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If you are thinking of running an ultra marathon, you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you to prepare for the high-endurance event, but the end result will be such an uplifting experience, you’ll soon forget about the daunting work you undertook to ready your body and your mind for this extreme challenge. To help you prepare for your next ultra, this alphabet of terms includes advice, precautions, tips and advice—everything you need to finish up with the bragging rights you deserve!
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.
Many world-class ultramarathons involve running on rugged dirt trails, towards mountain peaks and traversing forested and jungle areas. Hazardous conditions, such as extreme weather, dramatic elevation changes, dangerous wildlife and rugged terrain, attract running enthusiasts from around the world. Many ultramarathon competitors travel great distances to participate in the world’s most challenging events.
Following sister races in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50 ultra marathon trail race kick off in the Garden City for the first time. Covering some of Singapore’s most beautiful nature trails, organisers are taking a proactive approach to preserving the environment with a strict No Cup policy.
Did you know? Taiwan is also known as Ilha Formosa, Portuguese for “beautiful island”, and no wonder! Steeped in traditional Chinese culture blended with Japanese influences and the island’s unique indigenous tribes, Taiwan boasts a rich history, fascinating culture and a smorgasbord of varied trails and stunning scenery. Beyond the bustling metropolises are lush tropical panoramas, gushing rivers, misty hot springs, and some of northeast Asia’s tallest mountains—literally a trail runner’s paradise!
An ultramarathon is an organised running event involving distances significantly longer than traditional 42km road-surface marathons. Ultramarathons include two types of events. In a specified time race, each runner tries to cover the most distance within a set time limit. The second type requires runners to complete the entire distance in the least amount of time. Many ultra-marathons include varying distances, depending largely on running terrain and weather conditions.
The 4 Deserts Races are the world’s most prestigious staged ultra series in the world, consisting of North Africa’s Sahara Race, China’s Gobi March, Chile’s Atacama Crossing and Antarctica’s Last Desert. Those adventurous enough to participate travel 250 kilometres in seven days with zero comforts of home. Who’s in charge of staging these fantastic events? A citizen of the world named Samantha Fanshawe. Her background, education and unabashed devotion to ultras uniquely qualify her for her job, but to Sam, it’s all in a day’s work.
If you never met a race you couldn’t stop yourself from entering – and you’ve got nothing on your calendar for 25th July – consider yourself invited to one of the premier trail running events on the Asian rim: The 2015 MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50. Ninety percent of this race will be off-road, so start breaking in those new trail running shoes now!