ULTRA LOYAL Sundown Marathon Runner Interviews

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As Sundown Marathon turns 10, we are happy to know there have been runners who have been supporting us from day 1. Meet some of our Ultra Loyal Sundown Marathon runners as they share their Sundown Marathon running experiences. These 9 Ultra Loyal Runners are a few of our avid supporters who have ran all past 9 editions of Sundown Marathon, and will be back joining us for OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017 to make it a perfect 10!

RSAF Engineer Phan is 48-years-old. He is married with two grown children and works so many hours, the only way he could sort a respectable running schedule was to commit to night running!

When time allows, he loves golf and cycling, too. This quiet, introspective RSAF member never met an ultra he couldn’t tackle, but when you read about his 2010 Sundown Marathon accomplishment you’ll know why he caps our list of amazing runners.

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Andy Li Yin Jie is a man of few words, so when we notified the 34-year-old risk manager that he’s an official member of our Sundown Marathon hall of fame, he took it in his stride. As one of 9 Singaporean runners who hasn't missed a Sundown Marathon since its inception, he’s a modest, outgoing guy who’s comfortable in his own skin.

When it comes to exercise, it’s hard to name an athletic pursuit he doesn’t enjoy, which is why table tennis, basketball, hiking and cycling are on his favourites list. In fact, anything that gets him outdoors to enjoy the bounty of nature makes him happy.

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It figures that Clement Woon works for an energy management company. His personality is so energetic, he could light up the Singapore skyline. He jokes that age diverted him from his former fascination with softball, at which point, running made an exciting substitute. Woon’s first-ever 42km was the first Sundown Marathon Singapore run in 2008.

He’ll never forget crossing that finish line! This high-powered, healthy athlete enjoys the occasional beer-, wine-, burger- or chicken wing-binge with friends. Self-admittedly outgoing and stubborn, when he sets a goal, you’d better get out of his way!

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Jacqueline Tan, a small petite woman, has proven that successful runners come in all different sizes. Ten years ago you wouldn't find her in the easiest of 5K road races, let alone the challenging world of ultramarathons.

Jacqueline has found something deep down inside her that only runners would understand. She has found herself. Running for her is not just about exercise, it's not just about conquering the pain of fatigue. It is much more than that. When she is out on the course and tackling the longest of distances, it is not just a race. It's a journey of self-discovery.

She gets to learn about herself, what she is able to achieve, how far she can push herself. Ms. Tan understands that the sport of running is not just about the miles, it about finding out what she is made of.

In a unique way Sundown Marathon has been part of her journey from the start. We are fortunate that this ultra-loyal Sundown Marathon runner and pacer has chosen to share her experience with us.

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When the Sundown Marathon was conceived in 2008, getting the nocturnal event off the ground was a daunting experience for organisers.

A lot has changed since that premier run — economic fluctuation, changing social habits and enough progress to give futurists whiplash. But what has remained unchanged is the loyalty of people to the Sundown brand.

Among our faithful Sundown Marathon runners is Loke Kai Hong. The dedicated 60-year-old has lived through six decades of change, so he's not just fit, but wise, as well.

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Yeo Kim Kiat isn’t the sort of fellow who likes his plans to be cancelled. The 50-year-old Quantity Supervisor at Takenaka Corporation had no idea when he ran his first Sundown with his brother-in-law back in 2008 that he was starting a tradition, but the event became so important, he ran every Sundown since.

Mr. Yeo thinks positively, works hard, reads, plays chess and loves other people. At the top of his list? Running, of course, so when his doctor said, “No running,” after he suffered an injury, Mr. Yeo said, “Nothing’s keeping me from the 2016 OSIM Sundown Marathon.” Guess who won the argument?

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Singaporeans know a thing or two about loyalty, but is it possible to remain loyal to a running event for a decade when life’s pressures are so distracting? 

It is if you’re Danny Asmara, a dedicated teacher who loves the outdoors and exploring the world. Danny also loves to push limits. Travel. Swim. Motorbike. Run triathlons, aquathlons, duathlons, obstacle races and indulge his creative side as a photographer. 

Yet no matter how packed his schedule gets, he hasn’t missed a Sundown Marathon Singapore since the event’s inception in 2008, which is why he joins the elite band of nine ultra-loyal runners we are proud to salute.

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As a meticulous instructor on electron microscopes, Dr. Derrick Ang’s brain never stops working, and to make sure that brain is properly cared for, he’s a big advocate of running to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As a Facility for Analysis, Characterisation, Testing and Simulation (FACTS) staff at the Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, this agile scientist has run every Sundown Marathon.

Since he intends to undertake at least 200 full marathons before retiring his running shoes, he encourages everyone he meets to run. That includes successfully converting wife Steffy and daughter Kosen. Not content to rest on his laurels, he has recently taken up electric unicycling for any number of rational reasons!

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Meet retiree Elson Wong. He’s a pretty typical guy with a life-long passion for all types of sports. Before he retired three years ago, he held a job most athletes would love: He worked for the Singapore Sports Council (now Sports Singapore) where he served as a lifeguard for 20 years. Before devoting his life to the Council, he was a member of the Singapore Police Force for 26 years, 17 of which were spent instructing new recruits, regulars and national service personnel.

When he’s not enjoying his long-awaited retirement, Mr. Wong divides his time between sedentary activities like listening to music and watching TV and a few athletic endeavours that belie his age! You’ll find him running, cycling and rollerblading to stay fit and have fun. His memories of the Sundown are precious so we’re proud to count him among our 10 loyal Sundown interviewees.

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