Update: 4 December 2013: Registration is open, check website below
Swiss premium sportwear brand X-Bionic sign on as title sponsor of Venus Run 2014
Sponsorship deal in cash and kind valued at SGD$2 million will see the introduction of the most expensive and high-tech race shirt in local running event history
In celebration of International Women’s Day, X-Bionic will also throw in a pair of running tights to encourage all participants to pledge donations to the Breast Cancer Foundation and Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation
29 November 2013 – The Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) today announced a landmark sponsorship deal worth SGD$2 million with X-Bionic, which will see the Swiss premium sports apparel manufacturer become the official title sponsor of the Venus Run 2014. The X-Bionic Venus Run 2014 is an all-women 5km run to promote healthy living through active participation in sports so as to enable women to achieve healthy balanced lifestyles amidst their demanding responsibilities at work and at home. Following the success of last year’s event, the next race will once again take place at the Marina Barrage on 8th March 2014, in celebration of the International Women’s Day.
As part of the cash and kind sponsorship deal, X-Bionic will introduce the most high-tech first race shirt in local running event history, with features that aim to specifically help women achieve better race performance. The specially designed, one-of-its-kind pink coloured X-BIONIC® Venus Run Effektor shirt (Please refer to the attached factsheet on the X-Bionic Effektor technology) is also undoubtedly the most expensive race shirt ever, with a retail price of SGD$180.
Only 5,000 pieces will be manufactured exclusively for this event and will feature the X-Bionic Venus Run 2014 logo as well as the official tagline “Diamonds aren’t my best friends, running is…”, both of which will be woven into the fabric rather than printed on so as not to reduce the breathability of the shirt.
Webpage: Venus Run 2014 (X-Bionic)
The Great Eastern Women’s Run, commissioned by Great Eastern and organised by HiVelocity Events, is a run for every woman. The race features 5km, 10km as well as 21.1km race distances making the run accessible to female runners of all levels. This will be the largest women-only half marathon in the region.
Targeting to attract more than 15,000 participants, the Run will be flagged off at the The Float@Marina Bay. The race route will take runners past Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, F1 Pit Building, the future Sports Hub and end back at the The Float@Marina Bay.
Date: 10 November 2013, Sunday
Venue: The Float@Marina Bay
- 21.1km – 5.30am
- 10km – 7.10am
- 5km – 7.40am
If you are interested in any of the category and you have not register, please click on this Registration website here —> REGISTER ME and key in GEWR13isaac976Dis to be entitled to a “Special Discount” only for my readers (oh be quick registration closes 30th September 2013)
Girls always raved about the “GREAT EASTERN RUN” goodie bags so this is what you girls will be entitled for
Your race entry* includes:
- Event Running Top by adidas
- Free Insurance Cover for the Run
- Exclusive Event Bag
- Personalised Race Bib
- Event Race Guide
- Exclusive Finisher Medal (5km, 10km and 21.1km finishers only)
- Exclusive Finisher Tee by adidas (21.1km finishers only)
- Finisher certificate either softcopy or hardcopy (10km and 21.1km finishers only)
- Other sponsored items
|Race Categories||Early Bird
17.05.2013 – 31.07.2013
01.08.2013 – 30.09.2013
|Great Eastern Women Policyholders*||Loyal Runners||Public / OCBC Credit Card Holders*||Public|
|5km Live Great! Fun Run|
Register for Two
|10km (Open / Closed)*|
Register for Two
|21.1km Half Marathon (Open / Closed)*|
Register for Two
|10km Team of 4
21.1km Team of 4
All prices are in Singapore Dollars and are inclusive of GST.
*Open categories are applicable for all nationalities
*Closed categories are applicable to Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents
*Corporate categories are available to only employees of the same company.
*For Great Eastern Women Policyholders, select ‘Register with Coupon’. Replace the first four alphanumeric characters of your NRIC/ Passport No. with four capital ‘X’ and key in the remaining characters of your NRIC/ Passport No. into the field to enjoy the special rate!
*For Loyal Runners, select ‘Register with Coupon’ and enter your full NRIC/ Passport No. as the Coupon Code to enjoy the special rate!
*For OCBC credit card holders, please select ‘Register with Coupon’ and enter the first 6 digits of your OCBC credit card as the Coupon Code to enjoy the special rate!
|Race Categories||Early Bird
17.05.2013 – 31.07.2013
01.08.2013 – 30.09.2013
|5km Live Great! Fun Run||$27.55||$37.05|
|10km (Open / Closed)*||$44.65||$54.15|
|Corporate 10km Team of 4||$169.10||$207.10)|
|21.1km Half Marathon (Open / Closed)*||$53.20||$67.45|
|Corporate 21.1km Team of 4||$205.20||$252.70|
*Group registration is only applicable for Early Bird and Normal Period pricing.
*Registrations can be made up of a mix of categories.
*Price listed is after the 5% discount.
*Corporate categories are available to only employees of the same company
Do you get confused when you are with a bunch of friends who are runners and they start talking like whats your PR, Vo2Max ..etc.. etc.. well fret not just take a look at the couple of terms I have put up for your reference, or maybe you want to impress the runner girl and you just don’t know how to start a conversation, Read on so the next time you wont be lost in the conversation, So Join the fun… Join the Run.
I am sure there are many more terms and lingos, if you do have any terms you would like to clarify or add on, Please do so at the comment box below. I would be happy to answer all your questions.
- VO2 = VO2 Max, Maximum volume of oxygen (O2) that can be absorbed by the body
- LSD = Long Slow Distance run
- HR = Heart Rate
- HRMAX = Maximum Heart Rate, useful to get 60% and 85% values for training effect
- RHR = Resting Heart Rate
- Tempo = Tempo runs help you develop your anaerobic or lactate threshold which is critical for running faster.
- Tapering = This reduced training phase gives runners a chance to rest, recover, and mentally prepare for their race
- OR = Olympic Record
- WR = World Record
- NR = National Record
- CR = Competition Record/Commonwealth record
- PR = Personal Record (Others might use PB for Personal Best)
- PW = Personal Worst
- DFL = Dead freaking last, a proud and honoured tradition.
- DNF = Did Not Finish
- DNS = Did not start
- DNQ = Did not qualify
And if all else fail and you are just not the runner you are.. the card below will say it all HAve a Fabulous weekend guys !
A very good article from Runner’s World which they posted a while ago on Weight management, Please read on
Trying to shed pounds on the way to the starting line? Follow these rules.
It’s doubtful that anyone ever said that they started training for a marathon so that they could eat more fruits and vegetables. In fact, most people joke that the sole reason to run long distances is to burn off a double-cheese pizza or earn the right to spend quality time with Ben & Jerry.
But every runner learns it one way or another: When you’re prepping for a marathon or half-marathon, you can’t run to eat, you gotta eat to run.
When you’re in training, food becomes fuel. It will energize your run and help repair muscle tissue after a hard workout so that you can bounce back quickly for your next run.
Try to fuel up on Krispy Kreme or down a five-course meal before you go out and you could hit the wall halfway through or end up spending most of your run crouching in the bushes. Have a big meal the night before a long run and you could wake up with a food hangover: You still feel full and have the aftertaste of last night’s meal, yet you’re slightly hungry at the same time.
You can do all the training you want, but if you don’t eat and drink the right things and get to know your own gut, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got the leg and lung power of an Olympian: Your stomach will take you down every time.
Here are some principles to keep in mind.
1. Drop pounds early. If you’re going to slash calories, do it before you start training or during the first 4 weeks of training, when the mileage and intensity are low. The closer you get to race day, the more you want to focus on adequately fueling and recovering from those speed sessions and long runs.
2. Take it slow. Aim to lose 1-2 pound per week, which means cutting about 250 calories per day–the equivalent of an energy bar or soda. Over the course of the week, that’s 1,750 calories, which is 1/2 pound. By slowly tweaking your diet, you’ll avoid severe feelings of deprivation. You’ll give your body time to adjust to the reduced calorie load, and you’ll have a better chance of sustaining it for the long term.
3. Stay in balance. In order to stay energized for your runs, and therefore perform well and burn the most calories, you’re going to need the same balance of calories that all runners do: Roughly 55 percent of your calories should come from carbs, 25 percent from protein, and 20 percent from fats. Take out one of those nutrients, and you’ll find your workouts will feel harder, you won’t recover as well, and you’ll feel drained all the time. Just make sure to include high-quality foods from each group.
4. Get the timing right. You’re going to need food most before and right after a run. Before a run you’ll need carbs to get fast energy; right after a run you’ll need carbs to restock your glycogen stores and protein to help repair muscle tissue. Eat your highest carb meal of the day a few hours before your workout. If you need a daily indulgence, have that sweet shortly after a run–during that 20-minute window when your muscles can quickly soak up the sugar to replace spent energy stores.
5. Eat real food. Many diet foods are too low in carbs, fiber, or protein to give you the nutrients you need to train, feel satisfied, and keep your body in peak condition. There’s also the potential to go overboard on diet foods, figuring that if the Oreos are low-fat, that’s license to eat the whole package.
6. Become a food-label detective. Just because a food package says “healthy” or ”organic” or “natural” doesn’t mean that what’s in it is good for you.
7. Write it down. A 2008 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that among 1,700 overweight runners, those who kept a food diary more than 5 days a week lost almost twice as much weight as those who didn’t, and they kept the weight off. Even if you aren’t looking to shed pounds, a food diary can provide valuable insight into what best fuels your running life and which unhealthy habits might be tripping up your training.
8. Catch some zzzs. Research has linked sleep loss to obesity and suggests that people who don’t get enough sleep may weigh more. Without enough sleep, your energy levels, immune system, and mood drop–the only thing up (besides you) will be your appetite. Research has shown thatpeople who get less sleep eat more snacks, especially high-carb ones.
9. Watch the rewards. Most runners vastly overestimate the amount of calories they burn, and underestimate the amount of calories they consume. It’s very easy to eat back the calories you incinerated in a post-run kitchen raid. Want to reward yourself for getting through a long run or a tough week? Make it a non-food treat, like a massage, new running duds, or some new tunes or books to listen to for your next long run.
10. Watch the “sports” foods. There is a dizzying array of drinks, gels, and bars that advertise their benefits for recovery and energy, but many of those products are laden with calories and fats that most runners don’t need for most of their runs. You’ll want to have sports drinks and energy gels with you during long runs and on hot days, but beyond that, it’s best to stick to whole foods. “People feel like they need to have all of these products because they’re in training,” says Kennedy. ”And it takes a while to figure out that they don’t need them.”
Original Article from : Runner’s World
I have to say I was proud to be one of the first few in Singapore to slip my feet into the Energy NR, about a week ago I was invited to test out the latest offering by Newton Running,
This being officially my first pair from Newton Running, the Energy NR really impressed me from the first run with the Team Newton Singapore. They feel like no other shoe I have ever run in, which is refreshing to say. I have completed comfortable easy runs in these shoes and also attempted some short tempos on em. The Energy NR promotes an efficient gait cycle which translates to more efficient stride.
These shoes are responsive off the road and they made me want to run fast. with a 6mm heel-to-toe drop this shoe engages us in every step and landing on midfoot, the Energy NR are a comfortable mid-point between traditional training shoes and the zero-drop models of the barefoot movement.
Newtons promote a midfoot strike which is optimal for efficient and quick turnover as you can see the explanation by Eddie Chang, in the video below. Eddie Chang is who is the only Newton Certified Trainer in Singapore.
The Newton EnergyNR features lower-profile forefoot lugs to ease the transition from more traditional footwear. It is also priced lower than other Newton models, making it more affordable to give the brand a try.
Designed to meet the needs of runners who want to experience the unique technology platform and ride found only in Newton running shoes, the EnergyNR facilitates a seamless transition from more conventional running shoe brands into the Newton line. This will help expand the Newton experience to a broader group of runner – similar features and ride but in a more conventional package.
My pair of Newton EnergyNR (US Men’s 9.5) weighs in at 9 ounces and has a measured stack height of 30mm. The heel-to-toe differential or drop is 6mm. Obviously I preferred something closer to zero drop but the Newton EnergyNR running shoe is for those moving over from traditional running shoes or owning their first pair of Newton which is why this was perfect for me.
As a triathlete, the seams or liners in the inner shoes are very important to me as I always run sock-less for comfort as well as time saving when it comes to transitioning in races, The upper of this shoe is flexible yet not too stiff, but it feels a bit too plush for me, but this is good as it allow the foot to expand and move naturally with lots of cushioning. The toe-box also provides plenty of room for people who likes a bit more space in that department.
If you have never tried on a pair of Newton shoes, This model is a great start for you to transition to their brand. If you had problems with previous Newton models because of the pronounced forefoot lugs (Performance), the lower profile of the Newton EnergyNR forefoot will ease you in without much difficulty. The EnergyNR is definitely a bridging or transitioning shoe for those getting into natural form and the barefoot-style of running in minimal shoes.
If you can see the above picture the lugs has been toned down from the previous Performance series, This is a good thing. Newton has added one additional lugs to this shoe instead of the previous 4 aggressive and higher lugs also from the performance series.
Me having fun with Team Newton Singapore and the other media runners, Wheee….
Isaac’s 2 cents worth
- Great for people to try out Newton Running
- Ideal transition for runners trying out Mid Foot Strike
- Heel upper of shoe feels plush and very padded
- lightweight for this category
- 6mm of drop
- Too plush and well padded for me
- Some may not get use to the lugs
- Needs more Color Schemes for the guys (girls you got it good gain)
I would like to thank Key Power International for providing this trial Pair of Newton Energy NR
Key Power International Pte Ltd
14 Arumugam Road, #01-01 Lion Industrial Building C
Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this review and I am not obligated to write a positive review. Furthermore. Every review is based solely on me running in the pair of shoes and my personal thoughts and opinions and are not influenced by any outside factors
In Singapore there are many Women’s only running event such as the famous Great Eastern run, Nike Goddess, Shape.. just to name a few but fast gaining popularity of Women’s only run has sprouted and in celebration of International Women’s Day …
Venus Run is born!
The goal of the event – an all women run to promotes healthy living through active participation in sports so as to enable women to achieve healthy balanced lifestyles amidst multiple and demanding responsibilities to fulfill at work and at home.
Empower yourself and show off your sparkle today. This Venus run will only be a 5km run held on this coming 10th March, which is exactly 31 days to go. There will be a few VIP’s and Elite attending this run, I am sure some of you are familiar with Anne Date or Jenap Said a.k. CatWomen as most of you know her by. So do sign up for this run and stay healthy
So if you are a beginner, a 5k would be a good start to kick off your New Year Resolution of Staying fit. Have fun everyone
Event : Venus Run 2013
Date of Event : 10th March 2013, Sunday
Venue: Marina Barrage, 260 Marina Way. S(018976)
Event Programme: 06:15 – 09:15am: Baggage Drop Open
07:00 – 07:30am: Group warm up
07:30 – 08:00am: Flag off for 5km
08:30 – 09:30am: Flag off for 800m Kids Run
09:30 – 09:50am: 1st Prize presentation
09:50 – 10:15am: Presentation by invited Guest
10:15 – 10:30am: Lucky Draw
10:30 – 11:00am: Group Photo
This will be the event T given
Organizer: Singapore Athletics Association
Sponsors: Key Power Sports
Singapore’s biggest night race returns for the sixth year with a record-expecting crowd of 30,000 runners, participating in the popular 10km, 21km and 42km distances this year. Avid endurance racers will also be delighted to learn that the organisers of the Sundown Marathon, HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd will also bring back the much-awaited 100km Sundown Ultra-Marathon after a one-year hiatus.
Due to its bigger crowd and for safety reasons, the Sundown Marathon will be held over two nights; with the 10km and 21km categories flagging off on the night of 31 May, and the full marathon category starting on the night of 1 June.
Runners can expect to be kept awake with adrenaline pumping through their veins as they are entertained by a slew of exciting activities at the race village before and after the races.
To spice things up, organizer HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd, has re-introduced the “Team of 4” group race to the 10km race this year, where the combined timings of all four runners will be used to determine the fastest team. This concept of team running serves to transform running in the Sundown Marathon from an individualistic sport to a team sport, and have proven popular in the past for boosting runners’ morale and injecting an element of fun to their race.
On Sept 14, barely three months after the Sundown Marathon, hardcore runners who wish to take their running prowess up a notch can look forward to the 100km Ultra-Marathon. The event challenges one’s endurance, speed and determination and will be held once every two years, henceforth.
Other than the main race, less gung-ho runners may also attempt the Ultra-Marathon in the relay category as a team of two (50km/runner) or four (25km/runner). A total of 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the Sundown Ultra-Marathon this year.
Adrian Mok, Director of Organizer, HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd enthuses, “We are glad to re-introduce the Sundown Ultra-Marathon as promised. The race represents what we stand for – determination, passion and fortitude. Both the Marathon and Ultra-Marathon have been and still are very special night runs that garner the most support from the running community.”
“We have decided to up the ante this year by introducing team categories in both the 10km and 100km runs so that more runners can have fun and bond together through their common love,” Mok added excitedly.
The Sundown Marathon 2013 is already open for individual registration at www.sundownmarathon.com. Ultra-Marathon (all categories) & Sundown Marathon Team registration will be available online from 1 Feb 2013, 10am.
For more information, please visit www.sundownmarathon.com.
Updated: Please check your results from WERUN SG Results 2012 Click Me
20,000 runners pound the streets for Nike We Run SG 2012 last Sunday. This was the Singapore series for Nike We Run 2012.
There will be a total of 32 races compromising a total of 371km for this series.
The event venue was packed when at about 6:30am, Due to the over whelming participant, the start time have been divided in to two waves which 7:15am was for the first wave & Second wave at 7:30am. That still did not help in the cramping of runners around the start pen.
There was no proper signage or rather too small for the cramped up participants to notice the baggage counter area, It was not only hard to locate but was filled with people cramping for space to deposit their bags at the counter.
Went for the second wave instead as unable to squeeze in for the first wave (too many fast runners I believe). The second wave was also packed with runners, maybe next time they should make a third wave instead.
Running route was improvised from the previous runs running through Kallang but this time we run pass Nicoll Highway and made a U-turn back to Republic avenue, F1 put and viola Marina Bay Sands.
Nike created such hype that not only the runners signed up were in the young category, but of all ages. my friends mum, auntie and uncle was running as well.
Along the running route were DJs spinning hard for the perspiring runners motivating them to keep on running, By the 4k marker, many people started to walk plus further more walking on the right side of the route. Inconsiderate.. but better than Nike Goddess where the ladies were all pushing and shoving. ( Must be something about Nike that gets people all riled up)
Anyway as I have mention the finishing point was at the field beside Marina Bay Sands with some nice view rather than the usual Padang finishing point.
So once again, it comes down to the baggage deposit for collection, it was utterly unorganized,everyone was just standing in frustration with the long queue. The hot and sweaty moment just didn’t help as well., Only after when there was volunteer ushers started to inform the participants of the queue and organizing the line to speed.
Anyway it was a Run that many enjoyed for sure
Not bad, addition finisher tee to trade off the usual medal
Overall the event was good, just need some improvements on the baggage part & inform the participants to keep left for slower runners.
- New route was fantastic
- Entertainment along the way was surely a great booster for all runners
- Giving Finisher T as replacement for a Medal was a great Idea.
- Should get some bigger area space for the baggage counter movement.
- Ushers should be around everywhere to help runners
- Luggage deposit area should have proper signage all around.
RunNus post update:
Hey Hey hey everybody, run is over and I could say it was a very hot and humid day. Saw the boys at the event and it was pretty fun with lots of people up in this early Sunday.
The organizer of RunNus made a very very big boo boo, I was at the finish line when the
(SUPPOSED WINNER) first wave 10k running came in *He was not suppose to run to the start line*
He was shouting at the poor volunteer saying WHERE is the finish line? poor girl told him that it was the other corner. He kept shouting there should be proper marker etc etc but I sure understood his feelings cause with a time of 44 or 48mins and you are not placed in the top 10? tsk tsk tsk
So what really happened?
1) If I am not wrong, he was not wearing his bib on the front, so the volunteers did not see him coming.
2) Volunteers could have been more attentive (but hey this is not a professional organization, they are just students)
3) Should have jut put up proper signage (so no need volunteers to direct)
All finishers was given a Finisher T. (First time they are doing so) check it out
Well see you guys at the next run. It was a short and enjoyable run. Have a great weekend
RunNUS is an annual running event organised by the NUS Student Sports’ Club. For the third year, all participants’ fees go to the Annual Giving bursaries to help NUS students in financial need. Last year, more than 1,800 runners participated in the Run, helping to raise more than $35,000 for students in need.
Are you one runner that look forward to collecting the race goodie bags and wondering what they would give? I believe some steep race registration goodie bags provided are not filled with very high quality items as well. Do you feel cheated ?
Lets take a look at what goodies was given for a $26 race.
Skechers sponsored the woven recycle bag carrier that was given out to all participants.. now lets see what else is inside… (more…)
This is part 2 of the Runners World motivation posters, I dont know about you but I don’t find this relating to me at all.
In-fact I love waking up in the weekends, Ironic isn’t it…weekdays I dread waking up in the morning, but on the weekend I am usually up by 4am to do my long ride, long runs and long rest.. Train hard – Play hard !
I know this is pretty late to be showing you guys cause most of you guys should have already collected your race pack already, This post is for those who would like to know what was given in the goodie bag for Sundown.
1x Sundown carrier
1x Race updates
1x Athletes’ guide
2x After sportswipe
1x 25% coupon for New Balance
1x $50 discount on Polar purchases
1x New Balance Sundown Running T
1x Garnier Face wash
1x Loreal Face wash
1x LOADS OF FUN ON RACE DAY !!
Etiquette For Runners
In the interest of promoting an enjoyable running and racing experience for everyone, the Road Runners Club of America encourages good runners’ etiquette. Whether running in a group or running alone, always follow the RRCA Safety Guidelines.
Whatever the pace, wherever the race, manners matter.
Rules of the road and trails
- Run against traffic if running on the road. If running on the sidewalk or multi-use trails, travel on the right and pass on the left.
- Never run more than two abreast if you are running in a group. Don’t be a road or trail hog.
- Don’t run down the middle of the road or trail.
- If you are running an out-and-back route, don’t just make a sudden u-turn at your turn around point. Stop, step to the right to allow oncoming traffic the opportunity to pass. Ensure the road or trail is clear of oncoming traffic (runners, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.) then make your u-turn. Making a sudden u-turn without looking over your shoulder is a good way to get hit.
- Alert pedestrians when you are passing them – don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings. A simple “on your left” warning will suffice.
- Be alert on blind curves.
- Stop at stop signs and ensure oncoming traffic yields to you before proceeding across a road. Don’t assume cars will stop if you are entering a cross walk.
- Respect private property along your route. Don’t relieve yourself in the neighbor’s bushes.
- Don’t litter. If you can’t find a trash can, carry your trash home.
General Rules for Running in an Event
- Follow the rules of the race outlined on the race entry form! (more…)