SINGAPORE, 2 NOVEMBER 2014 – More than 3000 runners took to the streets of Sentosa Island for the inaugural PUMA Night Run Singapore last night. The PUMA Night Run Singapore 2014, which joins a series of PUMA Night Runs around the region, saw running enthusiasts from all walks of life take on the challenging 10km route.
Celebrities Elvin Ng, Xu Bin, Felicia Chin, Dawn Yeoh, Jaymee Ong, Shane Pow, Chase Tan, Nick Teo and Charles Lee also took on the 10km challenge alongside the PUMA Night Cats Kimberly Chia, Tabitha Nauser, Gavin Teo Chong Zhe, Justin Vanderstraaten, Darius Chia, Vivi Yeh and Mahdhir Mustaffa.
Also among the runners were a hearing-impaired participant, Singapore’s One Arm Runner Adam Khamis as well as six visually challenged runners from Runninghour, an inclusive running club that promotes the integration of people with special needs through running.
Hosted by actress and TV personality, Jade Seah and Malaysian Radio and TV personality, Phat Fabes, the evening kicked off with the PUMA Night Cat Club on stage to share their experience training up for the inaugural PUMA Night Run Singapore. The celebrities were also on stage to share with runners their fitness regime and their goals for the PUMA Night Run Singapore 2014.
As participants prepared for the race ahead, trainers from Celebrity Fitness took to the stage to lead runners in a warm up before they made their way to the start line. The inaugural PUMA Night Run Singapore was flagged off at 2045hrs by Mr. Adrian Toy, Head of Marketing PUMA Asia Pacific.
Taking participants across different parts of the island, the race route covered the familiar stretches of Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong beaches before taking runners off the beaten track. Adding a refreshing twist to race routes on Sentosa Island, the night race brought runners through the fringes of Sentosa Golf Club, the Sentosa Satellite Earth Station as well as a stretch that is normally out-of-bounds to the public.
Coming out on top for the Men’s Open category was Thomas Kiprotich, with a time of 31 minutes and 51 seconds followed by Gurung Nimesh in second place (33 minutes 04 seconds) and Ng Junwei in third (37 minutes 23 seconds). In the Women’s Open category, Neo Hoon Suan was the first to cross the finish line in 44 minutes and 46 seconds. Rohani Binte Mohamed Ibrahim came in as the first runner-up with a timing of 47 minutes and 54 seconds while Diane Saint-Sauveur bagged the second runner-up title in 49 minutes and 53 seconds.
Both Thomas Kiprotich and Neo Hoon Suan took home the grand prize of SGD2500 PUMA voucher as well as a one-year membership at Celebrity Fitness.
“Running is one of the key focus for PUMA under our new brand platform, Forever Faster, and we wanted to bring the PUMA Night Run to Singapore for all running enthusiasts. We are thrilled by the support for the first-ever PUMA Night Run Singapore and it is indeed heartening to see many runners take on the challenge with confidence and determination, crossing the finish line with huge smiles on their faces,” said Mr. Gabriel Yap, Head of Marketing PUMA Southeast Asia. “PUMA Night Run
Singapore is our annual running event and we will definitely be back again next year. We look forward to a bigger and better race next year for all running enthusiasts!”
The fun and excitement continued after the finish line with an array of post-race activities organised at the PUMA race village in Wave House Sentosa. Race participants took the opportunity to cool down and surf at the popular FlowBarrel while others celebrated their completion of the race grooving to music performances by homegrown talents 53a and The Sam Willows. DJ Andrew T wrapped up the night with electrifying DJ set where celebrities, personalities, race participants and their supporters partied to pumped up beats and ended the night on a high.