Thousands of runners hit streets at TRI-Factor Run-Singapore

SINGAPORE – The TRI-Factor Run and RunSwim brought thousands of runners to East Coast Park yesterday, July 2 in a celebration of sport and fitness for all levels. Not only are there 10.5-kilometer and 21-kilometer race categories for avid and competitive runners, but there is also a 1-kilometer introductory category for those aged 6 years old and above to try running.

In line with the TRI-Factor series’ thrust to enable anyone to engage in multisport, the TRI-Factor Run event also had the RunSwim categories where participants ran, then swam, then ran again.

The RunSwim field has grown from 350 total participants last year to 100 for the Freshmen RunSwim (2.5-kilometer run, 500-meter swim, 2.5-kilometer run, 200 for the Sprint RunSwim (5.25-kilometer run, 500-meter swim, and 5.25-kilometer run), and a record-breaking 250 for the newest and most challenging category, the Standard RunSwim (5.25-kilometer run, 500-meter swim, 10.5-kilometer run).

The RunSwim was contested as an individual and team relay, and even those who are differently-abled took part. “This year we had the privilege of working with the Para Cycling Federation of Singapore to promote multi-sport among their athletes,” says Joseph Tan, General Manager and Race Director of the TRI-Factor Series. “They have two individual athletes and three teams who took part.”

Three visually challenged athletes — Steve Tee, Emily Lee, and Jessen Ng — each teamed up with a swimmer  in the RunSwim. Delia Kang and Abdul Halim took on the individual RunSwim. Halim has recently competed in cycling at the pre-ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur and is closing in on completing all four legs of the TRI-Factor Series this year.

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Race Director Mr Joseph Tan said, “We are glad to have such a great turnout in our inaugural RunSwim standard distance challenge as we noticed a trend that athletes are progressing further from just traditional running and into multi-sport.”

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