Singapore, 15 February 2012 — On 19 February (Sunday), 2,300 runners will take on Singapore’s most grueling urban obstacle race. Designed to be significantly tougher than last year’s challenge, the Men's Health Urbanathlon 2012 features nine new and upgraded obstacles along a 14km course that runs through the heart of the island’s central business district.
Some of the toughest obstacles along the 14km route include: Corporate Ladder, where runners will have to ascend and descend the viewing gallery of The Float@Marina Bay; Monkey Business, where participants will have to swing across four sets of monkey bars placed side by side – laterally, instead of longitudinally; and Down And Dirty, the final obstacle consisting of two skip tanks – one filled with mud, and the other with water. (See Appendix for full descriptions of obstacles).
This year’s race also includes a new corporate category. More than 90 corporate teams, each comprising three to five runners, will be slugging it out for the grand prize worth up to S$10,000.
In the individual category, outstanding prizes await the top five runners, with the champion walking away with S$10,000 worth of products and services.
On top of that, every participant will receive a race pack worth over S$300.
Running for a cause
In a display of courage and tenacity, and to help raise the awareness of disabled athletes in Singapore, two disabled athletes – Adam Kamis (“One-arm Runner”) and Shariff Abdullah (“Singapore Blade Runner”) – will be taking on the Urbanathlon for the first time.
Other celebrities taking part in the race are ex-Formula One race car driver Alex Yoong and award-winning author Neil Humphreys.
Mr Sherwin Chua, Editor of Men's Health Singapore, said: “It’s great to see more runners taking part in the Urbanathlon every year. It proves that our race is truly unique. This year’s race will definitely give those who are running the Urbanathlon for the first time a memorable experience, and also provide a fresh and surprising challenge for those doing it again. One thing’s for sure, the Urbanathlon will redefine every runner’s limit!"
Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development, and Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC, will be present as Guest of Honour for this event.
The excitement will continue after the race at the Start/Finish Point, where participants can collect their finishers’ T-shirt and medal, cool down and wash up, witness the prize presentation, help themselves to complimentary beer and food, recover with sports massage and take home a commemorative snapshot.
Said Mr Eugene Low, Deputy Managing Director, SPH Magazines: “The Men’s Health Urbanathlon is a perfect platform for sponsors to engage Men’s Health readers and associate their brands with Singapore’s most popular men’s publication."
The Singapore Men’s Health Urbanathlon is jointly organised by SPH Magazines and HiVelocity, and presented by Subaru.
Adidas is official apparel of this race, and the main sponsors include Biotherm Homme, Davidoff Fragrances, 3M Futuro, Guess Watches, Kaplan, Olympus Tough, Polar, Redken and Sony Ericsson. Event partners are Durex, H-Two-O and True Fitness.
Men’s Health magazine is Singapore’s No. 1 magazine with a readership of 96,000 (Nielsen Media Index 2011). Menshealth.com.sg was named Best Digital Media of the Year (Men’s Category) in 2011 by Marketing Magazine.
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A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Limited.
With a proven track record for sterling editorial content, award-winning designs and creative solutions, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic publisher. In its stable are about 100 titles in the region, in English, Chinese and other languages, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other titles such as Female, Cleo, The Women's Weekly, The Peak, Home & Decor, Nuyou, Torque and HWM are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories. It also publishes Harper's BAZAAR and Cosmopolitan in Singapore and Malaysia with Hearst Magazines International.
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SPH Magazines' established editorial unit provides excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and other collaterals to meet their business needs. clickTRUE Pte Ltd, an associate company of SPH Magazines, is a Pay Per Performance online marketing company specialising in Online Media Planning, Search Engine Marketing and Optimisation, Web Analytics Consultancy and Landing Page Optimisation.
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About Men’s Health Singapore
Men’s Health is the “100% Useful” magazine for the sophisticated and active man focusing on men’s fitness, health, sex and relationships, grooming and style. Men’s Health is Singapore's no. 1 men's magazine, with a readership of 96,000 (Source: AC Nielsen Media Index 2011). For more information and to subscribe, log on to menshealth.com.sg
About HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd
Started by athletes, HiVelocity Events is a company built on pure passion and love for sports. The company specialises in sports marketing and sports event management. HiVelocity Events is amongst the top sports event agencies in Singapore and has developed quality sporting events in Asia for a diverse range of organisations and audiences.
It is the company’s vision to inspire, motivate and create a great sporting experience for all. Successful large-scale events include the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore Triathlon, which is the best organised Ironman 70.3 in the Asia and offers qualifying slots to the World Championships. Other well-received events include the 2011 Nike We Run SG, adidas King Of The Road, J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. The company is also the creator and organiser of the unique Sundown Marathon – Singapore’s only night run that consists of a 100km ultra marathon race. For more information on HiVelocity Events, please visit www.hivelocity.com.sg