As we approach the midpoint of 2012, it’s time for a progress check: how many of you are still on track with your New Year fitness resolutions (Ha! Thought I’d let you guys forget that one, did you?)?
If you’ve been diligently keeping to your diet and fitness goals, here’s a huge pat on the back for you, and you’re halfway through the year to a new and improved you! But if you’ve sort of fallen by the wayside, all isn’t lost, and you can still make a fresh start in June with a “Half Year” resolution! And with these events going on, you’ll have no shortage of motivation.
Tri-factor Bike (Photo / Tri-Factor FaceBook)
Pick of the month: Tri-factor Bike
Calling all cyclists, novice, intermediate and experts alike! If you are fast getting bored of plying the same route every weekend, or if you’re looking to get motivated by riding with new folks, check out this professionally organized mass cycling event!
For cyclists who prefer a closed-road environment to ease safety concerns, you can ride confidently knowing that you don’t have to dodge buses that come too close or taxi drivers who seem intent on scraping by you. The bike route is also designed for a great spectator experience, so feel free to bring along your support crew to cheer you on! Race categories range from the non-competitive 5km route to a challenging 60km race, so whether you’re just un-wrapping your brand new seat or putting on your third set of wheels, this event’s for you!
Also, if you’ll like to experience a mass cycling event but don’t have your own bike, fret not, the organizers have loaner bikes for $35 for a normal bike and $80 for a racer.
When: Sunday, 10 June; 7.30am to 10am race starts, depending on category
Where: Changi Coast Road
How much: $45.90 to $99.90, depending on category (Register by: 22 May 2012)
The Metta Charity Run is an annual fundraising event organised by the Metta Welfare Association. Do some good and chalk up those karma points as you break a sweat! Registered in 1994, Metta has nine welfare centres and a social enterprise.
The run aims to raise funds for the development and enrichment of its disability, medical, special education and early intervention programmes in aid of almost1,000 beneficiaries.
In the spirit of raising awareness for it work in a fun and engaging way, the event features non-competitive 5km and 10km distances, and parents are encouraged to make this a family event, in the 800m parent-and-child race.
When: Saturday, 2 June; 7.30am to 8am race starts, depending on category
Where: Playground @ Big Splash
How much: $20 to $40, depending on category
Waterway PAssion Active Run
Organised by the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Community Sports Club, this event aims to raise sports participation at the grassroots level, while getting Singaporeans to take a new look at the area in which they live—In this case, by appreciating the waterway leading to Punggol reservoir as a scenic running route.
The event features a 5km fun run and a 10km competitive run. Also, if you’re a North East CDC FB fan (www.facebook.com/NECDC), you can also participate in a lucky draw to stand a chance to win a S$50 sports voucher (10 prizes).
When: Sunday, 10 June; 7am
Where: Open field next to Punggol MRT station
How much: $20 to $28, depending no category, with discounts for PAssion card members
Mizuno PAssion Mount Faber Run (Photo / World of Sports FaceBook
Mizuno PAssion Mount Faber Run
If pounding the pavement on a horizontal incline is getting too tame for you speed demons out there, check out the Mizuno PAssion Mount Faber run, and put those quads and glutes to the test! This 10km run will not surprisingly, get you up Mount Faber.
While your lungs are burning and your quads are threatening to seize up, be sure to keep an eye out for the bunch of white parrots that make their home on the trees at the top of Mount Faber.
When you’ve triumphantly completed the run and donned your limited edition Mizuno race vest, head over to the Seah Im food centre for a well-deserved meal.
When: Sunday 17 June; 7.30am
Where: Open Space between Bukit Merah View Blk 121 & 123
How much: $45 (Register by: 30 May 2012)
Women’s Sculpt Run
I like the sound of the run already. Sculpt is a women’s specific sports nutrition line that is proudly formulated and made in New Zealand. This is the Sculpt’s inaugural event in Singapore, and it aims to raise awareness among women on the importance of eating right to feel and look great. You can take part as an individual, or sign up as a mother-daughter pair for some quality bonding time!
If your regular running buddy is male, he can also get in on the action by signing up as a male pacer! The event features 6km and 12km race distances, and the aim of the day is to get out, work out, and maybe snack on a couple of protein bars instead of oily chicken rice after.
When: Sunday 24 June; 7.30am
Where: Playground @ Big Splash
How much: $28 to $50, depending n category (Register by: 5 June, early bird registration) closes on 31 May
Everest Girl is Jane Lee, who is seldom found stationary. She is an accomplished mountain-climber, having recently reached the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. When she is not climbing her way around the world, Jane devotes an inordinate amount of time to training for her next climb, marathon, or adventure sport. A serious endorphin addict, Jane ranks trail running high on her list of loves, and has pounded mud, sand, gravel and rocks on trails in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and her staple favourite, MacRitchie Reservoir. Her favourite motto? “If you’re still standing, then you’re not done yet.”