As the year comes to a close and a new decade is about to begin, I am truly grateful that my love affair with running has never ceased.
Though the body may be slowly degenerating, the soul has always stayed constant and true. Heres to more running years ahead as we usher in the new decade. May we all continue to pursue our passion and purpose in life and have the courage to follow them.
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”
The Standard Charter Singapore Marathon 2019 is the only Half Marathon event I was able to run for 2019. I had signed up for several Half Marathon races prior but something always happens last minute, be it a race cancellation due to bad weather, some nagging injury or a sudden conflict in schedule that derailed my plans. And though it is my one and only half marathon race for 2019, this is actually my third time running the SCSM. The first two SCSM races I participated in were actually morning races unlike this year’s SCSM, which was a night race. The night race made no real difference in terms of weather as compared to the morning races. It was still hot and humid as is the staple in Singapore.
I have to say though that my most memorable SCSM was in 2017 when the starting point was right smack in Orchard Road and ended in Padang Field. It provided a better route, better scenery, access to wider roads and because runners were given different starting points, streets were less crowded. Possibly due to a significant increase in the volume of runners that signed up in 2018, the races were now billeted at the F1 Pit and segregated into 2 days.
Running SCSM is always a memorable experience. Not a great finish time for me what with the heat and high humidity but I enjoyed and I am very happy. After all the race duties are done, it also leaves some time to explore and enjoy the rest of Singapore.
There is a place near Manila Harbor called “Tondo” where the poor of the poorest reside. A place where families live in makeshift homes and the manner of human existence is unacceptable. Where people both young and old eat discarded food just to survive from day to day.
Through Project Pearls there is a way we can all help by means of their various programs. Their mission: “To help the poorest of the poor children to have a better life by giving them PEARLS: Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love and Smiles through education, empowerment, nutrition, nourishment, and healthcare.”
When we are reminded to count our blessings, may we remember to share them as well not only during the Christmas season but in every season.