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Sweep the clouds away with sunny days ahead with the world’s first Sesame Street Run Tour making its stop in Singapore as part of its Southeast Asia tour following a successful run in the Philippines earlier this month.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Sesame Street Run will make its debut on our sunny island on 17 November 2019 at Our Tampines Hub (OTH).

Tickets go on sale from now till 30 September 2019 via sesamestreetrun.com.

Fans of the popular American children’s television show can relive their childhood memories by meeting their beloved Sesame Street characters up close without having to make a trip to the US. The 50th anniversary celebrations doesn’t just stop in Singapore. More joy will be spread across to other neighbouring countries such Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia when they host their respective Sesame Street Run events in 2020 next year.

In contrast to other running events, the Sesame Street Run promises a fun-packed day with loads of activities for the whole family! The five kilometre family run caters to all ages, from first timers to experienced runners.

Witness the star studded line up of your favourite Sesame Street characters such as Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and many more!

For families with younger children and grandparents in tow, the run will also have separate three and one kilometre leisure walks so everyone can cross the finishing line together!

The 50th year run will have all participants witness a giant birthday cake blowout and be flagged-off with a countdown by Sesame Street’s very own Count Von Count.

Additionally, guests signing up will also get to experience fun activities and themed Sesame Street carnival games and quizzes as well as photo opportunities with their favourite Sesame Street characters.

TICKETING DETAILS

The five kilometre Sesame Street run offers attractive merchandise with different ticket categories that will have you spoilt for choice.

With categories ranging from $42 to $126, each ticket category will come with a myriad of colourful items that will have you squealing with delight such as a dri-fit Sesame Street t-shirt, a Sunny Day’s medal, a smart scarf, a pair of socks, a sweatband and more.

An e-certificate will also be sent upon completion of the run.



Triathlons, as a sport, are growing in popularity, as evidenced by the increasing number of big competitions held all over the world. Not everyone who joins these events aims to win, but everyone does make it a goal to finish the race. For beginners, training for a triathlon is a step-by-step process that starts with a visit to the doctor for a health check.

If you’ve recently found yourself interested in training for a triathlon, be armed with some basic knowledge below.

The Gear

After getting a clean bill of health from the doctor, you’ll need to get some basic equipment to start training for your first triathlon. It might be a good idea to borrow some of these equipment for your first few training sessions so that you will have some time to shop around as they tend to be rather pricey.

Essentially, you’ll need the following:

  • Swimsuit, training goggles, a swim cap if you have long hair
  • Cycling shorts or chamois if you have it
  • Running shoes that fit (cycling shoes are optional)
  • A bicycle that suits your preference
  • A water bottle for long bike rides

You will also need access to a swimming pool or at least an open body of water to train for the swimming part of the competition. Look for a pool that’s closest to your home and is open for your preferred hours of training. If you plan to train in open waters, be sure to have someone with you in case of any emergency situations and remember to apply some sunscreen!

The Run

Running can be done practically anywhere, but as always, be sure to stay on the safe side of the road or pathway in order to avoid any unintended injuries. Wear reflective gear when running on the road. The goal of training is to work on your endurance and gradually increase the distance (and time) that you’re able to run comfortably.

In the beginning, start with a full minute of walking followed by a full minute of running. Increase your runs by a minute every week while keeping the same minute of walking breaks in between. You should be able to run at a pace that allows for conversation to be maintained without exerting too much effort.

The Swim

Out of the three sports in the triathlon, the swimming portion requires the most technique. Getting the strokes right from the start will help you swim efficiently and not waste energy; hence, consider hiring a swim coach to help you out. When you’re in the water, find your center, or what is commonly known among swimmers as the “sweet spot.” Once you’ve found it, you can then begin to build your endurance comfortably.

Start with a two-hundred-meter training distance, broken down into four-by-fifty-meter laps with short rests in between. As you start improving your technique, slowly work toward being able to swim the whole distance comfortably without stopping for rest in between each fifty-meter lap. As the race date draws nearer, make time to practice open-water swimming.

The Bike

Before you start cycling, take some time to have your bike checked out so that you can be sure that it operates properly, allows you to get a comfortable position, and has all the safety features you’ll need. Wear a helmet that fits you and sunglasses to keep the glare of the sun out of your eyes. Master some bike-maintenance skills like making minor adjustments or changing a flat tire so that you won’t have to deal with the possibility of being stranded during a race.

During training, focus on your cadence and try to keep it between 80 to 100 comfortably. Choose a route that offers some hills in order to give some intensity to your cycling practice and don’t forget to warm up before hitting the trails.

Recovery Is Important

Recovery periods are as important as the triathlon training itself and it involves more than simply taking time off to lie on the couch. It consists of in-between days of lower-intensity workouts, lifestyle amendments to include a healthier diet and high-quality sleep, and time for massage, stretching, and compression sessions. During recovery, your body is working on rejuvenation to prepare for more intense training sessions.

Training for a triathlon requires plenty of preparation and a good deal of perseverance. Find a coach or training partner to help you train the right way and keep things fun. More importantly, keep a positive attitude! Every great athlete started somewhere, and you’re only just beginning to work on your fitness potential!

It has become a trend to do outdoor stuff and be immersed in nature, thus the rising popularity of outdoor sports. There are a lot of sports being enjoyed outside, and these have a lot of good feedback reported on the internet. Some even claimed that outdoor sports have changed their mood and helped them cope with daily stress and anxiety from work or school. Outdoor sports is not only a good way to get to know new people, but it is also a way to stay fit as well.

Get in with the trend and try these outdoor sports:

Cycling

This is one of the most popular activities that people, young and old, love—and it has a lot of health benefits too. While soaking in the scenery as you pedal down the park or a breathtaking trail, you can increase muscle strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Cycling also strengthens bones and improve posture and coordination as you burn off those extra calories. If you want to track progress as you cycle and improve your overall cycling experience, upgrade your bicycle with a few accessories like power meters.

Mountain Climbing

This gained popularity lately and for a good reason—the stunning view of nature and the surroundings from the top is undoubtedly spectacular. While it’s not exactly a piece of cake, there are a lot of training facilities offered around America to ensure that you’re doing good before you take on a mountain without supervision. When you do attempt a climb, make sure you have the necessary tools and accessories needed to make sure you’re safe to climb rocky slopes.

There are benefits as well to mountain climbing—it can improve stamina, endurance, and muscle strength because it uses lots of muscle groups. Since focus is necessary when climbing safely, it’ll help with concentration and mental stability.

Hiking

Some won’t even see this as a sport since it’s so relaxing and fulfilling, but hiking means you have to tread different terrains and walk for a long while before you can find a place to rest in. You have to build up stamina, endurance, and willpower to overcome the challenges and obstacles in your path. Since it can be difficult, hiking often requires mental focus, and it will help tone most of your muscles as well. You will also be well-rewarded with the beauty of nature as you hike up the hill and you might even meet some rare birds and animals!

Surfing

Don’t you just enjoy the sea and the breeze as it blows across your face when you ride the waves? It’s an amazing experience where you can learn how to balance and improve your confidence in life. Surfing is actually a good way to release stress, and it promotes you to be active. The best thing about it is you also get to swim and enjoy the view of the beach. Surfing improves cardiovascular fitness and, at the same time, helps your core and back strength.

Rowing

This is one of the most excruciating sports out there, but one of the best one if you aim to lose more weight. It will tone your muscles—both arms and legs, and it requires teamwork and focus as well. There are accessories that can help you track your vital signs and progress as well if you want to know how much you’ve improved, but overall, rowing is one of the most effective exercises out there.

Archery

This is one of the most relaxing activities on the list, and it doesn’t require much stamina and strength; in fact, it can be fun and make you competitive. Archery develops the focus and concentration, as well as patience. If you can hone these skills, it will help improve confidence, and it’s an awesome skill to show off to friends.

What are you waiting for? Grab your gear and head out those doors to try one—or more!—of these outdoor sports. Bring a friend to make it a more fun experience.

The past month has been really crazy because it was so busy! But busy is good because that means everything’s going smoothly. Then again, the downside of being really busy is the lack of time for healthy exercise and healthy eating. I went to do a weigh in recently and I wasn’t surprised that my weight has gone up to 75kg from 70kg. This means on average over the last 5 months, I have been putting on at least 1kg a month!

Then again, when we’re busy and stressed up with work, we tend to eat at irregular hours and snack endlessly. At least this was what happened to me as my input was more than my output.

Doki Juice 2018

Hence it was really timely when I was introduced to Doki Doki’s range of superfood juices (Doki Juice for short) because in the midst of the busyness, I was really craving for sugar and as we all know, over-consumption of sugar leads to a whole load of other health problems and one of the best options to get a healthy dose of sugar is through fruits.

Doki Juice is a unique superfood product on its own. Think of it like your 3-in-1 instant coffee. Unlike many superfood products that come in the form of processed powders; Doki Juice comes in the form of a purée and there’s no artificial colouring nor artificial sugar added. In fact, one of the best things that I like about Doki Juice is the fact that I could enjoy it in a variety of ways!

#1: Straight from the Pack

Well, if you like things to be concentrated, the Doki juice can be consumed straight from the pack. It might be a little too sweet for some people but yes, it is so good that you can eat it on its own.

#2: With some Mixer such as Soda or Ice Cold Water

This is my personal favourite. I like to combine cold soda/carbonated water with the Doki Juice and concoct what I call a sparkling fruit juice. You can even use Perrier sparkling water for an exquisite and premium taste.

#3: Freeze it like an Ice Pop or Blend it with some Yoghurt

Doki Juice is also perfect for making some healthy wholesome desserts. If you’re feeling the hunger pangs and you need some snacks; make some ice pop with the Doki Juice or blend it with some plain Yoghurt!

Doki Juice 2018

Just so you know, Doki Juice comes in 5 different flavours:

#1: Blueberry with Acai Berry

#2: Passion Fruit with Camu Camu

#3: Calamansi Ginger with Sale

#4: Soursop with Chia Seeds

#5: Dragon Fruit with Chia Seeds

Check out Doki Juice’s website if you are keen to place your order and if you want to get them immediately, they are available at BHG Bugis and BHG Bishan. In addition to that, Doki Juice is also available on RedMart and will soon be stocked in Naiise outlets from mid-November!

Each box costs $8.00 and contains 4 servings (that means every serving costs $2)! However,  if you buy 5 boxes, you will get $10 off and that means each serving will cost just $1.50!

Get you Doki Juice today!

Swag bags, also known as race packets, are loot bags that are given at the beginning of races or running events. They can be quite predictable as they almost always have the same items, like a shirt with a logo of the event, race number bib and safety pins to attach it with, course information, and flyers from sponsors and for upcoming races.

Race packets can attract more participants to the event and present organisers and corporate sponsors with an opportunity to market their brand and products. Unfortunately, the recipients find too little use for many of the items in the bag and end up tossing a lot of promotional items even before the race starts. To avoid this, it’s important to consider how the participants can benefit from the contents of the bag. It’s also a good idea to add a fresh twist to its contents to make the bag—and the event as a whole—more memorable. Here are a few items that will make good additions to your race packets:

1. Wearable Items with the Race Logo

While cotton or technical shirts are a common choice for such an occasion, participants who have been to many races may not like them too much since they already have a lot of shirts in their closet. As an alternative, you can use towels, headbands, socks, and rubber or silicone wristbands designed exclusively for the race. You can also add bonnets and mittens to your list of options if the race will be held during the colder months. The participants don’t have to wear these items during the race itself, but they can use them while training for the event or doing everyday activities.

2. Discount Coupon for Massages

Running is a physically demanding activity. After weeks or months of training and, finally, completing the event, the participants will want to relax a bit and pat themselves on the back for a job well done. Nothing can be as relaxing and as rewarding as a massage or a trip to a spa after competing in a race. A discount voucher to a spa is something that your participants will certainly appreciate and remember the event for.

3. Reusable Water Containers

In the same vein, runners will need something to drink while traversing the course. Because of this, bottled water is often included in the race packet. However, you can take this a step further and make it more environment-friendly by using reusable water containers instead of disposable ones. A tumbler can be used before and after the race and won’t directly contribute to the waste the event will generate.

4. Sample Products

Brochures and flyers from sponsors are often ignored and end up getting thrown into the trash. Instead of distributing paper, why not give away sample products that will truly capture your target’s attention? Give away items that will allow your participants to discover your sponsors’ products and see for themselves if they want it or not. Most people will appreciate items like anti-chaffing creams, sunscreen samplers, hygienic and skincare products, and even foodstuff in their race packets.

5. Reusable Bag

Finally, the swag bag itself can be a freebie. Pack the items in a cost-friendly drawstring bag that the participants can use as a gym bag after the event. Choosing a reusable item to package the freebies with is proof that your event cares about the environment. And just like other wearable items, a bag bearing your race’s logo can serve as a free marketing tool for next year’s race.

A swag bag is more than just a gift to the race’s participants; it also serves as a souvenir that participants can use to remember your event by.

What’s in your swag bag, and how can you relate it to what your event stands for?

I have never been to Fiji but I have heard a lot about Fiji. Some say Fiji’s a little like the Maldives and some say Fiji’s somewhere in Africa (I wonder where that came from); but I’m pretty sure, most people would know or have seen/heard about FIJI Water.

FIJI Water held its first Wellness Village which welcomed 150 visitors at the Sapphire Pavilion at Siloso Beach yesterday. This event was anchored by two sundown yoga sessions hosted by prominent yogi and founder of The Yoga Lab, Jasmine Chong, and saw the participation of 200 people.

Water is the most important factor in staying healthy and keeping one’s ​body hydrated. As ​FIJI Water is an artesian water​ which comes directly from the source and is untouched by man​, it appeals to consumers who strive to lead healthy lifestyles and carefully curate what is best for their body. With health and wellness at the core of FIJI Water’s brand, the “Wellness at it’s Finest” event provided participants with a look into the type of lifestyle FIJI Water is associated with and encouraged them to become better versions of themselves, through the yoga sessions and F&B lifestyle offerings available on-site. The event was also accessible and free, allowing passers-by the opportunity to visit and experience the village while getting acquainted with the FIJI Water brand. Passers-by and participants alike relaxed and unwound on the beachfront, took selfies with colourful beach-themed floats, or walked around the F&B and lifestyle stalls – namely An Acai Affair, Dosirak, KITTED and Apres Avant – curated specially for one’s wellness needs.

Image Credits: FIJI Water- Jasmine Chong, founder of Yoga Lab, demonstrating a yoga pose.

Taught by experienced yoga instructor, Jasmine Chong, the event ended off with two yoga sessions held on the beachfront as the sun set against the picturesque backdrop of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach. What’s more, participants took part in the lucky draw for a chance to walk away with the grand prize – a pair of return flights to Fiji and 5-night accommodation – as sponsored by Tourism Fiji.

FIJI Water also organised a contest on their Facebook and Instagram pages. To win a pair of return flights to the Islands of Fiji as sponsored by Fiji Airways, fans needed to capture their best FIJI Water moments at the Wellness Village and share about their experience via these images on their social media, using the hashtags #FIJIWaterWellnessVillage and #FIJIMomentsSG.

About FIJI™ Water 

FIJI™ Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs. Widely available at fine restaurants, hotels and all major retail channels, FIJI Water has expanded globally to more than 80 countries. To learn more about FIJI™ Water, please visit www.fijiwater.sg, like their Facebook fan page and follow their Instagram.

About Fiji Airways

Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group comprises of Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, its domestic and regional carrier, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi. From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 69 destinations in 15 countries (including code-share). Destinations include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD$815 million (USD $390m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013. Visit www.fijiairways.com for more information.

Running makes you happy. Most runners know this nostrum. But why does running make you happy? For some, running gives you a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction, for others it is escaping the everyday madness and for other, it is about being outdoors and connecting with nature. In any case, running is an activity that is accessible to most people. There is no need for formal training, special equipment or membership fees. The only thing you really need is a decent pair of running shoes and some comfortable clothing. Running outdoors is also very different from cycling on the spinning bike indoors. Read below to see more on our top reasons why running makes you happy.

Reason 1: Runner’s High

Running is known to release endorphins in the brain that trigger a positive feeling in the body. Endorphins make a person more energetic, alert and happy. This feeling is referred to as a “runner’s high,” which can kick in during a run, after or both. In addition, according to a Canadian study, the runner’s high may also be due to the hormone leptin. When you’re in motion, your leptin levels drop, which researchers suggest could send a hunger signal to the brain to generate a sense of pleasure. Running also encourages your body to release serotonin which elevates your mood.

Reason 2: Better Shape

Running like any other type of vigorous exercise helps you to get into better physical shape. The better shape you are in, the stronger you will feel. Being in better shape affects not only your body and overall wellbeing but also improves your mental state. Make sure you hydrate properly before and after your run. Drink electrolytes or take supplements if you need to.

Reason 3: Flexibility

You can run as little or as much as you want, in short spurts or longer runs. You can fit it during your lunch hour (runch), do it first thing in the morning before you head out to work, or after work as a way to wind down. You can do it a few times a week or just during the weekend. Whatever you decide, whatever you choose, you have the flexibility to customise your workout to fit your lifestyle.

Reason 3: Me-time

Running is the perfect time to get away from the everyday humdrum and escape. Not only will you get some quiet time, exercise, get away from the craziness, you will also get that coveted me time. Running will help you clear your mind and achieve a level of calmness, almost Zen-like.

Reason 4: Sense of Community

Running can provide a supportive social group. Even though running is an individual activity, it can actually help you connect with other inspiring people. Runners are very supportive of each other and are actually quite social. There are many online groups that provide advice, motivation, experiences and tips. Running with friends or interacting with other runners you meet along the way, can provide connections and a supportive network.

Reason 5: Self-Esteem and Confidence

Running improves your self-esteem and confidence by increasing endorphins, getting in better shape, working towards a goal and achieving them. Bettering your own performance and goals will boost your confidence and keep you running for more.

For other articles like this one, make sure you visit Consumer Health Review.

When I first heard about the District Race, I have to be honest that I raised my eyebrows slightly as I wasn’t sure what to expect. In fact, I even questioned whether I should participate in the race at all. Having completed the District Race Singapore 2018, I have to be upfront that I truly enjoyed the race and it is definitely one of the best race events that I have participated till date. With over 80 virtual checkpoints and challenges spread over five districts, there was never a dull moment and the best part is that I get to spend some meaningful time with Jacqueline to explore Singapore’s many nooks and crannies.

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My experience as an Outdoor Educator/Outdoor Teacher has given me a bit of an advantage for the District Race as I often bring my students on learning journeys to the 5 districts of the race. Armed with the knowledge of how the route was going to be like and the kind of traffic conditions that we were expecting, Jacqueline and I skipped the Chinatown, Uptown, and Downtown districts and explored the Gardens and Kallang districts instead. This was despite the fact that the checkpoints in the Chinatown, Uptown, and Downtown districts were pretty nearby to each other.

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Just so you know, there was no set route or distance for the District Race Singapore 2018 and the goal of the race was to collect as many points as possible in two hours. Thus, crossing the finishing line with the best timing was really not the intent of the race and for Jacqueline and myself, we actually walked throughout so that we could see, hear, smell, touch and connect with Mother Nature at the Gardens District. Having said that, the District Race is suitable for beginners and professionals alike. If you have been cooped up in the office and have not been exercising much, the District Race is a good avenue to kickstart your fitness regime. If a healthy dose of competition is what you are after, District Race’s gamification approach will definitely spur you on. 

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To sum up, I totally love District Race because:

  • I did not have to jostle with other race participants for running space.
     
  • I got to plan my own race route and set my own pace.
     
  • I was able to explore the places around the checkpoints without worrying too much about time.
     
  • I had the opportunity to spend meaningful time with my race partner without any pressure to cross the finishing line in the best timing possible.
     
  • Most importantly, I really like the Adidas event tee-shirt!

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From a business perspective, the District Race has got potential to scale up and while I am not exactly sure how much it cost the organisers to execute this race event; I am pretty sure it was not as logistics/manpower intensive as other race events that I have participated in. Some observations that I noted are as follows:

  • There were not many signages/banners put up as the District Race is pretty much self-directed. All the virtual checkpoints and challenges could be found on the District Race App and this gave participants the opportunity to pre-plan their route before race day. Some costs in terms of printing signages/banners and engaging people to put up and take down the signages/banners before and after the race would have been reduced.
     
  • Although Event Crews were placed at strategic points to aid with the race administration, I do not see the race needing much manpower as there were no hydration points provided. Thus, with the reduced number of manpower needed to execute the race; there would also be some cost savings as well.
     
  • When race participants completed a set number of checkpoints, they received pings on the District Race App that rewarded them with some attractive promotions from the Race Sponsors. This is definitely a great way to market some of the products and services from the Race Sponsors and it may actually help to boost the sales of relevant products and services!

Being the world’s first urban exploration race which uses Augmented Reality and location-based technology, the District Race will be launched in Hong Kong, Australia, USA and Western Europe subsequently. 

Given the opportunity, I will certainly join future District Races! Being an avid explorer myself, I will even consider flying to other countries where District Races are planned so that I can also plan a holiday there at the same time.

Kudos to the race organisers and their team for such an excellent and successful race. It has been such a long time since I enjoyed a running event where the ultimate goal is not about crossing the finish line but really to get outdoors and see, hear, and smell what the place has got to offer.

I give the District Race two thumbs up!

    Fitness trackers (also known as fitness bands) are the rage these days and they can range from SGD$20 to more than SGD$300 (depending on the kind of functions that you are looking for).

    Personally, I have worn the Pebble and the Xiaomi Mi Band previously (the original and the Xiao Mi Band 2) and more recently, I have made the switch to the Lifesense Band 2.

     

    In case you’re wondering, Lifesense is a Chinese company and they have been around for more than 15 years (producing healthcare products and devices such as smart scales and even blood pressure monitors).

    For the price of SGD$88, I would say that the Lifesense Band 2 is a good buy; considering the fact that it comes with a lot of features and best of all, a hassle free charging experience that makes things very convenient.

    The Lifesense Band 2 sports a new design that confers a better look, and its performance when compared to its predecessor, has been improved with an ARM Cortex-M4 kernel processor. Lifesense Band 2 has an IP68 rating and is water splash, sweat, dust and spray resistant; thus, you can bring it to the showers or even for a swim.

    A feature that I really like about the Lifesense Band 2 is the 24/7 Heart Rate Tracking that continuously monitors my heart rate without a need for a chest strap. Combined with the new POWER PULSE dynamic heart rate algorithm and SILICON LABS high-precision heart rate sensor, Lifesense Band 2 is able to give me the most accurate heart rate data regardless of my location and activity.

    What is also interesting about the Lifesense Band 2 is that I don’t have to fiddle with any manual setting when I go for my runs. In fact, all I need to do is just start running and the auto running detection will do its work and the timer, distance, heart rate and calories-burnt statistics will all be automatically recorded in the specially-developed LifeSense App for 7 days.

    The one feature that I like best about the Lifesense Band 2 is its hassle free charging experience because I don’t need to bring any cables or accessories to charge it. The Lifesense Band 2 is itself a USB device that I can plug and play into any USB ports to charge it. With Heart Rate Tracking on, the battery can last for about 5 days and if it is off, the battery can last about 30 days on a single charge!

    Keen to buy the LifeSense Band 2?

    Well, there’s no better time to buy it than now because from now until 30 September 2017, you can get a 10% discount for every purchase of the LifeSense Band 2. All you need to do is just key in the voucher code: LIFESEN10

    So, what are you waiting for? Get your LifeSense Band 2 today!

    It’s been such a long time since I last blogged and with the never-ending pile of work that makes finding time to blog so difficult, I hope that I can strike a fine balance in the months to come. 

    Thankfully, I was able to get my mind away from work over the weekends at the Mizuno Ekiden 2017 and I had a great time catching up with my friends. Though my running pace was quite far off from what I had planned, I was glad that I finished and survived the race.

    Compared to previous editions of the Mizuno Ekiden, I personally enjoyed this year’s edition because the race route was much simpler and flatter. The weather was also quite bearable and I must say, the race volunteers did a great job of paving the way for the runners (especially at the Jubilee Bridge and One Fullerton where there were many visitors). The cashless transactions at the various F&B booths also made things more convenient!

    I also feel that there are room for improvements and some areas of consideration for the race organisers are: 

    • Shifting the race flag-off time to an earlier time

    I’m not sure how many people would be in favour of such an arrangement but I would think that an earlier race flag-off time (for teams participating in the full marathon) might be more ideal. 

    • More Japanese F&B options

    The F&B options at this year’s Mizuno Ekiden 2017 are very limited. Although there’s Hokkaido Green Tea Ice-Cream, Ramen, Sushi, Suntory Beer and Takoyaki, I’m pretty sure Japanese cuisine in general has so much more to offer than just those which I have mentioned!

    • A More Efficient Way of Tracking Team Mates’ Location

    The tracking system that’s used at the Mizuno Ekiden is pretty complex to understand and most of the time, majority of the runners find themselves in the transition pen way too early, thus crowding up the area even before their team mates arrive for the changeover. 

    Now that all is said and done, this shouldn’t discount the many new improvements that the race organiser had made for this year’s race and I believe next year’s race will be an even better one!

    Overall, I am glad that my team mates and I enjoyed the race and we certainly look forward to next year’s edition of the Mizuno Ekiden!

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