The scorching midday sun on a Sunday ensured that the race would be a physically demanding and grueling one. But that did not deter the participants of the Raw Duathlon; people of all ages, shapes and sizes gave it their all to complete the race.
The Duathlon took place along Changi Coastal Road, and the turnout was very encouraging despite the unrelenting midday sun. Friends, colleagues, and family all turned up as they cheered on the participants or even took part in the race themselves. In the thick of the action was Shimano. They provided a bike servicing for participants before the event; helping them fine tune their bikes before embarking on the race. The main Shimano tent was found near the ending point of the race; the booth displayed cycling jerseys, shoes as well as some of their bike parts. It was not a full-blown sales booth, but rather a chance for the public to understand more about the products Shimano were offering and be more exposed to Shimano the brand.
But of course what race would be complete without the RedBull girls? Scores of people were flocking to the RedBull vehicle, while the participants of the race were handed out cups of 100Plus, who were the official hydration for the event, when they crossed the finishing line. With such strong “competitors”, the Milo van could not help but see fewer visitors.
The look of determination on the faces of the participants was evident as they pressed on to complete as one could the toll the heat was taking on them. The ending line saw a flurry of emotions as people cheered for the participants, and the emotion on display was very heartening as people gave pats on the backs and hugs for those who crossed the finishing line. It was evident that the heat could not kill the enthusiasm and camaraderie that day.