Participants eager to get a head start at the flag off for the Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2013. (Photo by Alan Gwee)
The widely anticipated annual Swissotel Vertical Marathon returned with a larger pool of participants. Swissôtel The Stamford
was abuzz with folks
coming from all walks of life as they gathered and participated in the annual
vertical marathon on the 24th of November 2013. This is the 26th
year of the event since it’s inauguration in 1987.
sturdy and towering at a height of 226 meters, the hospitality icon boasts a
whopping 73 storeys high which is equivalent to 1,336 steps. Since its
inception, it has been deemed as ‘Asia’s most grueling Vertical Marathon’.
completion of the marathon, participants were greeted by the skyline of
Singapore’s Central Business District when they arrived at the helipad, the end
point of the race.
were mainly categorized by their age and gender; other categories include the
‘Buddies & Besties Challenge’ and the ‘Sunrise Team Challenge’.
We usually think of marathon runners as young and robust, but Mr Teo Chuan Hock
has definitely corrected that perception.
Mr Teo Hock Chuan ending the marathon with a
smile on his face as he holds his medal proudly. (Photo by Lawrence Ang)
Mr Teo, a bank operations officer, celebrated his 77th birthday a
day before the marathon. He is the oldest participant. Decked in sports attire, he
looked sharp and definitely not any less sporty than the younger partakers.
who has been actively exercising since he was 17 years old has taken part in a
wide range of marathons and some of his track records include the Standard
Chartered Marathon, Army Half Marathon by SAFRA and the Passion Run by People’s
revealed to us that he exercises one to two hours daily in the form of jogging or
taking brisk walks and started to condition himself three months prior the yearly
challenge by conquering the flight of stairs that comprises of 60 steps at an
overhead bridge that is situated at Simei Park thrice a week.
must realize that exercising will benefit only if they keep going, not
otherwise. Like myself, I realized it will benefit as long as I keep on going.
And I can enjoy my life, like at this age I can still move around, and
eat whatever I wish to eat,” says Mr Teo who is a firm believer of the concept
Mr Teo cited himself as a living example of
his belief that exercising is beneficial. “To be very frank with you, I don’t
fall sick easily. I don’t see doctors often. I can assure you that you won’t
find my name in the patient records of clinics that are in Simei (where he is
vertical challenge came to a close with a prize presentation ceremony and Mr
Teo was conferred the award of being the oldest participant. After he received
the award the crowd sang him a belated birthday song which was indeed