2015 Civil Service Club Singapore Duathlon
Organiser | 9th Sep 2015 | NEWS
The Civil Service Club Singapore Duathlon, incorporating the National Championships, returns to the East Coast Park on October 3 renamed after its new title sponsor.
The race is a multi-lap, spectator-friendly affair. The run course is a fast, flat and quite shaded 5km loop through the East Coast Park, which will be tackled twice for the first leg of the contest, while the also-flat 6km bike circuit needs to be completed six times.
It’s over the Standard Distance that the national champions will be crowned, the titles going to the quickest Singaporean male and female athletes.
Although those titles will be far from the minds of most of the competitors, the various age group categories will be just as keenly contested. The schedule of events sees the athletes start in waves based on their age-group categories, but an invitation-only elite wave will kick off the morning’s action.
Due to the need to run twice, duathlons are often considered more challenging than triathlons, which makes the Sprint Distance contest at the Singapore Duathlon a viable alternative to the main event for many. Sprint competitors will race over a 5km-18km-2.5km course, as will the Juniors aged 16-19.
National champ titles are up for grabs in the Juniors event, as they are in the Youths and Kids contests. The Youths (aged 12-15) will tackle a 1.5km-12km-1.5m course, with the Kids (aged 8-11) facing 750m-6km-750m for their race.
While a duathlon is an individual endeavor, the Civil Service Club Singapore Duathlon encourages team spirit too with its Tri Club, Inter School and Corporate challenges. These see every finisher awarded points calculated as a percentage of their individual times compared to the race winners’, with the top club, school and company named after toting up all the points.
While the Inter-Schools and Corporate challenges have been regular features of races staged by Singapore Duathlon co-organiser MetaSport for a number of years, the Club Challenge is a fairly new concept. After introducing it successfully at the 2015 Singapore Triathlon, MetaSport has extended the concept to the Singapore Aquathlon and Singapore Duathlon. Results from the three races will form the basis for a season-long competition, with the ultimate accolade of Club of the Year up for grabs.
Entry into the Tri Club Challenge isn’t restricted to formally registered clubs, groups of friends or training partners are also encouraged to register.
Visit www.singaporeduathlon.com to register and find out much more information about the 2015 Singapore Duathlon.