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If you’re up to the challenge and can afford the time, the Five
Island Challenge is waiting.
The Five Island Challenge series, sponsored by the Atlanta
Life Insurance Company, consists of running marathons and/or half marathons at
these premier island events:
• Marathon Bahamas Race Weekend • Run Barbados Marathon Weekend • Bermuda International Race Weekend • Cayman Islands Marathon & Half-Marathon, and Relay • Reggae Marathon & Half Marathon, and 10K
Participants have the opportunity to run in the premier island destinations, spend a few days on the beach, and attend the local festivals and parties. As they are all held reasonably close to each other in the Caribbean region of America, it’s also an excuse to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see the whole region!
To become a member of the challenge and register for the races, visit the respective websites at:
Use code 15OFF before July 31 to receive US$15 off of the US$45 Five-Island Challenge introductory membership fee at www.FiveIslandChallenge.com. This is a one-time membership fee. (The regular membership fee is US$75.)
The Music Run will make its much anticipated return to Kuala Lumpur for the sixth consecutive year this November, with CIMB Group as its new Presenting Partner. The Music Run by CIMB will take place on 23 November 2019 at the National Stadium at KL Sports City.
Dubbed as 'Asia's fittest party', The Music Run by CIMB connects urbanites with two of the world's favourite past times - music and running. Combining these two elements, the event takes the form of a 5km and 10km running race with more than 100 speakers lining the entire Sound Track circuit, culminating in what is regarded as the world's best finish line party. With a giant stage showing local bands, top DJs and the renowned Live The Beat show, this high-octane event provides a one-of-a-kind, safe, healthy and enjoyable experience for all participants. An important facet of this year's event is the push towards sustainability and eco-awareness, making Asia's fittest party arguably also the most eco-friendly!
Mohamed Adam Wee Abdullah, Group Chief Marketing Officer, CIMB Group enthused, "We are excited to partner with The Music Run this year and look forward to offering a super-fun experience to all participants, especially CIMB customers. This carbon-neutral mass participation event ties in well with CIMB's focus on championing sustainability principles to ensure the well-being of our planet and future generations. So, what better way to have a healthy day out than knowing we're part of a carbon-neutral event while also having fun running a music-filled route throughout?"
"There's certainly a lot to look forward to in 2019 as we introduce more elements to make The Music Run by CIMB bigger, faster and better, whilst at the same time making a concerted effort to lead the industry in event sustainability practices. Besides the already unique nature of The Music Run by CIMB, we're taking an active stance to reduce single use plastic usage, are endeavouring to be Malaysia's first carbon-neutral mass participation event and will be implementing an industry-leading recycling and waste-management programme', says Sam Middlehurst, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Music Run.
The Music Run by CIMB originated in Malaysia and held its inaugural run in Kuala Lumpur in 2014 to a crowd of 6,000 and has since been experienced by more than 250,000 participants across 35 events in 13 countries. Last year's event saw a sell-out crowd of 20,000 participants pack the National Stadium at KL Sports City. With exciting changes fuelled by the partnership with CIMB, this year's event is poised to be another sell out and the biggest and best yet.
Besides having the unrivalled opportunity of participating in a standout event, participants of The Music Run by CIMB will receive a limited edition finisher medal and a Run Pack containing a high-quality runner's t-shirt, a re-usable drawstring bag replete with a car sticker, temporary tattoos and quality goodies from brand partners. This year, cash and partner-supplied prizes are also up for grabs for the top five finishers in each timed race category, with an additional cash bonus for the Malaysian National with the best finish time in each timed race category.
Early bird tickets for The Music Run by CIMB will launch on 11 July 2019 at 12pm with prices starting from RM85. Those who wish to purchase the tickets can do so by visiting the event's official website at www.themusicrun.com.my
Top Asian multi-sport brand TRI-Factor has announced a bigger World Championship event in China Quzhou on 21-22 September 2019. This year's 11th edition saw a greater demand of athletes join the TRI-Factor global program, with the addition of new countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia. The top 50 winners from the 2019 regional TRI-Factor races will qualify for the TRI-Factor World Championship elite race with a total cash prize purse of more $20,000. All registration for the age group athlete slots were sold out within hours from launch.
TRI-Factor believes that everyone deserve a chance to achieve their upmost potential and aspires to provide a progressive and comprehensive platform of races for all athletes across varying capabilities to get together and inspire each other to excel and drive deeper commitment towards an active and healthy lifestyle. In line with their mission, TRI-Factor has also launched new awards including:
1. Series World Champions 2. Best Country Athlete of the Year 3. Best Country Junior Athlete of the Year 4. Best Veteran Country Athlete of the Year 5. Top First-Timer Athlete 6. Top First-Timer Junior Athlete
Companies and triathlon clubs can also get on the board with the Club Challenge and Corporate Challenge for their respective country and regional categories.
With two new iconic race destinations in Vietnam - Vung Tau and Indonesia - Belitung, TRI-Factor will be working closely with the National Triathlon Federations and local partners to embed the TF Academy grassroot programs in 2020. This expansion and initiative seeks to reach out to a wider community and to provide athletes across countries and with the opportunity to progress further into the sport and beyond.
Mr. Elvin Ting, Managing Director of Orange Room Pte Ltd., says, “We’re pleased to announce TRI-Factor Series World Champion in Quzhou along with our TRI-Factor Academy program. I am surprised to see the strong demand of our races as the race registration take up was all snapped up within hours from our press launch. I am also humbly honoured to have the opportunity to work with triathlon legends like Mr. Cameron Brown to launch the TRI-Factor Academy programs. Our purpose is to provide our athletes a platform for the athletes to grow their skils as they progrss into races throughout our TRI-Factor season. We launched a 2019 campaign #RaceLikeNoOther in hopes to reinforce athletes' experiences and memories that last for a lifetime. We would like to thank all our sponsors and partners for making it happen and we look forward to bringing all our participants an experience they will never forget."
Mr Eugene Lee, Triathlon Singapore Honarary
Secretary and Asia Triathlon Confederation Executive Board Member says, “I am pleased
to see how the sport of triathlon can be a catalyst in building strong regional
relationships with government bodies, federations, local communities and even
commercial businesses. TRI-Factor being an established event in Singapore
flagships this collaborative initiative and I do look forward to future
opportunities across the region.”
12 times Ironman Champion and TRI-Factor Global Ambassador Mr. Cameron Brown, says. “I am excited to see how TRI-Factor is growing from strength to strength and I am pleased to have the opportunity to spearhead the TRI-Factor Academy program where we empower age group athletes with the technical knowledge to progress within the sport. With my 33 years of professional racing, I hope to help more athletes become better and stronger.
For further information about the TRI-Factor Asian Championships and T.A.C.A. status, visit www.trifactor.asia
About TRI-Factor Series
The TRI-Factor Asian Championship 2019 race calendars are:
31 March 2019 – Phillipines Clark - Completed 7 April 2019 – Vietnam Vung Tau - Completed 14 April 2019 – Singapore, East Coast - Completed 16 June 2019 – Singapore, East Coast - Completed 7 July 2019 – Indonesia, Belitung 14 July 2019 – Malaysia, Putrajaya 14 July 2019 – Singapore, East Coast 22 September 2019 – Malaysia, Putrajaya 22 September 2019 – China, Quzhou [WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP] 7 October 2019 – Malaysia, Johor (TBC) 13 October 2019 – Thailand, Hua Hin 3 November 2019 – Indonesia, Jakarta 24 November 2019 – Vietnam Vung Tau
The inaugural festival sets a new benchmark for experiential events with 15,000 participants coming together for a celebration of wellness, food and entertainment.
The AIA Glow Festival saw a total of 15,000 participants take a break from the stresses of their busy urban lifestyles to focus on their own physical and emotional well-being.
Conceptualised as a wellness festival that encourages participants to hit the pause button and just be in the moment - the AIA Glow Festival provided a utopia of unique and picturesque thematic zones to relax and unwind - both physically and mentally.
The specially curated festival programming brought together modern day essentials of living a healthy and happy life and kept participants engaged and entertained from day to night.
Celebrity yogis including Laura Kasperzak and Marysia Do kickstarted the morning's activities by leading the highly anticipated mass yoga sessions at the Grand Cupola, a strikingly beautiful 1,600 sqm structure designed exclusively for the festival by renowned South African artist Carin Dickinson.
In addition to the celebrity yoga sessions, participants were spoilt for choice, with a wide range of yoga classes, talks, and workshops that were catered to all levels from beginners to experts, giving everyone an opportunity to be involved.
A definite crowd favourite, the AIA Marketplace was a hit with fervent foodie fans. 9 local F&B partners served up a wholesome menu of savoury and dessert creations such as acai bowl, smoothies and shakes by JUJU Bar and The Acai Collective, Dumpling Darlings, Don Ho, El Tardeo, Fill A Pita, Shake Farm, Three Buns by Potato Head and Scrambled.
The 5km Charity Fun run in the afternoon garnered over 10,000 participants, all coming together to raise a total of SGD 100,000 for the AIA Centennial Fund, a charity that supports over a hundred families in need from Children's Wishing Well.
Patrick Teow, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Singapore, said: "The AIA Glow Festival gave us the perfect opportunity to celebrate our Centennial year by bringing together valuable stakeholders - our customers, employees, financial representatives, together with all their families as well as the wider community - with uniquely curated activities to enhance their well-being. To top it off, we're excited to announce that the 5km Charity Fun Run successfully raised a total of S$100,000 for the AIA Centennial Fund. Launched earlier this year, the fund is dedicated to supporting 100 children and families from our adopted charity, Children's Wishing Well, to enable them to live healthier, longer and better lives."
12,000-plus runners from all walks of
life make 2019 a record turnout
– Phuket's largest mass participation sports event, the award-winning Laguna
Phuket Marathon, welcomed a record 12,000-plus runners from 73 countries for
its 14th edition. Held on the 8th and 9th June
at Laguna Phuket, the two-day festival of sport and fun was presided over by
LCDR. Worawit Techasupakura, RTN, Vice Minister for Tourism and Sports, and Mr.
Prakob Wongmaneerung, Vice Governor of Phuket Province.
boon for Phuket's low season tourism, Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019 saw
celebrities and singers – Nont Aulaphas Na Pom Petch, Somchai Khemkla and Supoj
Chancharoe – actors and actresses – Jirayut Tantakul, Rachawin Wongwiriya,
Aroonnapa Panichjaroon and Mathew Dean – rockstar Athiwara “ Toon” Kongmalai,
and many of Thailand's top athletes line-up together with runners from around
largest nationalities represented at this year's Laguna Phuket Marathon were
Thai, Japanese, Chinese and British. There was also a large contingent of
runners from the Philippines and who made their presence known with Richard
Salano and Prince Joey Lee finishing first and second in the Men's Half
Marathon, and Christine Hallasgo (PHI) and Christabel Martes (PHI) placing
first and third in the Women's Half Marathon. Other notable Filipino
performances were from Bryan Quiamco and Azlan Pagay (PHI) who placed second and
third respectively in the Men's Marathon field, and April Rose Diaz who placed
runners dominated the 10.5km distance with Hiroki Nakajima and Hisashi Kitamura
claiming first and second in the Men's division ahead of Supit Chantharat (THA)
in third. In the Women's race, Phuket-based Dimity-Lee Duke (AUS) won in a time
of 00:41:30, 23 seconds ahead of Tomomi Nakajima (JPN), who out-raced
compatriot Sawa Aoki.
Japanese super couple of Hiroki Nakajima and Tomomi Nakajima won their respective
Marathon distances at the 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon and returning this year
ran 10.5km on the first day, and Marathon the day after. While Hiroki was out
sprinted to finish fourth overall in the Men's division, Tomomi went on to win
the Women's distance for the second time ahead of Amy Mumford (GBR) and April
Rose Diaz (PHI).
Men's Marathon was won by another Japanese runner, Takashi Mino.
athletes from Thailand included Thai national team runner Supit Chantharat who
finished third in the 10.5km and sixth in the Men's Marathon; former national
team runner Natthaya Thanaronnawat, who finished second in both the Women's
Half Marathon and 5km; and Thai triathlete Jaray Jearani who finished seventh
in the 10.5km Men's race. Meanwhile Thai youngsters dominated the 2km Kids Run
claiming all three top spots in the girls division and second and third places
in the boys division.
notable performance from Australian Hayley Newman saw her win the 5km Women's
race for the third consecutive time.
for it's beautiful course around Laguna Phuket and the island's northern
beaches, organisers strived to reduce single-use plastics on the course this
RUN Singapore readers were one of the first in the region to receive the revoluntionary new HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X shoe at the exclusive Exploration Run Workshop on 29th June at the Punggol Waterway Park.
32 runners who signed up to attend went on a 16km run along the park and through Coney Island with Coach Arnel Villamin and some of the HOKA ONE ONE brand ambassadors from Singapore. The participants took home their own brand new pair of Carbon X shoes, along with a goodie bag and priceless running tips from Arnel, who drew from his experience about running with the plushest long distance shoes currently available to running enthusiasts.
The HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X is made with a carbon fibre plate embedded in the midsole to help propel you forward and accelerate your toe-off. It features PROFLY X foam, the brand’s lightest and most resilient foam, and has a wide base for a stable, soft and extremely responsive ride.
It’s a shoe designed for neutral pronation, quick paced runners that favour a low-medium heel to toe drop, and which measures 5mm on the Carbon X.
Check back soon, and be there at our next RUN Singapore
workshop where you get access to exclusive items before launch!
The Unlabelled Run came into being just a few years ago,
when the New Charis Mission’s executive director, Don Wong, proposed the idea
of holding an event to generate awareness of the good work done by former
criminal offenders to the community.
The unlabelling of an individual, and the opportunity to become a productive
member of society again, is the idea behind the event’s name. Numbers have been
steadily increasing since the first edition was held in 2016, and for 2019 you
can expect more than 5000 runners to attend the event, which comprises of a
10km Competitive Run and 5km Fun Run, starting from the Angsana Green at East
Coast Park on the morning of 20th July.
The competitive category offers cash prizes for the winners, and the race is
set to start at 7:00AM, while the 5km Fun Run will flag-off 25 minutes after.
The event aims to go beyond the notion of reintegration and
second chances for ex-convicts. It advocates a conscious effort to remove the
labels on not just transformed ex-offenders but also everyone in general.
The New Charis Mission and event organisers believe that
transformed ex-offenders can contribute actively to society and every person in
our midst, without prejudice, can and will be recognised for his or her merit.
Join in the race to raise awareness of the unlabelling movement at the Unlabelled Run. Find out more at https://unlabelledrun.com/
Considered a pioneer of wearable sports technologies and sports analytics, Polar Electro was founded in 1977. The brand built and produced the world’s first portable heart rate monitor for sports training use, and over the next four decades has often been seen as the benchmark from which other competitors draw inspiration from.
With detailed analytical mechanics and community-based training functions through its smart-phone apps, the Polar eco-system is one of the most comprehensive and well-supported networks on the sports technology scene. The new Polar Vantage series takes your understanding of training data to the next level.
Polar Vantage Series
Pro-level multisport watches designed to help goal-oriented
athletes reach their full potential, the Polar Vantage watches go way beyond
the earlier Polar products and are unique in their accuracy, design and
Both the Polar Vantage M and Polar Vantage V come with
cutting-edge Polar Precision Prime sensor fusion technology and a new approach
to measuring your Cardio, Muscle and Perceived Training Load as a whole. They
offer a true multisport experience with more than 130 sports profiles and a
multisport mode to track different sports in the same session.
The difference between the two is that with Polar Vantage V,
you can take your training and performance even deeper into the pro level with
longer battery life, recovery measurement, running power from the wrist and a
- Polar Precision Prime sensor fusion tech This unique sensor fusion technology with Polar’s customised smart algorithm claims to set a new standard for wrist-based accuracy. Polar Precision Prime measures your heart rate from the wrist with nine LED colors and skin contact measurement, ruling out any disturbances to the heart rate signal. It is accurate, always on and tracks your heart rate without a chest strap, even in the most demanding conditions and training sessions.
- New Approach to Training Load A next-generation feature in the Polar Vantage series is the new Training Load Pro. It measures three aspects of training load. In addition to Cardio Load, you can measure Muscle Load and combine these measurements with your subjective feeling for Perceived Load.This way you’ll know how strained each system of your body is and you can optimise your training by working the right system at the right time. You get a numerical value, verbal feedback and a visual bullet scale for each training load.
In addition to the training load from individual training
sessions, you can monitor how Cardio Load builds up over time, which allows you
to keep the total training volume in control, optimise the timing of training
at different intensities and know whether your training has been progressive.
- Training Benefit Training Benefit gives you textual feedback on the effect of each training session, helping you to better understand the effectiveness of your training. The Flow web service, Flow app and Beat app are used to display the data records.
To get the feedback, you need to have trained for at least
10 minutes in the heart rate zones. Training Benefit feedback is based on heart
rate zones. It reads into how much time you spend and how many calories you
burn in each zone.
- Running Power on your Wrist A measurement of mechanical work rate. In running, the human body works against gravity and friction. While there is no universal definition, Polar defines it as a positive change in mechanical energy of the centre of mass over on step cycle divided by step cycle time, where mechanical energy is the sum of kinetic and gravitational potential energy. The Polar Vantage V features an onboard power sensor, so you can measure your running power without any additional sensors or pods. Measuring running power is possible with Polar Vantage M, too, but you need to pair it with a third-party running power meter, like Stryd.
The Polar Vantage V retails for S$779. The heart rate set, which includes Polar Vantage V and Polar H10 heart rate monitor, is available for S$829. The Polar Vantage M is available for S$469 at all authorised Polar retailers.
Your device is showing you plenty of statistics, but what do they mean?
Cadence Simply put, this is how many steps you take per minute, counting both feet. It’s a commonly measured running metric and can tell you a lot about your form. For example, at a given pace, quicker cadence and shorter stride length result in smaller forces at many places throughout the body, such as at the ankles, knees and hips. The reduced magnitude of these forces is widely believed by experts to also reduce injury risk.
It’s clear that running cadence can be increased only so far, but for more injury-prone runners in particular, working on increased cadence could be beneficial. An often-cited target for running cadence is 180 steps per minute, though taller runners tend to have somewhat slower cadence. Interestingly, higher cadence is also associated with lower vertical oscillation and shorter ground contact time.
Don’t just get fit, get Oxfitt! Taking place on 7th
July at the Marina Barrage, this single-category race has been upgraded from
last year’s 15km distance to a proper half marathon. The name comes from the
combination of ‘Ox’ with ‘Fitt’, implying exceptional fitness and endurance
like that of an Ox.
With just over 2000 runners expected, this mid-scale event is a great way to start a Sunday morning.
The attractive entry fee of just S$55 looks even better when you consider that the entitlements include a full set of Oxfitt exclusive running top and compression tights, a grip water bottle and a gold finisher medal.
Not only top 3 winners will receive a trophy with prizes and vouchers based on gun time, the top 25 women and male based on nett time will get an exclusive Oxfitt waterproof bag pack worth $50.
In an effort to reduce waste, runners are advised to bring along their own bottles for refilling at the stations. Race cut-off is a generous four hours, so even if you’re not fast, there is little worry about not being able to complete the route within the time limit.
The Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society's Race Against Cancer 2019 is a quest to save lives. Scheduled on 28 July 2019, the race aims to raise funds for cancer treatment subsidies, welfare assistance, cancer rehabilitation, hospice care, cancer screenings, research, public education and cancer support group initiatives. Funds raised will help to drive Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) Programmes and Services such as the SCS Cancer Care Fund, SCS Cancer Rehabilitation Centre, SCS Cancer Treatment Fund, SCS Help the Children and Youth Programme and the SCS Welfare Aid.
Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer exists to make our statement against cancer, to minimise cancer and maximise life. No one should fight cancer alone - this event invites people of all walks of life to join in the fight and run alongside those who are impacted by cancer.