Participants in action during the Ultra Aquathlon at Changi Beach Park on October 16, 2016 in Singapore. Photo: Sport Singapore
Despite gloomy weather conditions, the third Ultra Aquathlon on early Sunday morning, drew about 600 participants, including several others from countries such as Australia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
This year's event featured five different race categories, with swim and run distances adjusted accordingly to suit competitive and casual participants.
For newcomers and young children aged eight and above who wanted to give the sport a go, a ‘Dash’ category was introduced and it featured a 300-metre swim and two-kilometre run.
Germans Steffen Pfeifer and Jennifer Zenker were the biggest winners of the day, bagging the top spot in the open category for men and women respectively.
Pfeifer was the only participant to finish the category in under two hours, clocking a time of 1:55:08, more than eight minutes ahead of runner-up Dane Cantwell of New Zealand.
A participant smiling for the cameras. Photo: Sport Singapore
For Pfeifer and Zenker, victory was clear from the start as they distanced themselves from the pack early in the race.
In the youth category, local Dennis Lim claimed the top spot for men in 2:10:56. Briton Martin Reynolds led the male veterans in 2:17:38 while Tanaka Itsuko of Japan topped the females category with 2:17:55.
“The Ultra Aquathlon is actually very well-organised compared to the other competitions around,” said Ivan Tan, who took part in the standard relay category with his friends and teammates from Singapore Institute of Management’s Aquathlon club.
The conditions did not stop this participant, nor any of the other participants from around the world. Photo: Sport Singapore
“The presence of proper accredited technical officials from the International Triathlon Union makes the event a whole lot better in terms of organisation and structure, and that allowed us to compete without worry.”
While lamenting that the venue was a little out of the way, the 25-year-old was glad and added: “The venue choice was one further away from crowds and that helped take away distractions from the race routes, especially during the run.”