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    Recommendations for next running shoes

    I've rotated through multiple running shoes and here are my top picks based on their characteristics, though each have their limitations. Durability - Adidas Boost series eg Energy Boost 2, Boston Boost Lightweight/racing - New Balance Racing series eg RC1400/1600 Comfort/snugness - Brooks Pure Series eg Pureconnect Price - Brooks (when Key Power International has sales, prices may range from around $ 49-69), Saucony (when Royal Sporting House has sales - I got a pair of Kinvaras for $39) Hope it helps, though this is largely based on personal experience. If you aren't in a hurry to get a pair of shoes, sometimes trying your luck at factory outlets (IMM, Changi City Point etc) may find you pretty amazing deals.
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    Recommendations for next running shoes

    One thing I've noticed about wet shoes is that much of it depends on my shorts instead of my shoes. My thicker/longer shorts tend to cause my shoes to get wet faster. Just my personal experience
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    North East Compressport Run 2015

    Thanks Joe for your insight:) I for one am relatively unaware of the arrangements required in organising an official race. Not as though I'll ever be organising a run, but I think your sharing has provided insight which is applicable to many forms of event management which may be relevant to some of us.
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    North East Compressport Run 2015

    My Garmin recorded around 3.75km at split 1 as well. I'll be amazed if I actually ran 5km in my time for "Split 1" haha. I don't think shaming is necessary. Though what they did certainly isn't correct, I don't think we add any value to the situation by shaming them. Instead, some graciousness extended will probably foster a more pleasant community. Just my thoughts
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    North East Compressport Run 2015

    Ran the 10.5km just now. I find this was a brilliant race. Ample hydration (I stuck with water), clear directions and lots of volunteers along the way. Furthermore, we were blessed with pleasant weather, If there's anything I'm forced to pick on, it would be the inaccurate distance (9.9km on my Garmin, anyone else has GPS data?) and the relatively longer queue for the toilets (nearly 15mins at 710). Other than that, great job Joe and please have a restful break after this event is settled
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    North East Compressport Run 2015

    I agree with the others, it is probably not advisable to make a last minute change, considering we are less than a week away. Furthermore, this may cause runners in later categories to be tormented by the sun. In my opinion, at this point of time, minimal changes should be made. Probably what's most important, as many others have suggested, is ensuring the quality of the route (signs, no obstructions), aid stations and making sure the day's events run according to schedule Thanks Joe for all your hard work so far and I'm looking forward to the run this Sunday
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    North East Compressport Run 2015

    Hi Joe, Unsure if you would come into the sgrunner forum before the start of the event.... since the timing of the different categories of runs cannot be changed.... i hope u can consider (or maybe already considered) to have at least a path for the 21km runners to run past the crowd when the 10.5km runners set off.... reason being that given the narrow path of about 3-3.5m... when the 10.5km runners report to the starting pen, they will sure crowd up the entire pathway... and after 1hr (7.30am), many runners are starting their 2nd round and would smack right into the bulk of 10.5km runners... the path is for 21km runners to bypass the crowd.... secondly, i hope there will be a dedicated path on the right of the pathway maybe for the first 1km of the loop to ensure that the 21km runners will not be blocked by the walkers or slower runners of 10.5km runners..... Thanks. Great point for consideration, particularly if the starting pen is part of the loop itself. Even if it isn't, the dedicated path for different categories would definitely ease any congestion, though I'm speculating that a dedicated path for each category may have to be particularly narrow due to an already narrow route.
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    North East Compressport Run 2015

    Hi Joseph, Thank you for receiving our feedback and your comments thus far. I understand that the 21km route is 2 loops of the 10.5km route. As their flag off time is 1hour apart (6.30am vs 7.30am), I expect that there will be a decent degree of congestion as runners from both categories merge. May I know if any measures are being considered in order to minimise this? Just from my few race experiences - such as the 2XU Compression Run 2014 10km, the Jurong Lake Run 2014 6km or the ST Run at the Hub 2014 10km - as these race categories that I ran merged with longer distance categories, much congestion was experienced. In my opinion, it resulted in safety issues as more serious runners had to constantly weave through other runners who were taking a more leisurely run. I understand that the more serious runners may be a minority of participants, but having said that, I believe it is certainly a matter to be looked into to minimise accidents. Hope to hear from you!
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    Another point to note is that if you're there to engrave your timing, I think you receive 15% off storewide for non-discounted items.
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    By the way, did anyone engrave their race timings on their wristband after their run? I'm wondering what the quality of engraving is like.
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    There is actually a very simple way: remove finisher T-shirts altogether. A digitally-signed PDF certificate will suffice for those who want recognition. For official timings, a simple email confirmation from the organizer or a website database search will do. But of course, this will never happen because the organizers will lose revenue from the people who are in it for the superficial reasons. It would b better if the finisher tee to be given out for those who has the finisher "certificates / confirmation" another day. I think one problem with the idea of the non-immediate issuing of finisher tees or medals is the fact that SCMS is frequented by overseas participants who travel to Singapore just for the race. Furthermore, even if this was done, having a separate collection not on race day would incur additional logistical demands as well. Imagine having to travel to a separate venue on a separate date and queue just to collect the race tee - that would probably generate many more complaints.
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    I agree with bernard, a race experience - regardless of the time - is a race experience that is unique to the individual, so lonewolf, do share I agree with lonewolf as well about the dangers of imposing a restriction.
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    to organizers, only the top positions which affects monetary reward affects them. And they cldnt be bothered even after the incident which happened few years back? One guy, totally unknown ran faster thn Mok Yin Ren. This man made the whole organizing management team jump and searching for clues to who this guy is... Its about high time they do something to these people. They shld consider issuing medals and t-shirts only after official results r out. Those who missed checkpoints and finish above cut off timing are considered DNF. In this way, cheaters will be totally removed. But the problem about timing at checkpoints is that sometimes their timing system can also cock-up. Like last year I remembered something about many runners' time not captured because of a flaw in the timing chip. Then there is also a problem whereby runners not stepping on the timing mat. So if I (as the organiser) would follow strictly to not giving medals and finisher tee to those who have missed checkpoint timing, any 'innocent' runner who in no fault on his/her was unable to get the timing, then all hell would broke lose from complaints and all that. On the other hand, if I was to just heck care and give out medals indiscriminately, the only people who would complain are those who feel that justice and fairness must ultimately prevail, which I can feel is smaller in number. And since everyone who finished (honestly or not) is given the medal and tee, the number who feels the injustice will be even smaller. So I will choose the lesser of 2 evils. My exact sentiments regarding the possibility of technical faults. I was a participant of the ST Run at the Hub this year and for the 21km category, where there were a total of 5 checkpoints, multiple runners amongst the top 10 finishers - relatively prominent ones in Singapore - actually lacked some checkpoint data. I don't think it is much of a hassle for organisers to filter out runners with checkpoint data missing on the results list. However, assuming it was due to a technical error and not someone who deliberately skipped checkpoints, this would lead to a barrage of complaints. This is because I'm willing to guess these very people would get their race results and entitlements than to see cheaters miss out on these. (I wouldn't deny that if I was in this situation, the same would apply for me.) Why not achieve both, some may argue. However, with checkpoint data missing, what is a logistical sound manner of ascertaining whether a runner actually ran the distance? One last point I would like to add is that with a multitude of runners arriving at the medal or finisher tee tents, it is a logistical nightmare to be able to first ascertain that each individual runner had crossed all checkpoints before handing out the entitlements. What's more, from the organiser's point of view, I believe they have to pre-order sufficient entitlements (though certain tee sizes may not be sufficient). Consequently, by going the extra mile to seize out these individuals, they are left with extra entitlements specific to the event. Overall, I really think NoobieRunner nailed it - what the organisers do is the lesser of two evils. It may be less principled, but it is certainly is more pragmatic in my opinion.
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    Thanks for the notification. Certainly hope they do upload the video!
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    Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2014

    Thanks ayukawa
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