It’s often lauded for being the toughest local foot race, and it’s back for its 8th edition on Saturday, 10 October 2015. The Singapore leg of the North Face 100 Asia Pacific ultra-marathon series will flag off from MacRitchie Reservoir and take participants on a new route through the island’s nature trails.
Who can Join
Competing in 50 km, 25 km and 13 km categories, runners will be challenged to tackle tough and hilly terrains, with challenging cut-off times to boot. Finish within 9, 4.5 or 2.5 hours respectively to earn the revered finisher’s medal.
There is also a 50 km Duo category where each runner in the team must run the full 50 km course. The timing and ranking will be based on the combined gun time of both runners, though both need not finish together.
Runners must be above 16 years old to participate in the 13 km and 25 km categories, and above 18 years of age to take part in the 50 km ultra marathon.
What to Expect
This is a minimum support, self-sustaining race. The race route, which will be published online 2-3 weeks before race day, will be marked with distance and directional signage. It will be a vigorous race where water refuel stations will only be available every 7-10 km.
Organisers Outdoor Venture Pte Ltd and Pink Apple Pte Ltd have imposed several safety measures, including a “Compulsory Hydration” rule where all runners must run with their own hydration bags, as well as energy refuel.
The above rule is also in line with conversation efforts to prohibit disposable bottles during the race. To ensure that participants leave nothing but footprints behind, environmental enthusiasts from a local trail running group will also form a band of “Eco Ambassadors” to comb the entire race route progressively.
Who to Watch
The reigning 100 km Open Category champion for two consecutive years is Australian Vlad Ixel, 27. Last year, he finished in an incredible 9 hours 25 minutes and 46 seconds, shaving nearly 35 minutes off his finish time in 2013.
Another notable highflier to watch is Wong Hoong Wei, the fastest Singaporean finisher who came in third last year. He has represented Singapore in TNF100 Beijing, also for two years in a row.
Register by 15 Sep!
It’s still not too late to sign up for the TNF100; normal registrations close on 15 September. Race registration is priced at S$75 for 13 km, S$90 for the 25 km, S$110 for the 50 km Single, and S$200 for the 50 km Duo categories.
Receive a race pack valued more than $140 with goodies including The North Face event T-shirt, shoe bag, TNF cash vouchers and sponsored products from Injinji and GU. Enjoy an exclusive 30% off The North Face products and 20% off other products too.
For more details and to register online, visit The North Face 100 official website.
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