A Running Community Like No Other – adidas Runners Singapore

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.

AR Singapore Family

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.

AR Singapore Running Crew

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.

Running with AR Singapore

TRAINING PROGRAM

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. 

DIFFERENT LOCATIONS

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. †

2019 adidas Recode Running Festival

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.

2019 Run for the Oceans

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.

A special rhythm cycling class for participants of AR Singapore
Easter AR Pilates Session @ Core Collective

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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How to Strike a New Balance between Run and Work – NBRC

REBEKAH ONG – If you are walking past Suntec City on a Tuesday or Thursday evening and notice a group of people working out together, you’ve probably just bumped into the New Balance Run Club (NBRC)!

NBRC is a running club that aims to promote running and healthy lifestyle. They are one of the many free running clubs in Singapore with multiple running sessions throughout the week, and is wholly owned and managed by New Balance runners.

Their aim is to support new runners in kick-starting their running journey with the club. Encouraging individuals to continue pursuing and exceeding their running goals. The availability of dedicated staff at the New Balance retail store provides a conducive environment for all runners to find out the shoes best suited for them – whether to go faster and look faster. NBRC offers a platform for new comers and enthusiast to cultivate their current ability, regardless of running experience.

Coach Guo Pei and participants after the training session.
Photo Credits: Gary Peh (NBRC Participant)

NBRC’s weekly Tuesday sessions are held at Suntec City, under the guidance and watchful eye of New Balance Ambassador and ex-national athlete, Loh Guo Pei.  Guo Pei has had over 9 years of coaching experience ever since he retired from running competitively in 2015. He believes that coaching is not about just about training the athlete, but also shaping the character of the person you are coaching.

Coach Guo Pei is thankful to have the opportunity to lead NBRC. Having trained previously solo in his early years and transited to a training group in his recent years, he has personally experienced the benefits of being among like-minded individuals and training with them. He saw the opportunity to proliferate this experience, and develop and guide a community of active runners with like-minded individuals.

He is happy that this opportunity is able to reach out to many runners of different nationality, level of running experience, age groups and profession. Despite their differences, he is heartened to always see the runners motivating and supporting each other through a tough workout, and enjoying a safe and fun run together. It is the culture of selflessness within each NBRC runner that he is most proud of.

 I have a few friends who attend the NBRC’s Tuesday training session regularly and found them to be enjoyable and beneficial.

“It provides a structured training plan with variety which helps me in my running.” – Cheng Yee Tan

“Coach Guo Pei trains us well. I love our warm-ups. Though they’re tough, they definitely help in my running progress.” – Rachel Lim

“Joining NBRC on Tuesday has allowed me to learn from one of the best coach in Singapore – Guo Pei. His coaching methods are proven, although at times they can also be rather challenging. Runners in NBRC are sociable that makes the training overall enjoyable.”  – Gary  Peh

Hearing what they had to say about NBRC’s weekly Tuesday sessions, I decided to join them for a few training sessions! Here’s what I observed:

Focused Warm-up exercises

Participants warming up during training sessions

From the sessions I attended, a lot of emphasis and focus was placed on warming up. Running drills, HIIT exercises and circuit training were done for about 15 to 20 minutes before the actual run. Initially I found the warm-up exercises tough but as I attended more sessions, I found them essential in preparing the body for the demands of the run and training later on.

Structured Training Runs

Pre-training run briefing by Coach Guo Pei. Photo credits: Rachel Lim (NBRC Participant)

The training run sessions vary from week to week. Fartlek training, tempo runs and interval trainings are some of different types of training that we will be prescribed. Coach Guo Pei encourages everyone to put in effort into these training runs but he also notes that at the end of the session, you should not feel like you have pushed too hard. He also takes the time to help and analyse participants’ needs, and offers timely advice.

Bring your own bottle (BYOB)

Riding on the go-green movement in Singapore, NBRC encourages participants to bring their own bottles to help reduce wastage. Participants have the chance to fill their hydration at the start and end of training, so there’s no worry about being left high and dry.

NBRC Group Photo. Photo credits: Gary Peh (NBRC Participant)

Overall, I found these weekly Tuesdays sessions beneficial and I started to see progress in my runs and myself getting fitter.  NBRC caters to everyone, whether you are a beginners or a seasoned runner.  If you are interested in joining NBRC, their training sessions are on:

Days Timing Location Activity
Tuesday 7 – 9 pm Suntec City Mall NB Store Training Runs with Coach Guo Pei
Wednesday 7 – 9 pm Velocity @ Novena Square NB Store Free and easy run with seasoned Runners
Thursday 7 – 9 pm Suntec City Mall NB Store Free and easy run with seasoned Runners

Registrations are done online so be sure to register for your spot here before heading down.   What’s more a complimentary New Balance Running Club tee will also be given to you on your second session.

This article was written by runONE’s in-house writer and running enthusiast, Rebekah who enjoys exploring new places and loves her food.

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Is there a Superhero among us?

REBEKAH ONG – Founded in 2015 by a group of close friends who shared a common goal to help and motivate others along their running journey, Superhero Runners was formed and the rest is history. Today, they can be easily spotted at local races decked in their superhero tees and other costumes!

We sneaked up on the Superhero Runners (not an easy task in itself), and this is what we found.

Superhero Runners during their training session – Photo Credit: TripleFit Singapore

The Superhero Runners hopes to inspire a community of runners to train and support one another, and at the same time, engage in meaningful initiatives to make a positive impact to society.

Since I joined this group in 2017, I have been a personal witness to some of the positive influence they have had on the running community and society at large. To this effect, some of the social initiatives that the Superhero Runners have undertaken are:

Running + Plogging

Superhero Runners plogging event – Photo Credit: Superhero Runners

They are the first running group in Singapore to have organised a plogging event at the Green Corridor! Plogging comes from the mash-up of two Swedish words “plocka upp”, which means for “pick up” and jogging.  Armed with tongs and others with re-used plastic bags, the Superhero Runners ploggers started clearing near the Hillview MRT station at Upper Bukit Timah Road and made their way to a bus stop opposite Beauty World Centre. After 45 minutes of plogging, they collected more than eight bags of rubbish which were deposited in a large bin at the bus stop. Read the full article here.

Bring your own cups (BYOC) movement

Bring your own cup (BYOC) movement – Photo Credit: Superhero Runners


First introduced into Superhero Runners in 2018, the BYOC movement was started to raise awareness of plastics pollution and also to cut down on waste. The group’s leaders had thought that it was a good idea to encourage the Superhero Runners to bring and use their own reusable cups for hydration to cut down on the waste generated at the end of each run session.  This movement was well received by the members of the group because every little act does make a difference.

2019 The Performance Series (TPS) Pacers

Motivating people is never an issue for the Superhero Runners and it’s just one of the ways they try to give back to the running community. In 2017, they started out by being the official motivators for TPS and fast forward to 2019, Superhero Runers have been nominated as the official pacers for The Performance Series! So if you are taking part in the TPS series, remember to keep a lookout for them or even tap on them for some motivation as you strive to hit your personal best target.

Race Tee Donation Drive

Race tee donation drive for Beyond – Photo Credit: Superhero Runners

Felt like you have joined one too many races and have event tees that you didn’t even know of? Recently the Superhero Runners held a donation drive for these unused event tees and the response was resounding! Members generously supported the call by donating their new race tees (2 boxes worth in total) to Beyond, a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) that helps raise disadvantaged children and youths.

Ready to run one with the Superhero Runners?

Individuals who are interested in joining the Superhero Runners for their weekly runs will be happy to note that their meeting point is at Millennia Walk, Triplefit gym. Runs start at Tuesdays @ 6.45pm so don’t be late! In my 2 years running with them, there has never been a dull moment with the Superhero Runners around!

This running group also caters to runners of different abilities and paces, so anyone who is keen can simply show up at the stipulated time and place. On certain days, there may be additional HIIT or yoga sessions after the run just to throw in a bit more variety to the training. Bag deposit and hydration are provided.

If you wish to find out more on the Superhero Runners, check out their Facebook page @SuperheroRunners and like their page to stay updated on their training schedules!

This article was written by runONE’s in-house writer and running enthusiast, Rebekah who enjoys exploring new places and loves her food.

This article was written by runONE’s in-house writer and running enthusiast, Rebekah who enjoys exploring new places and loves her food.

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