Thousands of runners gathered at the scenic Punggol Waterway Park for the third leg of the TRI-Factor Series on 3 August with one aim in mind: to “TRI” their best and run their hardest.
For some sporting enthusiasts, completing a triathlon may sound a tad challenging. However, with TRI-Factor’s progressive platform of combining the popular sports of running, swimming and cycling, checking it off the bucket list is really possible!
Just Lace Up and Run!
With 10.5km, 21km and 31.5km routes available, there were categories that appealed to runners from all age groups. Families could also bond together via the shorter distances categories such as 1km and 5km.
It was a breezy Sunday morning that put the participants into a good mood instantly. The 31.5km runners were flagged off 1 hour ahead of the 21km runners to ensure a smooth race route. Indeed, there were no bottlenecks throughout the race, even with the merging of lanes with the other categories.
Running Loops around the Greens of Punggol
The greenery of Punggol Waterway Park were a feast for the eyes while runners pounded the pavement eagerly to complete their loops. Some runners might rejoice at the opportunity to clock their mileage on the flat terrain while others like me may find the continuous loops slightly challenging for the mind. I did what I could: focus, concentrate and press on!
Clear distance markers and signages were situated at the site to guide the runners that made up for the strangely unenthusiastic volunteers. There were many water and isotonic points scattered along the loops for thirsty runners. For energy food, there were electrolytes gummies available, which might be insufficient for runners who were clocking longer distances. Perhaps race organisers could consider stocking the booths with bananas or energy gels in future?
23 year old Seah Wei Ling was glad he joined the 31.5km race, adding,
“It was my first time joining this race. I’m thankful for the good weather and appreciate the minimal congestions which made running a happier affair. However, I had trouble finding toilets and thought it will be good to add in more mobile toilets in future.”
Don’t Stop When You’re Tired, Stop When You’re Done!
With a final turn up the slope, runners crossed the finishing line with a smile on their faces for their well-deserved medals, which were also the third piece of Tri Factor’s big puzzle medal composition!
The women’s 31.5km Open Category champion Kathryn Haesner had a strong finish, with 2 hours 33 minutes and 37 seconds while Sarantos Kyriakopoulous took top place for the men’s 31.5km Open Category with 2 hours 9 minutes and 48 seconds. Melvin Wong and Fabiana Pizzali took first place for the 21.1km Open category with timings of 1hr 24min and 56sec, and 2hr 50min 39sec respectively.
It was a heartening sight as runners left the event site happily, and hopefully all ready for the finale TRI-Factor Triathlon in September!
- Refreshing different race route taking place at Punggol Waterway.
- Various race categories for runners and families, including a 31.5km category.
- Plenty of water points for runners in the race.
- Smooth race route with no bottlenecks.
- Clear distance markers and signages for all the categories despite the loops.
- Unique medal which were part of Tri-Factor’s big puzzle medal composition.
- Continuous loops around the park may be a mental challenge for the runners.
- Lacklustre volunteers during the race.
- Insufficient energy food for runners who were clocking longer distances.
- Additional mobile toilets would be appreciated for future races.