Watch this before you go on, feel the energy, feel the vibe. This video practically captures all the runners of Sundown Ultra Marathon 2013.
Its the time of the year and time of the day when all your training come to this, this is not just any marathon, this is not just any walk in the park, this is the Sundown ULTRA marathon, there is a sense of achievement when you tell people you have done an Ultra, previously when you tell people you have done a marathon people go like … WOAH !? marathon? these days I have to admit, you tell people you run Marathon they go like, “oh which one? I have done several myself as well”.. etc… etc.. so the conversation for most people will go like that
But Total Salute to people who run ULTRA(S), the dedication, the mentality and the physical abuse of pounding your foot on the road for a very very long period of time is amazing. I know most of you guys have done a marathon yes? so think of this.. Marathon is 42km , so an Ultra you got to run another 1km more to constitute it as an ultra
Or if your doing the Sundown Ultra Marathon you will be running Marathon X 2 and put in another 16km. that’s how long you guys gotta run, when I mentally visual the distance of me running that I am already feeling tired. Covering events like this has lots of perks as you usually will bump into tons of people you run or see at the running circle. Here are a couple of friends and close buddies that I met in that half hour when I was there walking around.
Few Shout out to a couple of names, Congrats Sumiko for winning the local female category, Told ya you gonna do it again. Mr Resident Speedy Gonzales “Sky” for placing second in his mixed category despite his injured ankle. Gisete Congrats on your awesome run, Royston and Jayve for hanging tough and completing their first Ultra Marathon, not only doing for themselves but more importantly for CHARITY, Each and everyone of you deserve a great big clap and pat on your back for finishing. Now rest well for the next event.
Not forgetting the hard working CROWD Girls working their nights and day off for this event. Thank you for your dedication and passion for the sport. GO NEW BALANCE.
I have to say the runners are all well taken care of, Look at all the goodies provided by sponsors for the runners in the transition area, This place is loaded and is ready to feed all the runners,
The organizers will never forget the supporters who came to support the runners as well as members of the public who was just hanging out at the Barrage was treated to an array of entertainment at the Sundown Race village. Popular local bands, 53A and The Huckleberry Friends kept the runners and supporters entertained with their music, whilst percussionists Batucada amped up the atmosphere with their percussion beats. Participants, and their family and friends enjoyed the night breeze while watching movies screened at both Marina Barrage and the U-turn point at Changi.
This event was not only made possible by HiVelocity Events team and CROWD PR team, This event was made SAFE AND SECURED with the awesome security team, (Pictured below with ROS) ensuring safety measures are taken for all participants as well as supporters. Last not forget the volunteers.
If my legs permit, This is one event I will not want to miss, if they still have it next year. Lets all do this , I am sure it will be pretty fun. See next update for the Press Release and Results
Meet the woman who is running the entire Tour de France route
26-year-old American Zoe Romano is undertaking a remarkable quest to run the 2,000-mile route of the Tour de France in just nine weeks in an extraordinary test of endurance.
Planning to cover around 30 miles a day, the distance is punishing enough – but the Tour’s route includes numerous brutal climbs which means Romano will tackle the equivalent of running up Mount Everest more than three times.
“It’s the Tour, known as one of the world’s toughest races, and it has so much history and pride behind it,” she told ESPNW. “To do it on my own as a runner, I figured that would really test me and what I conceived to be my physical limitations.”
Romano is running for the World Paediatric Project, and it is probably a fair indicator of the scale of her challenge that she has raised more than £80,000.
Romano is no stranger to endurance running – she has run from California on the west coast of the US to South Carolina on the east in the last couple of years.
And more than halfway through her challenge in France, all is going according to plan, despite not enjoying the creature comforts of luxury hotels that riders on this year’s Tour would benefit from.
Romano began in Nice on May 18, and plans to finish her journey in Paris on July 20 – one day before the Tour de France’s peloton arrive on the Champs Elysees at the end of the 100th edition of the race
Do Visit Zoe’s Sponsor page at Zoe’s goes Running
Every year I look forward to doing this run, I have met many friends who I have met when I am “Training” for this event more than running the event itself., I am sure you will bump into me when you are training for this, as the event will take place in the trails of Macritchie Reservoir along Upper Thomson Road. You are bound to see familiar face every weekend or even weekday so a smile or even a high will suffice for sure.
Unless you are the terminator type of a runner where you just run and look down at the trails without even looking up with your arms swinging side by side slicing the air, well terminator or not do sign up and join the fun. Race details is as follow
The North Face 100® wants you to run further than you ever have in 2013!
Promoting the genuine spirit of exploration since its kick-start in 2008, The North Face 100® has become the most well-received and anticipated distance trail running series in the region. Whether you are an aspiring trail running beginner or a seasoned racer looking for new challenges, unparalleled experience is offered in each competition of this region’s largest trail running series.
Break all boundaries and Never Stop ExploringTM.
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Venue : The exact race route will be kept confidential until a few weeks prior to the event. The route will be a mixture of trail, road, gravel, clay, stone tracks that will pass by the Central Nature Reserve, Mandai, Woodlands and Bukit Timah.
Date & Timing : Event Date :4-5 October 2013 (Fri night 10pm – Sat night 6pm)
The timings below are merely indicative and can only be confirmed 1 month prior to race day after approvals from stakeholders and authorities are obtained.
- 100km – Start 10pm Fri, cut-off 20hrs (6pm Sat)
- 50km – Start 5am Sat, cut-off 9hrs (2pm)
- 25km – Start 6.30am Sat, cut-off 4.5hrs (11am)
- 13km – Start 9am Sat, cut-off 2.5hrs (11.30am)
- Enabled (8km) – Start 9.30am, cut-off 4.5hrs (2pm)
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Running in Ultra Marathon is definitely not easy, running a marathon itself is not easy, as people say respect the distance and I surely believe in that phrase. Here are 5 lies that you will hear from runners wanting to do Ultra
1. I can’t run an ultra yet—I’m not in my best shape.
I’ve seen some epic love handles and beer bellies cross the finish line at several ultras. And although not all runners are visibly out of shape, many do have a target area that is far from perfect—flabby bits or underdeveloped muscles. If you’re waiting to be in the best shape of your life, you will never run an ultra. (Remember there is always Fat Fit)
Running with extra weight is far from easy, whether it is bulky muscle weight or fat. But weight has almost no effect on your potential to cross the finish line. This finish line is about mental strength and raw determination. Don’t worry about achieving perfect fitness. The more you run ultras, the more your body will adapt to running ultras. Then before you know it, your body will be perfect for…running ultras
I myself is far from having those chiseled abs or a body close to model or godlike, I am just any regular Joe on the street.
2. If I’m running in the back of the pack, I’m in the wrong training group.
Many runners are embarrassed or ashamed to bring up the rear, to the point that they will switch training groups. But I’m not here to impress anyone—I’m here to get better, and I want to do it as fast as possible within my own time limits, In a race or any given race I am my own challenge.
Struggling to keep up with a strong group is how I’ve grown. Fast. I’ve picked up tips and invaluable knowledge that might have taken me years to learn otherwise, and it also keeps me extremely humble. I have ran with people faster and also I have run with people who are just picking up running.
Obviously there’s a limit—you don’t want people waiting forever for you to catch up. But your own common sense and/or pride will prevent you from hitting any extremes. I’m referring to runners who are only a few minutes behind the second-last person, assume the group is too fast for them, and leave.
I want people in front of me, driving me forward. I want to be friends with people who can kick my ass any day of the week, who are better trained, and have more experience. The rewards are far better in last place than in first. There is tremendous opportunity to advance. The day I’m the best runner is the day that I didn’t learn anything.
3. I’m too old to start running ultras.
Age in ultra running means grace, wisdom, and respect. You are admired and consulted for advice. If you watch an older ultra runner, there is a calm and carefree aura around them. It’s like they know every step of every trails, what’s underneath every rock, and the location of every bug.
Their sense of direction is inhumanly sharp, and you get the feeling that if you were to ditch them in the middle of nowhere on the other side of the world, they would run back and ring your doorbell in about a week. Other sports cut you off after a certain age. In this sport, you become a legend.
4. After I finish an ultra, everyone will admire and praise me.
The runners who give off a vibe of “Hey, look at me!” generally don’t stick with ultras. This is because if your goal is social acceptance and praise, there are much easier ways to get it.
When you run a marathon, all your non-running family and friends think you’re a superstar. They might meet you at the finish line, talk about you with pride, and tell you how awesome you are. Come on for crying out loud, why do people want social acceptance when running ultra, like I said in point 2.. we are our own challenge. I race myself to better my time and nothing more.
To me running an Ultra is more like a spiritual journey and pushing my mental ability, I tell my tri group buddies that running ultra is nothing but a few more clicks down the road, and yes they have all signed up for the TMBT 2013. All five of us will be running it and I am so glad.
5. It doesn’t appear that anyone else is struggling as much as I am. I must not belong.
The ultra distance is hard to get your mind around. That’s why people give ultra runners puzzled looks. But once you break down that wall, run your first ultra, run your second ultra, and then realize you’re hooked—all those lies you believed about yourself are exposed. And it’s easier to see yourself as you really are—strong, courageous, and able.
Well anyway Happy New Year again, This weekend bike and run for the first week of the year ! hope you are all having a blast
Train Hard, Race Harder
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Race Pack Collection at Novena: Velocity Mall
As usual the race pack collection is held one week before the race, and as usual I will give my low down on the goodies given to participants. After my usual weekend swim I headed down to Novena at about 2pm hoping that there wont be any crowd and true enough there wasn’t any.
If you notice the registration staff is wearing the ultra bright neon green race t. I was asking the guy in the pic, lets swap T when he is done cause I wanted the neon green cause I do run a fair bit in the night and it would be very helpful for me. (the color reminds me of Saucony ViziPro)
This was the first time, the race map was printed full page on the race booklet, if you can see the person holding it. 100k, 50k, 25k and the 15k all clearly indicated in it. Not sure how accurate it would be.
So whats in the Bag you ask ?
- Menshealth Magazine
- Suunto brochures
- Active discount vouchers
- SFI Warehouse brochure
- TNF100 race directory
- TNF100 race course Map
- Gu Chomps
- Active muscle rub
- Jacob “Original” biscuit
- Viartril-S 500 capsules
- 2 Toms Blister prevention
- SingGourmet “Ready Made Rendang Sauce” (not what I expect in a TNF100 race pack)
The only highlight of the race pack and saviour was the Running T and Race Bib, which I deem is pretty much decent.
Are you into Trail Running? Well if you are, you definitely heard of the 4 kings of Trail running, if not I have listed them below:
1) Killian Jornet
2) Hal Koerner
3) Geoff Roes
and my favourite
4) Anton Krupicka whom I got the honors to run with, when he was in Singapore a while back (read the post here)
and now imagine this, as (more…)
You say Marathon was hard ? what about Ultra Marathon? those that goes beyond 100km, Call em Crazy, but what about UltraMiler? not sure if they are the same but I guess not cause once they call it mile its not in the km anymore you gotta x 1.6 to it and so you call yourself a Ultramiler,
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners.
Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit”
- George Sheehan
So who is Anton you say ? he is the