The participants were able to run with no hindrances, thanks to the Duathlon location at Changi Exhibition Centre. (Photo by Full Circle PR)
Nearly 400 participants, including Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mayor, North East District rose to the challenging of completing the first-ever KM Duathlon – Singapore’s most challenging Duathlon thus far.
Organising by Infinitus Productions, the inaugural KM Duathlon consisted of running and cycling over two distances – the KM60 and the KM30 categories. The KM60 saw participants complete a 10km run, followed by a 40km cycle down Changi Coastal Drive, and ending with another 10km run. The KM30 category is half the distance at 5km-20km-5km. Participants could also opt to partner with a buddy for the KM60 Relay.
Held at Changi Exhibition Centre, the intimate race settings meant that the participants were able to complete their race without much obstruction and achieve a good timing.
Clifford Scott, aged 31, winner of the KM60 (Male) who completed the race in 02:28:53 commented: “This is definitely one of the most challenging race due to the distance and the heat. The key of the race is to pace yourself and keep your heart rate down. It is a very well-organised race, the smaller numbers was great on the bike especially, with lesser cyclists on route, it is thus much safer too.”
Mr Clifford Scott, who won the KM60 (Male), says that the Duathlon was one of the challenging races that he had participated in. (Photo by Full Circle PR)
Local personalities Kelly Latimer, Claire Jedrek, and Cheryl Tay were among the participants and took part in the KM60 Relay. Combining efforts for the first time, the ladies took part in the KM60 to raise funds for Children-at-Risk Empowerment (CARE) Association Singapore (www.care.sg). The ladies raised $2,150 through GiveAsia and in support of the ladies’ efforts, Mr Teo generously matched the amount donated while organiser, Infinitus Productions, contributed a further S$2,500, resulting in the total amount of S$6,800 raised for CARE.
“We are really happy with the generosity by the public, Mr Teo and the organiser. The funds raised were higher than expected and we are glad we could help CARE with our little efforts. And the race was really good, runners were encouraging each other on the way, and the volunteers were awesome, they kept cheering us on route,” said Claire, who was the final runner of the ladies relay team.
A total amount of S$6,800 was raised for Children-at-Risk Empowerment (CARE) Association Singapore. (Photo by Full Circle PR)
Participants were also treated to a premium pre and post-race experience; where organisers pampered all participants with complimentary full body massages, chilled towels, light bites and cold beer, in addition to the special delivery of race packs to all participants prior to the race.
“Being an avid endurance athlete, I’ve always yearned for a complete race experience,” said Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions, who participated in the relay along with Mr Teo. “I put myself in the shoes of a participant and raced today. I am proud to say my team has delivered a premium experience. Other than providing a safe and wonderful experience enroute, the post-race experience also ensured all participants ended the race on a sweet note. I trust (the) participants enjoyed the race as much as I did and will be keen to join us for KM Duathlon again next year!”