Singapore, June 9, 2019 — The Green The Green Race returns to Singapore with its flattest, fastest and friendliest course ever! Singapore, June 9, 2019 — The Green Race (TGR), the Hong Kong-based race organiser of sustainable running events, returns to Singapore for a third year with a brand new course that mixes trail and tarmac. On Sunday June 15, 2019, the STGR Uglow Marathon will offer marathon, half-marathon and 10km options, with all courses taking participants along the serene waterside paths of Punggol Parkway and through the tame trails of beautiful Coney Island.
Some 730 runners have registered for STGR Uglow Marathon, with 342 runners taking on the 10km (8am flag-off), 285 runners in the half-marathon (7.30am) and 103 runners in the full marathon (7am). Among the participants include 16 athletes and 18 volunteer partners from Special Olympics Singapore, who have been sponsored free race entries with full runners’ entitlements by TGR.
Runners can choose to compete either solo or as a pair. All participants will receive unique TGR items in their race pack and a specially-designed Singaporean Uglow finisher’s singlet.
Explaining the reason for the new race location, TGR’s race director Martin Cai said: “We decided to go with the current trend where many trail runners are finding they can be faster overall, if they mix things up a little more. Cross-training with swimming, road running, yoga and cycling is bringing some runners back to the trail running start line stronger than ever and ready to take on their next ultra trail running battle.”
Just as well, the Bukit TImah Green Corridor, the previous location of the first two STGR events, is closed for infrastructure works.
Regardless of the race location, TGR remains focused on its ultimate goal, which is to connect runners and create community. Says Cai: “Connecting people (who happen to run) across all boundaries can be a very special thing to be part of and this is the path are focused on.”
To this end, participants of the STGR Uglow Marathon will have the opportunity to join the MSIG Summits @ Mui Wo in Hong Kong on November 3, 2019 (and vice versa). The challenging race, which will offer 17km, 27km and 50km options, traverses Lantau, the southwestern Hong Kong island, from east to west.
“TGR’s third event in Singapore is very special because it connects Singapore to Hong Kong, and Hong Kong to Singapore,” says Cai.
Since its founding in 2016 in Hong Kong, TGR has been committed to creating events that contribute to the community and environment.
Cai says: “We love sharing excellent running experiences with our running community and we truly believe our events are so much more than just a race day out. They are a full-fledged experience that we work extremely hard to create and share with each participant.”
For the Special Olympics athletes, the opportunity to participate is something they relish. Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, President of Special Olympics Singapore, said: “Running together provides a platform for persons without special needs to forge friendships with our athletes with special needs. Ongoing running training helps our athletes to develop cardiovascular fitness and strong mental skills. They also develop their social and emotional skills through interactions with their running partners and other volunteers.
“We are heartened to know that Green Race is supportive of our special athletes. We believe our athletes will enjoy the experience of the Green Race — they look forward to the adrenaline rush of a mainstream running event. Through such initiatives, Green Grace is leading the way to build a more caring and inclusive Singapore using sports as a common language.”
For more details on the STGR Uglow Marathon, please visit http://s.tgr.run.
5 things to know about The Green Race
- The Green Race (TGR) was created in Hong Kong in 2016 and that year had its first event in Singapore at Bukit Timah, with 338 participants supporting the event. “The event was a great success, well supported and enjoyed by all,” says Martin Cai, TGR’s race director. The next year, TGR’s Singapore Forest Marathon had nearly three times as many participants, a testament to the popularity of the event.
- It’s not just a name: TGR is all about green, sustainable events. “Our intention is to create high quality and value trail running events the do not leave behind a trail of unnecessary wastage,” says Cai. TGR has always been a healthy balance of environment, education and community. Initiatives include beach and trail cleanups, gear and clothing donations, nurturing a race volunteer community, and the MSIG Youth Trail Running Development Programme in Hong Kong.
- You can opt out of a TGR finisher medal. “We offer participants the opportunity to consume less and instead support a worthy cause,” says Cai. This year, at least 17% of all STGR Uglow Marathon participants chose the SG$4 medal opt-out, which money will instead be donated to Special Olympics Singapore. Over the past four years, TGR’s opt-out service has diverted more than S$48,000 from participant consumption to worthwhile charitable and community causes across Hong Kong and Singapore.
- Looking for a different type of vacation? TGR offers runcation retreats. They’ve partnered with John Ellis of Gone Running Hong Kong, Justin Andrews in Chengdu, Hirofumi Maeyama of Tottori Japan, and Sebastian Bertrand of Thailand Mountain Trails in Chiang Mai, to bring runners unique runcation retreats that truly leave a lasting impression for all participants. “From trails to culture, food to people these retreats are really some of the best holidays a trail runner could hope for!” Cai says.
- TGR, in partnership with sponsors MSIG Insurance Hong Kong, organise the MSIG Trail Running Series 2019 in Hong Kong, which offers a unique four-race challenge to not only the local, but regional trail running community. The series rewards top runners with not only prizes in cash and kind, but also a chance to participate in a 4 Deserts Racing the Planet event. A number of Singaporeans frequently travel to Hong Kong for TGR races, including ultra runners Alex Ang and Alvin Png.