Elite Champions Set For 2019 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Lto R: Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia Geoff Meyer, Yemane Tsegay, Mamitu Daska, Justin George and Madison de Rozario
  • Professional field headlined by marathon winners from around the world, including both defending champions from last year – men’s champion Joshua Kipkorir (KEN) and women’s champion Priscah Cherono (KEN)
  • Two-time National Championship winners Rachel See and Soh Rui Yong return to defend titles
  • Last year’s elite wheelchair men’s champion Kota Hokonuie (JPN), and female runner-up Madison De Rozario (AUS), return to stake a claim for this year’s title

SINGAPORE / TAMPA, Fla. (29 November 2019) – The stage is set for an epic showdown at the 2019 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM), which is now in its 18th edition and expecting over 50,000 registered runners from 133 countries, regions and territories during the three-day event. On the evening of 30 November, more than 50 athletes of championship caliber will represent the largest and strongest elite field in the event’s history, racing against each other to compete for a share of an SGD 420,000 total prize purse. Hear from some of the top competitors at the Pre-Race Press Conference here.

The elite men’s category will see multiple marathon winners, headlined by a diverse group of runners hailing from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Bahrain and more. This esteemed group includes last year’s champion, Joshua Kipkorir; from Kenya, Bahraini Benson Surei; and Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay.

In the women’s field, Priscah Cherono (KEN) returns to defend her title. Fellow countrywoman and last year’s runner-up, Stella Barsosio, arrives in great form, having just won the Sydney Marathon in September with a time of 2:24:33, setting the third-fastest course time ever. She will be joined by Ethiopian Mamitu Daska and Bahrain’s Merima Mohammed as they challenge for Cherono’s title.

Yemane Tsegay talking about racing in the evening and his goal of finishing first

Talking about his preparations for the race, medal hopeful Yemane Tsegay said “For me the evening race is no problem, we have training in the morning and evenings. I hope all athletes will love the first evening race because of the shine and the cities evening lights. I am very happy to come to this evening race.”

The 2019 SCSM will see an expanded elite field for the Wheelchair Marathon category, with the total athlete count at 16 strong. The field sees the return of last year’s men’s champion Kota Hokonuie (JPN), and female runner-up Madison de Rozario (AUS). They will face tough competition from American Joshua George and Australian Eliza Ault-Connell, who finished third last year.

SCSM 2018 Elite Wheelchair runner up Madison De Rozario shares her thoughts ahead of this year’s race

Sharing her thoughts on the evening race and route, 2018 elite wheelchair runner-up Madison de Rozario said “Singapore is so beautiful, to be honest I got distracted last year when going over the bridge. We know we’re not meant to be distracted by the view, but we cannot help it. Singapore is so beautiful, so going through it at night is going to be stunning.”

Duo looking to three-peat at the Singapore Open National Championships

The 2019 SCSM also hosts the National Championships – where top local runners compete for the Championship across four categories – the Men’s and Women’s Open and Masters.

Two-time National Champion, national marathon record holder and double Southeast Asian Games marathon gold medalist, Soh Rui Yong, will look to defend his title against his peers, which include Mohamed Iskandar and Giebert Foo – last year’s second and third place runners respectively – and seasoned runners Evan Chee and Ashley Liew.

Defending local category champion Soh Rui Yong shares his thoughts on Singapore’s first evening race

When asked about training for Singapore’s first evening race, Soh Rui Yong said “I usually work from 9 am – 6 pm. So all my hard trainings are done in the evenings which helps as I don’t have to acclimatise myself to an evening race so I am very happy about that. I think there will be a lot of energy on the ground because there will be more spectators out there cheering for their friends and loved ones or just out and about since it is a Saturday night. I am really looking forward to it as there will be a huge difference in the atmosphere!”

The women’s national category is headlined by Rachel See, who, like Soh, has won the last two editions of the National Championships. Joining her are veterans Yvonne Chee, Sharon Tan, with lawyer Verna Goh making her debut in the local elite category.

A big celebration for the running community

The all-new three-day race format kicks off this evening with the Kids Dash at 7.00 p.m. Children will race across 700-metres amidst a carnival of fun and games, complete with monster trucks and inflatable installation. The amped-up weekend festival extends into the weekend on Saturday with the Marathon, Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay flagging off at 6.00 p.m., taking runners through the Singapore skyline and past its iconic landmarks such as Garden’s by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, the Esplanade, the Singapore Flyer and Marina Barrage. Finally, on Sunday, 1 December, participants in the 10km and 5km categories will begin their races at 6.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m., respectively. Runners of all skill levels will enjoy an optimised route that includes additional hydration, and cooling zones.

Runners will also be warmly supported by thousands of spectators, who will fill up the spectator zones at Empress Lawn, The Promontory and The Float @ Marina, in addition to 27 entertainment points throughout the course. Spectators will be able to join in the activities such as Piloxing and Zumba sessions, or enjoy both old and new tunes from various musical acts. The event is open to spectators of all ages, with full views of athletes starting and finishing from the F1 Pit Building and the Float @ Marina Bay. Full spectator information can be found here.

“This year’s Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon will be historic, for several reasons. With the evening marathon start time and our strongest elite field together with the dedicated spectator zones, this has been our most ambitious race. As the race continues to gain global recognition, I would like to thank everyone, from runners, partners and stakeholders, for being so supportive since SCMS’ launch,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of Asia for The IRONMAN Group.

Follow the Race Live From Anywhere in the World

Friends and family who wish to support and track the runners this year can do so through the official Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon mobile application which has been developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). The application will deliver a digital race experience which will empower users with information such as live runner tracking, race-day information, registration details, social media integration and more. The new improved live-app that can be downloaded free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Viewers from around the world will also be able to see the race on Facebook Watch through the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Facebook page, with live coverage beginning at 5:30 pm on Saturday, 30 November.

Getting to the race

The race area is well-served by the MRT and commuters are encouraged to utilise the MRT as their primary mode of transport to and from the area. While some bus services will be diverted due to the road closures, affected bus stops will be relocated to the nearest possible location. Commuters are advised to cater more travel time to account for bus service diversions. Specific bus diversion plans will be publicized before the event to facilitate route planning.

2019 SCSM participants or members of the public with enquiries about the road closures may call the SCSM Road Closure hotline at 6701 1230. The hotline will be available from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. from 1 to 29 November, and will be available 24 hours on 30 November and 1 December. Information on road closures for the 2019 SCSM can be found on all SCSM social media pages and www.singaporemarathon.com. Members of the public may also wish to download Google Maps or Waze for real-time traffic and road closure updates. They can also visit OneMotoring.sg for further advice on commuting during the marathon weekend.

For more information on this year’s event, please visit www.SingaporeMarathon.com.


Your Ultimate Guide to Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019

The first evening race will be happening in Singapore this weekend! Before you get too excited, we are afraid you might miss out the littlest details. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s your ultimate guide to your running weekend.

Event Schedule

Race Weekend


Date: 29 November 2019 (Friday)
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Flag off time: 7:00 pm
Kids Dash Village Open: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 Kids Dash Map

More information on Kids Dash can be found here.


Date: 30 November 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Flag off time: 6:00 pm
Cut off time: 7hrs 30 mins
Race Village & Gear Bag Deposit: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Gear Bag Deposit Close: 5:45 pm (Pen A – D), 6:00 pm (Pen E) & 6:15 pm (Pen F & G)
Public Access Timings: 7:00 pm to 3:00 am
Route Map: Click Here for Google Map

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 Full Marathon Map


Date: 30 November 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Flag off time: 6:00 pm
Cut off time: 4 hrs
Race Village & Gear Bag Deposit: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Gear Bag Deposit Close: 5:45 pm (Pen A – D), 6:00 pm (Pen E) & 6:15 pm (Pen F & G)
Public Access Timings: 7:00 pm to 3:00 am
Route Map: Click Here for Google Map

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 Half Marathon Map


Date: 30 November 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Flag off time: 6:00 pm
Cut off time: 7 hrs 30 mins
Race Village & Gear Bag Deposit: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Gear Bag Deposit Close: 5:45 pm (Pen A – D), 6:00 pm (Pen E) & 6:15 pm (Pen F & G)
Public Access Timings: 7:00 pm to 3:00 am
Route Map: Click Here for Google Map

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 Toyota Ekiden Map

10 KM

Date: 1 December 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Flag off time: 6:30 am
Cut-off time: 2hrs 30 mins
Runner’s Access Timings: 5:00 am to 6:15 am
Gear Bag Deposit Close: 6.10 am (Pen A – E) & 8.10 am (Pen F & G)
Public Access Timings: 7:15 am to 11:00 am
Route Map:

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 10km Map

5 KM

Date: 1 December 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: F1 Pit Building
Flag off time: 8:30 am
Cut-off time: 1hr 15 mins
Runner’s Access Timings: 5:00 am to 8:15 am
Gear Bag Deposit Close: 6.10 am (Pen A – E) & 8.10 am (Pen F & G)
Public Access Timings: 7:15 am to 11:00 am
Route Map:

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 10km Map

For more information, download
Runner’s Information Guide
Toyota Ekiden Information Guide

Baggage Deposit Information

Please take note of the information and timings below:

Start Pen Information

The reporting place depends on which pen the runner is in. Make sure you report to the access point of the pen you belong to. You are able to find which pen you are in on your Race Bib.

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 Start Venue Map

Be part of the first-ever evening SCSM race!

Come out and support the runners on Race Day. It’s not a Marathon without you. Come out and support runners on race day and watch your loved ones execute months and weeks of training first-hand!

SCSM 2019 Race App

Whether you are running or cheering on friends and family, this app is your essential companion to the race.

  1. SCSM Updates – Receive the latest updates by simply switching on the notification alert in your race app
  2. Race Info – Receive all race-related information
  3. Spectator Guide – comprehensive information for spectators which includes the 3 spectator zones
  4. Live Tracking – follow your runner’s progress on the racecourse and know their live location and where to cheer them on.

Spectator Zone

These spectator zones are strategically placed amidst multiple vantage points for spectators to catch a glimpse of the action and cheer on the runners.

Spectator Map

To find out more about different spectator zone, click here!

Traffic Advisory

Do take note there will be road closures. More information on road closures for SCSM 2019 can be found here and SCSM Official Website.

Log your time at JustRaceLah! – The Free App for Runners

Keep track of your results and progress by adding any of the races of our database to your own portfolio. Keep your running memories organised and see your timings improving!

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All the best to the participants this weekend! Hope you have prepared well. Show up, put in your best and most importantly immerse yourself in the great event atmosphere. & Spectators, have lots of fun! It’s Ours to Run.

Reminder: Please check the official website as details might change any time by the organisers without warning.


Race Review: 2019 Halong Bay Heritage Marathon

Halong Bay

Eleven years ago my friend Ethan talked me into running my first marathon. He’s been pretty good at talking me into things ever since then, so when he suggested we run the Halong Bay Heritage Marathon, it was easy to say yes.

Ethan lives in the US but was born in Vietnam, and comes back every couple of years to visit friends and extended family. This year he timed his trip so we could meet up in Ho Chi Minh City, then travel to Halong for a few days and run the race, before he went off to visit people and I returned to Singapore. Ethan has lots of good ideas, and I’m happy this was one of them. The Halong Bay Marathon is a small, scenic race that can be the centrepiece of a very fun trip.


We gathered at 5 am for warm-up and safety briefings, though an email the night before informed us that the English-language announcer would be unavailable. Fortunately, Ethan speaks Vietnamese, so I still had a good idea of what was going on. Flag-off was scheduled for 5:30, and we went out on time (the Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k races would start later). The temperature was about 22C/72F at the start, and we would have about 40 minutes to run before sunrise. By the time we finished it was up to 26C/79F – hot by most US marathon standards, but pretty cool for Southeast Asia. One lucky break: it was overcast the entire morning, which meant we never had the sun beating down on us. That helped a lot.

The race started easily enough, without a lot of crowding. There were 686 finishers, so even accounting for those who started but didn’t finish, there was no traffic jam at all. We needed to be a bit careful in the first couple kilometres, as the highway we were on was under renovation and the construction left a lot of bumps in the road, which were not visible due to the limited lighting. Once the sun came up, that was not an issue anymore.

Ethan and I had driven along the route during the previous few days, so we had an idea of what to expect. The race goes along the coast of Halong Bay, an out-and-back route with a turnaround at about 21km (the return route was a little different, going farther inland for a few kilometres). In some areas, the roads were closed, so except for the occasional motorbike that went around the barriers, we had the streets to ourselves. In other places, we shared the road with trucks and taxis, so you needed to stay aware of your surroundings.

It’s a very flat route, with one notable exception: the Bãi Cháy Bridge, a kilometre-long cable bridge. The views from the bridge are pretty amazing, which almost makes up for the steep climb you have to do to get up to it. That wasn’t a big deal the first time we went over it, at about the 5km point. It was a much bigger deal when we went over it at the 36km point on our way back. I started cursing Ethan at that point for getting us into this, and realized that his name makes a pretty good swear word, as in “You really Ethaned me” or “Wow, you sure Ethaned that up.” You get the idea. Anyway, the first trip across the bridge was uneventful, though on the return we shared the sidewalk with motorbikes. That was not ideal. I’m afraid I may have said some things that did not support good international relations.Marathon route map

Ethan and I ran together for about 28 kilometres. For the last year or so he’s been using a run/walk strategy, and I followed his plan, which seemed to work pretty well. He got ahead of me, though, and I never caught him again. I had jumped off the route for a quick pit stop and was feeling some hamstring pain by that point, and was never able to catch up (important note: there were only three porta-potties along the entire way, and they were a bit primitive – be sure to take care of any important business before the Start). Going alone at that point, and without a big crowd of runners around (and no spectators), I found myself getting slower. We like to say that running a marathon is more mental than physical, and I think that’s true – without any support, and without feeling pushed or pulled along by other runners, I found it hard to pick up the pace. I feel like that’s something I need to work on (for the record, Ethan finished 16 minutes before I did).

Once we hit 32km the water stations seemed a bit farther apart, which is strange since that’s when you need them more. One station had run out of water and only had their isotonic drink. I didn’t want to drink it – never do anything new on race day, especially putting something untested into your stomach – but I was so thirsty I needed at least a few sips. It didn’t seem to do me any harm.

I could see the Finish, at the large exhibition center, long before I got there. It’s motivating to see the end, but then a bit demotivating to look at your GPS and realize how much farther you actually have to go. Once I got into the last kilometre, though, the tiredness faded and I finished strong. There were plenty of “Go USA!” cheers as I approached the Finish Line, so that helped. I could have used those folks about 10 kilometres earlier.

Marathoners at the Finish Line
It was fun to see people’s faces when we told them Ethan was from the US and I live in Asia.

Oh, and in a fun (?) twist of fate…earlier this summer, when my Employment Pass was approved, Ethan said “Now that we know you’ll be living in Singapore, I see the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is the next weekend. How about I stay an extra week and we do that one, too?” So, yeah, we’re doing two marathons six days apart.


Despite being a small race, it attracts plenty of international runners. There were a lot of people from the Philippines, and also from Indonesia. I met two runners from Malaysia, and saw a couple of Singapore shirts, and passed two people from Taiwan near the end. Not everyone was there for the Full Marathon; our hotel had a large family from Manila with everyone running the Half. There were, of course, plenty of people from Vietnam, though most seemed to be from out of town rather than from around Halong.

This was also a good race for first-timers, due to the flat course and the weather. The day before the race we hung out with Tuấn Anh, a university student down from Hanoi for his first marathon, and when we connected with him at the race we saw he was running with Kok Ming from Malacca, who was also running his first marathon (I think they have both already picked their second race, in 2020, so yay for them!). Quite a few of the Philippine half-marathoners at our hotel were also doing their first long race.

Runners before the start
Tuấn Anh, me, Ethan, and Kok Ming before the start. (photo by Đào Tuấn Anh)


Part of the attraction of this event is not only the race but also Halong Bay itself. I had been hearing about this place for years, and had wanted to visit; this event offered a good excuse. In the days before the race, Ethan and I did a 2-day/1-night bay cruise about the Paradise Luxury, which I highly recommend. This was a small cruise ship (only 13 cabins, I think) that provided a very personalized experience. We stopped at a few points around the Bay to hike or kayak or otherwise take in the sights, and the food and activities and accommodations aboard were first-rate. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to cruise around Halong Bay if you are heading there for the race.Halong Bay

The marathon had official hotels, with transportation to the race. However, we chose to stay in a smaller hotel within walking distance, and we are so glad we did. We stayed at BBQ Hostel, a small family-owned hotel that was a couple of blocks from the Start/Finish area. They have a variety of rooms, from traditional dorm-style hostel rooms to fancy rooms for people travelling together. The family who runs it was so incredibly helpful when it came to finding our way around, making arrangements for transportation, and ensuring all the runners got out the door when they needed to early in the morning. There are a ton of hotels around Halong but I would stay with these folks every time.

Getting to Halong Bay requires some prior planning. There are two airports within an hour’s drive; we flew into Haiphong, while some may fly into the new Van Don airport. Your hotel or cruise company can help you arrange a car. You can also fly into Hanoi and take a bus, train, or car to Halong Bay. If you are doing a cruise, many of the cruise companies will have a shuttle from Hanoi. Interestingly, the marathon had a packet pickup in Hanoi prior to Saturday’s packet pickup in Halong.


The Halong Bay Heritage Marathon is a great opportunity to run somewhere other than your hometown. With a flat course, relatively cool temperatures, and great views, it can be both a fast race and a fun one. Do yourself a favor and add in a bay cruise, and this run can turn into a very nice runcation.


2019 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Attracts Stellar Lineup Of Leading International Marathoners

  • 2018 men’s SCSM champion Joshua Kipkorir and 2015 World Championships Marathon runner-up Yemane Tsegay headline men’s side of most competitive field to date
  • Kenyan Priscah Cherono returns to defend her crown against last year’s runner up Stella Barsosio and 16 others in the women’s field for a stellar overall elite lineup

With just three days to go, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) has announced its most competitive field of elite athletes to date. This year’s elite field is the most diverse in the event’s history, boasting a total of 55 athletes from 18 different countries, regions or territories, more than double the 2018 field.

The competitive pedigree of the field has seen a significant increase with 2015 World Championships Marathon silver medalist, 2018 Ottawa Marathon Champion and Fukuoka Marathon silver medalist Yemane Tsegay (ETH) taking on defending champion Joshua Kipkorir (KEN). Other notable runners who will be making their Singapore debut include 10,000m Asian Games Champion Hassan Chani, 2018 Commonwealth Games Silver medalist Solomon Mutai of Uganda, and Kenyan Eliud Kiptanui.

Speaking ahead of his Singapore Marathon debut, Yemane Tsegay said, “It will be different racing at night, I have changed my training and been doing some longer runs at 6 pm at home in Addis Ababa as part of my build-up. The start time should make things cooler this year so I’m hoping to be competitive and challenge for the title.”

2018 Women’s elite champion Priscah Cherono (KEN) will return to defend her title against quality competitors, including compatriot and last year’s runner-up Stella Barsosio (KEN), as well as the 2019 Sydney Marathon Champion and bronze medalist in the 2017 New York City Marathon, Mamitu Daska (ETH). Together, both the male and female elite runners will compete for the total marathon open category prize pool of $244,000 USD.

As Southeastern Asia’s only IAAF Gold Label event since 2012, race organisers are confident that the refinements will result in improved performances for all runners. Geoff Meyer, Managing Director for The IRONMAN Group’s Asia region said, “We’ve got an incredibly competitive field this year, and the evening flag-off will be a plus for runners from all categories. The large field of past winners from other significant running races vying for glory here, really speaks to the growth of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and puts us in good stead as a candidate race for the Abbott World Marathon Majors.”

The elite Wheelchair Marathon category returns for its second consecutive year with a field of 16 elite wheelchair athletes, the biggest to date. Making a return this year is 2018 SCSM Champion Kota Hokonuie (JPN), who will look to duplicate his performance from last year and take this year’s top spot. Hokonuie will face stiff competition from Sho Watanabe (JPN), 2016 Tokyo Marathon Champion and Joshua George (USA), three-time winner of the Chicago Marathon (2004, 2006, 2014) and 2015 London Marathon Champion. In the women’s race, Australians Madison de Rozario and Eliza Ault-Connell have both returned to fight it out for gold, having finished second and third in SCSM 2018 respectively. Both women are strong favorites and in top condition after strong performances at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai earlier this month.

The three-day event from 29 November – 1 December celebrates the sport of running beneath Singapore’s iconic skyline. Runners in the Marathon and Half-Marathon categories will flag off in several waves beginning at 6.00 p.m. on Saturday, 30 November, running through iconic places in the heart of Singapore.

Beginning at the F1 Pit Building, the same starting location as marathon and half-marathon runners, participants in the 10km and 5km categories will commence their races on the morning of 1 December (Sunday) at 6.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m., respectively. Race weekend begins on 29 November (Friday) when the Kids Dash will flag off at 7.00 p.m. with children racing for 700-metres in a fun-filled atmosphere, complete with carnival games, monster trucks, and inflatable installations.

To register or for more information, please visit www.singaporemarathon.com. Standard Chartered Cardholders will enjoy 15% off registration fee across all categories.


My Nanjing Journey – Translaoshan 110km (by Supertramp)

Nanjing, an ancient city that once served as the capital of several  dynasties, notably during the time of Eastern Wu of Romance of Three Kingdoms fame and the Ming Dynasty. And this October, I find myself at Nanjing, taking part in the 4th edition of Translaoshan Trailrunning Challenge in the 110km category.

Wild Till The End
A ITRA certified course

Something worth mentioning here. Upon registration, I was added to a WeChat group chat where the organisers and runners frequently shared information about the race. I find this very helpful as it gave live updates to ongoing changes as and when they happened. It was also here that I got to know there will be quite a fair bit of thorny plants along the way that made me decided to bring along my old tights instead of a new one. The 2 days the team went out to place the markers they even took photos and videos along the way to highlight potential confusing junctions and sharing them with us. Must say I was pretty impressed by this.

Travelling to Nanjing was easy. It is just 5hrs away with a direct flight from Singapore which was part of the reason I decided on this – travel convenience. From the airport it was then a less than an hour airport bus ride to the city where our hotel was. The hotel was also where the race pack collection and race briefing was done.

As we arrived late, we missed the race briefing but it was broadcasted live for those runners who could not make it in time. Race pack collection was available till 2200hrs a day before the race and I got mine collected after going through the mandatory gear check and medical report submissions. We knew it was going to be cold at night but I did not expect it to be that cold and I was actually in just a tee and shorts. Thus I found myself being the only one from airport to hotel to be in shorts. The organising team expressed concern when they saw me in shorts and kept advising me not to be in shorts during the race as the temperature might drop below 10 deg C for the race night.  Onwards to dinner before turning in for the night for the early day the following day.

Race pack collection
Submitting medical reports

Shuttle bus to race site leaves at 0540hrs thus we were up by 0400hrs. Got myself all decked out and headed out into a chilly morning with my gloves and arm sleeves on. The shuttle bus journey took about an hour and we reached the race site at about 0630hrs with flag off for 110km at 0700hrs. We just walked around taking photos while waiting for the pen to open. As with before, I did not do drop bags as I seriously do not see the need for anything I might need midway that I do not already carry with me.

That’s me

Here to send me off

About 5mins before the flag we had our little warm up routine conducted by a rather lively fitness instructor. But I do not do warm ups, so I just stood around while the rest were bouncing up and down. At 0700hrs, we were off.

Prior to start

Off I went

Took it easy all the way adopting my usual running on flats and descents and walking on ascents, taking photos of anything that interests me. I was a tourist afterall. Shortly after the start I removed my arm sleeves as it started to get warm and I removed my gloves whenever I was out in open areas. Laoshan is not very tall, only about 400m at its height. So we were essentially going across Laoshan running up and down along the way. With no big climbs meant we had a lot of small climbs which can be more tiring than a few single big climbs. There were also some giant rocks we had to climb over and it was a tad challenging at times.

Climbed up through these spiky rocks and down a similar path in the night

A runner carrying poles walked passed me once and asked why was I not using poles since I was doing 110km. I just smiled and said I do not know how to use poles. That is the thing really, poles and I are not really good friends. Most runners I encountered were carrying poles but I think not many are actually proficient in them. There was this female runner I encountered not long after the start who was fiddling with her poles and I was nearly skewered by her. So as I was passing her I told her to be careful with her poles. Then to my utter amazement, she asked me how to extend her poles. I did not know what poles she was using but since she asked I just took them over and tried the only thing I know – pull. And the poles locked. I handed them back to her and told her how it works. I ventured a question and asked if this was the first time she was using poles and she said yes. I must say I was shocked and impressed at the same time that she actually dared to try pole using for the first time during a 110km.

A wall section I came across
A slow blue man jumps over the broken log

Was pleasantly surprise that they were also serving Gatorade just like Dali but was a tad disappointment there were no Coke this time round. This would be my first ultra trail without Coke and it did feel a little weird without it. So I just made do with whatever they have and got on with it. There were some interesting local snacks at some of the CPs but I did not eat any of them as my tummy might not agree with them. So I only had those I am familiar with like oranges and bread.

A very popular snack amongst the runners but I did not take any
A typical CP

Was going along well past CP3 slowly gaining a 2hrs buffer. Had wanted to get the buffers in as I may need them for the night section. So I was pretty satisfied with my progress then.

Stunned that the deer was stunned

Then something unexpected happened. I tripped and fell. While running on a relatively flat gravel path filled with small rocks and such, I tripped on something and I crashed forward. Tried to recover my balance after the trip but failed and I landed onto the path. Hard. Fearing the worst I flipped myself over and sat up. A runner ran by and checked if I was okay to which I replied I just needed to sit for a while. It was only 38km. Is my game over after just 38km? I got up after a while and checked myself. Saw my tights around my right knee were torn wide open and I seem to have some scratches on my right arm. But other than that I seemed to be fine. Tried running again and I felt okay so it was game on. About 100m out I felt something wet on my left palm and I lifted my hand up and saw blood. There was a small cut on my left palm (gloves were off) and it was trickling blood. As I had no clean water with me (both flasks with Gatorade) I could not wash the blood off. Soon after I reached a junction and there were some marshals there having lunch while waiting for us. I asked for water and one of them kindly assisted me to wash my hand and told me to seek medical attention at the upcoming CP. Before reaching the next CP which was CP4, I noticed my right knee was bleeding as well though I felt nothing. I then happened to touch my forehead and realised I had soil on my forehead. Damn, did I hit my head too? Ran past 2 marshals and had them checked out my head and fortunately I was told my head was still intact. So I guess the soil came from my hands when I wiped my forehead with them.

At CP4 the medics came to me immediately as apparently someone had radioed in beforehand that a runner fell and was coming in. They asked if I was okay to which I said yes. They offered to apply iodine to my wounds and I agreed. I was a little worried that I may be asked to DNF if they deemed my injuries serious and luckily it was not (or so I thought). So I was allowed to carry on. Surprisingly I did not lose time due to the fall as I left CP4 now armed with a 2.5hrs buffer.

After studying the course profile before the race, I decided that I want to reach CP5 by 1700hrs which was before nightfall (sunset the previous day around 1730hrs) as I wanted to have time to get my headlamp out at a CP and not midway. Seeing the elevation gain of 1922m by CP5 (52km), I deduced I should be able to make it by 1700hrs. I got there much earlier instead at 1600hrs so it was a 3hrs buffer now. Got my headlamps out and I moved off ready for the night.

I guessed I moved faster than I expected and the sun set slightly later that day as when I entered CP6 it was only around 1740hrs. 3.5hrs buffer now. CP6 was the drop bag station and many runners were changing their gear there. But since I had no drop bag I did not linger long and moved off shortly with my headlamp turned on now.

Drop bags

At the next junction before entering the forested area again, a volunteer cautioned me about small animals we may encounter. Since I was not trained in unarmed combat, I decided I needed a weapon for self defence in case I was fortunate enough to meet a bear. So I found a fallen branch and broke it into a length I was comfortable with and carried it along letting it act as a pole as well.

The trails were pretty well marked with reflectors lined up all the way. I practically just aimed for reflectors after reflectors and kept moving up and down. Soon enough I entered CP7 and almost right away a volunteer stuffed a bowl of noodles into my hands telling me to quickly eat the chicken soup noodle. I did not actually intended to eat anything but seeing their enthusiasm I just went along and ate the noodle. Though I was told this was a chicken soup noodle I could clearly see the bowl labelled as seafood noodle so I was confused. It was only later that I got to know CP7 had hot chicken soup and the volunteers took it upon themselves to use the soup instead of plain hot water to make the cup noodles for us. Pretty thoughtful I must say. However something expected happened – I started to shiver. Even as I was eating the hot noodles I started shivering. I did not know why but the more hot soup I drank the colder I got. Not a good sign. So I quickly unpacked my windbreaker and wrapped myself in it. Not wanting to linger longer I decided to move off right away. It suddenly got so cold that despite being in my windbreaker and my gloves on, I was trembling so much that I was not able to hold on to a biscuit I was biting on and I dropped it. Oh my. After about 10mins of constant moving I finally warmed up enough to resume running/walking proper. 4hrs buffer at CP7.

My hot chicken soup noodle
Shivering while photo was taken

On the way to CP8 somewhere in the trails the Z monster came. After failing to fight it off, I decided it was best I take a quick nap there and then. So I sat down by the side of the trail for a nap. I initially turned off my headlamp to conserve battery and it got pitch dark right away. I closed my eyes for a short while before deciding to leave the headlamp on. I was not afraid of the dark but I was more wary of runners not seeing me and bumping into me or worse still, I might scare the hell out of them suddenly seeing a figure sitting by the side. So I dozed off for maybe about 5mins before a runner came up behind me and that woke me up. So I got up and moved along feeling slightly better.

It was always a struggle for me at night especially when I always move alone. My speed dropped as I found myself frequently shutting my eyes. When I entered CP8 I decided to take a longer nap there as I did not want to continue risk sleep walking in the trails. So I asked the volunteers there to help wake me up in 20mins time and I sat on a chair, pulled up my hood and went to sleep. Before I know it, I was woken up by them saying 20mins was up. I was pretty numbed by the cold by then, which was what I expected. The volunteers there offered me a hot cup of ginger tea which I gratefully accepted. But then it happened again; the more I drank the colder I got. After they helped me refilled my bottles I got ready to move off. I still remember one of the volunteers even came over to me and told me “it is time for me to move off”.

The night got colder as I went along. It was so cold that I did not unzip my windbreaker like I did in HK100 even when I was running. But even with the sleep bug hovering around me, my spirits were pretty high. I was alone most of the time as I think I was amongst the last pack of runners already. Soon enough I found myself sleepwalking again. But as it was now too cold to nap along the way, I pushed on and struggled to CP9.

Upon entering CP9, my first question to the volunteers was if is there a place for me to lay down and sleep. I was quickly told no and then I was surprised when they told me I cannot sleep there. I was amused that I was denied sleep so I asked why and I was then told the weather was too cold to be sleeping there as we may get hypothermia and I can see they themselves were also shivering even with their thermal wear on. But I was having none of that as I reasoned me falling asleep out in the mountains was far more dangerous than sleeping at a CP with volunteers around. So I insisted on sleeping and asked them to help wake me in 30mins time. I got myself a chair by a table and proceeded to sleep by laying my head on the table. A volunteer immediately came over and wrapped me in an emergency blanket. Though I knew that was not how the blanket should be used but I did not reject it as I knew they merely wanted to help. Plus, I was too tired to bother. In my dreamland I overheard the volunteers expressing surprise that I really meant to sleep before another runner told them I had also slept at CP8. I reasoned maybe they do not usually come across runners who sleep in the middle of a race.

Feeling fully charged after the 30mins power nap, I got up, refilled my flasks and moved off after thanking the volunteers for their care. My time buffer had been withered down to 2.5hrs now but I was not worried even though the next section to CP10 was the toughest with the steepest elevation gain of over 800m. Along the way I caught up with a runner I saw at CP9 right before I went to sleep and he remarked “You really are fast”. I just told them I really needed sleep and with sleep I can move faster. But he said he cannot trust himself enough to sleep AND wake up so he never dared to sleep. We each have our own ways to manage our runs and there are no right or wrongs. Whichever works for us, works for us. This section was pretty mental as just as I thought I was done with the ascents and had started on descending, up I went to the peak of the mountain again. Not amused by the sudden ascent, I keep checking my gpx to make sure I was on the right track. Finally at around 0800hrs, I descended to CP10!

As day had already broke and I will be on my home run, I took a longer break here and kept my windbreaker. I was offered hot mutton soup but I do not eat meh meh so I politely declined. But the volunteer persisted in feeding me and she came back to me with a piece of salted duck meat. I thanked her and slowly bite into the meat while preparing myself to move off. To my surprise she came back with another piece of duck meat and told me to eat more. I find it fairly amusing as I have never been force fed during races before but I really do appreciate the concern the team there showed towards the runners. Only 1.5hrs of time buffer but I knew I will make it back in time.

After clearing the last ascent albeit very very slowly, I started running more. Only about 5km to the finishing now. A couple of runners expressed their surprise I was still able to run at this stage when I ran passed them. Some of them told me their legs were gone by now and they can only hope to limp back to the finishing. Seeing the amount of time we had I confidently told them I will see them at the finishing line later as I was very sure everyone I saw then would be able to complete the race. At 1043hrs, I crossed the finish line and was done with my 5th 100km trail and 27th ultra marathon.

Fly flag fly

With me at the start and at the end

Race Director Li giving all finishers a hug

The medal
Finisher vest
Crystal ball for 110km finishers

Post note: Upon returning to Singapore I went for a medical check up as I thought I might have bruised my ribs during the fall as I could not take deep breathes during the run after the fall. It felt worse post race as I experienced pain getting up and laying down. It turned out after getting an X-ray that I had actually fractured my 5th anterior rib. My first slightly more serious injury from a race but I am almost fully recovered now. Accidents can happen anywhere so just have to be more careful in future. Back to running now. 😉


Preamble before my 9th Marathon: SCSM2019 (by KenJoe)

6 days more at time of writing to my 9th marathon.  I will be participating in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM 2019).  (Stats: 4 Sundown Marathons, 1 Gold Coast Airport Marathon and 3 SCSMs since 2015).

This year I cut down on the physical races due to budget and to a more conscious effort to reduce carbon footprints. I ran more though with more free virtual challenges and virtual races with 42race and Spacebib – no medals, no tees, just digital badges and virtual pride.

I have already run 1491.55 km for the year, a record for myself.

Medical scares and injury struck a few times, in April and in August. I switched from daily runs of shorter distances to non-daily ones of shorter distances. And when I somewhat recovered a fair bit in late September I switched to non-daily and longer distances.

Just when I was down with Plantar Fasciitis (PF), TyreLady asked me if I could join as Low Carbon Zero Waste Runners for SCSM2019.  I still love medals and want to PB with sub-6 hour. (Okay, I did plan to donate all medals for recycling before I expire.) And I was still rather green with Green Initiatives so I was hesitant. And I wasn’t sure how long I will take to recover from PF. The list went on. But I said yes in the end.  After all, I had been running the SCSM as a green ambassador in the past and I have already registered for the FM.

Most of my training runs are done with bare minimal ie a singlet and shorts and a pair of socks and running shoes.  Add a recycled bottle for hydration for the longer runs and a gel if I go beyond 1.5 hours. I just used the Park Connector nearby so it’s really low carbon and zero waste in a sense. I made sure to trash the gels after consumption each run into the proper bins along the route.  These are some snapshots taken recently of the almost daily route.

Luckily for me, the PF on my left foot recovered in mid-October, despite me continuing with my running but with some of my own ‘healing’ routines.

I squeezed in two 32 km races two weeks apart to test out my pacing strategies about 5 weeks before the race. I must say this is probably the most structured training I ever put myself through in preparation for a marathon.

I feel a bit excited and also slightly apprehensive.  How do I taper properly, was there something more I should do etc, I guess the normal jitters pre-race.   I don’t know how I will fare on that day given that Marathon can be quite unpredictable.   I have executed what I can plan.  I have the pace that I will stick to in mind having tried out the various combination in training so far.  It will be slower than the last 32 km average pace of course. The rest is up to that day’s condition and performance. With God’s Grace, it will be a good day to run my best marathon yet.  In the meantime run free (carbon and waste-free too), run safe and run happy.  By the way, I should be coming back after the marathon to do the 10 km for breakfast too! Appreciate if all runners, at the minimal, would bin the paper cups and gel waste into the trash bins provided!  And I am also still running for the SCS to support the fight against cancer

Note: I also made use of the Medium platform to share some thoughts on running too, so if you are interested, you can find me on https://medium.com/@kenjoe.


Race Review: SGX Bull Run 2019

SGX Bull Run 2019 was held on 8th November 2019 at the Marina Float. The race boasts of many sponsors inclusive of SGX, Thai Beverage. Managed to get free bib from Sasseur Reits, the company was giving away free bibs, but runners will need to sign up with them and collect the race pack from their office.


5 Tips for Breathing Right While You Run

Everyone can run, but only a few understand how to breathe rightly while running.

In this article, we are going to share with you some helpful tips for the right breathing while running.

While running, energy is burned to give you endurance and speed. Oxygen is used in plenty during this process. Understanding how to breathe the right way can help you run faster and longer without a hassle. Besides, it can keep you safe from stitches, especially during workouts.

Ideally, the secrets to run faster and longer isn’t about building leg muscles. It’s about optimizing how you breathe as you run.

If you are thinking of becoming a runner and you are afraid that you might not make it, this article is for you.

Read on to learn more.

How oxygen is used in the body

It’s crucial for any runner to learn how to breathe while running. Any time you strain your muscles; whether it’s a workout, on a gym or you are just jogging, your body burns the energy stored in different parts of the body.

The amount of oxygen your body requires to burn the energy will depend on the type of workout/activity you are doing.

This means, the strenuous the activity, the more the oxygen your body will need to burn the energy. This is why any runner will have to breathe faster and deeper to make sure your body gets more oxygen. In fact, sometimes you can feel like you are lacking enough oxygen and this is where most people collapse.

Well, you don’t have to collapse while running because this article will show you the correct breathing techniques while running.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for your!

1.    Breathe with your diaphragm

Most people who don’t understand how to breathe properly while running will take fast and short breaths, but these breaths usually happen in the chest.

This means, your lungs don’t get enough oxygen.

A good rule of thumb to breathe properly while running is to breathe from your diaphragm. When you breathe from your diaphragm, sometimes known as belly breathing, your diaphragm expands and this helps to open your chest muscles fully.

Basically, you want to breathe deeply until you see your stomach enlarge but limit your chest from moving fast.

This way, your body will take in more oxygen and this can make you run longer and faster.

If you’ve never tried this technique, just try to lie down, then breathe deeper without moving your chest or shoulders, then hold the tension in your stomach muscles when breathing out. When breathing out, make sure you release all the air inside your stomach so that it goes back to its normal position. Use your mouth or nose as you practice.

2.    Take deep longer breaths

Essentially, you want to make sure your body takes in enough oxygen. For this reason, you need to take longer breaths so that you don’t experience muscle and lung fatigue. The more oxygen your body takes in while you run, the more strength you get to increase your speed and run longer distances.

3.    Keep your mouth open

When you keep your mouth open while running, you will take deep breaths. According to science, breathing through your nose is healthy since the air is filtered and warmed before it enters your chest. This is especially important during colder temperatures.

However, breathing through your mouth is also beneficial in several ways.

As we have mentioned above that you need to take in more oxygen, your nose alone may not take enough oxygen needed while you run. But since your mouth is big enough, it can take in more air.

Of course, you can also breathe through your nose and mouth, but sometimes you won’t be able to do that.

Also, when breathing through your mouth, your other parts such as the face and jaw will be in a relaxed position and the more relaxed your body is the better you will run fast and longer.

4.    Improve lung capacity

You can get your lungs working efficiently by doing breathing exercises and aerobic activities.

We already talked about how to exercise breathing with your diaphragm in tip #1.

The same way you can practice to improve lung capacity.

Just sit and breathe deeply through your nose, then close your mouth and then release the air slowly as you take in more.

Regular exercising will boost your lung capacity.

5.    Be guided by your favorite music

Image credit: 123RF

You can listen to your favorite music while running. Just select a few songs that have the same play seeped as your strides then follow the beat while running.

Note that the song should not go faster than you can. But of course, you can challenge yourself to go fast, although you need to start slowly then add speed as you get used to the beat.

Bonus tips

Tip# 6: Challenge your breathing

Here, you will need to do hill runs, especially if you have never done it before. Make sure you do hill runs regularly or even a few days a week.

When you do hill runs, you will improve cardiovascular and muscle strength.

The good thing about challenging your breathing is that you get better as you go along.

Remember that running uphill is different from running flat in that the breathing rhythm is fast. This will help to improve lung function as you try a different breathing rhythm.

Tip# 7: Quit smoking

For those who can’t go without smoking, this can be challenging. However, if you want to be a better runner, you need to limit or stop smoking.

Let’s Do it.

What’s your current running pattern? Where do you think you need to improve the most? Are you already practising one or all the tips we have shared in this article?

When starting, you can implement one tip after another but if you can implement all into your running routine the better you can breathe while you run

Guest post: Becky Holton is a journalist and a blogger at Rushessay.com. She is interested in education technologies, college-paper.org reviews and is always ready to support informative speaking atdissertation writing service. Follow her on Twitter.


Race Review: Sesame Street 50th Birthday Run (5km Fun Run) (by ‘red3’)

Who didn’t grow up with Sesame Street or at least the knowledge of it and its lovable characters.  Of course my favourite was always Elmo cause he’s fiery and red just like me, except for the red, cause I’m not but it is my favourite colour.  He’s also loud and energetic, I wonder if that’s more of a reflection of me.

So it goes without saying that my girl and I looked forward to joining the Sesame Street Run Tour, not just for the giant birthday cake blowout but also for the wacky socks, cap and colourful tees and maybe snap a pic or two with the furry characters. Sadly they ran out of socks and cap during race pack collection and although they promised to have it available pre-race the next day, that wasn’t the case.  They didn’t have the stock after the race either nor did they know who I could contact, so I gave up and went off to have a nice strong coffee at Starbucks.

Although the race time was listed as 7am start, I didn’t realise it was for pre-flag-off announcements and birthday celebrations as there was no information available on how the event was going to run nor a map of the race route.  So it looked like we were winging it.

As VIP ticket-holders at 7.20am, by which time we were wondering what was happening, we were corralled into a separate VIP section at the front of the stage where a young MC was talking on the mike.  It was difficult to understand what was being said as the acoustics were off but at least her enthusiasm and energy kept most people riveted to their spot.  A line-up of furry characters ensued followed by a birthday song and eventually we were led back to the start pen and flagged-off at 7.50am prior to the general public ticket-holders.

After a lap and a half around the Tampines Hub we were directed by volunteers holding up letters of the alphabet (you know how the ABC song goes right?) into the HDB estates to run on the walkways between HDB flats.  As we returned toward the Hub we merged with the 2km walkers and pretty much came to a standstill with no pathway to run.  It was unclear where the finish of the route was so after seeking some assistance I was direct to the end inside the stadium.  We had at that time completed only 3.5km but we weren’t willing to walk the rest of the way as there was nowhere to run, as the walkers took up all the space.

We collected our medal and skipped the VIP passes for further activities as we needed to be elsewhere by 9am. The exit wasn’t clear at all and needed to seek further assistance till a kind young man helped me out and directed me to Starbucks where hubby was waiting with food and a big strong coffee.

To sum it up, the event needed some refined organisation but as a small scale, community orientated race, it was okay and manageable.  I don’t think there was full value for the VIP ticket holders that paid $110 per ticket especially for those who missed out on the socks and cap.  I thank JRL for the complimentary tickets and the opportunity to assess and analyse the event objectively.  I hope the organisers learn from this and refine their internal systems for future events.

For my girl and I we always look to make the best of any given situation so whilst there were some frustrating moments, we still managed to get good value out of our experience.  Besides she’s already hijacked my tee to use as her sleepwear at home.  Lots of colour bouncing around at home.



Hands-on Review: BackBeat PRO 5100 by Plantronics

A few weeks ago I reviewed the BackBeat Fit 3100, the true-wireless earbuds by Plantronics aimed to athletes. This time, I got my hands on the BackBeat PRO 5100, which are more suited for everyday use, such as in office-like settings and commuting.

The PRO 5100’s feature four noise-cancelling microphones and a proprietary ‘WindSmart’ technology that tunes out wind and disruptive background noise, promising high fidelity sound and premium clarity during hands-free conversations.

Design and Sound Quality

Unboxing the earbuds, I was most surprised with how compact they are. You can easily fit the charging case in your pocket, and the headsets themselves are 5.8g each only. Due to their size, weight, and design, you can easily spend hours listening to music on them without discomfort.

The fit of the default-sized eartip worked well for me, but if it doesn’t for you, the box includes two extra eartip pairs in different sizes. Even though they didn’t budge under every-day scenarios, this is not a pair of earbuds I would recommend for running or exercising; you can use the 3100’s for your fitness activities instead.

Thanks to a good fit and seal, the sound quality is great in different environments. Highs are surprisingly distinct and clear, while is the bass is still there to boot. What’s more, I didn’t experience any connectivity or lag issues with them.

A comparison of the 3100's (left) and 5100's (right).
A comparison of the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 (left) and PRO 5100’s (right).


The PRO 5100’s are packed with features and advanced personalisation settings through the BackBeat app available for iOS and Android.

Both buds have proximity sensors. When you take one out of your ear, audio stops, and when you put it back in, it resumes. For phone calls, you can choose whether that mutes your mic or transfers the call to your phone.

On the earbud itself, there is basic haptic control: you can scroll your finger in a clockwise motion on the left earbuds in order to change the volume.

Connecting the earbuds to the app was seamless and straight-forward. Through the app, you can configure what the physical buttons on the BackBeat PRO 5100 do. For example, you can choose whether the left bud controls volume or launches specific functions under My Tap such as a timer, stopwatch, Google Assistant, Spotify etc. You can also choose what the sensors do under different scenarios, for example when you are in a phone call.

Other functions in the app include a real-time estimate for how much battery life remains on your headphones, option to choose which earbud is the primary and toggling HD voice. Lastly, a “find my earbuds” function is available as well, which I found very interesting.

The Verdict

The BackBeat PRO 5100’s are a good option for those who want a small pair of wireless buds with great sound and handy features for everyday use.

The battery life will last long enough for your commutes or office use, and the compactness of the case makes it ideal to carry around.

Unboxing the BackBeat PRO 5100 by Plantronics

Plantronics BackBeat 5100 is now available in Singapore in select online and offline stores. For more information check the official site.

* Disclaimer: This review represents the genuine, unbiased views of the author. The author was provided with a free unit. This or similar products have been and might currently be advertised on JustRunLah! via different channels, however, these relationships do not influence the editorial content of reviews.

Borobudur Marathon 2019 – Creating synergy and harmony between people, nature and culture

Borobudur Marathon 2019 Powered by Bank Jateng, organised by the Central Java Provincial Government in collaboration with Kompas Daily Newspaper, has successfully concluded its third edition in Lumbini Park, Borobudur Temple Area, Magelang, Indonesia, on 17 November 2019.

Centred around the theme of The spirit of Synergy and Harmony this year, the event brought 41,000 visitors over the weekend from 15-17 November through a series of events, from the Race Pack Collection, Harmony Market, Friendship Run, to the main Marathon event.

Race Pack Collection

At the Race Pack Collection from 15-16 November held at Grand Artos Hotel & Convention, Magelang, the venue was spread across the 4 main areas:

1. Race Pack Collection Area
– where participants collect their Event Goodies Bag and Running Bib

2. Race Expo
– where the event organisers, sponsors and partners engage and interact with participants

3. Official Merchandise Area
– where the participants get to bring home merchandise to complement their experience and achievement at the event

4. Pasar Harmoni
– a food market where the participants satisfy their taste buds with the traditional Javanese culinary

Friendship Run

On 16 November 2019, participants of the Friendship Run were brought to the Pawon Temple Area for a 3km run to soak in the cultural atmosphere and at the same time prepare for the main event day.

As with the Race Expo, participants were also treated with the tasty delights after their run.

Main Event Day

10,366 participants from 35 countries, including Indonesia, over three categories: Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km, were presented with a variety of nature, cultural art attractions and lively cheers along the routes by the villagers around Borobudur Temple.

Finishers and supporters of the event ended the main event day with more food from the Pasar Harmoni as well as some live band performance.

Results Highlights

Prizes were awarded to the following winners:

Below are some of the winners and their winning times:


Men Overall

RankNameGun TimeCountry
2TONUI KIPROP2:23:25Kenya

Men Indonesian

RankNameGun TimeCountry
1ASMA BARA2:39:40Indonesia
2MUHAMMAD ADY SAPUTRA . 2:39:54Indonesia
3HAMDAN SAYUTI2:40:11Indonesia

Women Overall

RankNameGun TimeCountry
1PENINAH KIGEN 3:01:44Kenya
2EDINAH MUTAHI3:04:06Kenya
3IRMA HANDAYANI3:10:17Indonesia

Women Indonesian

RankNameGun TimeCountry
1OLIVA SADI 3:14:58Indonesia
2MERI M PAIJO3:15:37Indonesia

Half Marathon

Men Overall

RankNameGun TimeCountry
1JOHN MUIRURI MBURU . 1:04:58Kenya

Men Indonesian

RankNameGun TimeCountry
1AGUS PRAYOGO 1:11:30Indonesia
3RIKKI SIMBOLON1:12:46Indonesia

Women Overall

RankNameGun TimeCountry

Women Indonesian

RankNameGun TimeCountry
1AFRIANA PAIJO 1:29:22Indonesia
2ADRIANA WARU1:31:31Indonesia
3YULIANTI UTARI1:31:44Indonesia

Post Event Cultural Tour

After the marathon weekend, participants had the option to sign up for a 1-Day Cultural Tour to further surround themselves with nature and genuine Javanese culture, and to make memorable connections with the locals.

About Borobudur Marathon 2019

Borobudur Marathon 2019, the biggest running race event that held in Central Java brought to you by Government of Central Java in collaboration with Kompas Daily Newspaper and Bank Jateng which aims to increase the value of tourism and the economy of Central Java Province, especially Magelang through sustainable sports tourism.

Certified Race Courses

Borobudur Marathon 2019 is one of the race events in Indonesia where race courses are certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

In addition, Borobudur Marathon 2019 has also become one of the biggest competitions in Indonesia where master athletes (40 years and above) qualify for the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championship. Participants in a AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group Ranking qualifying race will earn points based on age, time and gender.

Re-live the Marathon through this video by Kompas TV

My Sesame Street Run Singapore 2019 [5km] (by Lingderella)


JustRunLah! was the registration portal and digital partner of Sesame Street Run Singapore. JustRunLah! was not involved in the organisation of the event, staff management, logistics, entitlements distribution or in any other way.

For any questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact the event organiser, Heroes Pte Ltd via email hello@sesamestreetrun.com or event@heroes.com.sg or Facebook: www.facebook.com/SesameStreetRunSingapore/ or via http://heroes.com.sg/contact-us/ 

Blogger’s review continues:

I was actually very looking forward to enjoy and have fun in Sesame Street run that I even went online shopping for a super cute Elmo and Cookie Monster bag for Eleanor and I to bring for the run 😆 At some aspects this event have plenty of rooms for improvements but I do have fun and enjoyable moments in the event as well.

My childhood honestly doesn’t includes Sesame Street. Mine was with Tom and Jerry, Powderpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and Flintstones as far as I can remember 😊 But its the same logic I have with Hello Kitty and My Melody, I like whatever’s that’s cute and Sesame Street’s characters looks cute 😆

Unless TV channels shows Sesame Streets or they watched it on Netflix or by whatever means that’s available now, I guess kids these days dosen’t know about Sesame Street? I’m very outdated with the technologies these days, already an aunty who’s being laughed at for not having Paynow/Paylah 😂 Every few years there’s different something that’s popular with the different generation of kids, I guess it’s the Barney or Dora the Explorer that’s popular to them now? 😆

Sesame Street is celebrating their 50th birthday this year and it’s Singapore’s first Sesame Street Run. It was 5km distance and it’s held at Tampines Hub. Due to high demand, the organisers came up with a 2km route for those who preferred a shorter distance. Though it’s a nice gesture, but guess it’s because of this, the nightmare of wrong route, confusion of route and shorter distance happened.

Also, take the package for example to register for the run, some people feedback that it’s actually not worth to buy certain packages as individual merchandise sold at event venue is cheaper than buying a “bigger” package and it doesn’t make sense.

(Credits: Sesame Street Run)

Maybe they should come up with family package in future, imagine paying for a family of 4 for about $500 just for a run to get a VIP package? 😨 Its worth a mini-vacation overseas already 😱 The kids might even be too small to remember anything few years or even few days later 😂

I gotten the VIP package and collected my run pack on Saturday at Tampines Hub. Its a swift collection no matter with the standard or VIP package. Lucky for those who collected the run pack on Saturdays afternoon as many feedback of long waiting time on Fridays with about 2 hours of queue 😨 Luckily I checked my stuff before I left, they forgot to give me the sweat band. Just disappointed that was informed that cap was to be collected on event day. Had actually wanted to go all out to wear everything in the run pack. In the end the caps shipment was delayed and received an email informing of collection will only be after the event. Didn’t know there’s different design for the sweat band, could have let us select what character we prefer during registration. The quality of sunglass isn’t fantastic, on race day, the rubber thingy on the sunglass dropped on event site and couldn’t be found, now I have a spoilt sunglass which I need to get glue or something to stick it together. Though I must say I really love the socks and scarf, the design’s really nice and the socks is comfy! 😍

We reached event venue at about 6.30am. A Facebook post stated that flag off for 5km is at 7.30am but we were only flagged off at 7.50am. It’s a long and hot wait at event venue, though I don’t have any kids but I’m sure kids by the time of the long wait are getting cranky or throwing a tantrum already. It was pretty good to be in the VIP holding area as it’s a very close up view of the Sesame Streets Characters on stage. There’s a very huge and pretty birthday “Macaron cake”. 😍

Didn’t know why it’s being held at Tampines Hub as there’s plenty of other event locations such as Sports Hub, Marina Barrage or Gardens by the Bay, even though runners complains of always the same boring route but it’s better than being in a run with messed up routes. Best place would even be at Universal Studio Singapore or even Sentosa would be nice.

By the time we started running, the Sun was out and it was hot. The route isn’t blocked for the event and there’s plenty of traffic lights and roads crossings which was quite disruptive to the run when we have to give way to vehicles and abide to traffic rules. The pavements is narrow to accommodate such a huge amount of participants, some pek cek till they ran/walked on grasses beside the pavements and some even go to the extent of running in roadside. Theres too many participants and I felt machiam stucked in human traffic jam at slow crawling pace and constantly have to be careful the bicycles/PMDs as well as not to bump into small kids ourselves. At least there were the cute alphabets along the route for photo taking ❤

Volunteers weren’t well aware of the route. Guiding runners the wrong direction, some volunteers were shouting on the top of their lungs the directions when there isn’t direction signage in sight at all. Or maybe it’s my poor eyesight that I didn’t spot any? 😂 There’s also no distance marker. Poor volunteers, kena shouted by angry participants. I felt that it’s a wrong attitude towards any human beings, told myself if I were ever to have kids, I will not display these type of negative attitude in front of them, at least I think I’m not doing it now also lah 😂 Ultimate goal in life is to become a better person. Towards a more gracious and positive society 💪❤ I think it’s not the volunteers fault, organizer should have better briefed them of information.

Many runners finished either shorter distance or very much more shorter distance 😂 I was directed wrong direction by the volunteer even though I asked again to confirm and when I was about to finished it was only 3.6km so I went for another short loop around Tampines Hub and eventually make it a 4.9km run. Map route on Facebook isn’t clear, should have indicate the distance mark on it.

(Credits: Sesame Street Run)

The ending part was actually enjoyable. I like the bubble bath at the end though I didn’t went to play in it. But I can see the kids were pretty much enjoying themselves ❤

Then it’s the collecting of the VIP pass, finisher medal and a badge as the Birthday gift. Phew, luckily I was registered as VIP as I can see that it’s a super long queue for the standard package registrants. The nice part is the medal is pretty and VIP pass was attached to a very chio lanyard which I will definitely put into use 😍

But I was pretty sad at the long queues everywhere 😮 There’s quite a few activities around at different tentage. I wanted face/hand painting and I wanted balloon sculpture but it’s super super long queue and I give up. Theres only 2 volunteers doing the Balloon Sculpture for the thousands of participants and just 3 volunteers doing the face/hand painting. But no matter what, I need water and at least it’s not a long wait at the queue to collect water and was at the same time given a cookie which was yummy.

When I wanted to take picture with the Sesame Street Characters I was pretty sian when I saw the long queue and remembered that VIP pass have priority access to photo taking. I asked the volunteer do I have priority in taking photos and OMG she didn’t know. I have no choice but to walk away as just nice the Characters are going off for a break as well.

It’s then I overheard a conversation about the VIP lounge so we head there and I was delighted to see Count Von Count, Ernie, Elmo and Cookie Monster there 😍 Could’ve missed the opportunity if not for having overhead the conversation.

Well, if there’s anymore Sesame Street Runs in the coming years, hope that there’s better location, better route, better communications with participants, better planning and better crowd control as well as more volunteers to cater to the huge crowd at the activities tents to cut short the waiting time.


Road Closures, Groovy Beats And Tantalizing Treats At The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019

  • Multiple vantage points to watch Singapore’s first evening race
  • Three days of festivities await the city
  • Traffic announcements ahead of Singapore’s first evening Marathon

SINGAPORE, 12 November 2019 – The 18th Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) will take place from 29 November – 1 December.

This year will see the most exciting line-up of entertainment and activities from live bands to performances, arts as well as delightful local delicacies to elevate the spectator experience and showcase Singapore to the global running community.

Organisers IRONMAN Asia and SportSG have worked with supporting government agencies to minimize inconvenience to the general public and businesses based on the chosen routes. There will be shuttle bus services and traffic wardens deployed. Affected roads will also be progressively opened from as early as 9.00 pm on 30 November.

Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia said, “Each year, we identify areas for improvement which will take us a step closer to our Abbott World Marathon Majors ambition. This year, our focus has been on delivering a stunning spectator experience for friends, families and the general public. By working together with Singapore Tourism Board and Sport Singapore on our enhanced programming, we look to create a holistic event which will appeal to non-runners too.”


Kickstarting SCSM 2019 with a bang – literally – by a LED lion dance troupe, family, friends, and race supporters can look forward to a lineup of entertainment and activities at the three spectator zones demarcated by Empress Lawn, The Promontory and The Float @ Marina Bay while cheering on the runners.

These spectator zones are strategically placed amidst multiple vantage points for spectators to catch a glimpse of the action and cheer on the runners.

At each zone, spectators can join in Piloxing and Zumba sessions, organised by ActiveSG, or re-live childhood memories and challenge family and friends to classic lawn games from Three-Legged Race, to Capteh and Giant Jenga – a plethora of options for the young and the young at heart.

Moreover, the public can groove along to various tunes including old-school soul by local band Ruckus, alternative tunes by Subsonic Eye and R&B and Funk by Astronauts. Top local DJs Daryl Knows, Stephen Day, and Toppings will ignite the dance floor with a power blend of top 40s, house and electronic hits.

Whetting up appetites for both runners and spectators alike, the public can enjoy local delights all in one place: from Dumpling Darlings, serving up unorthodox versions of this Eastern delight to Butter Chicken rice from Kinara, everyone is sure to be spoilt for choice! For those looking for something lighter or are hanging out post-dinner, desserts from The Acai Collective and Coolman Froyo will be your go-to stalls.

Dr Chiang Hock Woon, Deputy CEO of Sport Singapore, said, “SCSM has always been an event that runners look forward to. More than a marathon, it has also become a platform for giving where participants extend their passion for running to help others. This year’s marathon is especially special on many fronts. In addition to being the first evening race in its 18 years of history, we are introducing more exciting entertainment and spectator areas for Singaporeans and residents to come together to enjoy and witness first-hand the unwavering spirit of our runners and to cheer them on. We would like to thank all our partners and stakeholders who helped make this event possible and I am confident that it is going to be a great experience for all.”

For the full programme line up and list of vantage points, kindly visit: https://singaporemarathon.com/


Friday, 29 November 2019 (Kids Dash)
Beginning the three-day running festival is the Kids Dash which will flag off from the Formula 1 Pit Building at 7 pm. There will be no road closures or diversions during the Kids Dash.

Saturday, 30 November 2019 (Marathon & Half Marathon)
Road closures and diversions will progressively begin from 1 pm on Saturday, 30 November 2019.

To enable the earliest access possible and minimise inconvenience to road users, organisers will progressively re-open affected roads from as early as 9 pm the same evening.

Sunday, 1 December 2019 (10km and 5km)
On Sunday, road closures for the 5km and 10km categories will be from 4 am – 12.15 pm.

Facilitating Traffic Flow

IRONMAN Asia and SportSG have planned the new race route this year in close consultation with supporting agencies. The route minimizes disruption for road users and those who live and work in the area, while providing a great experience for runners. Routes to emergency and essential services such as hospitals will remain accessible throughout the duration of the event. All buildings/stakeholders affected by the race will be able to continue their operations. Roads will be progressively re-opened as runners pass through each zone.

Road closure information will be clearly communicated and traffic wardens will be deployed at all affected roads to help re-direct traffic and to assist the public to find alternative routes to their destinations. Re-directional signs will be put up along the roads from Monday, 18 November 2019.
The public is advised to take note and make alternative travel plans. Please refer to the image for the road closure maps and times.

Alternative Transport Arrangements

The race area is well-served by the MRT and commuters are encouraged to take the MRT as their primary mode of transport to and from the area. While some bus services will be diverted due to the road closures, affected bus stops will be relocated to the nearest possible location. Commuters are advised to cater more travel time to account for bus service diversions. Specific bus diversion plans will be publicized before the event to facilitate route planning.

The organisers have partnered with ShareTransport to provide shuttle bus services for the event. The shuttle buses will run between the Start/Finish Venue and 37 locations island-wide over 10 routes. These shuttle services cost $7 per ride and are primarily for race participants and spectators. The shuttle service may also be useful for commuters who wish to travel outside of regular public transport hours.

Shuttle Bus Times

Visit this link to purchase your ShareTransport ticket: https://singaporemarathon.com/getting-to-the-start-line

SCSM 2019 participants or members of the public with enquiries about the road closures may call the SCSM 2019 Road Closure hotline at 6701 1230. The hotline will be available from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm from 1 to 29 November, and will be available 24 hours on 30 November and 1 December. Information on road closures for SCSM 2019 can be found on all SCSM social media pages and www.singaporemarathon.com. Members of the public may also wish to download Google Maps or Waze for real-time traffic and road closure updates. They can also visit OneMotoring.com for further advice on commuting during the marathon weekend.


Swiss Performance Brand On Revamps Its Record-Breaking Running Shoe: The Cloudflow

Ready, set, flow. Today, Swiss Performance brand On releases the all-new Cloudflow, a record-breaking shoe chosen by athletes, refined through training, competition, podiums and smashing personal records.

The original Cloudflow was released on November 3, 2016, three days before the New York City marathon. Over the past three years, countless athletes have exceeded personal records and won prestigious competitions in the highly responsive performance shoe. With over 60 podium finishes, including an Ironman world record, and the 2017/18 ISPO Gold Winner for Best Performance Running Shoe, the Cloudflow remains at the forefront of On’s renowned product portfolio.

Now, with invaluable feedback from the athletes themselves, the new Cloudflow is better than ever. Margo Malone, an On athlete and member of the Mammoth Track Club, ran her debut marathon in the new Cloudflow this past April straight out of the box. Supported by the newest On shoes, Margo claimed first place in the Zurich Marathon, crossing the finish line a full four minutes faster than the second runner up at a time of 2:42:22.

“The Cloudflow is lightweight. fast, and responsive; perfect for 26.2 miles of racing,” said Margo Malone, “When I tested the Cloudflow, I immediately had confidence the shoe would carry me through a marathon. The On team developed a racing shoe with precision, style, and durability. My favourite part of the shoe is the Helion™ foam outsole. The foam responds well to the hard ground and gives each step the feeling of floating.”

With more comfort and kick with the addition of Helion™ superfoam, the Cloudflow is highly responsive and fully cushioned for optimal training and racing. The Helion™ foam combines high performance properties, delivering durability and rebound at a previously impossible level. 18 Helion™ Cloud elements combined with an even more explosive Speedboard turns impact into acceleration. Plus, the new lacing configuration and reshaped Clouds allows for softer forefoot landings and more support at high speed. All in all, a winning combination.

“After two years of wear-testing and refining the Cloudflow with feedback from our elite athletes, we’ve landed on the next go-to shoe for marathon training and racing,” said On Co-Founder David Allemann,” With the addition of our new Helion™ superfoam, increased stability in the heel cup, and a snappier Speedboard in the midsole, the Cloudflow is the perfect blend between comfort and performance.”

The Cloudflow retails at $219. Find the Cloudflow in Running Lab and LIV ACTIV from November 7th.


Relay Majulah: A ground-up initiative by Singaporeans, for Singaporeans, made a mark in Singapore history.

Photo credit: Relay Majulah

Relay Majulah, Singapore’s first-ever 2,000-kilometre relay, concluded yesterday evening with Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan-Jin, running the final 10-kilometres leg of the relay into the MES Theatre at Mediacorp Campus for the live telecast of the President’s Star Charity. A ground-up initiative to collectively challenge 200 runners to complete the nation-wide relay in 200 hours, Relay Majulah exceeded its target of S$1 million and raised a total of over S$1.6 Million in support of the 67 charities under President’s Challenge.

The relay was flagged off at noon on 2 November from the Singapore Sports Hub, where a baton was passed from runner to runner as they journey past significant landmarks, such as Bedok Reservoir Park and Punggol Waterway Park. Hitting the turning point at Yishun SAFRA, they then saw the route follow back to the hub completing all but the last relay.

Receiving the baton at 6.45pm yesterday evening from Gerrard Lin and Tan Whee Boon, a quad amputee who enjoys playing multiple sports, Mr Tan started his run from Riverside Point with members of the public and Team Nila volunteers cheering him on. He finished off the relay by running into MES Theatre at Mediacorp Campus during the live televised President’s Star Charity Show. At the show, Mr Tan handed over the baton to President Halimah Yacob on air, as a symbolic act of how the Relay Majulah baton which 200 runners have passed on to reach other throughout this relay, is now passed on to rest of Singapore – to join them to be the change we want to see.

Mr Tan said, “It’s been a tremendous honour and privilege to end the final leg of Relay Majulah and to hand over the baton to President Halimah Yacob. Since the start of the initiative, I’ve been watching and supporting fellow Singaporeans from all walks of life take part in the relay and listening to their stories have truly inspired me. This has motivated me to challenge myself further to deliver my best and help raise as much as I can for the President’s Challenge.”

Photo credit: Relay Majulah

Onward together as one

Relay Majulah witnessed 200 runners from all walks of life and abilities running round the clock for a period of nine days from Singapore Sports Hub to Yishun SAFRA, passing through areas such as Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay, Marina Barrage, East Coast Park, Bedok Reservoir, Pasir Ris Sports Centre and Lower Seletar Reservoir.

“Over the past nine days, we’ve seen how Relay Majulah has gathered the community and showcased the spirit of inclusivity among Singaporeans from all walks of life. It’s heartening to see many fellow Singaporeans are coming out to support and cheer the runners on throughout the day,” said Ong Tze Boon, Co-Chairman of Relay Majulah. “I hope that Relay Majulah sets the stage for many more community-led initiatives to celebrate the achievements of how many have overcome the odds to make a contribution to the country.”

“Relay Majulah has amplified the message that people from all walks of life and abilities can empower and inspire others. The donations we have received for President’s Challenge demonstrates the generosity Singaporeans have and their desire to empower all Singaporeans to play a role in contributing to Singapore’s future and commemorating our nation’s bicentennial. We would also like to express our appreciation to our donors, sponsors, family and friends, in making this effort a resounding success,” said Bennett Neo, Co-Chairman of Relay Majulah.

Record-breaking moment

In commemoration of Singapore Bicentennial, Relay Majulah has also made a mark in the Singapore Book of Records as the largest and longest relay ever in Singapore history.

Photo credit: Relay Majulah

Gathering the nation’s support

Members of the public can still also show their encouragement through making donations via the Relay Majulah website, where there are links to each runner’s Giving.sg profiles.

Together, we hope to rise as a community and champion the ‘Majulah’ spirit in Singapore.


My OXFITT II Run [18km](by Lingderella)

Privileged to be a pacer for OXFITT run ❤ I was pacing for the 18km category at 7 minutes pace to finish the 18km under 2hours and 10minutes. It’s my first longest pacing distance ever so I was rather stressed and at the same time looking forward to the run.

Being a pacer needs to put in responsibility, commitment and dedication to the pacer trainings as well. We are leading runners who want to complete a run following our pace to the finishing line.

For this pacing duty, I had sacrificed Real Run as I have pacer training which falls on the same day 😭 But luckily, I found out that I siam the getting drench immediately after flag off. Many runners got wet right after flag off at Real Run, not because of wet weather but by water from fire hose. 😆 I wouldn’t mind though if it’s getting wet at the finishing 😆 I also sacrificed Great Eastern Women’s Run, I wanted that holographic medal 😍😍😍 sooooooo much! 😭 I’ve never missed GEWR since I started running in GEWR 2015. But I chose to pace for OXFITT Run II as it’s already a commitment when I decided to join the team last year ❤ I am grateful and honoured to be in Team Pinkapple Pacer ❤

I’m still a newbie in pacing. It’s just my 4th time being a pacer and this was by far the longest distance I’ve ever paced. There’s 32km, 18km and 10km category and I was pacing for the 18km category. I felt stressful actually as I’ve never paced for such a long distance and I trained hard for it. I can say I put in quite a lot of effort for this pacing duty, I’m not even that hardworking training for my own races 😂 I know I need to do more longer runs for this pacing duty because I didn’t want to end up couldn’t catch up with the pace group and drop out on the race day, that will be a nightmare 😱

On race day, Daphne gave me a lift to the race site at East Coast Park Angsana Green, we reached early to prepare ourselves. There aren’t many participants as I believed that most ladies were running in GE or the guys were supporting the ladies running in GE.

There are Pocari Sweat drinks available at race site before the run starts 👍

Flag off was on time. The sky was threatening to rain but luckily, it was just that few drops of rain and just for that short little while. When the sky was brightening, we can see that the sky was overcast with dark clouds. Most of the time air was quite still but there are quite a few moments with very nice breeze ❤ There’s volunteers/marshals along the way and also distance board. There are many hydration points along the way with water and cold Pocari Sweat. There’s also a hydration point with energy gels provided ❤ I was happy to see many familiar runners while running ❤ We greeted runners and cheered for them along the way.
Amazingly, before I knew it, we completed the race in 2hours 7minutes, right on our target to run under 2hours 10minutes. I was still worried I couldn’t keep up and have to drop out at first. The awesome part was as soon as I completed the race, I received an SMS on my phone informing me of my timing 😍

The finisher entitlements include finisher tee for the 32km and 18km runners, banana and a can of ice-cold Pocari Sweat and of course the finisher medal ❤

Though I have countless of medals earned from running, this is my first personalised medal ❤ Runners received a medal with the same name/nickname on their race bib on their medal. To be honest I was actually expecting medal collection part to be in a mess and chaos but it’s actually fantastic without issues ❤

Just another awesome event by Pinkapple events, hope that I will have chances to carry on pacing and also to serve the running community 💪



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