REBEKAH ONG – You may have seen them running around Singapore or other parts of the world with their distinctive logo tees – a circle encompassing an adidas logo at the top with the letters AR in the middle capping off with the wordings adidas runners.
adidas Runners is an international community comprising runners and active individuals from different backgrounds and all walks of life. What unites them is a desire to become better – better runners, better athletes and, ultimately, better persons. Here in Singapore, the adidas Runners have a team which does just that!
THE SINGAPORE AR CREW
Led by Coach Jon Fong an athlete who used to compete at the elite level in both swimming and triathlon and has received many Singapore National Olympic Committee awards during his sporting career. Jon plans the training program for the team which includes lots of strength, endurance, and speed work. He is supported by a team of captains (Eugene Lim and Sofie Chandra ), co-captains (Hubert Chen & Sherlynn Tan) and the AR Running Crew who will motivate and lead the group through these planned workouts/ runs.
I have been running with this group since last year April and I really enjoyed the guidance, support, motivation and inspiration this group offers. Here are some other reasons why I enjoy running with the adidas Runners Singapore.
The adidas Runners programme is designed to help runners like you and me train smarter and take our fitness level up a notch or two. Through consistent training and supervision from AR’s experienced team of coaches and experts, you’ll see improvements in your fitness as well as timings by the end of the programme.
Weekly runs are held at different locations earmarked by adidas stores like Marina Bay Sands, Vivocity and Suntec City. These different venues and routes provide different kinds of experience for the training runs. The fact that we also get to explore different routes make the runs more varied and interesting!
THEMED RUN EVENTS
During new product launches, there would be a special events to promote the new product. This year I attended the launch of the adidas Ultraboost 19 where adidas teamed up with District to bring us the adidas Recode Running Festival. Participants got to race around the Marina Bay, Fort Canning and Singapore River with the District app aiming to score maximum points from a grid made up of 38 checkpoints and 21 challenges! You can read more about this event here.
One of their more recent events was just held on 9 June, 2019. Dubbed ‘Run for the Oceans’, the event is the product of a partnership between adidas and Parley (an environmental organization) which aims to raise the awareness of the threat of marine plastic by getting runners to track their runs and distance with the Runtastic running app. The event was held at the Greek Theatre at the Singapore flyer. There, adidas also introduced the new AlphaBounce + Run PARLEY Shoes.
SPECIAL WORKOUT SESSIONS
Besides running, there are other special workshops that the group organizes like rhythm cycling, Pilates, gym sessions etc. These special sessions provide a variety of workouts which keeps things interesting for members of the group.
INFORMATION ON AR RUNS
adidas Runners sessions are held weekly. Registration for these sessions are compulsory and given that they are so popular, it is not uncommon for participants to ballot for a slot. More information can be found on their Facebook Group – adidas Runners Singapore.
Photo credits: adidas Runners Singapore
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