70 countries flew in to participate in the event.
  • Singapore’s para-athlete, Zac Leow, sets a new Guinness World Record with a timing of 4 hours 51 minutes.  
  • Over 44,000 participants raced the streets of Singapore across three days and five event categories – including sold-out 5km and 10km events

SINGAPORE, 3 December 2023 – The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2023 concluded an exceptional weekend of world-class racing, setting new benchmarks for endurance races in the region. As the World Athletics Gold Label race and National Championship made their triumphant return, SCSM2023 witnessed over 44,000 runners taking to the streets and finishing at the National Stadium, including more than 8,000 international participants – the highest in the marathon’s history – marking SCSM2023 as a truly global race.

SCSM2023 saw participants from over 70 countries, including elite athletes, passionate runners, and first-timers, complete the marathon and half marathon distances. The total distance clocked amounted to more than 768,800km[1], equivalent to cover the distance to the moon and back. The event also featured a series of shorter races, including the 10km, 5km, and Kids Dash, ensuring an inclusive event that welcomed runners of all ages and abilities.

This year’s event featured spectator and cheer zones, keeping the excitement of the race high, as runners headed to the finish line at the National Stadium, a first-ever for the SCSM. The route had runners pass multiple Singapore landmarks including Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, War Memorial Park, Esplanade and Gardens by the Bay. 

Kenya’s David Barmasai Tumo crossing the finish line, coming in first in the Gold Label Elite Marathon men’s category. 
Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo emerged victorious in the Gold Label Elite Marathon women’s category. Image credits: The IRONMAN Group

Gold Label Elite Marathon: A Display of Exceptional Grit and Determination

In the Gold Label Elite Marathon, Kenya’s David Barmasai Tumo emerged victorious in the men’s category, with a time of 2:14:15. He finished ahead of Kenya’s Geoffrey Birgen who finished in 2:14:30 while Kenya’s Anderson Seroi was third in 2:15:59

Reflecting on the victory, Tumo said, “Running is my passion. I was aiming to improve my position from my last SCSM race here in 2018, and I focused on my agenda and got on track with my training gradually. Today, I’m getting the fruits of that.”   

Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo claimed the top spot in the women’s category with a timing of 2:37:18just before Beatrice Jelagat Cherop in 2:37:35. Meseret Dinke of Ethiopia finished in 2:37:48 to take the second runner-up spot. 

Chelimo, who gave birth to her second child in 2021, said, “This is my first marathon win since 2018 and since I went on maternity leave in 2021. There were a lot of challenges to come back from maternity leave and I had to train very hard to do so. Although this was the most difficult race I have ever done due to the heat and the humidity, it is a great feeling to know I can still compete for championships. I am looking forward to seeing my family back home and I know they will give me a warm welcome.”

Winners of the Gold Label Elite Marathon men’s and women’s categories took home prize money of USD $30,000 each. 

Mr Roy Teo, Industry Development, Technology & Innovation Group of Sport Singapore and Mr Patrick Lee, Cluster Chief Executive Officer of Singapore & ASEAN Markets of Standard Chartered were present to congratulate the male elite runners at the Gold Label Elite Marathon finish line. Mr Patrick Lee also joined Ms Ong Ling Lee, Executive Director, Experience Development Group, Sports & Wellness, Singapore Tourism Board, in welcoming the female elite runners as they crossed the finish line.

As the race started, Mr Roy Teo commented, “As one of Singapore’s largest mass participation athletic events, SCSM today is a testament to the passion and dedication of Singaporeans for sports and fitness. It was inspiring to see these runners come through the National Stadium this weekend as they pushed their limits and celebrated the joy of running.”

National athlete Soh Rui Yong claimed the top spot in the National Championship Marathon men’s category. 
Image credits: The IRONMAN Group

National Championship: A Testimony to Running Excellence in the Local Community

The National Championship also saw compelling performances, with runners Soh Rui Yong and Rachel See claiming the titles of men’s and women’s marathon champions and SGD $10,000 each, with finishing times of 2:40:34 and 3:05:51 respectively. These victories underscore the depth of running talent in Singapore and the event’s role in fostering a vibrant local running community.

Soh finished ahead of Daniel Leow who clocked 2:48:08 while Benjamin Khoo timed in at 2:50:37 in third.

See, who also finished first in the Masters category, was around seven minutes ahead of Jasmine Teo in 3:13:35 while third-placed Jasmine Goh was closely behind in 3:13:46.

In the National Championship half marathon category, Shaun Goh pulled away with 2km to go to finish first in 1:12:49, ahead of Jon Lim’s time of 1:13:01. Jeevaneesh Soundararajah was third in 1:15:45.

Vanessa Lee won the National Championship women’s half marathon in 1:28:30. She also finished second overall in a photo finish with Philippines’ Artjoy Torregosa. In second place was Serena Teoh in 1:29:56 while Leann Lee was third in 1:38:17. 

In the Masters category, Yong He claimed the men’s overall title with a marathon finish of 02:51:07, while Kok Soon Chua came in second with a timing of 02:58:36. In the women’s Masters, Rachel See took top spot with a race timing of 03:05:51 while Jasmine Goh took second spot with 03:13:46. Yin Fuyu was third in 3:29:28. 

Guinness World Record: A Pursuit of Resilience  

A new Guinness World Record was set on Sunday, with Singapore Para-athlete, Zac Leow, finishing the marathon in the CI1 (men) para-classification in a record time of 4 hours 51 minutes 59 seconds. 

An emotional Leow said, “It was a struggle to reach the finish line. I’m thankful that the route is different this year because running past key landmarks rejuvenated me when I struggled. I’m from Victoria School (along the East Coast Parkway service road), so when I saw my school, I was reminded of the fighting spirit instilled in us there and that kept me going.”

Leow also made history on his daughter’s birthday, Mika, who turns two today. He added that he will be retiring from races but will continue running to stay fit.

Jeff Edwards, Managing Director of Asia for The IRONMAN Group commented on the success of the race, “SCSM2023 epitomised the unifying power of sports, and its ability to cross cultural and geographical boundaries to unite individuals through their shared passion for running and their pursuit of personal excellence. We are especially pleased that we were able to offer runners a truly special finish at the National Stadium this year. The strong showing of international participants is a testament to the event’s growing stature, not just in Singapore, but also with serious runners everywhere. We look forward to elevating the event further and are deeply grateful for the wholehearted support of Sport Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, and Standard Chartered, which have helped make the event what it is today.” 


5 Habits For A Better Night’s Sleep

Adopting habits that encourage sleep is crucial, just as you would follow a daily schedule to maintain the health of your skin and teeth. Doctors use the phrase “sleep hygiene” to describe these sleep-promoting behaviors rather than how clean you are before bed. The goal is to adopt healthy behaviors that facilitate restful sleep and to steer clear of those that impede it. Studies show that non-pharmaceutical methods, such as the sleep hygiene checklist below, are beneficial for 70–80% of those suffering from chronic insomnia.

1) Reduce Caffeine Intake

Even if you feel tired during the day, give up caffeine-containing foods and beverages, including chocolate. Remember that certain medications have high levels of caffeine. Plan ahead or keep nutritious, non-caffeinated snacks on hand in case you get the need to have one.

2) Keep a regular sleep schedule

Even on the weekends, go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Though it may not sound enjoyable at first, you’ll discover that it really helps to not have to constantly adjust with different bedtimes and wake-up hours throughout the week. The extra early hours on the weekends may allow you to fit in other healthy routines, such as joining the swimming or jogging group you’ve been wanting to.

3) Hide the bedside clock

If you hide the bedside clock, you won’t be able to see it when you wake up in the middle of the night and start worrying about how little sleep you have left. Ironically, instead of allowing us to sleep for that valuable brief period of time, this tends to keep us up.

4) Prepare your bedroom for sleep

Make sure your room is ready for sleep by utilizing a white noise machine to muffle noise, buying room-darkening curtains or a sleeping mask to block light, and positioning your bed against an interior wall to reduce exposure to noise. Don’t forget to maintain a cool bedroom. Cooler bedroom temperatures have been demonstrated to increase metabolism in addition to aiding in sleep.

5) Keep the bedroom a bedroom

As you probably already know, the bedroom should only be used for sleeping. In this manner, when you go to bed, your body will recognize that it is time to sleep and not to, say, begin working on that report or watching TV.


4 Unexpected Reasons for Low Energy Levels

Feeling tired and sluggish all the time can significantly impact your daily life, making it challenging to focus on work, engage in social activities, and maintain overall well-being. While insufficient sleep and a lack of physical activity are common culprits behind low energy levels, several unexpected factors can also contribute to fatigue. Understanding these hidden causes can help you identify and address the root of your fatigue if you constantly suffer from low energy levels. Keep reading this article to learn more.

1. Hypothyroidism

Your body’s thyroid gland produces two thyroid hormones, T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), which are responsible for regulating the body’s metabolic rate, growth, and development. Other functions include playing a part in the regulation of the body’s temperature, gut motility, brain development, and skeletal muscle contraction.In some cases, the thyroid gland cannot produce enough of the thyroid hormones needed by the body, and this condition is known as hypothyroidism. It is due to iodine deficiency in the diet. Common symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, menstrual period abnormalities, slower heart rate, dry skin and hair, forgetfulness, hoarse voice, and cold intolerance. If you are always tired and experiencing these symptoms, consult your doctor so they can perform blood tests to find out if you have undiagnosed hypothyroidism.

2. Iron Deficiency Anemia

Inadequate iron in your diet can lead to a condition known as iron deficiency anemia. Your body uses iron to synthesize a protein called hemoglobin. It is present in red blood cells and enables them to carry oxygen all over the body. Inadequate iron can lead to low hemoglobin levels, decreasing the oxygen your red blood cells can carry. 

When less oxygen reaches your tissues and muscles, it deprives them of energy, making your heart work harder to pump oxygen-rich blood around your body and tire you. Signs and symptoms of iron deficiency anemia (apart from fatigue!) include:

  • heart palpitations
  • shortness of breath
  • frequent headaches
  • Pallor
  • brittle or spoon-shaped fingernails
  • dry and damaged skin and hair
  • restless legs
  • swollen tongue and throat
  • A craving for eating non-food items like dirt, clay, chalk, ice, or paper, called pica

Consult your doctor in case of these symptoms so they can perform tests to determine the severity of your condition and prescribe appropriate medications. Untreated iron deficiency anemia can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections. You can strengthen your immune system by taking vitamin D, C, zinc, and Beta Glucan 1 3D supplements.

3. Stress

Stress is a cause of fatigue that most people overlook. Not only does stress mentally exhaust you, but it can also physically tire you. When stressed, your body releases the “fight or flight” hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline, and the stress hormone cortisol. These hormones cause your heart rate to increase, your blood pressure to rise, and your muscles to tense. This can lead to physical and mental fatigue from the constant alertness. 

Stress can also disrupt sleep, leading to daytime fatigue and other problems such as irritability, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. Stress can also lead to unhealthy behaviors like eating unhealthy foods, skipping meals, and drinking alcohol or caffeine, which all contribute to fatigue.

If you suspect that you are experiencing stress-related fatigue, it’s essential to identify the source of your stress so that you can address it. Healthy ways to manage stress include exercising, meditation, or yoga. Consider talking to a therapist or counselor as well.

4. Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea are another cause of low energy levels. In this condition, your breathing is interrupted during sleep for longer than 10 seconds. 

In obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles of the back of your throat relax, expanding too much and narrowing or closing your airway. This lowers the oxygen level in the blood, causing a buildup of carbon dioxide. 

Your brain senses this and briefly rouses you from sleep so that you can reopen your airway. On average, it happens five times per hour, and these frequent interruptions decrease sleep quality, resulting in daytime fatigue, poor concentration, morning headaches, irritability, and low mood. 

Snoring loud enough to disturb your sleep or the sleep of others, pausing your breathing during sleep, and then waking up gasping or choking are some telltale signs of sleep apnea. If you think you suffer from this sleep disorder, speak with your doctor. They will review your symptoms, take your medical history, conduct a physical exam, recommend a sleep study, and order additional tests to rule out other medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms.


Besides a lack of physical exercise and sleep deprivation, various underlying medical conditions can cause low energy levels. You must consult a doctor if you suffer from any of the symptoms of the previously mentioned medical conditions. They can perform the necessary tests to help diagnose your condition and prescribe the appropriate medications. By identifying the underlying causes and taking proactive steps to address them, you can reclaim your energy, enhance your well-being, and live life to the fullest.


The Borobudur Marathon 2023 Successfully Held, 10,000 Runners and the Magelang Community Immersed in the Voice of Unity.

  • The Borobudur Marathon 2023, Powered by Bank Jateng, took place in the Borobudur Temple area, Magelang, Central Java, on Sunday, November 19, 2023.
  • The Borobudur Marathon 2023 has had a positive economic impact on the Magelang community and its surroundings.

The Borobudur Marathon 2023, Powered by Bank Jateng, was successfully held in the Borobudur Temple area, Magelang, Central Java, on Sunday, November 19, 2023. A total of 10,000 runners participated in the event, which was organized through a collaboration between the Provincial Government of Central Java, Bank Jateng, Harian Kompas, and the Borobudur Marathon Foundation.

Participants were divided into three categories: 10K, half marathon, and marathon.

A number of international runners added excitement to the Borobudur Marathon 2023 Powered by Bank Jateng. Likewise, several national long-distance runners, including Agus Prayogo, Betmen Manurung, Odekta Naibaho, and Pretty Sihite, also participated in the race. The competition also featured a group of young runners aged 15-18, who are part of the Bank Jateng Young Talent, covering a distance of 10 km.

Present at the press conference for the implementation of the Borobudur Marathon 2023 Powered by Bank Jateng were, among others, Acting Governor of Central Java Nana Sudjana, Deputy Chief Editor of Harian Kompas Budiman Tanuredjo, and Acting President Director of Bank Jateng Irianto Harko Saputro.

Acting Governor of Central Java, Nana Sudjana, expressed appreciation for the successful organization of the Borobudur Marathon 2023 Powered by Bank Jateng. He stated that Magelang is ready to welcome the next Borobudur Marathon event.

Nana Sudjana expressed his hope that the Borobudur Marathon event will continue to grow and improve in the following years. He wishes for an increased number of participants, more international runners becoming aware and joining the race in Magelang. He stated, “And we, in Magelang, are ready to welcome the runners who will come to participate in the Borobudur Marathon!”.

Deputy Chief Editor of Harian Kompas, Budiman Tanuredjo, assessed that the organization of the Borobudur Marathon 2023 Powered by Bank Jateng went well, and participants were able to enjoy the event.

Similarly, Acting President Director of Bank Jateng, Irianto Harko Saputro, expressed a similar sentiment. “You can see from the enthusiasm of the runners who came to Magelang to participate in the Borobudur Marathon 2023, the entire local community turning out to cheer on the runners, from accommodations such as hotels and homestays filled with runners, to other efforts enjoyed by the runners. Certainly, the Borobudur Marathon 2023 Powered by Bank Jateng has a positive impact on its surroundings,” said Irianto.

The success of the Borobudur Marathon 2023 Powered by Bank Jateng can be seen, among other things, in the number of participants, which is similar to the pre-Covid-19 period. Carrying the theme “Voice of Unity,” the vibrancy of this event is not only felt by the runners but also by the people of Magelang and its surroundings. Several activities held as part of and to enhance the Borobudur Marathon 2023 Powered by Bank Jateng have added liveliness to Magelang and the Borobudur Temple area.

This event can be watched live on Kompas TV. Live coverage can also be followed through the Instagram Story of Borobudur Marathon.


British Triathletes Max Stapley and Kate Waugh Secured The Championship At The 29th Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Phuket, ThailandThe Laguna Phuket Triathlon, Southeast Asia’s longest-running final competition, concluded on November 19, 2023, at the integrated resort destination of Laguna Phuket on Phuket Island, Thailand. With over 1,000 triathletes representing 30 countries, the event fostered a vibrant and enjoyable atmosphere, showcasing Phuket as a worldclass sports event destination. Once again, it highlighted the allure of organizing top-tier sports events in the picturesque setting of Phuket, demonstrating to the world the island’s charm and suitability for such prestigious competitions.

The competition commenced at 6:30 a.m. with the start of the Triathlon, featuring men’s and women’s Pros. Subsequently, participants in the sprint triathlon and duathlon began their races.

Triathlon competitors faced challenging stages, conquering a 1.8-kilometer swim in the Andaman Sea and lagoon, a rigorous 55-kilometer cycling route navigating mountain trails, and a demanding 12-kilometer run within Laguna Phuket. All races concluded at Laguna Grove, with the cut-off for each distance set at approximately 12:30 p.m.

In the men’s category this year, the victorious athlete was “Max Stapley,” the British triathlete, marking his debut in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. He claimed the top spot by completing the race with an impressive time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, and 53 seconds. Securing the second position was “Max Studer” from Switzerland, finishing in 2 hours, 34 minutes, and 09 seconds, while the third-place finish went to “Anthony Costes” from France, recording a time of 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 32 seconds. In the women’s division, the title of champion was claimed by “Kate Waugn” from the United Kingdom, securing victory in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon. She completed the challenging course in 2 hours, 46 minutes, and 04 seconds. The second position was earned by “Julie Derron” from Switzerland, finishing the race in 2 hours, 47 minutes, and 45 seconds, while the third spot was secured by “Sophie Malowiecki” from Australia, posting a time of 2 hours, 52 minutes, and 12 seconds.

Amidst a strong representation by Thai triathletes in this year’s competition, Thanadol Wisarutsin, an 18-year-old from the Thai national team and the youngest competitor, secured the Thai championship with an impressive time of 2 hours, 51 minutes, and 51 seconds. Meanwhile, Jaray Jearanai, the Thai championship 11 times, completed the race in an impressive 2 hours, 53 minutes, and 33 seconds. Another noteworthy participant was “Tao-Somchai Khemglad,” a favorite from the teenage era in the ’90s. Making his debut in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, he impressively conquered the challenge. This accomplishment marks a significant milestone, fulfilling his dream of participating in a premier global triathlon program.

Mr. Paul Wilson, Vice President and Deputy Managing Director of Laguna Phuket said, “We extend our congratulations to the triumphant triathletes of this year’s championship. Our heartfelt thanks go to all participants, across various sectors, for their dedicated contributions that culminated in the success of the 29th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, showcasing a splendid victory for Phuket, Thailand. This achievement mirrors the unity and spirit of community efforts, paving the way for the continued growth and success of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon in the years ahead. We invite everyone to anticipate its return, promising that its 30th year will undoubtedly be grander than ever.”

The “Laguna Phuket Triathlon” is renowned worldwide as Southeast Asia’s longest running and most successful triathlon event. Over the years, it has attracted a multitude of highly skilled triathletes from various corners of the globe. This year, The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is ready for its 29th edition, thanks to pivotal collaborations with several national heavyweights. These include Phuket Province, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Sports Authority of Thailand under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and Thai Airways, among others. For additional details of Laguna Phuket Triathlon, visit Facebook page:  or


7 Things To Note When Getting Back To Fitness After Dental Implants

Stepping back into your fitness regimen after a medical procedure always comes with caution, excitement, and questions. Especially after dental implants, you might wonder how this change in your oral structure might affect your fitness habits.   

Can you jump straight back into high-intensity workouts? Or should you wait for your dentist’s approval? Dive into these critical considerations as you embark on your fitness journey post-implant.

1. Understand The Basics Of Dental Implants

For those unfamiliar with them, dental implants are modern solutions for missing teeth. They consist of titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath your gums, serving as roots for replacement teeth. This procedure is transformative, but it’s essential to understand some critical points before jumping back into an intensive fitness routine.  

After surgery, your body needs to adjust and recover. Dental implants also need time to bond with your bone and heal. With this in mind, avoiding high-impact activities for a while is wise. Activities such as boxing, jumping, or intense cardio can jeopardize your new implants. They might increase blood flow, leading to swelling or discomfort around the implant. However, it’s not just about exerting yourself with exercises; activities like blowing up a balloon or playing a wind instrument can also exert unwanted pressure.  

While dental implants are strong and closely resemble natural teeth, they’re not invincible. The key is to be gentle, giving them ample time to integrate.

2. Prioritise Hydration

During recovery, staying hydrated is crucial. It’s not just about quenching thirst, as hydration aids your body’s healing process. Drinking enough water facilitates faster recovery of oral tissues and helps eliminate toxins.

Also, as you gradually ease back into your fitness routine, sweating and higher metabolic rates can increase the risk of dehydration. So, to ensure optimal muscle recovery and maintain stamina, it’s important to stay well-hydrated.

Although it seems simple, consciously drinking water can make a big difference in recovery. Keep a water bottle handy during workouts, and if you experience dry mouth, take that as a cue to hydrate.

3. Listen To Your Body

It’s crucial to be highly attuned to your body’s signals when reintroducing exercise after the procedure. Start with mild exercises, gradually increasing intensity. Although you might be eager to return to your old routine, patience is vital.   

Brisk walking or gentle stretches can be effective. However, it’s important not to ignore any discomfort, pain, or sensation around the implant area. These signals could indicate that something is amiss. Addressing these feelings and consulting your dentist is advisable if you are unsure about any symptoms.

4. Factor In Nutrition

A healthy diet helps speed up your recovery, setting the stage for your return to fitness. As such, your diet should include foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, calcium, and protein. These nutrients aid in bone and tissue regeneration.

While you add beneficial foods, consider what to reduce. Too much sugar or overly acidic foods, for instance, can harm your oral health. Aim for a balanced diet to support both dental and overall health.

5. Maintain Impeccable Oral Hygiene

Maintaining impeccable oral hygiene is paramount, especially post-surgery. Any complications or infections can hinder both your dental recovery and fitness goals, so brushing, flossing, and rinsing daily are essential.

Moreover, follow any post-op care instructions from your dentist, such as dietary restrictions or using specific mouthwashes. Infections can not only jeopardize your implant but also sap your energy. By maintaining a clean mouth, you pave the way for a smoother and more successful recovery.

6. Consult Your Dentist Regularly

Post-procedure check-ups are just as crucial and necessary to ensure the successful integration of your implant. These check-ups also provide an opportunity to discuss your fitness plans and seek personalized advice from them.

Furthermore, staying connected with your dentist helps anticipate potential issues or complications and offers peace of mind. They’ll guide you through recovery stages, enabling you to adjust your fitness strategies accordingly.

7. Set Realistic Expectations

Everyone’s recovery journey is unique. Some may bounce back within weeks, while others might take longer. That said, measure your progress based on your personal experience. 

In terms of exercise, consistency is more important than intensity. So, opt for low-impact exercises and gradually increase intensity to avoid overexertion and complications. Also, remember to celebrate even the smallest victories, as each active day contributes to your overall recovery.

Be kind to yourself. Healing is a process, and occasional hiccups are expected. The goal is continuous progress, regardless of pace.

In Conclusion

Getting back into your fitness routine after dental implants demands patience, awareness, and care. It’s not about the speed of your return but the quality of the journey. By understanding dental implants, staying hydrated, tuning into your body, and seeking professional advice, you’ll find a balanced path to both dental and physical wellness.


Over 9,000 Ladies Laced Up to Reach for Great in the Great Eastern Women’s Run

The 17th edition of the Great Eastern’s Women Run welcomed over 9,000 participants and raised $260,000 for charity

Singapore, 29 October 2023 – Over 9,000 ladies convened as the 17th edition of the Great Eastern Women’s Run (GEWR) kicked off at the Singapore Sports Hub this morning. This year marks the full-scale return of Singapore’s only all-women’s run since the pandemic featuring six race categories and with runners between the ages of 3 and 82 participating.  In a nod to GEWR’s integral role in uplifting female communities, participants also included rehabilitation beneficiaries from Singapore Cancer Society, women from Daughters Of Tomorrow and runners with special needs through the co-operative Runninghour.

This year’s Guest-of-Honour was Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, who flagged off the 5km race with Khor Hock Seng, Group Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern, and presented the trophies and cash prizes to the race winners. 

Commenting on the event, Minister Tong said: “The Great Eastern Women’s Run holds a unique place in our local sporting calendar as Singapore’s only allwomen’s race – championing the unity of women in health, wellness, community and friendship. It is an excellent testament to the power of sport in bringing people together, advocating healthy living, and making a positive impact on our wider community.”

The by-invite-only Elite 21.1km Half Marathon saw the return of previous years’ winners and participants. This year, Vanessa Lee came in first at 1:22:51. She was joined on the podium by Jasmine Teo and Rachel See who came in second and third place respectively, at 1:23:16 and 1:24:58 respectively.

The winners of the by-invite-only 21.1km category for local Elite runners on the podium, with Khor Hock Seng, Group Chief Executive Officer, Great Eastern, and Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law

Elite category winner Vanessa Lee said: “I didn’t expect to cross the finish line first today as there was such strong competition from my fellow runners who also gave it their all this morning. I am glad that my training over the past few months paid off!”

The Great Eastern Women’s Run also champions the uplifting of communities in Singapore through fundraising. This year, Great Eastern and its employees and financial representatives raised $260,000 for the beneficiary organisations, Daughters Of Tomorrow and Singapore Cancer Society.

Great Eastern raised $260,000 for beneficiary organisations, Daughters Of Tomorrow and Singapore Cancer Society

Khor Hock Seng, Group Chief Executive Officer, Great Eastern, said: “The Great Eastern Women’s Run is a celebration of female empowerment and female potential.  This year, it continues to energise and engage women in their fitness journeys while raising funds for needy causes. We are very proud and thankful for the strong and sustained support of our staff, Financial Representatives, elite athletes and race participants, as well as our corporate partners and Ministers.  We will continue to create the space and stage for women of all ages and ambition to be the greatest version of themselves.”

Participants were rewarded with a slew of activities in the Race Village after their run. Participants could refuel with complimentary food and drinks, capture memories at Instagrammable photo walls, and bring home a souvenir at the DIY badge making booth. The post-race powder rooms and massage zones were popular among participants to relax and freshen up. The little ones were thrilled by the burst of sweet treats from the candy cannon and took joy in the inflatable bouncy castles and craft activities.


3 Ways to Boost Energy For Exercise

Having trouble working out? Do you wish you had more energy to exercise? The last thing you want to do is spend your precious energy at the gym when you’re tired or run down. Taking a rest day can be a great way to aid your recovery.

However, if you feel tired more days than not, you may need to make some lifestyle changes that will boost your energy so that you can exercise more. The following tips will help you boost your energy levels:

1) Get more energy through a balanced diet

It is important to consume carbohydrates before running. Carb-loading will help you optimize your glycogen stores the night before a big race. The first thing you should eat in the morning is a breakfast that contains complex carbohydrates that are easy to digest. Since these nutrients are harder to break down, you’ll get an ongoing supply of fuel for several hours. Oatmeal is an excellent example of a complex carbohydrate. It is a good source of fibre and nutrients. Since oatmeal is gluten-free and composed of whole grains, it is slower to digest and provides energy evenly instead of all at once.

2) Have an energy shot

Consider consuming 5-hour ENERGY® Shots to beat mental fatigue and enhance workout performance. It is a healthy alternative to energy drinks in Singapore since it contains essential B vitamins, just four calories and has zero sugar in its 57ml shot.

Using caffeine from green tea extract, low-calorie 5-hour ENERGY® shots help to elevate your energy levels. B vitamins in each shot also support mental focus and energy levels. In fact, 86% of users* agree that 5-hour ENERGY® shots beat mental fatigue and improve energy levels. So, whatever your schedule or how intense your workout is, 5-hour ENERGY® shots help you to accomplish more!

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3) Exercise with a friend

Exercising is great for the mind and body, but sometimes, staying motivated is challenging. That is why having a friend who exercises with you can be extremely beneficial. The best part is you will get healthier simultaneously as you catch up, laugh, and encourage each other. They are your #1 supporter!

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10 Routines That Naturally Energized People Follow

Ever wonder why certain people appear to be more energetic than others? A few minor lifestyle adjustments could help you feel more energised. Find out what’s on the list today~

1) They get more sleep

According to a 2010 Society for Neuroscience study, sleep may replenish your brain’s cellular energy in the regions you use most when you’re awake. A good night’s sleep might help you wake up feeling rejuvenated.

2) They drink enough water

Make sure you’re receiving the recommended eight glasses, or more if you’re working out or spending time outside in the heat. According to a 2012 study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition, even a small amount of dehydration can cause fatigue and low energy.

3) They give themselves a break

People who are productive take breaks regularly and are highly energetic, right? So, would taking frequent breaks increase your energy and productivity? According to a University of Illinois study, taking a quick break every hour will help you focus better and maintain your energy levels. So.. what are you waiting for? Take a break now!

4) They work out

Though it may seem paradoxical, energy must be expended in order to create energy. However, it really does work, and it’s one of the tricks used by women who manage to work out daily. Maintaining an exercise regimen may help you feel less fatigued overall. According to a University of Georgia study, getting regular exercise increases energy.

5) They eat the right food

Yes, certain foods will keep your energy tank fuller than others. But you may increase your energy with a nutritious diet overall. Harvard Medical School experts advise consuming foods high in energy, such as whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats. Maintaining a small, regular meal schedule and cutting back on sugar and alcohol will also help you prevent energy surges and crashes.

6) They stand

You’ve probably heard about the advantages of standing at your desk. While it’s not something that everyone can accomplish at work, you can still accomplish it during your free time because sitting around all day is exhausting. You need to get up and stand up in order to re-energize. Standing for long periods of time during the day has been shown in several studies to increase energy and lower anxiety.

7) They see the glass as half-full

An optimistic mindset provides significant health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and the likelihood of heart problems recurring, according to a 2008 article published on the Harvard Health Publishing website. Additionally, it elevates your mood and enhances your general health.

8) They spend time outdoors

Because sunlight keeps your serotonin levels high, researchers have shown that spending time outside can increase your energy levels. This keeps your energy up and your mood stable, positive, and focused.

9) They don’t go crazy with the caffeine

According to research, caffeine can significantly improve your energy and general performance when taken in moderation. However, excessive coffee use might interfere with your ability to sleep and cause a breakdown once the benefits wear off.

10) They cut back on their vices

Yes, you are aware of the dangers of smoking, but keep in mind that marijuana and drinking can also deplete your energy. As stated in a 2019 blog entry by Harvard Health Publishing, they cause sleep disturbances but can have sedative effects when you’re up.


Couple Goals As Newlyweds Josh & Ashleigh Seal IRONMAN 70.3 ASIA-PACIFIC Championship Titles

  • More than 1,400 triathletes participated in the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship & 2023 IRONMAN MALAYSIA
  • Participants from 60 countries make this spectacle a grand success in Langkawi island

LANGKAWI, OCTOBER 7: Newly married couple Josh Amberger and Ashleigh Gentle earned themselves a fairytale finish after they were crowned the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship (APAC) male and female winners champions in a competitive field.

It was a day that will live long in memory for Langkawi Island and Malaysia, with the country hosting its maiden IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship supported by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) since IRONMAN first stamped its footprints here some 23-years ago. 

This year’s edition was even more significant with the return of the professional triathletes, some four years since 2012 Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez shattered the IRONMAN Malaysia course record. 

On Saturday, it was Amberger who hogged the limelight in the men’s category after turning in a majestic performance to finish the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run course with a time of 3:50:47 under testing conditions on Saturday.

The Australian led the swim at the Danna Langkawi and kept his lead his advantage intact for large parts of the 90km bike course through the hilly and winding course terrain which took the participants through the Langkawi Falls and the coastline of Pantai Kok. 

The 34-year-old later saw his lead dissipate as fellow compatriots Mike Phillips and Kurt Mcdonald swapped places at the top, before regaining his advantage in the final stretch of the run as he made his way his through Cenang beach to the Pelangi Beach Resort finish line to seal victory.

“I built into the run but didn’t take the lead until the final 11 or 12 kilometres. When I got it, I just wanted to push the advantage to seal the deal. It’s an amazing feeling to win the IRONMAN 70.3 APAC Championship in Langkawi.  I’m super happy to win it,” said the 11-times IRONMAN 70.3 Champion, who also captured his second IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship.

In this multisport event where women are on equal footing as the men, Amberger’s wife Gentle completed a magnificent day for their household as she finished champion with a time of 4:10:17, almost six minutes ahead of her closest competitor.

Gentle saved her best for the final leg of the course when she completed the run course in less than 80 minutes.

The two-time Olympian, who was greeted with a hug and kiss from her husband, hailed him as a bedrock to her success.

“The highlight for me was seeing Josh win. He has helped me so much in my career and to see him have this success makes me happy. We got married last year, but we have been out on the triathlon circuit for over a decade and shared some great experiences together. To be able to come here and take two titles to one household feels pretty good,” she said.

Besides a total prize purse of $75,000 (RM RM354,562) and bragging rights, the top competitors were also vying for qualification to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Teh Kuok Yen and Esther Joy Chen Hong Li did Malaysia proud by finishing the race as the fastest overall IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi age-groupers.

Kuok Yen clocked 4:32:13 to become the fastest Malaysian Male, while national triathlete Esther Joy Chen finished with 5:07:39 to become the quickest local female competitor.

Jeff Edwards, the Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia said this year’s edition set a successful milestone for this series in the region.  

“The good number of participants for the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship and IRONMAN Malaysia continues to showcase the value and potential that Langkawi Island brings to this event. We saw how every athlete, both amateur and professional give their best, and what made it more compelling was the fact there were so many locals cheering them at the finish line. We foresee that the IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi & IRONMAN MALAYSIA will continue to be a signature event in the Asian region for many years to come,” he said.  

CG Lim, the Regional Director for IRONMAN Asia said the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship could open more opportunities for the island community moving forward.  

“The local communities and authorities remain one of the key pillars to our success, and again their dedication to ensure everything ran smoothly was of the highest order. We could see a bigger participation next year due to this, and that will create more economic opportunities for the local community which would be deserving of their efforts,” he said.

While IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi saw athletes compete over a 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run those taking on IRONMAN Malaysia took part in a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run, with all crossing the famous IRONMAN finish line.  

Besides the 40 qualifying slots to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, there were also 70 qualifying slots available for the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN World Championships.  

This includes 20 qualifying slots for the male triathletes at the World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii while the female athletes will receive 50 qualifying slots for their world meet at Nice, France. 

As mentioned by CG, the local community contributed immensely to the success of this event through almost 2,000 volunteers. 

The Langkawians played their part in every way possible, from their much needed help at the aid stations along the bike course to turning on their vehicle headlights as the field made their way along the Langkawi International Airport.  

Langkawi island continues to attract millions of tourists every year, and it was the same for this IRONMAN events as participants brought their friends and families to enjoy the beautiful beaches, the sumptuous delicacies and vibrant nightlife.  

2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Langkawi – Pro Male
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2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Langkawi – Pro Female
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10 Things Your Feet Can Reveal About Your Health

1) Dry, flaky feet

Thyroid issues, especially if moisturizer is ineffective. When the thyroid gland (the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck) isn’t working correctly, it doesn’t generate thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolic rate, blood pressure, tissue growth, and skeletal and nervous system development.

According to foot specialist Marlene Reid, thyroid issues can result in dehydrated skin. “We typically refer patients to their primary doctor to ensure their thyroids are in good shape when we see cracking on the feet or if moisturiser doesn’t improve dryness over a few days.” Brittle toenails may also indicate thyroid issues.

2) Bald toes

Arterial disease. If the fuzz on your toes suddenly disappears, it could be due to impaired blood circulation caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which causes plaque to build up in the leg arteries. “Signs of PAD can include decreased hair growth on the feet and ankles, purplish toes, and thin or shiny skin,” says podiatric specialist Suzanne Fuchs.

Although the symptoms are modest, doctors can check the foot for a healthy pulse. In severe cases, an X-ray may reveal PAD. According to podiatric physician Gary A. Pichney, “If I take an X-ray of a broken foot and I see a hardening of the arteries, 99 percent of the time, the same thing is happening in the heart blood vessels.”

3) Ulcers that don’t heal

Diabetes. Uncontrolled glucose levels can harm nerves and impair circulation, preventing blood flow to the feet and other parts of the body. It is possible for diabetes blisters and ulcers to form when blood doesn’t reach a wound that was possibly brought on by, say, uncomfortable shoes.

“Many people with diabetes are first diagnosed because of foot problems,” adds Reid. Constant tingling or numbness in the feet is another indication of diabetes. Ask your doctor whether you may have your blood sugar levels checked if you experience any of these foot issues.

4) An enlarged, painful big toe

Gout, a form of arthritis frequently affecting the big toe joint, could be a painful aftereffect. Foods high in purine, a substance found in fish, red meat, and some alcoholic beverages, can cause an attack by increasing the body’s uric acid levels. Although uric acid is typically eliminated through the urine, some people create too much or too little of it. According to Bob Baravarian, a podiatrist specialising in the feet and ankles, “you’ll see the deposition of the uric acid in the joint, most commonly the big toe or the ankle.” “The patient will awaken with a stiff, flaming, and sore joint. It hurts bad. A doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for short-term relief and medicines to reduce uric acid production. You may also need to follow a low-purine diet for long-term prevention.

5) Small, red lines under the toenail

A heart infection. Splinter haemorrhages, which are damaged blood vessels, may be the cause of red streaks under the toenails or fingernails. Splinter haemorrhages can be brought on by psoriasis, a fungal infection, or even simple trauma to the nail. They can also indicate endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s inner lining, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Remember that this condition is uncommon.) Endocarditis risk is increased in people who already have a cardiac problem. If the infection is not treated, cardiac failure may follow. Visit your doctor to check your heart and blood circulation if you detect splinter haemorrhages on your toenails or fingernails and if you haven’t recently had any trauma to the nail.

6) Clubbing

Clubbing, a different symptom that affects both toes and fingers, is frequently linked to lung cancer, a persistent lung infection, or heart issues brought on by birth defects or an infection of the lining of the heart chambers and valves. Due to the reduced blood oxygen levels in these circumstances, clubbing frequently happens.

The tissue swells, giving the fingers and toes a rounder, wider appearance known as being “clubbed.” The best course of action is to get evaluated if you see any anomalies, even if patients often know that the condition causing the clubbing is theirs.

7) Pitted toenails

You might have nail psoriasis if you see tiny holes, grooves, or ridges in your toenails. Although most people with nail psoriasis also have skin psoriasis, which causes itchy, spotty skin, 5% of nail psoriasis sufferers have no other affected areas. If you have small pits in your toenails but have never received a psoriasis diagnosis, you should have them examined, advises Pichney. White spots and lines across the nails are two additional signs. Your doctor might suggest topical creams or cortisone injected under the nail to cure psoriasis.

8) Spooned nails

Do you have a toenail depression deep enough to contain a drop of water? According to research, spoon-shaped toenails or fingernails, also known as koilonychias, are most frequently related to an iron shortage but can also result from starvation, thyroid conditions, or injuries. Infants occasionally develop spooned nails, common in the first several years of life. Contact your doctor if you observe spooning so they can order a blood test to determine the precise cause.

9) A straight line under your toenails

Acral lentiginous melanoma, often known as hidden melanoma, is a skin cancer that develops on unnoticed body parts. It may appear as a black, vertical line under a toenail. (Other concealed melanomas include mouth and eye melanomas.) According to Pichney, a black line will run from the nail’s base to its tip. “A dermatologist or podiatrist should examine it. You want to rule out cancer, but it could be a fungus, which typically affects the entire nail and is yellow-brown and erratic.

10) A suddenly high arch

According to Pichney, “most high-arched feet are accompanied by some sort of underlying neuromuscular condition.” It may be a sign of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) if someone complains of the muscles supporting their foot’s arch thinning. CMT is a hereditary illness that affects peripheral nerves or those not connected to the brain or spinal cord.

It can affect gait, create numbness in the feet, make it difficult to balance, cause muscle loss in the lower legs, and produce symptoms in the arms and hands. If you find any anomalies, consult your doctor. See your podiatrist immediately if anything about your foot changes or differs, advises Reid.


Beatrice Smashes Full Marathon Course Record at 15th Edition of KLSCM

KUALA LUMPUR, Sunday: The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2023 saw its course record for the Full Marathon Women’s Open category smashed by Beatrice Jelagat Cherop from Kenya when she erased the previous mark of 2:34:37 set in 2011 by Rose Kerubo Nyangacha by close to two minutes when she recorded a time of 2:32:51.

Over 40,000 runners descended on Dataran Merdeka over the weekend to participate in the 15th edition of the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon (KLSCM). KLSCM 2023 was the first time the race operated with the recognition from World Athletics as a Road Race Label event, making it the only distance running event in Malaysia accorded that status.

The event saw the Kids Dash, 5km and Boost Juice 10km categories take place on Saturday and the Half and Full Marathon categories were held on Sunday. The much-loved Kids Dash made a comeback after a hiatus of three years and added a dash of energy and vibrancy to the proceedings.

Kiprop Tonui from Kenya beat out some stiff competition to win the blue-ribbon Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 02:13:49. Kiprop finished second in the category four times before but found the right formula this year to finally clinch the coveted title. Kiprop said “The strategy I used in my race was a result of my training in Kenya to keep a sustained pace and it worked today. The course today also helped as it was well organised and suited my preparations, so much thanks to the organisers for a designing a smoother course”. Beatrice, who has a personal best of 2:31:24, did not expect to win as she was initially hampered by an issue with her leg. “When my leg got better into the race, I was able to lengthen my stride and eventually overtook the lead runners,” she said. “The weather was nice today, not too hot, so I could come from behind and push to win the race,” she added. Both winners took home USD15,000 each.

FM Women Open Podium L-R Standard Chartered’s Martin Ong, Truphena Chepchirchir, Beatrice Jelagat Cherop and Sheila Jepkosgei Chesang

John Nzau Mwangangi from Kenya came in second in the Full Marathon Men’s Open with a time of 02:14:03 while defending champion Moses Kiptoo Kurgat, who broke the course record last year, finished third in a time of 02:14:22. In the Full Marathon Women’s Open, Truphena Chepchirchir from Kenya took second place in a time of 02:32:55 and Sheila Jepkosgei Chesang, also from Kenya had to settle for third place with a time of 02:35:50.

The Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s category was anticipated to be a hotly contested affair and lived up to that billing when five of Malaysia’s top distance runners went toe-to-toe to determine who would be crowned champion. Defending champion Poo Vasanthan proved his win last year was no flash in the pan when he held off five-time KLSCM champion Muhaizar Mohamad, national marathon record holder Leo Tan Huong Leong, national half marathon record holder Prabudass Krishnan and Nik Fakaruddin to retain his title in a time of 02:37:38. Nik Fakaruddin came in second in 02:37:43 while Leo Tan finished third in 02:37:56. “With such a strong field, I decided that I would just keep pace with the more established runners in the competition until I was two kms from the finish line before I started to pick up my pace and push towards the victory,” said Poo.

The Full Marathon Malaysian Women’s category saw Michelle Chua Khit Yeng improve on her third place finish last year to clinch the win in a time of 03:13:07 while defending champion Noor Amelia Musa clocked 03:14:41 to come in second and Chew Jia Qi got third place in a time of 03:22:50. “This year I had a lot of help from my coach, along with my friends and family who helped me to do my long runs so I managed to clock a lot of mileage in my preparation for the race,” said Michelle.

Rainer Biemans, Project Director of KLSCM and Director of Dirigo Events, said “KLSCM 2023 has proven to be a truly memorable one as we celebrated the 15th edition of the event by introducing a number of measures to keep the race fresh and more sustainable”. “The local running community witnessed an epic battle in the Full Marathon Malaysian category while the faster course saw a high number of runners achieve their personal best timings,” he continued. “We were also delighted that Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Adam Adli was on hand to flag-off the Full and Half Marathon categories in a year where we also embarked on our journey to make the event more sustainable and eco-friendly,” added Rainer.

Adam flagged off the Full and Half Marathon categories accompanied byMak Joon Nien, title sponsor Standard Chartered Malaysia’s CEO and Datuk Yvonne Chia, Chairman of Standard Chartered Malaysia.

“The reception of the 15th edition of KLSCM has been excellent as we witnessed the running community gather over the last two days in a tremendous show of unity, diversity and healthy competition. We are pleased to have contributed to the wellbeing of our communities in taking up healthy pursuits, staying true to our promise of being here for good.” said Mak Joon Nien, CEO of Standard Chartered Malaysia, title sponsor of KLSCM.

“Having been the title sponsor for the last 15 years, we are continually reminded of the impact the marathon holds in effecting positive social change, and this year’s KLSCM was no exception. As we progress, we look forward in ensuring that the event becomes more eco-conscious in line with the Bank’s sustainability agenda”, Mak said.

In line with Standard Chartered’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion, the Bank hosted 120 community runners that consisted of two groups in the 5km fun run category, and 35 running buddies from the Bank. Aligned to the Bank’s support of the Purple Tuesday movement, the first group consists of 26 differently-abled students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pendidikan Khas, Setapak, accompanied by four teachers and eight bank staff. The second group consisted of 46 Goal runners including teachers, alumni, and participants from the Bank’s Goal programme – an initiative that aims to empower and equip adolescent girls with the confidence to become future integral leaders.

While the event is a competitive affair, the community element is a compelling factor at KLSCM where its Run For A Reason (RFAR) charity initiative plays a crucial part in helping to raise funds for deserving organisations. Four or five organisations are selected every year for runners to raise funds for and this year, the selected charities were Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, Dignity for Children Foundation, Hospis Malaysia, Kechara Soup Kitchen and Reef Check Malaysia. “Run For A Reason has always been an initiative that we hold dear to our hearts and we try our best to drive donations to our beneficiary charities so that they can continue to carry out the important work that they do. There’s still time to donate as we will only close our fundraising on 9 October, so please donate generously,” said Biemans.

Close to 1400 running tourists from 46 different countries participated in the event, which included 79 different nationalities when local foreign residents were taken into account. It was a busy weekend in the city as KLSCM 2023 also saw over 12,000 local runners from outside Kuala Lumpur and Selangor participate in the event while enjoying the city.

The Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon has grown year-on-year to become the most anticipated distance running event in Malaysia. The premier running event once again saw Standard Chartered Malaysia returning as title sponsor, along with a host of returning and new sponsors, including Boost Juice, Seiko, Pressio, 100 Plus, TudungPeople, Brooks and Tiger Balm. The event is owned and organised by Dirigo Events with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur as venue host.

KLSCM 2023 Full Marathon Flag Off

KLSCM is sanctioned and supported by the Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF), Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Federation (FTKLAA), World Athletics and the Association of International Marathons, Distance Races (AIMS).

Winners of the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon 2023

Full Marathon Men’s Open

1stKiprop TonuiKenya02:13:49
2ndJohn Nzau MwangangiKenya02:14:03
3rdMoses Kiptoo KurgatKenya02:14:22

Full Marathon Women’s Open

1stBeatrice Jelagat CheropKenya02:32:52
2ndTruphena ChepchirchirKenya02:32:55
3rdSheila Jepkosgei ChesangKenya02:35:50

Full Marathon Malaysian Men

1stPoo VasanthanMalaysia02:37:38
2ndNik FakaruddinMalaysia02:37:43
3rdLeo Tan Huong LeongMalaysia02:37:56

Full Marathon Malaysian Women

1stMichelle Chua Khit YengMalaysia03:13:07
2ndNoor Amelia bt MusaMalaysia03:14:41
3rdChew Jia QiMalaysia03:22:50

Full Marathon Veteran Men

1stSamson Karega KamauKenya02:31:03
2ndMuindi Onesmus MuasyaKenya02:32:11
3rdBenson Olenakeri OloisungaKenya02:38:17

Full Marathon Veteran Women

1stJane Wanjiru MuriukiKenya02:53:06
2ndKaori YamazakiJapan03:32:22
3rdSupreeya ThinthipThailand03:50:26

Half Marathon Men Open

1stJames Munyi MareguKenya01:09:34
2ndDavid BirirKenya01:11:46
3rdIkegami HideyukiJapan01:11:52

Half Marathon Women Open

1stRuth Wanjiku GacheruKenya01:29:42
2ndCheung Ka YeeChina01:35:47
3rdMoa Elin Maria StahlbergSweden01:48:07

The Positive Impact of Sports on Teens’ Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being

The teenage years are an exciting period of growth and discovery for young people. As your child navigates this transformative time, they are likely to explore a multitude of interests. Among these, sports are likely to be some of the most beneficial and rewarding activities a teen can engage in, whether they find their niche in a team sport like soccer or basketball, or prefer to explore solo sports like running or gymnastics. And while many parents understand the benefits of regular physical activity, sports offer teenagers much more than simply an opportunity to exercise.

Engaging in sports is an enriching experience that promotes holistic well-being. From enhancing cardiovascular health to fostering emotional resilience, sports serve as an all-encompassing platform for any teenager’s development, regardless of their background. For your teen who attends high school in Singapore, you can be sure they have much to gain from learning to play a sport or two. Let’s look at some of the most compelling benefits below:

Improves Cardiovascular Health

The physical exertion that comes with playing sports naturally supports better cardiovascular health. Activities such as soccer, basketball, or running elevate the heart rate, thereby encouraging the heart to work more efficiently. Over time, this can reduce your teen’s risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular ailments. And while they can reap these benefits from any form of exercise, many teams will find it easier to stick with a sport they like, as it places physical activity in a more engaging and enjoyable context.

Builds Endurance and Strength

In addition to making the heart stronger, participating in sports also has a profound impact on muscle development and endurance. Weight-bearing sports like gymnastics or basketball can be particularly beneficial for bone health. During the teenage years, bone mass is still accumulating, making it a crucial time to engage in activities that promote bone density.

Strength and endurance also have many useful, practical applications in everyday life. For instance, a physically active teen should have no trouble walking long distances, performing manual labour, or lifting heavy objects. Moreover, the discipline and dedication required to build strength and endurance in sports are transferable skills. They can be applied to academic pursuits and later in professional settings, giving your teen a well-rounded set of capabilities that extend beyond the playing field.

Improves Confidence and Self-Esteem

Many teenagers who struggle with confidence and self-image may find empowerment in the many positive experiences playing a sport offers, such as mastering a new skill or achieving a new personal best. Sports are particularly good for building self-esteem because improvement is readily observable and measurable; if they’re running faster, jumping higher, or lifting heavier weights, teens will readily be able to tell. These achievements can help teens feel more self-assured and also give them a clear insight into their abilities and desires for themselves, both on and off the playing field. 

What’s more, sports often offer a structured setting that encourages the exchange of constructive feedback. Coaches and teammates can play a significant role in this, helping teens understand their strengths and areas for improvement. In turn, teens also receive plenty of opportunities to speak their minds and offer valuable insight of their own to their teammates and other peers. This environment encourages self-awareness and creates a safe space for teens to develop their identities over time.

Increases Mental Resilience

Sports are as much a test of mental strength as they are of physical capability. Whether it’s dealing with a loss or pushing through a challenging practice, sports teach resilience. Teens learn the importance of grit and perseverance, qualities that are indispensable not only in sporting pursuits but also in facing life’s various other challenges. The setbacks and failures teens encounter in sports also provide invaluable lessons on how to cope with similar experiences in a broader context.

The skills teens learn through these experiences are critical for their mental well-being. Coping with defeat gracefully and learning from mistakes are lessons they can directly apply to other spheres of life. Whether it’s facing academic challenges or navigating social complexities, the mental resilience cultivated through sports equips teens with the tools they need to handle stress and adversity effectively.

Teaches Teamwork and Cooperation

In many sports, effective collaboration is not just a bonus; it’s a requirement for success. Team sports like soccer, basketball and volleyball instil the importance of working cohesively as a unit. That said, even in individual sports like singles tennis or swimming in the individual format, there are often team dynamics at play, such as when team members interact during practice sessions.

The skills learned in these environments are crucial for social development. Teens learn how to communicate effectively, share responsibilities, and appreciate the value of collective effort. Even once they leave the field, your teen will need to use these collaborative skills throughout other areas of life. Whether it’s working on a group project at school, collaborating with colleagues at a future job, or simply learning how to coexist harmoniously with others, the teamwork skills they can hone through sports will prove invaluable.

Facilitates Healthy Friendships

Friendships and social bonds are a vital part of any teenager’s life. Sports offer an environment conducive to forming such connections. The shared experiences—whether it’s the thrill of victory or the lessons from a loss—create a strong foundation for friendships. Furthermore, the nature of teamwork and mutual goals fosters a sense of community and belonging, providing emotional and social support for your teen.

The quality of friendships often matters more than quantity, especially during the formative teenage years. The constructive environment that sports create helps facilitate positive social interactions and friendships based on mutual respect and shared interests. Eventually, your teen may find that these friendships have become a critical part of their personal support system.

As you consider avenues for your teen’s personal development, keep in mind that sports offer a holistic approach that enriches not just the body, but also the mind and the social fabric of their lives. Indeed, the skills and qualities honed on the playing field often prove to be invaluable assets in the game of life.


6 Things to Do to Prepare for Your First Singapore Running Event

Singapore hosts several running events throughout the year, with each one giving people a chance to run for a cause, celebrate physical fitness, and tour the city-state in a unique way. These events also have a way of bringing together running enthusiasts from all over the world, so that they can enjoy the sport as a solid community.

As someone who’s been watching running events from the sidelines for some time, you might be inspired to join in on the fun. However, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind before you participate in your first running event.

Running events may look fun but they can be challenging for first-timers. For one, you’ll be running non-stop for a certain amount of time and distance. If your body isn’t ready or properly conditioned, you can get tired easily or injure yourself. As such, it’s in your best interest to prepare several months in advance. Here are some things you can do to help you get ready and ensure that your first Singapore running event will be a success:

Create a Run Training Plan

Following an effective training plan will help you develop the discipline needed to build your running technique. It also ensures that you’re ready for the running event’s intense physical demands. When creating a training plan, make sure to incorporate a workout routine that develops strength and endurance. Strength exercises such as squats and lunges will improve your running posture and reduce the risk of injuries; endurance exercises like long runs, on the other hand, will increase your stamina.

You should also switch up the places where you work out from time to time. Although you can exercise at the gym, changing the location where you train can spice up your routine and boost your motivation. In Singapore, you’re spoiled for choice with beautiful running spots like East Coast Park and the scenic routes along the Marina Barrage. You can also visit the different Jewel Changi attractions that can give you an adrenaline rush and spark your sense of adventure, adding a dash of fun to your workouts. One such attraction is the Canopy Park, where you can experience the thrill of finding your balance on the walking and bouncing nets all while building your leg and core muscles.

Finally, don’t forget to add time for rest and recovery to your plan. This part is often underestimated or completely sidelined, but it’s crucial for maintaining peak performance and preventing overuse injuries. Getting adequate sleep and engaging in active recovery exercises (e.g., stretching, yoga, and tai chi) will allow your body to heal and adapt to the demands of training.

Choose the Right Running Event

Different running events have varying course profiles, atmospheres, and levels of difficulty. As a first-timer, it’s ideal to participate in the shortest course. Doing so will help you get a feel of the event. Once you’ve gotten used to joining running events, you can advance to more difficult courses to challenge yourself.

Familiarise Yourself with the Race Route

Knowing the race route can ease anxiety and prepare you for what lies ahead. As such, take the time to study the course map, noting significant landmarks, water stations, and potentially challenging sections. This knowledge can help you mentally prepare for the race and create a pacing strategy.

Invest in the Right Gear

When coming up with your running attire, you want to invest in comfortable shoes and athletic clothes. With these running essentials, you can run more comfortably and reduce your risk of injuries during the event. Visit a running store to get properly fitted for running shoes that suit your foot type and gait. The correct footwear will ensure that you get ample support when you run.

You should also invest in high-quality, moisture-wicking clothing. These types of garments will keep you cool and comfortable on the day of the event. 

If the running event takes place at a certain time of the day, bring accessories that contribute to better comfort and safety. For example, for morning races, get a hat or visor and a pair of sunglasses to protect yourself from harsh sunlight. If the race takes place in the evening, consider wearing accessories with reflective properties to make you more visible to other runners.

Pay Attention to Your Diet

Your diet plays a vital role in your race preparation. Maintain a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. Additionally, practise your race-day nutrition strategy during long training runs to avoid surprises on the day of the running event.

Join a Running Group

Look for local running clubs or online groups where you can connect with experienced runners and fellow first-timers. This can give you the opportunity to train with others, providing you with motivation, accountability, and a sense of community. Plus, joining a running group can help you mentally prepare for your race because you’ll have people to support you and boost your confidence.

Participating in a running event for the very first time can be daunting. However, if you properly prepare for the event well enough, your mind and body will be ready for the challenge. Good luck!


The Rise Of Women In Triathlon

The prominent footprints that women continue to build in triathlon where endurance, physical prowess and mental fortitude form the core fundamentals of the sport come as no surprise.

Judy Collins co-founded IRONMAN with her husband John and co-organized the first ever race of the worldwide renown series back in 1978 through the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon.

A year later, Lyn Lemaire was crowned the first female IRONMAN World Champion after becoming the first woman to complete the iconic race in Hawaii.

Julie Moss crawling across the finish line at the 1982 IRONMAN World Championship remains one of the most powerful images of the multisport series, and just last year women had their own day of racing at the IRONMAN World Championship.

This was to ensure gender equality, which means equal participation for both male and female athletes. More importantly, it was also to ensure a cleaner race for the women and to give them a stage of their own to shine and showcase their true potential.

Dr Au Yong Pui San, a Sports & Exercise Medicine Physician explains that when it comes to competing in triathlon, women are equal to men.

“Finishing times may favour male athletes but that in itself is the anatomical and physiological differences based on sex. Physiologically, both women and men can excel in any endurance sports with adequate and proper training.”

“In the past decade, the popularity of triathlon has been on the rise, and so has female participation in this sport. I would like to think that this trend is due to more exposure to prominent female triathletes both local and international, and more female friendly training environments,” notes Dr Pui San, who works at the Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar in Seremban.

According to the 41-year-old who was a 2014 IRONMAN Malaysia finisher, there is a rise in female awareness of “cycle-syncing” their training to their menstrual cycle to optimize training and performance.

“A lot of women juggle work and triathlon training with the responsibility of family, household chores and childcare. This may contribute to intrinsic stressors that may affect her ability to recover well and take on high quality training sessions.”

Dr Pui San also notes that many women started in this sport as a way to manage their body weight. However, with increased training volume, the right nutrition is pivotal when it comes to recovery.

“While there are benefits in each individual diets, someone training hard for triathlon should avoid being too rigid with their diet, unless medically advised. Calorie restricting or macronutrient restricting are not recommended for heavy volume training, especially in women as we do not respond well with strict chronic dietary restriction.”

With the ideal nutrition and training plan, it is definitely a great time to be a female triathlete. What comes as a significant breakthrough is gains made in female-specific research for endurance sports to help guide female athletes through menopause, providing crucial information to guide them through the most challenging times of their lives.

Women For Tri, a program launched to increase female participation in triathlon back in 2015 has also amassed over $300,000 (RM1.4 million) in grants.

As for this year, a huge advancement for female triathlon comes in the form of the all-female race at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

For 53-year-old Jazmina Yean Abdullah who will compete at the upcoming 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi, her opportunity to shout to the world that anything is possible couldn’t come soon enough.

“I have always been a challenger in life as a career woman and a young widow, and I want to affirm that it is never too late to do anything in life. I needed to set a right role model for my two young teens. Joining IRONMAN has expanded my horizon and the best part is my kids were so supportive. I think some of the advantages for women over 50 to join a sport like triathlon is our wisdom, determination to succeed, and a strong, happy mind body and soul,” she said.

Registration for the IRONMAN Malaysia and IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi are still available on and respectively. See you there ladies!


Inaugural Great Green Run Rallies Runners, Businesses And Non-Profits To Spark Sustainability Movement

Left to Right: Fuji Foo, Managing Director EvCO, Guest-of-Honour Roy Teo, Chief (Industry Development, Technology & Innovation) Sport Singapore, Victor Lee, Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Singapore, Elvin Ting, Managing Director of TriFactor, Jacelyn Lee, Founder of Greenbees & Aloysius Arlando, Chairman OrangeRoomAsia before the flag-off

SINGAPORE, 24 September 2023 – Jointly organised by TriFactor and Green Bees, the inaugural Great Green Run presented by CIMB flagged off early this morning at the Marina Barrage with over 2,000 runners enjoying the 10km and 5km corporate runs despite a heavy downpour.

Participants gathering for the flag-off for the Inaugural Great Green Run

The all-inclusive Community Run which will feature both abled and differently-abled will take place at 430pm while the ongoing ‘Green Fiesta’ featuring over 30 sustainability partners and non-profits will end at 630pm.

Entire families enjoying the 10km and 5km Corporate Run

In an effort to raise awareness of fashion overconsumption and waste, organizers encouraged participants and corporate partners to donate their unused clothing at the “Great Green Run Clothing Recycling Station” and over 120 kilograms have been collected so far.

Left to Right: Fuji Foo, Managing Director EvCO, Victor Lee, Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Singapore, Elvin Ting, Managing Director of TriFactor, Jacelyn Lee, Founder of Greenbees and Guest-of-Honour Roy Teo, Chief (Industry Development, Technology & Innovation) Sport Singapore

The items will be distributed to the local circular fashion enterprise Cloop after the event and depending on their condition, some items will be restored and recycled to extend their life cycle, while others will be sold to raise money for charities.

Left to Right: Victor Lee, Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Singapore, Elvin Ting, Managing Director of TriFactor, Guest-of-Honour Roy Teo, Chief (Industry Development, Technology & Innovation) Sport Singapore, Jacelyn Lee, Founder of Greenbees, Fuji Foo, Managing Director EvCO, Aloysius Arlando, Chairman OrangeRoomAsia contributing their unused clothes to the Recycling Station

With an eco-friendly setup, sustainability advocacy, and a commitment to diversity and philanthropy, the Great Green Run is a trailblazing concept that catalyzes community impact and social change.

Left to Right: Jacelyn Lee, Founder of Greenbees, Guest-of-Honour Roy Teo, Chief (Industry Development, Technology & Innovation) Sport Singapore Fuji Foo, Managing Director EVCo, Elvin Ting, Managing Director of TriFactor learning more about electric mobility service provider EVCo


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