Over 12,000 Participants Came Together For a Greener Tomorrow at the Fifth Edition of NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC

NTUC RUN 350 Singapore 2014 LogoSingapore, 27 April 2014 – Early this morning, Southeast Asia’s premier eco-run, NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC saw a record number of over 12,000 runners, more than 500 volunteers and 21 partners come together in support of the global 350 movement. The fifth edition of the race welcomed participants from 64 different countries who ran for a greener tomorrow.

Mr Lim Swee Say, Secretary-General of NTUC, was present to award the winners in the respective categories. RUN 350 saw runners participating in two categories – the 10km run and the 350m Kids Dash.

Held at the F1 Pit Building, RUN 350 aims to raise awareness of the climate crisis facing our Mother Earth. The atmospheric carbon dioxide level currently stands at 400 parts per million, but the level must be lowered to 350 parts per million in order to preserve our planet.

Dubbed an eco-run, RUN 350 practices eco-friendly initiatives that support their green cause. This year, RUN 350 became the first run in Singapore to introduce its inaugural Medal Recycling Campaign which collected a whopping 6,482 donated medals islandwide. The public was encouraged to donate their old or unwanted medals at collection points islandwide. The medals were then recycled and given a new lease of life to become brand new medals for finishers of this morning’s race.

Mr Steve Tan, Executive Secretary of Young NTUC, said, “What started as a little dream of a group of like-minded young people has become an annual event in the local environmental grid and local sporting calendar. RUN 350 has taken off far beyond our wildest imagination and we thank everyone involved in this year’s event for helping us to make our dream a reality. Today, we witnessed over 12,000 runners participate in RUN 350. We surpassed last year’s record number of participants and it is gratifying to see so many people come together to support a movement that affects our Mother Earth. At Young NTUC, we represent, advocate and mobilise when a cause calls for it, and RUN 350 was realised on behalf of the 350 movement. We thank you for joining us in our effort to raise awareness for a greener tomorrow.”

In addition to the Medal Recycling Campaign, RUN 350 embarked on many green initiatives this year including encouraging participants to partake in the Bring-Your- Own-Bottle (BYOB) initiative to training runs as well as to the actual race. The effort helped to reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles and paper cups. On-site, there were over 200 bicycle racks available for participants who chose to cycle to the race venue. Eco-partners also set up booths to showcase their various causes such as 350 Singapore, Save That Pen, ECO Singapore and Ground-Up Initiative.

RUN 350 collaborated with the Public Hygiene Council to drive a number of litter-free initiatives to bring the litter-free messaging to the forefront of runners’ consciousness. Running route maps in race booklets, EDMs to runners and Facebook medium were used to serve as reminders to runners to keep the event site litter-free. Initiatives implemented during the run include litter-free messaging on Bins and Screened Disposal Areas and announcements to keep the event site litter-free. More than 200 volunteers were also trained to become litter-free ambassadors to advise runners against littering on the race day.

Mr Marcus Chew, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, NTUC Income said, “NTUC Income RUN 350 drives the message of environmental sustainability, which is consistent with NTUC Income’s belief in a greener future. As the title sponsor for four years running, NTUC Income is proud to partner Young NTUC in furthering the 350 Movement. The record turnout this year and the public’s enthusiastic participation in the Medal Recycling Campaign leading up to the Run are evidence that support of the

350 Movement is gathering momentum. NTUC Income is glad to play a part in creating a better tomorrow for our loved ones.”

Unionists from the Labour Movement also took to the road at RUN 350 as part of the annual inter-union sports tournament, the U Games, which is now in its sixth year. “U Sports is glad to be part of this eco-run where members from different unions could race in friendly competition while showing their support to the cause and our environment,” said Mr Yeo Khee Leng, Chief Executive Officer, NTUC Club.

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Race Review: NTUC Run 350 2014: We Ran (10km) for a better tomorrow

We ran for a better tomorrow!

Heavy rain and thunders lead to Half Marathon cancellation

I had registered for the Half Marathon category, and arrived on site at around 5:00am (flag-off was scheduled for 5:30am). It was a bit cloudy but little did I know how much the weather was about to change.

It started drizzling at around 5:15am and by 5:30am, a full-on thunderstorm was on. Everybody sought for cover under the canopy tents or in the F1 Building. The rain was so heavy that even though I was standing under a ledge, I somehow managed to get soaked. A first announcement for delaying the flag-off right came on the speakers right away. The rain and thunder were going strong, so at around 6:15am the cancellation of the Half Marathon was announced. The fate of the 10km would be announced later.

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Heavy rain and thunders lead to cancellation of the 21km race.

Rain subsides...
Rain subsides.

Skies are clearing...
Skies are clearing…

6:45am: Skies are clearing, 10km is a “GO”

As promised by the organiser (they did an excellent job updating us on time) the decision for the 10km was announced at around 6:45am. And luckily it was a “GO”! What’s more, 21km runners were welcome to join the 10km race – as a “fun run” however, that is, without official timing. Everybody was happy that the wait was over and the rain didn’t manage to ruin our run completely. We all entered the pen for a 7:15am flag off.

7:15am: Off we go!

Soon enough, the race was on. After the first few kilometres, we exited Republic Avenue and turned to Nicoll Highway. The loop was closed via Kallang Road. It was a very comfortable run in the after-rain breeze, and the red-coloured sky gave a unique look to the landmarks along the route. There were plenty of hydration points (I think I counted 5 or 6) offering both water and 100Plus, as well as WCs placed along the route.  Despite the huge number of runners (which must have doubled due to the 21km runners ending up joining the 10km), I did not come across any bottlenecks or congestion along the race. Massage, food and drinks were available at the finishing line.

10km race is ON and all are welcome to join!
10km race is ON and all are welcome to join!

Along the route.
Shot along the route.

As recorded with my Sports-Tracker app.
As recorded with my Sports-Tracker app.

The verdict

Pros

– Cancelling such a big-scale event is not an easy business, yet I believe that the execution was perfect. There were timely updates via internet and sms and all staff werewell-informed and helpful.

– The 10km route was planned very well, and it accommodated the increased number of runners without any problems.

– Volunteers did an amazing job, I saw many of them helping people get cover from the rain by taking them under their umbrellas.

We ran for a better tomorrow!
We ran for a better tomorrow!

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Massage at finisher’s area.

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Finisher medal, made partly from recycled material.

Cons / room for improvement

– Post-race makan. Unless there was a tent I missed (let me know in the comments section), we were only given bananas after the race.

– Perhaps the organiser pulled the plug on the 21km race a bit too soon. From my perspective as a runner, it could have been flagged-off at 7:00am. I suppose there were good reasons (road closure and logistics) behind their decision though. At least official updates were coming on time.

Closing remark

I am generally against cancellations due to weather conditions, but there is absolutely no way the race could have been carried out as planned today. All in all – and I believe that most of the runners out there will agree – it turned out to be a very enjoyable 10km “fun run”. Despite the cancellation of the 21km category there was positive energy and smiles all around. Congratulations to the organisers for pulling this off, given the tough conditions. I am looking forward to next year’s NTUC Run 350.

Generous race pack!
The generous race pack with lots of coffee!

 

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Lock Laces – Never have to tie your shoe laces again

A runner’s first world problem

nathan-lock-laces-review-packWho hasn’t ever had to stop during a run -be it training or race- to tie his shoelaces? Now, if you are competing on a top level, this can be a major issue; for the rest of us, it is just a nuisance.

One that can luckily be resolved very easily and at a low cost, though, so why not go for it?

Introducing Lock Laces

So I got myself a pair of Nathan Lock Laces from Amazon for about S$ 10. There are other brands and similar products for you to choose from, but those seemed good enough for me.

Nathan guarantees for comfort, safety and claims that the laces are water-resistant and highly suitable for trail running and triathletes.

Fitting was easy, as they come with instructions, and it took less than 10 minutes (see video below).

 

My first impression was that they were a bit too tight, even when I tried to loosen them up.  The shoe did seem to fit much better though.

What I particularly liked running in them is that they have some sort of “give” during the foot’s movements, but always getting back to the original form.

As you can see at the photos below (installed on my ASICS GT-2000) , they don’t look much different from standard laces, and the sliding mechanism is quite discreet.

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A “before and after”, or rather a “with and without” shot. Running shoe Asics Gel GT-2000.
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The final product. Running shoe: Asics Gel GT-2000.

All in all, if you’ve ever found yourself pissed for having to tie your shoelaces in the middle of race, I would say give them a try. The are really inexpensive after all, and you can always go back to normal laces if you don’t like how they feel on the foot.

 

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Tips From Top Runners for Sundown Marathon: Part II

Who is Who

Hoong Wei at Chiang Mai MarathoIT executive Marcus Ong (top) has conquered the Sundown Marathon twice. In 2009, he was the champion for the 10km race. And last year, he emerged victorious in the Men’s 4x10km relay category. Come May, he will be taking on the 10km race again – at Singapore’s biggest night race. Education Officer Wong Hoong Wei (left) conquered the Sundown Ultra Marathon (100km) last year in 9 hours 5 minutes and 34 seconds. It was his first win in the ultra running event. Here are a few tips from Marcus and Hoong Wei for Sundown Marathon this year.

Eat moderately

Marcus advises runners to eat moderately, in the build-up to the night race. And fried foods and drinking beer should be avoided, according to this top runner.

Have an afternoon nap

Hoong Wei says to plan an easy day before the race – to avoid unnecessary physical and mental stress. He also recommends having an afternoon nap on the day of the race – to help you stay awake.

Drink caffeine

According to Marcus, you could try and drink some caffeine to cope with the sleep bug. Perhaps a small bottle of coffee on your race belt may help.

Do not over-train

Hoong Wei recommends runners to listen to their body and not overdoing themselves when it comes to training for distance races such as the marathon. This is because more training does not mean that you will perform better during the race itself – and may simply increase chances of injury. Click here for more Sundown Marathon tips from Marcus Ong. Click here to read more of what Wong Hoong Wei says about night running.

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Jurong Lake Run: Race History and Background

The event

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Jurong Lake Run 2012

As the first and largest running event in the west of Singapore, Jurong Lake Run aims to promote healthy living and bring together people from all walks of life. Organised in the middle of each year at Jurong Lake Park, Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, Jurong Lake Run infuses the typically serene landscape with fun and excitement.

Jurong Lake Run is a not-for-profit volunteer-driven event. Its motto – “Running as One” – represents the importance of community spirit; the importance of working together and contributing to society. Every year, volunteers come together to make Jurong Lake Run possible and a portion of the proceeds is donated to adopted beneficiaries.

But of course, Jurong Lake Run isn’t complete without Jurong Lake Expo and Jurong Lake Carnival. Sports enthusiasts can pamper themselves with great promotions on sporting products, services and events at the Expo. At the Carnival, one can expect games and entertainment for all ages.

History

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2011

Participants: 6,500

Identity: First Mega Running Event in the West

Race Categories: 10km Competitive Run, 5km Fun Run

2012

Participants: 15,000

Charity: $250,000 raised for 7 beneficiaries

Identity: Running as One

Theme: Run For a Cause

Race Categories: 10km Competitive Run, 6km Competitive Run, 3km Walk-a-Jog

Beneficiaries:

  • The Singapore Children’s Society
  • Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Loving Hearts Multi-Service Centre
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health
  • Aspiration Wan Qing Lodge
  • Lakeside Family Centre
  • Concern & Care Neighbourhood Link

In 2012, a Carnival at Jurong Lake Run was introduced, Carnival@JLR2012 where participants could immerse themselves in the booths, workshops and fringe activities that were specially lined up for them.

Jurong Lake Run 2013

2013

Participants: 15,000

Charity: $140,000 raised for 4 beneficiaries (Club Heal, Lakeside Family Centre, Beacon of Life, PromisedLand Community Services)

Identity: Running as One

Theme: More Than Just a Run

Race Categories: 10km Competitive Run, 6km Competitive Run, 3km Walk-a-Jog, 850m Kids Dash

In 2013, a 850m Kids Dash was added to make it more inclusive for everyone by encouraging the young ones to also embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

On top of that, participants could look forward to the extravaganza after the run at Chinese Garden to bask in the carnival atmosphere. Carnival@JLR2013 focused on health, fitness and wellness, promising an enjoyable time for all in the family!

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Chinese Garden (裕华园).

Japanese Garden (星和园)
Japanese Garden (星和园)

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Jurong Lake Park

The Logo

The building block of the logo is inspired by two vital elements of the Jurong Lake Run, our runners and the Jurong Lake.

This is represented by the Stylised Runner seen below: Runner + Jurong Lake = Stylised Runner

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The combination of 5 stylised runners in a forward pointing arrow formation relfects our vision as well as the 5 core values.

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Red, Black and White are chosen as the primary colour scheme:

Red symbolises brotherhood and the passion of the community to help others.

Black symbolises the unlimited potential of the Jurong Lake Run community to change our society for the better.

White symbolises the opportunity for new beginnings, whether be it a healthier lifestyle, or being more engaged in the community.

Jurong Lake Run 2014 is back on June 21st. Don’t wait any longer and register now for this unique event!

 

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Tips From Top Runners for Sundown Marathon

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Who Is Who

Alex Ong (top) and Ivan Low (left) are both regular podium finishers in the Singapore running scene.

Ivan, who picked up running only in 2011, has come a long way since then. Within one short year of his introduction to the sport, he stole the show, with a third-placed finish in the 21km race at the 2012 Sundown Marathon.

And then last year, he won the 10km Men’s relay race at the same event.

Alex won the 42km race – at the 2012 Sundown Marathon. It marked his first win at a Full Marathon event.

Last year, he took part in the Full Marathon again and came in third. Come May, he hopes to conquer the same race again, in a time of less than three hours.

Here are a few tips from these two top runners on how to prepare for the big night race.

How to stay awake at night

For both Alex and Ivan, keeping the body alert during a night run is definitely a huge challenge. Consequently, their personal timings may often be slower than those clocked at early morning races. Ivan advises that sleeping during the day may help to ensure that the body can cope with the rigors of running past midnight. Alex says that you could gradually tune your body clock so that it learns to stay awake at night.

Carbo Loading

Alex also shared some useful tips about carbo loading, a common pre-race practice for runners. Generally, he feels that it is good to start increasing carbohydrate content, about two to three days before the race. Some of his personal favourites include spaghetti, bananas and sweet potatoes.

Speed and Pacing

Meanwhile, Ivan Low has some useful tips regarding training in speed and pacing. These include assessing your current conditioning and setting training goals that are within your ability. Doing interval training on a smooth, flat surface such as a running track would also be good training.

Click here to read more on Alex Ong’s tips.

Click here to find out what other advice Ivan gave.

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4 Free race slots for ‘Jurong Lake Run 2014’

Light up the night!

As the first and largest running event in the west of Singapore, Jurong Lake Run aims to promote healthy living and bring together people from all walks of life. Organised in the middle of each year at Jurong Lake Park, Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden, Jurong Lake Run infuses the typically serene landscape with fun and excitement.

Jurong Lake Run is a not-for-profit volunteer-driven event. Our motto – “Running as One” – represents the importance of community spirit; the importance of working together and contributing to society. Every year, volunteers come together to make Jurong Lake Run possible and a portion of our proceeds is donated to our adopted beneficiaries.

This year, four (4) of our readers will have the opportunity to enter this outstanding running event for free! 

In order to successfully enter the contest, you must:

1) Be a registered user on Just Run Lah!. Click here to register if you are not.

2) Log in and post a comment to the present article using the form below telling us why you want to participate in this race.  

* Make sure you post the comment from your registered account, and that your email address is working; otherwise we will not be able to contact you.

The winners will be selected in random and notified by email within one week after the contest has ended.

Contest closes midnight on Tuesday, April 29th.

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Tips for you to like and enjoy running

First and foremost, a big HI to everyone.

Sorry for being MIA for a pretty long while. As a final year student in University, I have been mugging and slogging my guts out  for my final year project (FYP). I still am mugging now but have decided to take some time out to keep you guys posted.

So, I am aware that, or rather, I assume that most of you who are reading this now do enjoy and love running. Most of you have probably joined countless marathons, have tried coming up with various running routes that Singapore can offer, or, are trying to clock in your next marathon with a whole new record.

Yet, there is always the minority and we should not neglect that. Some of you who are reading this now are probably trying to find some new inspiration or ideas to lose weight, to stay fit or simply, to be healthier.  Some might have signed up a marathon or a race due to peer pressure and are desperately trying to force yourself to get into a training mode now.  Some might be trying to understand what make your loved ones or your partner love running that much.

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Well, being just an ordinary girl who got into the habit of running since young, who went through a phase in which I ran daily  so that I do not have to retake my NAPFA, to a young lady now who wishes she can join any marathons that interests her,  I am here wishing that with my years of experiences in and passion for running, I am able to give you guys some tips to like and enjoy running. I may not be a professional athlete but I believe that is what might make these tips more useful and relatable to you guys.

1) Make sure you get a pair of running shoes that suits you. To do that, make sure you know your feet well. (Whether you have a pair of high-arched feet or low-arched feet). You can surf the net to know what type does your feet belong to (for example see here) or if you are still unsure about that, head to any sports outlets and the sales personnel there should be able to guide you about that. The  Reebok outlets at Tampines Mall and Velocity provide such services. Trust me, a suitable pair of running shoes makes running a lot easier and enjoyable for you. The wrong pair of running shoes will in fact, cause injuries to you legs and posture.

2) If you are a music lover, download some of your favourite songs or songs that are more pumped-up into your iPod and bring it along with you for your run. Surveys have proven that listening to music does allow you to run a further distance and even, faster. Not to forget, if you do not know what are the songs that can allow you to feel more pumped-up for a run, just google “the top workout songs” and so on, a list of songs will appear.

3) If you are running to lose weight, do not expect an immediate effect. I know many of us do but let us face the reality, your body needs time too. After every run, look into the mirror and spot the slight improvements in it.  The improvements might be little but patience pays off. In just a few months, you will be able to see the huge transformation you have been waiting for. It is also important to note that diet is a key factor to your management of your weight too so make sure your diet and your running routine go hand in hand.  Do not let your diet ruin the efforts you have put into your runs.

4) If you are new at running, try not to start off too fast, too far or aim too high. Start off at a comfortable pace and aim to finish a distance that would not overstretch yourself. Make your 1st run a pleasant and enjoyable one. If your 1st run is a torturing one, I am pretty sure you will not want to run anymore.

5) If you are in need of motivations to run, get a running buddy, join a running club or sign up for a race! Make plans with your running buddy or aim to complete the race within your targeted timing. They are pretty good motivators.

6) If you have always found that running is a boring sport, try to find new running routes. Singapore might be small but we sure do have many running routes. We have the Park Connectors, the beaches, or even, you can run in town around Marina Bay Sands or Clarke Quay. You will be surprised at the scenery that these running routes can provide you with at times.

7) Learn to enjoy the feeling of sweating it out. There is no better feeling than sweating it out and feeling satisfied after completing a run.

So, here are the few tips that I have shared with you guys. Hope they are helpful and relatable to many of you!

You are always welcome to chip in your suggestions in the comments below!

Till next time,

Chelza

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‘London 890v4’ New Balance Shoes: A Charity Auction

Update: Thanks everyone, for your support. This auction is now closed and the highest bidder will be contacted.

Are you keen to get your hands on a pair of limited edition New Balance running shoes that will be launched next month?

I am having a charity auction for a pair of these beautiful shoes.

A Rare Opportunity

These will be out in stores only next month. But through my charity auction, you can have a rare opportunity to bid for a pair now.

The shoes are part of the New Balance 890v4 Global City Running Pack, which is a set of four limited edition shoes that represent four major cities around the world – Boston, London, Rome and Tokyo.

I will be auctioning off the ‘London’ (forest green) shoes.

The auction will last from now until 20 April.

The Shoes

The ‘London’ shoes are forest or moss green in colour – the international motor-racing colour of the United Kingdom.

And the shoes bears the number ‘06’ – to commemorate 1906, when New Balance was founded.

100 per cent of proceeds go to charity

100 per cent of proceeds from the auction will go to the Singapore Disability Sports Council – for their members to fulfil their sporting dreams. They are one of the four charities that are supported by Sundown Marathon this year.

So by bidding, you will be helping a good cause – and gaining a beautiful, limited edition pair of shoes – that you can use for the Sundown Marathon in May.

To find out more about these limited edition 890v4 ‘London’ shoes and how to place your bid, click here.

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Completing a full Ironman at the age of 50

Completing a Full Ironman at the age of 50Her First Full Ironman Race @ Age 50

Age is no barrier to achieving your personal dreams and aspirations. And 50-year-old doctor Joanna Lin, can definitely attest to this.

For she took part in – and conquered – her very first Full Ironman race, at the Asia-Pacific leg of the IRONMAN World Championship which was held last month. Her timing was 16 hours and 44 minutes.

The IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship, which debuted in 2012, takes place in the sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne. It comprises a swim in Frankston, south of the city and its biking course incorporates the Eastlink Tollway. The run course commences at Frankston and concludes in St. Kilda, in the shadows of the skyline of Melbourne.

A 50th birthday present to herself

The Ironman race was Joanna’s 50th birthday present to herself and she had wanted to push her limits to see how far she could go.

The avid triathlete, who only took up the sport about five years ago, has since gone on to complete several races, including Half Marathons, Full Marathons and triathlons.

 

Most gruelling race ever so far

But the Ironman Melbourne was the most gruelling race that she has ever participated in, especially because of the head wind that she faced during the bicycling leg and having to make do with inadequate lighting during the running leg – when the sun had already well and truly set.

Nevertheless, this Iron Woman can feel pleased with her inaugural Full Ironman race – and possibly for her, there will be more such races on the cards, in the near future.

Click here for an in-depth interview with Dr Joanna Lin on her Ironman experience.

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Win 3 Free Slots for ‘The 5k Foam Run’

The 5k Foam Run slot giveaway.

We are happy to announce that we are giving away 3 slots for The 5k Foam Run!

Three of our readers will have the opportunity to enter the most FOAMTASTIC running event of the year for free! 

In order to successfully enter the contest, you must:

The contest has ended.

* Make sure you post the comment from your registered account, and that your email address is working; otherwise we will not be able to contact you.

The winners will be selected in random and notified by email within one week after the contest has ended.

Contest closes midnight on Thursday, April 17th.

Good luck!


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The 5k Foam Run 2014. SIngapore's most fun running event!
The 5k Foam Run 2014. Singapore’s most fun running event!

 

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Wings For Life World Run: The Whole World Is Running

Run For Those Who Can’t

A totally new type of running event, organised for a good cause, will take place worldwide on 4th of May at 10:00am UTC. East Asia is represented by South Korea (Jeonnam) and Taiwan (Hualien). While registration for Taiwan has closed (participation limit reached), there is still time to register for the race in South Korea and be part for this unique event!

The Whole World Is Running

wings for life world run 2014The Wings for Life World Run is an entirely new type of event never before seen or undertaken in either running or any other sporting field. It is a truly global adventure, encompassing up to forty locations, in which everyone runs at the very same time all over the world! 100% of the proceeds from the event will go to the Wings for Life foundation, which funds research into curing spinal cord injury. The run will unite athletes around the world in one race, running for those who can’t!

“What is exciting about the Wings for Life World Run is that it actually has a starting line, but there is no finish line, and I think that concept is magic,” said Olympic medalist Colin Jackson of Great Britain, who is the Wings for Life World Run sports director. “A car will be chasing you down, half an hour after you started. It’s never been done before. You could be in New Zealand, you could be in South Africa, you could be in Great Britain. The races all start at the same time.”

With no finish line ahead — just Catchers Cars chasing from behind — this is a race with a twist. It is the ultimate test of each runner’s boundaries and abilities, with the last person running being crowned the global winner. The Wings for Life World Run ace isn’t just about physiological abilities; it needs incredible psychological strength, too. You’re not just running against the rest of the field in your location but against runners worldwide, AND you’re being chased by a car — it’s an extraordinary challenge even for the best runners. You know where you start, but you do not know your finish!

South Korea Is In!

The scenic Jeonnam, one of the cities where the race will take place.
The scenic Jeonnam, one of the cities where the race will take place.

South Korea will welcome thousands of runners to Jeollanam-do’s Yeongam and Mokpo, where it’s past history and modern scenery were created harmoniously. The race will begin on the Korea International Circuit, home of the iconic Korean F1 Grand Prix. Continuing the trail, one will soon cross the 4,000m Mokpo Bridge and discover its beautiful night view. Eventually the runners will discover Mokpo’s Peace Square which is located on a road running parallel to the ocean. You can’t miss the beautiful glow of the fountain central to the square. Passing the Daebul Industry Complex, which is central to the south western economic stronghold in the local area, you will be able to finish the race at the Yeongam Public Stadium.

Wings For Life World Run runners will experience the city’s historical tourist attractions with its outstanding architecture, beautiful coastline and vast landscapes. Most importantly, running on behalf of those who cannot is a unique global sporting event. Runners will also help in taking precious steps for the foundation in finding a cure for those with debilitating spinal cord injuries.

Registration for the Jeonnam race is open until April 20th 2014, for everyone being at least 18 years old on the race day. The entry fee is 50,000 KRW (approx. S$ 60).

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Wings For Life World Run 2014: Jeonnam, South Korea route,
Wings For Life World Run 2014: Jeonnam, South Korea route,

 

The race format

SIMULTANEOUSLY RUNNING ALL OVER THE WORLD The Wings For Life World Run is the first event in which the entire World can race together, simultaneously. This groundbreaking race format means that on the 4th of May 2014, at 10am UTC, and equivalent times across the globe, thousands of competitors will start to run on up to 35 race tracks worldwide. On this day the world will run as one.

UNIQUE RUNNING EXPERIENCE The format of the Wings For Life World Run is a first in not only in running but also of all sporting events. Routes will be defined but runners will not be running a set distance, as unlike normal races the finish line is chasing them rather than them running towards it; in short you know where you start, but you do not know your finish. This is how it works: half an hour after the start signal sounds and the first runners leave the start line official catcher cars will simultaneously set off at each course, pursuing the runners. This pace will accelerate at determined intervals to a rigid global schedule. When the catcher car passes a runner their race is over and its time to catch the shuttle back to start area and celebrate.

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The “catcher car” – A new type of finishing line! Photo credit: Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

So, what does the Catcher Car actually do? The Catcher Car chases the runners; it’s the moving finish line. When it passes a runner, that runner is out of the race. To give participants a sporting chance, cars start at 10.30 UTC, thirty minutes after the runners have set off. For the first hour, the speed is 15km/h, steady and unchanging, and then progressively increasing.

Event website: www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com
Event Facebook: www.facebook.com/WingsForLifeWorldRun

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Miracle Tape

Yes, by miracle tape, I’m referring to those colorful tapes that you see on runners and athletes. These tapes were made famous during the 2008 Beijing Olympics by the beach volleyball players (I think, do correct me if I’m mistaken here). I was skeptical to try them at first, but after the 2013 Standard Chartered Marathon, I had a niggling ankle pain that would not go away. Tried all kinds of solutions, but none really work, and the 2XU marathon was really coming up. I then decided to give these tapes a trial…. and voila, they actually worked!

I taped my ankle like how they show on the video, and I was running like there was no pain at all! It’s amazing… prior to that, no matter how much I had read about the theory of it, I just couldn’t convince myself that it will work. But it does… at least it seems there is no placebo effect here, because pain is pain, you can definitely feel it. So I’m sold… and convince that these tapes do work (for me, at least).

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Race Review: Nathan Singapore City Race 2014 [15km]

Nathan Singapore City Race 2014 Map

Lost in the city!

I love exploring places running, so when I first heard about this “free form” event, I knew I had to sign up. For those not familiar with the concept (I for once had never heard of such an event before), runners are given a map just before the flag-off with a number of checkpoint stations marked. There is no predefined route or road closures, and you get to choose the order you clear the checkpoints. After clearing them all, you have to get back to the starting point (Marina Barrage). There were four categories, namely, 5 km (Mini distance), 15 km (Short distance), 25 km (Mid distance) and 45 km (Long distance). I went for the “Short distance”, which was proven to be not so short after all!

Flag-off for my category was at 9:00am (a bit too late!), so I was at Marina Barrage around 8:00am.  I was a bit disappointed that there was no baggage deposit, as I use public transportation and have no place to leave my stuff. So, this time I had to carry on a change of clothes (along with keys etc). At least we were informed about this in advance. In any case, no long queues at the starting pen and pretty much a lax atmosphere. Runners had to check-in half an hour in advance, this is when you are given a string backpack and the map with the check-in stations.

Study the map for 15-20 mins and chit-chat around to discuss optimal routes, and off we go. I decided to clear Masjid Sultan Mosque first, then Orchard Rd since those were the two most distant ones. Then I would go for Fort Canning, Sri Thendayuthapani Temple and finally Chinatown before heading back to Marina Barrage. The majority of the people I talked to were thinking to do it the other way around but I stuck to my original plan.

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Getting ready for the run!

Getting to Arab Street was easy, as was getting to Orchard Rd from there. Running on a Sunday morning in Orchard is not an easy task; talk about an obstacle course! After clearing that check-point, my plan was to get on Scotts Rd and then Orchand Boulevard, Devonshire and Oxley, all the way down to Clemencau Avenue. Here is where I got a bit lost. I am not familiar with this area and I got a wrong turn on Scotts Rd. I was running in circles for a while, so I decided to change the plan and retrace along Orchard Rd for a while. After clearing Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, I made my way up to Fort Canning, and it was rather easy to find the Buddha Tooth Relic station after that. One of the highlights of my run had to be the refreshing coconut I got along the way in Chinatown! While trying to make my way back to Marina Barrage I missed a turn so I ended up to Clarke Quay instead. From there, I ran by the Esplanade and finally got back to Marina Barrage.

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My route for the “Short Distance” category, Nathan Singapore City Race 2014

Plenty of food and hydration was waiting for us, along with a nicely-designed ELM medal. According to my GPS, I tracked about 20 km for the “15 km” route; it was fun getting lost!

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Nathan Singapore City Race 2014 finisher medal

In summary:

Pros:

  • A unique and fun concept.
  • Especially fun when signing up as team (Just Run Lah! team for next year anybody? 🙂
  • The provided map was of high-quality
  • Nice finisher medal.

Cons / room for improvement:

  • Flag-off should be earlier, the heat was almost unbearable.
  • Baggage deposit should be available.
  • More items in runners’ entitlement would be nice.
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Upcoming Pocari Sweat Run 2014.

I have added Pocari Sweat Singapore on Facebook ever since I have joined the Pocari Sweat Run 2013. Why?

It is to make sure that I will be the first few to sign up for Pocari Sweat Run 2014.

Pocari Sweat Run 2013 was well- organised. With ample water stations, clear signages and encouraging road marshals, I remembered having an enjoyable and satisfying 10km. Despite the fact that it clashed with Fathers’ Day last year, it still garnered a huge amount of support as evident from the crowd.  In fact, the race tee that was sponsored by Adidas last year is one of the most comfortable running tees I have had from many races.

A few days ago, Pocari Sweat Singapore posted their release of the race tee designs on Facebook. I have to say they do look good for both men and women. The one on the left with be for men, and the one on the right will be for women. It is sponsored by 2XU this time round. Having just completed my 2xu 10km race with the 2XU running tee, I have a pretty good impression of racing tees sponsored by 2XU.

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Pocari Sweat Run 2014 Singlet

Not to forget, the closing date for the registration of Pocari Sweat Run is soon!

So what are you guys waiting for?

Sign up for one of the best races in Singapore, hydrate yourself with one of the best sports drinks ever after the run and, feel good in one of the best designed running tees ever!

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RunNUS to return on August 23rd?

NUS Open Day was hosted last weekend at UTown, the newest part of the Kent Ridge campus. NUS Sports Committee and RunNUS Organising Committee had their own booth and activities. The following flyer was circulated, and apparently RunNUS will make its return on 23rd August 2014. I took part in last year’s event and it left me with good memories, so I can’t wait to join this year’s edition.

Details about the race are still not known, but it is expected to be the biggest yet of the series. I personally hope they add a finisher’s medal, and I wouldn’t mind it being at the expense of the finisher’s t-shirt.

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 Find out more / connect with RunNUS 2014 through their Facebook page.

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