Soaking It All In

The SingTel Tri-Factor Triathlon was held on Sunday, 28th August, at the Angsana Green at East Coast Park. The triathlon was the last in the Tri-Factor series starting with the Swim (15th May), Bike (12th Jun), Run (17th Jul) and finally culminating with the Triathlon.

Participants arrived as early as 6 am to rack up the bike, check out the transition area, set up their transition equipment, the swim course, the swim-in, bike-out, bike-in and run-out points. In addition, all participants had to be body marked with their bib numbers.

By the time the first wave started at 7.45 am, it was amid a partly cloudy and balmy morning in due to the wet weather experienced the day before. A big consolation was the relatively calm waters at East Coast that day. Many other participants could still be seen warming-up outside of the triangular swim-course.

The event was flagged off beginning with the Olympic category (1.5km Swim, 40km Cycle, 10km run) at 7.45 am, followed by the Sprint category (750m Swim, 20km Cycle, 5km Run), Freshman category (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 2.4km Run) and finally the Kids category (200m Swim, 5km Cycle, 1km Run) at 10.45 am.

Rack after rack of mainly road bikes hung in the transition area, though the occasional hybrid and mountain bike could be seen. Aerobars, cleats and different mounting methods differentiate the seasoned triathletes from the beginners. Many brands and models of bike could be seen here – sure beats going any bike store for a view.

Perhaps, as a result of the relatively calm waters and not so scorching weather due to partly cloudy skies, the triathlon went smoothly.

A fun carnival-like atmosphere was set up next to the transition area with booths from the sponsors: SingTel, SiS, Dermalogica, Timex and Crocs.

Singtel had contests including:

SingTel Fastest Texter
Where contestants had to type the following Using a mobile phone in the shortest time possible;

The razor-toothed piranhas
of the genera Serrasalmus
and Pygocentrus are the
most ferocious freshwater
fish in the world.
In reality they seldom attack
a human.
(See how fast you can type the above on your mobile.)

SingTel Fastest Hopper
Hopping diagonally from one hula hoop to the next over 10m in the shortest time.

SingTel Fastest Carioca
Running sideways with legs crossing each other; leg in front then leg in back. Holding arms straight out from shoulders for balance, keeping shoulders straight, twisting from hips as legs cross.

SingTel Amazing Speed Challenge

Sprint 25m over a fixed course.

Prizes were handed out the top 3 winners of each category of each event:
TRI-Factor Swim
TRI-Factor Bike
TRI-Factor Run
TRI-Factor Triathlon

At prize presentation, it was evident that some of the podium winners had already won all three events: Swim, Bike and Run. They had three medals strung round their necks – three out of three! Awaiting for the Triathlon results.

Soaking It All In

The SingTel Tri-Factor Triathlon was held on Sunday, 28th August, at the Angsana Green at East Coast Park. The triathlon was the last in the Tri-Factor series starting with the Swim (15th May), Bike (12th Jun), Run (17th Jul) and finally culminating with the Triathlon.

Participants arrived as early as 6 am to rack up the bike, check out the transition area, set up their transition equipment, the swim course, the swim-in, bike-out, bike-in and run-out points. In addition, all participants had to be body marked with their bib numbers.

By the time the first wave started at 7.45 am, it was amid a partly cloudy and balmy morning in due to the wet weather experienced the day before. A big consolation was the relatively calm waters at East Coast that day. Many other participants could still be seen warming-up outside of the triangular swim-course.

The event was flagged off beginning with the Olympic category (1.5km Swim, 40km Cycle, 10km run) at 7.45 am, followed by the Sprint category (750m Swim, 20km Cycle, 5km Run), Freshman category (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 2.4km Run) and finally the Kids category (200m Swim, 5km Cycle, 1km Run) at 10.45 am.

Rack after rack of mainly road bikes hung in the transition area, though the occasional hybrid and mountain bike could be seen. Aerobars, cleats and different mounting methods differentiate the seasoned triathletes from the beginners. Many brands and models of bike could be seen here – sure beats going any bike store for a view.

Perhaps, as a result of the relatively calm waters and not so scorching weather due to partly cloudy skies, the triathlon went smoothly.

A fun carnival-like atmosphere was set up next to the transition area with booths from the sponsors: SingTel, SiS, Dermalogica, Timex and Crocs.

Singtel had contests including:

SingTel Fastest Texter
Where contestants had to type the following Using a mobile phone in the shortest time possible;

The razor-toothed piranhas
of the genera Serrasalmus
and Pygocentrus are the
most ferocious freshwater
fish in the world.
In reality they seldom attack
a human.
(See how fast you can type the above on your mobile.)

SingTel Fastest Hopper
Hopping diagonally from one hula hoop to the next over 10m in the shortest time.

SingTel Fastest Carioca
Running sideways with legs crossing each other; leg in front then leg in back. Holding arms straight out from shoulders for balance, keeping shoulders straight, twisting from hips as legs cross.

SingTel Amazing Speed Challenge

Sprint 25m over a fixed course.

Prizes were handed out the top 3 winners of each category of each event:
TRI-Factor Swim
TRI-Factor Bike
TRI-Factor Run
TRI-Factor Triathlon

At prize presentation, it was evident that some of the podium winners had already won all three events: Swim, Bike and Run. They had three medals strung round their necks – three out of three! Awaiting for the Triathlon results.