PUMA Night Run Singapore Post Race Review
PUMA Night Run Singapore 2015 have concluded and what night it was, the haze stayed for the night and everything was just beautiful, the sky was clear and a crisp of clear breeze just keeps blowing gently on the runners at the Marina Barrage venue, not here to talk about the weather but that’s about it anyway
Most of you want to know how did PUMA did for the 2nd year running the event in Singapore as PUMA Night run events are BIG in TAIWAN and KOREA, especially Taiwan (think loads of … wait .. sea of people. Pic below was from PUMA Taiwan 2014)
The interesting course brought us around the scenic view of Marina Bay which highlights beautiful CBD skyline along the course, the course pic below was pretty good with little or no bottleneck except for the one after 6km but that is to be expected because of construction works as well as its a Park Connector. Other than that you can literally blast your way through the course.
Just so you know I had to run a steady pace and not blow my main even which is happening next week in Osaka, so all I could do is just hold my pace at 6min through out and be discipline about it. My polar timing came in at 1hour exactly and it recorded an average pace of 6min/km (how’s that for discipline) it’s a training just when I needed it, my only concern is how my average HR stayed at 171 which is not my usual of 160bpm through out 20km courses (Blame it on the haze)
There was three water point serving out just water and not energy drink, which is sufficient for a 10k event. The volunteers at all the water point must have been trained at Ironman event because they were passing the drinks while running with the runners.
I have to say this is the first time I ever seen a Pin for Medal, Think “Medal Of Honor” really cute and innovative guys.
Once runners arrive on the start point, you will be greeted with all the booth lighted up just like would at some out door concert event, maybe even better cause of the purple and green laser light dancing all around,
the atmosphere was electric and you can bet people are queuing up at photobooth, HIC drink booth and even the delicious DoSiRak. There was DJ and celebrity all around the PUMA event for your to gawk, as in Taiwan there are many pretty girls and hot hunks to eye candy similiar to Korea (let me cover it live next year for both city and I will let you know)
Defending his title, Thomas Kiprotich topped the Men’s Open category with an impressive time of 33 minutes 57 seconds. Kennedy Kyule Matolo came in just seconds behind with a respectable 34 minutes and 12 seconds followed by Suresh Tilija in third place, with a time of 36 minutes 30 seconds). Finishing above the rest in the Women’s Open Catergory was Cheryl Chan, who crossed the finishing line with a time of 44 minutes, with Anna Helowicz Hebrich coming in second at 44 minutes and 49 seconds and Marsh Rebek Ah Karen Patrica in third position with a time of 46 minutes 16 seconds.
Totally loving it, would not miss events like this because it’s one of those events where you don’t need to wake up early in the AM, the place was electrifying filled with runners pumped up for the event, Imagine the runners even did a pre-warm up sponsored by True Fitness. Baggage handling had no problems and you could just drop and pick it up without a hitch. Bet my last dollar you will see me running for 2016. In the meanwhile train smart and run hard.