ONEathlete “can’t wait” at Sundown Marathon 2018

20 May 2018 – The night race in its 11th edition, had 25,500 runners mentally fixed that ‘sleep can wait’, but our wolf pack differed. Finishing the race fast to get to sleep fast was a motivation.

After a less than satisfactory race performance few weeks ago, ONEathlete Banjamin Quek comes back strongly with an outstanding 2nd-place finish in the Sundown Marathon 2018 10km race (Local Men) with a time of 38:18.

We caught up with Banjamin after the race, donned in his Under Armour matt black singlet and stylish blue racer shoes. He knew he had finished 5th overall and so, “It was quite a pleasant surprise to know that I ended up 2nd in my category. Heading into this race, there was definitely an element of wanting to prove myself and overcome my last disappointing performance. That’s why this comeback race was a very satisfying one at that!”

The 26-year old full-time athlete added that “the 10.7km course was admittedly challenging with lots of sharp turns. However, the organisers have stepped up to the challenge this year and is probably why the event attracted more overseas runners this year”

Also running a 10km, shortly after flagging it off, was Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Baey Yam Keng. The endearingly dubbed ‘Selfie MP’ is also an avid runner.

In the half-marathon distance, 3rd-place SCSM 2017 finisher Evan Chee, and top Singaporean male finisher at the 2017 Kona Ironman World Championship Ben Ooi, were believed to have finished overall 12th and 18th position, with a time of 1 hour 27min and 1 hour 31min respectively.

Crossing the finish line despite combating some digestive troubles during the race, Evan was satisfied on the note that it was a good lead up run to his upcoming Gold Coast Airport Marathon. In what was otherwise, a competitive category, the top positions were swiped by our overseas performance athletes.

With that, all 3 #ONEathlete representatives finished within top 10 in their respective categories to round off an action-packed weekend for ONEathlete!

As the adage goes – luck comes to those who are prepared to seize it. For someone who’ve had to work as consistently and twice as hard like Banjamin, his results this early morning proves that success is where discipline and opportunity meets. Banja’s days sometimes stretches as long as 14 hours with two training sessions before and after his work as a tutor. The drive and commitment Banjamin continues to pour into his passion for running shows that winning is a simple choice, just not simply made.

Banjamin admitted that he struggled in the closing kilometers of the race, when his legs began to cramp so he switched his focus from getting a fast time to getting his body to the finish line. His mental strategy to ‘tune-out’ from the hurt and hone in on what he has control over has served him well in many races, including this.

Banjamin’s courage and resilience in not quitting has written a new chapter in a story that is not defined by how far he has come or how high he has climbed!

So once again, congratulations to ONEathlete runners, as well as to all finishers at this morning’s event!

P/s: Special shoutout to the beautiful Kelly Latimer for running from start point, to finish point to main race village and all over again a few times, to emcee the night event!!

Getting fit, bit more easy now!

7 New dope features you will find on Fitbit Versa™ 

Live your best life with Fitbit Versa™— an all-day health and fitness watch that lasts 4+ days and uses personalised insights, music & more to help you reach your goals


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1) Easy access dashboard & customisable interface (Image: Fitbit)

Versa features a redesigned dashboard for easy access to your most important health and fitness data, bringing what you could previously only find in our mobile app to your wrist. Swipe up from the clock face to see daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, current and resting heart rate, exercise summaries started on Versa, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance. Swipe right to left in each tile to see additional data and summaries.

Choose from a wide variety of apps and clock faces in the Fitbit App Gallery from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs and popular brands; with 550+ apps and clock faces available, those you know and love from Ionic are being added regularly for Versa users, with 100s expected by general availability.

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2) Customise your strap 

Match your own personal style or activity with Versa’s unique accessory bands. These sleek, swim-ready bands are available in peach, gray, black, periwinkle and white. You don’t have to worry about wearing something too similar to your co-worker.

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3)  Have a guided workout and track your heart rate 24/7 (Image: Fitbit)

Versa has a personal trainer right on your wrist called Fitbit Coach. Out of the box, the Coach app includes three on-device workouts with step-by-step instructions, including: 10 Minute Abs, 7 Minute Workout, and Warm It Up.

Versa’s PurePulse® heart rate tracking has the same enhancements during exercise as Fitbit Ionic, allowing you to see real-time heart rate zones, better measure calorie burn throughout the day, and view resting heart rate. With the new on-device dashboard on Versa and Ionic, view your 7-day resting heart rate trends directly on your wrist. PurePulse® heart rate also powers other key features like Sleep Stages, Cardio Fitness Level (VO2Max), and Relax guided breathing sessions.

These indicators will then give you an indication of your fitness and lifestyle! Need to validate with your boss when you are stressed? You have a pal now! (Just kidding, as you get fitter, you will be more productive than ever before!) 

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4) Wear it to count your swim laps (Image: Pexels)

Versa is water-resistant up to 50 meters so you can wear it in the bath, ocean or rain. Enable a swim workout and view real-time laps, duration and calories burned on your wrist. It’s okay if you wore it to your shower during the morning rush to work! Just remember to take it out periodically to prevent skin irritations and get it charged of course!

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5) Track your run and connect to the GPS on your phone (Image: Fitbit)

Utilizes your smartphone’s GPS to more precisely track your pace, distance, and speed; will automatically track your runs and connect to the GPS on your phone (if it is nearby) so you receive real-time heart rate, pace, distance, elevation climbed and split times; auto-pauses when you stop or need to take a break. Connected GPS is turned on by default for running and biking.

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6) Be in tune with your music (Image: Fitbit)

Store and play more than 300 songs from your personal music collection, download your favorite stations from Pandora, or your own curated playlists as well as Flow from Deezer6 right on your device. Simply connect a pair of wireless headphones, such as Fitbit Flyer™, and start listening to phone-free music. New subscribers will get a 1 month free trial from Pandora and a 3 month free trial from Deezer.

 

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7) Get challenged and connected (Image: Fitbit)

Challenge yourself to set and accomplish step, distance, active minutes, exercise, hydration, calorie and weight goals in the account section of the Fitbit app.

Join a Daily or Weekly Challenge for extra motivation and support; or race your friends on an Adventure Race through Macritchie Reservoir; or challenge yourself to a virtual Solo Adventure in Raffles Place. Cheer or taunt your friends with the Fitbit Leaderboard app on your wrist.

Connect with friends, family and groups of like-minded individuals so you can find added support and inspiration to reach your health and fitness goals. In the Fitbit App, click on the Community tab and then use the toggle bar at the top to switch between Feed, Friends and Groups.


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Why Core Collective is not (just) a gym for you

Gym /dʒɪm/ noun – A place that provides specialized facilities to improve and maintain physical fitness and health.
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The brainchild of Michelle Yong, director of the Aurum Group behind co-working space Collision 8, Core Collective is more than just a gym. A first-of-its-kind collaborative community space, Core Collective aims to change and re-define how we think about health and fitness. Fitness and wellness enthusiasts like you and me, who CC refers to as members, are placed at the center of a supportive community of like-minded health practitioners and wellness entrepreneurs. Through the Academy, these professionals (residents) will also provide education for members and other residents to expand their knowledge or even qualify to become practitioners of their own.

Instead of hot desks and conference rooms, you’ll find treatment beds and consultation rooms, a fully equipped gym with a functional training area, specialised studios for yoga and pilates, as well as a boxing ring for MMA training. You can learn ballet from instructor Evelyn Wong, pilates from Amy Van Dooremalen and Muay Thai from Vincent Chew. There are also physical therapy rooms and consultation spaces where you can engage resident doctors, nutritionists and therapists such as chiropractor Kevin Tomassini, physiotherapist Shern Lim and nutritionist Caoimhe M Smyth.


As a preview of what it has to offer, Core Collective organised a media preview and then a launch party on 23 March and it was a full-house event packed with fitness and wellness enthusiasts and representatives. And RunONE didn’t miss out on the fun!

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What a turnout at the Core Collective media preview event on 23 March! Spot local celebrities Paul Foster and Liv Lo in the group! 

The launch started with a media-only ‘Treat & Train’ programme where in-house professionals offered their insights on chiropractic and nutrition advice, as well as training sessions conducted by trainers such as calisthenics, pilates and zuuga (a bodyweight exercise that combines yoga with intensive primal moves).

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Core Collective founder, Michelle Yong, giving a warm welcome to the invited guests at the evening launch party! 

The event then kicked into a second gear as we headed into the evening, with the launch party hosted by Liv Lo. Core Collective founder, Michelle Yong, kicked off the night with a warm welcome to the guests before we were all treated to ring-side seats for the live boxing exhibition match, featuring 2018 Straits Times Athlete Of The Year nominee Muhamad Ridhwan. Amongst the guest were also former/current national water polo players and athletes!

We also got to sample a wide spread of healthy bites by Hic Juice, Do-sirak and Grain Traders amongst others, while checking out the gorgeously decked-out rest and recovery rooms. The evening ended on a high with a blacklight party where trainers guided us to ‘dance’ to aerobic moves, armed with luminous light sticks and 2 left foot (for most of us).


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The Core Collective Team

Core Collective is equipped with a range of world-class fitness and wellness facilities. The space is decked out with a dash of modern yet playful chic, with neon-lit messages along corridor walkways that greet you with positive vibes that urge you to “make it count”. Although admittedly it could be a little hard to do so when you’re working the sprints on the indoor Astro Turf, with a sprawling full-length window view overlooking the CBD and expansive marina.

Just 3 minutes’ walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT, Core Collective is officially open

Gold Coast is the place to be in 2018!

First published on The Straits Times

EXCERPT: National marathoner Mok Ying Ren ran the GCM in 2011 and 2013. It was in the latter race that he set a then-personal best of 2hr 26min 30sec to qualify for the 2013 SEA Games, which he went on to win.

 

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Mok Ying Ren running at Gold Coast in 2013, where he qualified for SEA Games 2013, eventually going on to win Singapore’s first SEA Games Marathon Gold Medal. 

 

Describing the route as “largely flat with some rolling hills towards the end of the race”, the 29-year-old doctor waxed lyrical about the experience.

“It has a much cooler and less humid climate compared to Singapore and provides that extra boost to runners aiming for a personal best,” said the double SEA Games gold medallist.

The ONEathlete also had some advice for those who have signed up: “This coastal marathon is prone to having some cross winds along the coast especially towards the end so be prepared for some wind.

“But it gets warm quickly as the run goes on, so do run light in normal singlets and shorts but wear an extra shirt that you can dispose off when the race starts.”

For full article, pls see http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/st-run-sign-up-for-1845km-category-by-april-30-and-stand-a-chance-to-win-a-trip-to-gold-coast

Performance (series) is back!

After attracting participants from more than 60 nationalities in 2016 and 2017,  The Performance Series is now bringing the #TranscendYourself spirit back in 2018!

Just as the money you spent on that new pair of running shoe wasn’t saved overnight, running is a process that requires motivation, determination and strong spirit. Only through consistent training and commitment, can we transcend into better, faster and stronger runners.

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“#TranscendYourself means the ability to constantly improve your quality of life through the development of total wellness – which includes the integration of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being,” – Liu Zhiyong, founder of The Performance Series.

As a new initiative in 2018, the Organiser has also initiated a “Share Your #TranscendYourself Story. Spread Positivity.” campaign whereby participants get to share their fitness journey to motivate others to get active and stay healthy. The top-voted Male or Female inspirational ambassador will walk away with S$1,000 cash each.

Spanning Singapore and Malaysia’s iconic landmarks, TPS will be hosting a total of 9 races, with distances of 5 and 10km in Singapore and an additional 21km category in Malaysia. TPs-Singapore will kick off with Punggol Waterway (22 April), Pasir Ris (24 June), Bedok Reservoir (5 August) and ending with the finale at East Coast Park (14 October).

National marathoner Ashley Liew will also be taking part in the 5km race category on 22 April. Ashley, who just finished the Tokyo marathon just weeks ago, has his eyes set on improving upon his performance in the 2016 series!

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As the first of its kind, TPS is leading the way in encouraging runners, be it leisure or competitive, to have a schedule of races to work towards and progress along with the series. In return, TPS hopes to help advocate fitness and health as a part of an ongoing lifestyle. TPS is also bringing the concept #BackToBasics in 2018. As with all journeys, in sports and in life, a strong foundation is the basis for greater things ahead and TPS hopes to motivate participants to focus on the fundamentals of running to improve their fitness one step at a time!

To encourage like-minded friends and active individuals to encourage one another, TPS Singapore is providing a bundle package (4 races) registration so runners can join their friends to enjoy the series at competitive rates! Upon completion of all 4 races in the series, runners can also connect the 2018 TPS medals in a way that signifies the journey they have undertaken!29064317_1962036600476722_412942273070841620_o

The Performance Series Singapore 2018 is organised by JustRunLah! and selected Community Sports Clubs, and supported by Garmin, PAssion Card, Compressport, JustConnect Media, SportStats Asia, JustRaceLah! and Qoolmart.com. The event is managed by Pink Apple. For more information, visit www.theperformanceseries.sg or https://www.fb.com/ThePerformanceSeriesSG/

So wait no more and hurry to register at https://www.theperformanceseries.sg/register/. Remember to use promo code RUNONE5OFF to get an additional 5% off!

The sun goes down, the marathon comes out!

Calling all night owls, party animals and corporate worker bees – if #sleepcanwait is your motto in life then better listen up! One of Asia’s premier city race and largest night marathon, OSIM Sundown Marathon, is returning in 2018 for its 11th edition!

Image_1“Each year we look at ways to improve and enhance the experience for both runners and supporters, and we hope to meet the challenge each time. With the return of the Race Expo and new measures introduced to shorten wait times for the Race Pack Collection process, we are streamlining the runner’s journey, allowing them to focus on the things that matter, like achieving their Personal Bests in the race and in life.” said Adrian Mok, Managing Director of HiVelocity Pte Ltd, the organiser of the Sundown Marathon.

Image_2Come 19 May, F1 Pit Building will be packed with over 30,000 participants who are expected to give the night a run for its money. Following feedback from participants last year, five improvements to the Race Pack Collection process have also been made with the collection venue returning to Suntec City.

  1. The collection venue is back at Suntec City from 10 – 13 May. Suntec City was a popular collection venue with participants in 2016 and organisers are confident that participants will have an enjoyable experience. To cater to those who are coming after work, race pack collection will be held over four days with the collection time extended by two hours from 11am to 9pm as compared to 2016!
  2. Race Pack Courier Service For up to 2,500 runners residing in Singapore, they have the choice of getting their Race Packs delivered to them for a fee of $10 from 23 April to 6 May 2018. This service is available when runners register for the race at the official event website 
  3. Faster check-in, registration and Race Pack Collection. As a first for sports events in Singapore, the OSIM Sundown Marathon will implement the ACTIVE Network® On-Site Mobile App system with dynamic bib assignments. The Mobile App is a globally-established digital activity management system used at other renowned events like Ironman Triathlons, Tough Mudder and the Hong Kong Marathon.
  4. Even faster collection with more counters. The queue process will be revamped with a total of 33 counters set up for collection on-site, as compared to 20 last year. Additional staff will be on-hand to assist with queries while queue updates will be provided on the official event Facebook page.
  5. Race Pack Q Appointment. Similar to the service provided at some banks and restaurants to manage long queues, a Fast Track service will be available for participants who prefer to pick up their race packs at a pre-determined time instead of waiting in the queue. Simply choose your preferred timing when you arrive at the queue start point and viola!

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This year there’ll also be more ways for participants and supporters to give back to the community through Sundown With Love while organisers lead by example by providing employment to members of two disabled charities – the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) and the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH).  The OSIM Sundown Marathon’s charity outreach campaign, Sundown With Love
started in 2013 with the aim to encourage the running community to raise funds for their preferred local beneficiary. This year sees collaborations with six Sundown With Love Ambassadors to raise funds for the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), Food from the Heart (FFTH), Boys’ Town, Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (OSCAS), Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) and Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA).

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To date, Sundown With Love has raised more than S$42,000 for a diverse range of charities in Singapore. This year, organisers will also continue to lead by example by hiring members of the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) to collate the race packs. In addition, the Mobile Massage team from the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) will also be hired to provide massage services to participants of the Half Marathon (21.1km) and Full- Marathon (42.195km) post-race.

As part of ONE’s continual support to foster a community of hearts and minds through meaningful contributions back to society, we are proud that Evan Chee, managed by ONEathlete, will be participating in this meaningful event for the 2nd year running (pun intended). Evan, who has recently finished 4th at his season-opening New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon, is excitedly looking forward to his next home-coming race in Singapore.

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Evan Chee finished 4th at the New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon

He will also be joined by popular fitness model and Sundown Marathon Brand Ambassador, Stephanie Bovis, who will be spreading the message of resilience, focus and determination to motivate runners to stay on track and beat the sunrise.

Starting with 6,000 runners in its inaugural race, Sundown Marathon has seen participant numbers increasing more than four times to 27,500 in 2017 across seven race categories for the four race formats (5km, 10km, 21.1km, and 42.195km). It has continued to stay inclusive and attracts runners of all fitness levels and diverse backgrounds with marathon tourists making up 15% of participants in 2017.

So hurry and sign up to be part of the #sleepcanwait warriors – remember to enjoy 5% off registration fees when you enter promo code “RUNONE5OFF“! Registration ends 15 April 2018.

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Take a little run around Singapore Town, in a NB Fresh Foam LAZR!

There are two types of people in the world – those who believe in setting new year resolutions, and those who work on them. So if you think you belong to the latter, or maybe you are just overweight with guilt from the 15 days of festive bingeing, then we have some good news for you!

New Balance has just recently released a new range of running shoes that aims to provide utmost comfort and support for athletes on the move. Aptly named Fresh Foam LAZR, the shoes were designed to give runners an extra boost by harnessing cutting-edge technology for the perfect silhouette, along with a hyposkin upper mould that fits like a glove but to your feet! The uniquely lightweight and flexible yet supportive midsole with deep flex grooves engraved with laser was also the brainchild behind the series’ name, LAZR.

 

Clockwise from top-left: (1) Mok and other NB athletes at the preview launch of NB Fresh Foam LAZR; (2) Mok ‘getting focused for more’ at Ground Zero Gym where the launch party was held; (3) Mok leading the participants during the warm-up

Before the NB Fresh Foam LAZR arrived in Singapore, NB Ambassador & National Marathoner Mok Ying Ren was joined by a lucky group of over 60 running enthusiasts and athletes for an early launch preview of the NB Fresh Foam LAZR at an exclusive launch event on 24 Feb.

The event began with a warm-up session near Clarke Quay where Mok joined the participants for a series of dynamic drills, some of which he also personally used as part of his warm-up regime, before going for a short 2km run along the scenic Singapore river. While the run had to be shortened due to the threatening skies, the cooling afternoon and refreshing route made for easy banter as runners got to know one another, and talk about their favourite topic – running (shoes)! The event also saw friends from one of the largest running group, Running Department, turn up in great anticipation and support!

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Mok (left) and Terence (right) from Running Department sharing a moment at the shoe launch

After the shake-out run, everyone adjourned back to Ground Zero Gym which saw long queues for the organic drinks and acai bowls. Judging from the joy and smiles on everyone’s face, there could hardly have been a better start to the lunar new year than this!

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Mok Ying Ren (front-left, in orange) with the participants at the launch of New Balance Fresh Foam LAZR running shoes.

 

He is no hulk, but you can run green with Banja!

Different people run for different reasons: some because they enjoy it, some because it makes them feel good, look good, keeps their complexion supple and refreshing. Others run for company, completion, or to relieve the stresses of living by feeling alive.

Returning for its 9th edition, for a worthy green cause, Income Eco Run 2018 is Southeast Asia’s premier eco-run which champions environmental conservation and aims to encourage everyone to participate in this event to show their pledge for green practices, and that all of us can, and have, a part to play in caring for our environment.

As part of ONE’s commitment to support meaningful causes for society and our environment, we are proud that Banjamin Quek, managed by ONEathlete, has partnered Income Eco Run 2018 as one of the event ambassadors. As a mechanical engineering graduate from NUS, Banjamin understands that engineered solutions are only as effective as the human heart and soul behind it. He strongly believes that if everyone understood the importance and played our part in caring for the environment, then as a community we would have a much bigger influence than any designed solution ever could.

The Run, originally known as NTUC Income RUN 350 and organised by Young NTUC, was first held in 2010 in Pulau Ubin with 1,000 runners participating for the eco cause. Over the years, the number of participants steadily grew to over 10,000 runners in 2017 with over 1,500 who opted in as zero-waste runners and saved a whopping 150kg of metal! This year, the race organisers hope to build upon their success in 2017 by bringing back the ‘zero-waste’ option for runners who wish to continue to do their part for the environment.

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Banjamin Quek, Neil Humprey, and Baldwin Choy, the ambassadors for ECO Run 2018!

In case you’re still wondering how does being a zero-waste runner help our environment, check out what ONEathlete Banjamin Quek, defending local Men’s 10km champion at the Income Eco Run, has to say!

So what are you waiting for – Join Banjamin and other zero-waste runners and warriors at Income Eco Run 2018 on 29 April 2018! Registration for the 21km, 10km individual or team, 5km fun run are open now!

Sign up now with “ECOBANJA” to enjoy early bird rates while you can and we hope to see you there!



 

First published on Straits Times on 10 April 2018

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Take part in APSN Charity Virtual Run 2018 by 15 Mar!

As a social enterprise who believes strongly in giving back to the community and supporting efforts towards fostering a caring and supportive society, we at RunONE & ONEathlete have been encouraged by the hearty responses from our partners and beneficiaries following the success of NCSS’s Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2017 and TOUCH’s Run & Raisins!

In addition, supporting our athletes and the local athletic community through the work we do at ONE, we are also always on a keen lookout for opportunities and platforms to support like-minded outreach partners that encourages and ennobles societal participation and co-creation, through the empowering spirit of sports.

From 1 Feb – 15 Mar 2018, ONE is proud to be partnering Association for People with Special Needs (APSN) who is organising the APSN Charity Virtual Run 2018 for the public to support persons with special needs to lead full and independent lives, via running to raise funds. Besides being an opportunity for participants to push the boundaries of their abilities and step out of their comfort zone, the event also aims to raise funds to support persons with special needs, challenge participants to step out of their personal comfort zone and in the process raise awareness of APSN’s cause for mild intellectual disability. 100% of event proceeds will go towards developing training and programs provided by APSN, to improve the lives of over 5,000 APSN beneficiaries and alumni.

Race registration has already started and runners stand to win attractive prizes so click here to find out more!

Another major full factor for this event is being able to take part in this event by running at any place, any time of your choice. Imagine not having to wake up at 3am to catch the race shuttle at 4am… So besides working out for a charitable cause, we really hope that this event can also help encourage some of you to kickstart an active lifestyle and start clocking the distance to do good for yourself as well as the community.

To show our commitment to this event, 6 athletes from #ONEathlete have already taken part by sharing their running shots and routes on Strava so do keep a lookout, or check out their Instagram handles below for inspiration!

Dear fellow runners and friends, @apsn.sg (Association for Persons with Special Needs) is organizing the APSN Charity Virtual Run 2018 from 1 to 28 February 2018, open to all members of the public. ・ WHAT ・ Funds raised will be channeled into improving training programmes and educational services provided by APSN, as well as reach over 5,000 beneficiaries and alumni across APSN’s four schools and centre. ・ WHY ・ To raise funds to support persons with special needs and to raise awareness of APSN’s cause for intellectual disability. Having personally volunteered at APSN before, it gives special meaning to give back once again, especially since I have been blessed in so many ways as a national athlete. By supporting the run, I hope the community will be able to celebrate the ability in individuals with disability, as well as empower them to lead fulfilling lives. ・ HOW ・ Step 1: Register for an account on www.apsn.give.asia/vr2018 and contribute $30. Step 2: Run, log your distance, time, and date on a running app. Step 3: Submit your best attempt before 28 Feb, 2359hours at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/FTRcdL2vg9rQ4wcA3 ・ Stand a chance to win prizes (eg. Apple iPhone X etc.). Find out more at http://www.apsn.org.sg/charityvr2018/. Together, we can push our limits to support persons with special needs. Thank you! ・ #ONEathlete #RunONE #APSNSG #APSNcharityVR18

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Hello there RUNNERS and FRIENDS, @apsn.sg is organising the APSN Charity Virtual Run 2018 for the public to impact the lives of people with special needs, via running to raise funds. Thought that it is really meaningful to empower the less fortunate through sports and therefore, @onemanagementsg and I are fully supporting this cause. And you can do your part too! ・ WHAT ・ Funds raised will be channelled into improving training programmes and educational services provided by APSN, and reach over 5,000 beneficiaries and alumni across our four Schools and Centre. ・ WHY ・ To raise funds to support people with special needs and to raise awareness of APSN’s cause for mild intellectual disability. ・ HOW ・ Step 1: Register for an account and on www.apsn.give.asia/vr2018. Step 2: Run! Log your distance, time and date on a running app. Step 3: Submit your best attempt before 28 Feb, 2359hours at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/FTRcdL2vg9rQ4wcA3 ・ Stand a chance to win prizes (eg. iPhone X etc). Find out more by clicking on my link in bio! Together, let us support persons with special needs to lead full and independent lives 🙏🏼😊. Thank you! 🌈🌞❤🏃🏻💛💚💙💜 Credits: @sarahhyorin #ONEathlete #RunONE #apsnsg #apsncharityvr18

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🌈🌞❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Hello fellow RUNNERS and FRIENDS, APSN (@apsn.sg) is organising the APSN Charity Virtual Run 2018 for the public to impact the lives of persons with special needs, via running to raise funds. ・ WHAT ・ Funds raised will be channelled into improving training programmes and educational services provided by APSN, and reach over 5,000 beneficiaries and alumni across our four Schools and Centre. ・ WHY ・ To raise funds to support persons with special needs and to raise awareness of APSN’s cause for mild intellectual disability. ・ HOW ・ Step 1: Register for an account and on www.apsn.give.asia/vr2018. Step 2: Run! Log your distance, time and date on a running app. Step 3: Submit your best attempt before 28 Feb, 2359hours at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/FTRcdL2vg9rQ4wcA3 ・ Stand a chance to win prizes (eg. iPhone X etc). Find out more by clicking on my link in bio! Together, let us support persons with special needs to lead full and independent lives 🙏🏼😊. Thank you! ・ ・ #ONEathlete #RunONE #apsnsg #apsncharityvr18

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Hello fellow RUNNERS and FRIENDS, APSN is organising the APSN Charity Virtual Run 2018 for the public to impact the lives of persons with special needs, via running to raise funds. ・ WHAT ・ Funds raised will be channelled into improving training programmes and educational services provided by APSN, and reach over 5,000 beneficiaries and alumni across our four Schools and Centre. ・ WHY ・ To raise funds to support persons with special needs and to raise awareness of APSN’s cause for mild intellectual disability. ・ HOW ・ Step 1: Register for an account and on www.apsn.give.asia/vr2018. Step 2: Run! Log your distance, time and date on a running app. Step 3: Submit your best attempt before 28 Feb, 2359hours at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/FTRcdL2vg9rQ4wcA3 ・ Stand a chance to win prizes (eg. iPhone X etc). Together, let us support persons with special needs to lead full and independent lives. ・ ・ #ONEathlete #RunONE #apsnsg #apsncharityvr18

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🌈🌞❤🧡💛💚💙💜 Hola fellow RUNNERS and FRIENDS, Association for Persons with Special Needs @apsn.sg is organising the APSN Charity Virtual Run 2018 for the public to impact the lives of persons with special needs, via running to raise funds. Additionally, there's some seriously sweet prizes up you could earn too.. especially if one clocks up 20km! (I wish I had such incentives too haha!!) Find out more by following the link in my bio! ・ WHAT ・ Funds raised will be channelled into improving training programmes and educational services provided by APSN, and reach over 5,000 beneficiaries and alumni across our four Schools and Centre. ・ WHY ・ To raise funds to support persons with special needs and to raise awareness of APSN’s cause for mild intellectual disability. ・ HOW ・ Step 1: Register for an account and on www.apsn.give.asia/vr2018. Step 2: Run! Log your distance, time and date on a running app. Step 3: Submit your best attempt before 28 Feb, 2359hours at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/FTRcdL2vg9rQ4wcA3 ・ Together, let us support persons with special needs to lead full and independent lives 🙏🏼😊. (and enjoy challenging ourselves on the run!) Thank you! ・ ・ #ONEathlete #RunONE #apsnsg #apsncharityvr18

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ONE Turns ONE!

While the legs and arms of athletes in their prime lose their drive with time, their purpose remains as sure as the signposts that remain standing even as the years pass and surroundings change. Similarly, the ‘purpose’ behind any organisation matters, and its compelling to celebrate a milestone and stay focused on that vision! In that way …

The RunONE & ONEathlete came together to celebrate its first anniversary (on 3 Feb 2017) with a cozy gathering of the ONE family of athletes/staff members; as well as their family and loved ones. “We can’t do anything without the support of our significant other and our loved ones. Thus it’s only logical that we celebrate the occasion together with them,” our co-founders concurred. It brought a gathering when we remember again what it was like at the beginning – thoughts that had sat on a printed page but echo through our lives; emotions and friendships that, rather than simply replicate the peal that produced it, subtly transforms as we move and adapt, as ONE.

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Celebration

The evening started with some comfort food, home-made brownies, and a little ice-breaker to know others better. Soon after, the co-founders Jed and Mok recapped their vision for ONE and the story behind the humble genesis, a year ago. It has been a fruitful (read: hectic) and memorable year of achievement for both RunONE and ONEathlete as we grew from strength to strength, from a team of 2 to close to 20 today.

One of the evening’s highlight was when athletes from ONEathlete took to the stage to share their personally memorable moments as they look back on their journey with ONE. As a professional athlete, the gruelling pursuit of excellence and success, and the sacrifices it exacts on them as well as their family and loved ones, can often make for a lonely journey that few can understand, and fewer undertake. If only for a few hours on this January evening, professional sportsmen and women came together, not so much as competitors toeing the starting line in their own rights, but a community of athletic sojourners seeking out each other’s company as they continue writing the story of their lives.

 

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Athletes taking turn to share their stories and journey with ONEathlete

 

The team also took the opportunity to celebrate Jed’s birthday, the week earlier, (with a mini surprise that was hard to pull off given his eagle attention to details) as he has been personally instrumental in bringing the team together; and devoting time/effort to know and help each and every member of the ONE family.  It was a doubly joyous occasion to celebrate a significant milestone for these two whose lives have become intricately inter-twinned over the past year.

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Cutting the cake to celebrate the double joyous occasions!

Milestone

From supporting events for social causes, participating in a host of competitive races both locally and overseas, strengthening athlete profiles through various media outreach platforms including print and social media, press releases, TV interviews and partnership opportunities with agencies and sponsors, as well as giving back to the community by supporting meaningful events such as Community Chest HeartStrings Walk 2017 as well as authoring training programs for ST Run in the City 2017 and Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2017, it has been a deeply fulfilling year during which ONE has always sought to maintain focus and clarity of its purpose – to support athletes so that they can focus on their training, and to enable everyday people to train like the elites – all while holding firmly to a social enterprise business model and ethos.

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Thank you

It’s impossible to go far without the eco-system. On behalf of the ONE team, Jed and Mok will like to convey their heartfelt gratitude on this special occasion:

We want to thank our supportive and understanding partners/sponsors for their invaluable friendship, our members of the press who worked hand-in-hand to get the efforts out, our enthusiastic running/sports community for their continuous support, our family and loved ones for being there with us every step of the way, and our members of the ONE family who have enjoined us on this wonderful (and frightfully exciting) journey, as well as each and every one of you who we’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with, and, through your words and deeds, given us a hand along the way!

Much thanks and love! We ONE more!

with thanks,

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ONE Family