SUNDOWN ULTRA MARATHON RETURNS WITH RECORD NUMBER OF RUNNERS (Press Release)
SUNDOWN ULTRA MARATHON RETURNS WITH RECORD NUMBER OF RUNNERS AND NEW SINGAPOREAN RECORD IN INDIVIDUAL MEN’S 100KM EVENT
Introduction of new team categories allow more running enthusiasts to be part of this unique ultra marathon event
(Singapore, 15 September 2013) – Singapore’s much-anticipated and largest ultra marathon is back with a bang with a record crowd of more than 2,000 runners being flagged off at the Marina Barrage for the 100km running event.
To cap off the record breaking numbers at the latest edition of Singapore’s premier ultra marathon event, this year also saw the individual male winner complete the grueling 100km race in a new Singaporean record timing of 9:05:34 to enter the record books as the fastest-ever local finisher over the distance.
33-year-old teacher Wong Hoong Wei’s winning time smashed the previous Singaporean record set in 2011 during the last edition by more than seven minutes. Then, Ewin Teo set a time of 9:12:53 to finish third during the first Sundown Ultra Marathon to be held over 100km. The three previous editions before 2011 were held over 84km.
Said an elated Wong, who competed in the 2011 race in what was his first attempt at the 100km: “The experience has helped a lot. I did not expect to come in first so I feel really surprised. I was just hoping to do my best and beat my previous timing. Now I just want to go home and tell my wife I won!”
The much awaited fifth edition of the Sundown Ultra Marathon is returning this year after a one-year hiatus and took runners though a scenic route from Marina Barrage to Marina Bay Golf Course and the eastern tracks of Singapore, including East Coast Park and the Changi International Airport with the U-turn point at the end of Changi Coast Road.
Family and friends of participants, along with members of the public, rejoiced in the many activities 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.
With three pit stops located along the 100KM race route, runners were treated to a wide array of drinks and food to keep them hydrated and fueled throughout their ardous running journey. The cherry on the cake for those triumphant runners came in the form of a well-deserved buffet spread, specially catered for by the race organisers.
To increase the mass appeal of this seemingly impossible challenge, race organisers gave the ultra marathon a different spin: Categories “Team of 4” and “Team of 2” were created to allow more runners to participate in the 100km journey through a relay format where the distance were shared equally among the group members. The inspired change allowed running fanatics the opportunity to rope in friends and family members, getting them involved in what is usually a solo pursuit.
When the dust settled, it was Team New Balance, which emerged triumphant in the “Team of 4” with a time of 6:52:01. In the individual women 100km event, the title went to first time participant Jenny Huang, 40, who completed the race in a time of 10:38:09. The top local female finisher was Sumiko Tan just under 12 hours.
Catching her breath after the race Huang said, “The race was really good especially the bike pacers, who encouraged me during the last 20km. What got me through the pain was thinking about my Dad who passed away last year and trying to impress my kids with my achievements.”
Besides the coveted winner’s trophies and bragging rights to the top ultra marathoners in Singapore, both male winner Wong and his female counterpart also took home the top prize of $500 cash and other products and vouchers from sponsors New Balance, Polar and Seiko.
“We are very pleased to see the record turnout for the Sundown Ultra Marathon despite the tough nature of the 100km challenge,” said Adrian Mok, Managing Director of organisers HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd. “It was fantastic to see the record timing by a Singaporean as well this year, particularly by such a margin.
“With the increased popularity of distance running in Singapore, we know that by introducing the team categories, more runners can be part of this joyous occasion. Also in the pipeline are plans to expand into the international sporting calendar by creating more Sundown Marathon events in the region, giving more runners the chance to experience the charm of running at night.“
Sundown Ultra Marathon Results
100km Male Individual
1. Wong Hoong Wei, 33 Singapore 9:05:34
2. Wong Kam Cheong, 36 Hong Kong 9:16:26
100km Female Individual
1. Jenny Huang USA 10:38:09
2. Sumiko Tan Singapore 11:54:14
Team of 4 – Male
Winner : Team New Balance
Time : 6:52:01.11
1st runner : Colin Tung, 26
2nd runner : Leo Jian Yong, 23
3rd runner : Muhammad Shah Feroz, 29, Physical Education Teacher
4th runner : Marcus Ong, 26, ICT Specialist
Team of 4 – Mixed
Winner : The Flying Doctors
Time : 7:09:08.17
1st runner : Lim Baoying, 31
2nd runner : Joshua Li, 26
3rd runner : Derek Li Shi An, 31
4th runner : Foo Gen Lin, 30
Team of 4 – Female
Winner : MF Tinkles
Time : 8:36:07.96
1st runner : Ng Qianyi, 27
2nd runner : Chen Zhilei, 28
3rd runner : Yvonne Yeo Bee Guat,38
4th runner : Stella Lee, 38
For more information and official results, please visit www.sundownmarathon.com.
photos to HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd