More than 20,000 participants took part in the run, with different distances of 21km, 10km and 5km races. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development, was the Guest-of-Honour who flagged off the runners.
The 2XU Compression Run attracted runners from all around the world. In the 21km men’s category, Bernard Mwendia Muthoni emerged as champion with a time of 1hr 6min 24s. In the women’s event, Naomi Wambui Muriuki won the race with a timing of 1hr 18min 01s.
“It was a pleasant experience. The regular points and route markers motivated me to keep going. And that cold towel at the end was simply magical,” said Shaun Lin, a regular participant of 2XU races.
After the race, the runners were treated to Erdinger’s tasty Weissbier ‘non-alcoholic’ brew. This is one of those times when you have to avoid drinking yet you must enjoy the delicious taste of wheat beer. Now, there is a perfect solution from Erdinger’s master brewers, with over 125 years of brewing tradition in accordance to the highest quality standards.
Hydration is essential after long race like this. The kind folks from Pocari Sweat treated the runners to its ION Supply Drink that replenishes key electrolytes lost through perspiration. The major electrolyte composition of POCARI SWEAT is similar to our body fluid, enabling it to be absorbed into the body 2.3 times faster than just drinking water.
In support of Daffodil Days, part of the registration fees for the event will be donated to the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS). Pink Apple, the organisers of 2XU Compression run, will be presenting a $25,000 donation to fund SCS programmers and services.
Mr Albert Ching, CEO of Singapore Cancer Society said, “Through Daffodil Days, we want to reach out to cancer patients and their caregivers, to tell them that they are not alone in their battle against this disease. We want to give hope and celebrate hope with those impacted by cancer and we want to remember the courage of those who lost their fight.”
There are probably many out there who do not know what “2XU” means. Only through a recent visit to its website did I realise that it means “Two Times You”, signifying human performance multiplied.
It then became apparent how apt it was for this year’s 2XU Compression Run, as the run partners the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) to celebrate Daffodil Days.
With cancer being the cause of one death in every four in Singapore, we can and must support one another in the community. Together, we can multiply hope and courage in the fight against the disease.
View the 2XU Compression Run 2013 album.