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Athletic superstars like Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele will take part in a worldwide virtual team relay marathon next month

(info - mybestruns.com)

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We all look forward to a positive future and I believe that this is a great first step in that direction. Marathon is a sport whereby elite athletes and fun runners are actually racing in the same race. It's what makes our sport unique and I find the essence of this to be beautiful.

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Say yes to scsm 2020...go virtual as fun runners with the Elites...Virtual Relay of each team member runs 10.5K, alone, together....MA RA TH ON 😷

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I like this statement: We all look forward to a positive future and I believe that this is a great first step in that direction. Marathon is a sport whereby elite athletes and fun runners are actually racing in the same race. It's what makes our sport unique and I find the essence of this to be beautiful.

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On 5/28/2020 at 9:31 AM, kohpapa said:

Covid-19: Virtual 1km run aims to get public to show support for frontliners
 

Run for Heroes 2020

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All it takes is for you to run, walk or dance a distance of 1km to show your support and gratitude!

Upon completion of your run, you will receive two wristbands - one for yourself and the other will be sent to a frontliner with a personalised message of thanks from you as a tangible show of gratitude.

Come join us from today until 8 August to show our support as one Singapore!


(info - https://www.runforheroes.sg/)

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On 5/26/2020 at 9:31 AM, kohpapa said:

Gearing up for S'pore GP with live audience, parties despite uncertainty

(info - https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/gearing-up-for-spore-gp-with-live-audience-parties-despite-uncertainty)

 

Singapore, F1 still in talks on whether race can go on in Sept, says Chan Chun Sing

(info - https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-f1-still-talks-whether-race-can-go-sept-chan-chun-sing)

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Get ready for F1...😷

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I’m sharing this interesting story of a Korean monk doing a 5,200 km charity ultra run from LA to New York City, running 50km each day. He was forced to halt it in the meantime because of the pandemic:

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/culture/2020/06/141_290579.html 

 

What struck me most was that where he expected prejudice, he found only kindness, and that the ones who had the least to give... actually gave the most: “I received heartwarming care from those in poverty

I guess it’s really true that what you sow, so shall you reap.

I'd like to read more about this guy and his story when he continues his run. 👍

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5 minutes ago, RaijinFJ said:

I’m sharing this interesting story of a Korean monk doing a 5,200 km charity ultra run from LA to New York City, running 50km each day. He was forced to halt it in the meantime because of the pandemic:

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/culture/2020/06/141_290579.html 

 

What struck me most was that where he expected prejudice, he found only kindness, and that the ones who had the least to give... actually gave the most: “I received heartwarming care from those in poverty

I guess it’s really true that what you sow, so shall you reap.

I'd like to read more about this guy and his story when he continues his run. 👍

Incredible feat! The other person I know of running a marathon every day for a cause was Terry Fox.

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Ah yes, Terry Fox! 

He was quite famous after the first running boom (sometime in the 70s to early 80s) I even saw a TV movie about him when I was in grade school (OMG, My age is showing 😵 LOL)

And to think he was an amputee! 

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On 6/5/2020 at 12:11 PM, starfinder said:

Incredible feat! The other person I know of running a marathon every day for a cause was Terry Fox.

The one other that I know is this Danish lady Annette Fredskov,  then 41 yo. She ran 1 marathon a day for 365 days straight . To top it of, she did a double on her last day 14th July 2013, making it 366 M in 365 days.  And it's Danmark, ie she ran through all four seasons and Denmark's winter could be severe. There were days of -18 deg C when I was living in around the same area. Hats off to her.

  • Annette Fredskov was diagnosed with the condition in 2010
  • The mother-of-two's act of defiance to MS was to begin running
  • She has now completed a marathon a day - plus one more - for a year
  • She hopes to inspire other MS sufferers with her arduous journey

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2366716/Annette-Fredskov-runs-366-marathons-365-days-says-cured-multiple-sclerosis.html

She was a huge inspiration for me then.

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Having attended some seminars with organisers and been working with some of them, have written about the impact of Covid 19 on run events and how organisers, participants, volunteers and spectators will all need to raise their game and become more responsible. Hope this post gives you some insight into the thinking:

https://tyrelady.wordpress.com/2020/06/09/dairy-entry-future-proofing-events-with-the-environment/

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As mentioned by wwwlimlim, 55tronger Together Virtual Run 2020. Just run anytime, anywhere during the qualifying period from 27 July to 8 August 2020 & submit your distances to redeem attractive medals. 

So do watch Tampines West CSC FB when registration opens.

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Distressing news. According to experts, the pandemic is getting worse and accelerating😓

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/world-in-new-and-dangerous-phase-of-pandemic-who

As it stands, the whole world's currently in a stalemate with the virus in front, and economic ruin coming after us from behind. We can't go forward, but we can't go backwards either. 😱 

Worse is that people are getting tired and complacent. I think this editorial cartoon from the Korea Times is spot on:

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On 6/17/2020 at 7:47 PM, SG RED DEVIL said:

As mentioned by wwwlimlim, 55tronger Together Virtual Run 2020. Just run anytime, anywhere during the qualifying period from 27 July to 8 August 2020 & submit your distances to redeem attractive medals. 

So do watch Tampines West CSC FB when registration opens.

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Registration is now opened for various category 15KM, 30KM, 55KM & 80KM (Ultra Challenge). Submission period is 27 Jul till 08 Aug 2020. Top 55 with the longest distance completed receive an additional finisher tee.

Details & registration link: https://www.events-sign-up.com/55tronger-together?fbclid=IwAR0yXei-eIVMGhjkEhDI6UKrmOhyqUirpr9Va-z8W-o0VMUZrgJDI0E9_f0

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JPMCC Singapore cancelled, it was originally scheduled in March this year, then rescheduled on 26th November 2020, but eventually cancelled...

Not sure how much confident the SCSM2020 will be held... Fingers crossed. 😨image.png.cfe1147c09e557c699d20b862a234dbb.png

 

Besides, Run for Hope 2020 was also rescheduled again to Q1 2021.... 😰

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well, MIA for 3 months, work and job security are essentials...surviving Covid-19 pandemic for health. mental sanity and exercise are also essentials...

so moving on to last local race SCSM 2020...aka SCSM Virtual Club (24/8)...and SCSM (Virtual/in-Person Run) 2020 will be announced later...

2021 already started with news of participation of foreign participation, say, our closest neighbour, Malaysia, and their numbers are often "highest"....

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meanwhile, any event of Exhibitions (or mass community) or event Sports (local or International)...the frontline essential support that cater for events...

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...the relevance of event organizer (management)...now that all races are virtual (apps)...then will there be need for Event Organisers?...Registration (Exhibition), Race Pack Collection (Hall), Mall and Shops (Sports Merchandise)...can be replaced with online (apps/bots)

virtual runner...how do you really qualify (real/authentic person, just like in this forum, kohpapa is not real, lol, maybe an animal or spirit...)...virtual route designed as "qualifying route"...can be home-based or treadmill....thinking of using vacuum robot to do the "running"...lol 

meantime, some of 2021 Spring Marathon Races have also declared "cancelled"...more importantly, will Toyko Olympic 2021 (already postponed in 2020) be cancelled because of Covid-19?

 

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Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2020..uniquely alternative race format with virtual and possibily "physical components" - depending on regulations to replace the traditional road race..."safely and virtually"...

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Under current COVID-19 safety measures, only small-group gatherings of up to five people can meet, with no mixing between groups...

doubtful if in-person run will be likely by Dec 5...

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I strongly agree on that. 

Now is just not the time to be pushing yourself to train hard, and that refers to both intensity, and distance (even if run at an easy pace). I’ve actually stopped all my LSDs - there will be time for that again later!

Perhaps the threat of COVID-19 may only be a problem concerning foreign worker’s dormitories now there in Singapore (correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not a local) but if by some misfortune you happen to catch it, it could mean quitting running for good. I urge every runner here to  take the time to read this Runner's World article carefully:

https://www.runnersworld.com/health-injuries/a33822804/exercise-myocarditis-and-covid-19/

 

You'll be able to run even without legs (look at Oscar Pistorious!) but if your heart & lungs suffer permanent damage from this virus, well, its all over. 😵

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That being said, I don't care if all the running organizers close shop and go bankrupt.

New ones can reincorporate later,.but the athletes (even the non-pros like us) have to survive this pandemic first...and not just survive, but survive intact (i.e. still able to run!)😜

BTW, the article I quoted above advises folks to be exceptionally vigilant, even if you have no symtoms. Its actually more dangerous without any symptoms because:

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Ironically, athletes might be at particular risk for this complication because intense activity during active infection—even if you’re showing no symptoms—may cause the virus to replicate at a faster rate, Makadia says.

“During training, you increase your cardiac output. If you’re infected, this could in theory increase the viral replication in the heart muscle. If that happens the higher viral load may increase your risk of cardiac harm in the form of myocarditis, arrhythmias, and heart failure

 

That's what makes this virus so dangerous. You may not know you have it (no symptoms yet) and you might actually be making yourself sicker (and a greater danger to others) with every step!

Stay safe everyone!!! 😷

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