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Just last weekend, Jacqueline and I participated in The Music Run by AIA and I must say, it was quite a disappointing experience for us. Even then, over 9000 race participants ran, danced, and partied to the beat of their favourite songs at the first Singapore edition of the The Music Run by AIA at Sentosa.

Image Credits to The Music Run Facebook Page

About The Music Run by AIA

Presenting sponsor AIA, The Real Life Company, has brought this event to three countries across Asia, bringing fun into fitness for everyone as part of its effort to promote healthy living for all members of the family.


Image Credits to The Music Run Facebook Page

The Music Run is one of the fastest growing events of its kind globally; a future focused, interactive, and non-competitive 5KM fun run that puts music at its heart. Offering a unique total music immersion experience amplified by over 150 concert quality speakers lining the entire route, the concept has been making waves in Asia with sell-out crowds in cities like Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Yangon, and now Singapore.

Our Personal Opinions and Thoughts about The Music Run by AIA

To be honest, The Music Run by AIA should just be called “The Music Walk” and The Music Runners, “The Music Walkers”.

Just to set the record straight, I have been to a couple of other fun runs [like the Hello Kitty Run and The Color Run Singapore] which has seen a much larger turnout and they have given me a positive running experience but not so for The Music Run by AIA.

Throughout the entire 5KM [4.85KM to be exact], the “Music Walkers” were all walking in big groups; it is as if they own the whole stretch of running path and what made the run even less enjoyable was the fact that the running path was narrow and heavily congested with human traffic.

While I do appreciate the organisers’ attempt to make The Music Run by AIA interesting and exciting, the run is nothing more than just having some speakers [blasting loud music] placed alongside the running route and I personally felt that there wasn’t much of an immersive experience as claimed by the organisers. In fact, if I may be upfront; it would have been better for me to just plug in my Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Bluetooth Earphones and run the 5KM route instead.

Notwithstanding this, I sincerely believe that a fun run should be a fun run and definitely not a fun walk. To me, a fun run is one where runners [whether individuals or groups] will enjoy running and the running experience that comes along with it. Sadly, The Music Run by AIA failed in this aspect and I do hope that they will improve on the running experience should they continue next year.

On hindsight, one plus point about The Music Run by AIA is probably the post-race after-party.


Image Credits to The Music Run Facebook Page

Were you at The Music Run by AIA?

Two weekends ago, Jacqueline and I participated in the Energizer Singapore Night Trail 2014 [ESNT 2014] and it was an unforgettable experience. In its fourth edition, the ESNT 2014 garnered the largest number of participants and raised over SGD$10,000 for Energizer’s adopted charity, SportCares Foundation.
Held amidst the thick jungle of Mandai, participants were off to a good start as Mr Aaron Ang, Senior Brand Manager of Energizer Singapore & Malaysia flagged off the first obstacle race at 3pm.

The event saw various categories that tested the determination and strength of participants and it includes the 3KM Open Obstacle Race, 3KM & 1.5KM Parent & Child Obstacle Race, 18KM Trail Race, 12KM Trail Race, and 6KM Trail Race.

The Parent & Child Obstacle Race led to greater family bonds as parents and their children raced together, overcoming hurdles along the way to get to the finishing line. Designed to put their teamwork to the test, the obstacle courses saw parents and their children helping one another across a muddy swamp, crawl over a rope net suspended over water, and even slide down a 5-metre high giant slide.

Our Personal Review of Energizer Singapore Night Trail 2014

Truth be told, the ESNT 2014 gave us an unforgettable and memorable experience because it is one of the toughest race that we have ever participated in. The running route was full of very steep upslopes and downslopes and the paths were full of rocks that came in all sizes; making the run quite challenging.

Both Jacqueline and I participated in the 12KM Trail Race and it was not an easy feat because we were totally not prepared for the multiple steep upslopes and downslopes. In fact, when we reached the 1KM mark, we were so exhausted that we almost wanted to give up. Thankfully, the water stations that were evenly spaced out gave us the only form of encouragement for every 2KM that we completed.

Alas, we completed the arduous 12KM trail race!

Overall, we felt that the ESNT 2014 was well organised because there were a lot of safety precautions taken to ensure participants’ safety and also, fringe activities were organised to keep participants occupied while waiting for their race category to begin. Adding on, the bus transport that was provided to and fro Lorong Asrama was very prompt and efficient!

If you are a thrill-seeker or a sport enthusiast, the Energizer Singapore Night Trail is definitely one sporting event that you will not want to miss! To be kept updated about future Energizer Singapore Night Trail Races, do check out Energizer Singapore Night Trail’s Facebook Page!

As the world leader in batteries and portable lights, Energizer is committed to bringing powerful and energy-efficient lighting to people around the world who live without access to electricity. Using sports as a powerful springboard to empower people to follow their own paths to success, Energizer hope to make a greater positive impact than ever.

Now that’s Positivenergy at work!

Our earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide level is currently close to 400 parts per million. If this continues, tipping points will be triggered and irreversible impacts will send climate change spinning truly beyond our control.
Organised by the Young NTUC, the NTUC Income RUN 350 is Southeast Asia’s premier eco-run in support of the global 350 movement. The movement serves to raise awareness of the need to lower atmospheric carbon dioxide level to 350 parts per million and to create a greater sense of urgency in meeting the challenges of the climate crisis that our planet is facing today.

Are you ready to make a stand and contribute to a greener tomorrow for your loved ones?

Well, if you are, then why not register yourself for RUN 350?

350m Kids Dash Category @ RUN 350

As of today, the 21km half-marathon and 350m Kids Dash have been fully subscribed and there are limited slots left for the 10km race category. For the 10km race category, it is only open to those whom are above 16 years old and the registration fees for NTUC/nEbO Member/Income Policy Holder is SGD$40. For members of the public, the fees for the 10km race category will be SGD$55.

Registration is closing tomorrow, 28 February 2014, Friday and if you want to be part of this meaningful run, you must act fast!

Just so you know, RUN 350 will be taking place on 27 April 2014 [Sunday], 5.30am, at the F1 Pit Building.

Even if you are unable to make it to RUN 350 on race day, there is a running clinic that is open to the public and it will be taking place on 8 March 2014 [Saturday], from 2pm to 4.30pm at One Marina Boulevard [NTUC Centre]. The running clinic will consist of a workshop with National Runner, Mok Ying Rong as the guest speaker and followed by a 5km group training run.

Registration for the running clinic is available via the following link:  http://bit.ly/1amfgjo

For more information and updates about RUN 350, do visit RUN 350 Official Website and “like” them on Facebook at RUN 350 Facebook Page.