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Fly Me to The Moon: The Pocari Sweat Run 2016

by On Jul 25, 2016

Last Saturday's fifth edition of the Pocari Sweat Run saw around 10,000 runners complete the remaining journey of 80,000km of the Lunar Dream Capsule to the moon.

Fly Me to The Moon: The Pocari Sweat Run 2016

As the organizers suggested, this year’s runners were tasked to complete the total remaining 80,000km, as part of a bigger voyage of the lunar dream capsule project.

Perhaps a recorded 11.25km for last year’s race series for all supposed 10km individuals, it makes the target much achievable in 2016.

This year’s Pocari Sweat Run powered by ambitions and pumped with determination by all runners to assist the mission done. Thus, it's best to initiate the running launch in the evening, on the floating pavilion fronting Singapore’s iconic townscape of the Marina Bay.

Trial

The race gear collection point was packed with runners, even at the earliest hour of its opening. Queue time was long, spanning outside of the station, which was unexpected.

Unique about this year’s event included the Asics brand sponsored apparel and the windbreaker for the royalty runners, which pledged the fraternity since its inception of the race. And to most, it is definitely valued for the pockets.

Launch

I chose the all black gear [attempting to try my newly bought compression tights as well] with my usual bright green kicks. Making sure I was well fuelled with caffeinated energy gel and [oh yes] the Pocari electrolytes.
How can I not trust this engineered fluid?

The launch pad was packed; mostly all the seasoned regular teams and a good bunch of newly joined runners waiting for the “lift-off”. Counting down from 10 to the sound of the buzzer, we finally had a lift-off from the floating platform.

It was a very slow bumpy run at the start, with the narrow routes towards the Marina Bay Sands. Not to mention the couple of bottleneck points as all shufflers had to engage.

Fly Me to The Moon: The Pocari Sweat Run 2016

The starting point, aka Launch Pad

Orbit Path

I managed to get clear path spacing at the gardens by the bay, 3km into the route. Greeted by tourists and the public, the supportive spirit displayed was heart warming. Refuel stations were spread out evenly along the route, supplying only the sponsored fluid. The pacers were helpful in allowing a good gauge of my pace.

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I bypassed 2 groups of pacers and finally spotted the ideal group for my good estimation. I was embarking on a good pace then and the rest of the route was rather smooth. Another factor that contributed to the run was the cooler weather as the night approached, avoiding most runners from the intense evening heat.

For most, including myself, the route proved too familiar, being on of the popular and widely used park connector networks in Singapore. The organising station utilised within the given route and found it best to give the runners the best lunar ride. I do not need to report to Houston that I encountered any problem.

Fly Me to The Moon: The Pocari Sweat Run 2016

The “orbit path” [source: my runkeeper]

Re-entry

The remaining 200m saw myself sprinting towards the finishing surface, crashed down hard but smooth enough to brake within the wider end-point. It was a good crash landing, at least for most. Runners were happy. So were the groups of supporters from the organising station, lined up along the finishing point to give us high-fives. The finisher’s medal, beautifully crafted, symbolised badge of accomplishment for all individuals.

Fly Me to The Moon: The Pocari Sweat Run 2016

Crash land zone.

Fly Me to The Moon: The Pocari Sweat Run 2016

Me, after the race.

Lunar report

Pocari Sweat Run 2016 ended with astounding positivity with all who were inspired by the spirit of the trailblazers, in search of a better mission on the moon. I do hope next year we can venture further beyond the orbit and the vast universe.

But still, fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of RunSociety.

Since 2013, Gilbert joined his first half-marathon, since the last in 8 years, with the thoughts of challenging his limits in running. Despite the plus-size physique, and weighs more than 70kg, unlike most runners, he continues to push boundaries on the route. Gilbert continues to compete himself in many races since, and the motivation to keep up with a regular running routine. By day, he works in an architectural practice and by evening, he don his tights and track shoes. Now covering distances at least twice a week for his regular training regime, he find time and joy running along his regular route around the city. Gilbert hopes to run his own architectural practice, with a bistro fronting his office.

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