MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50 Route Announced

The eco-friendly trail run crosses Singapore's historical Green Corridor and parts of the pristine MacRitchie Reservoir Park

01 Jul 2015

The MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50 ultra marathon trail race - with chapters in Hong Kong and Taiwan - will take place in the garden city for the first time. Covering some of Singapore's most beautiful nature trails, organisers are taking a proactive approach to preserving the environment with a strict No Cup policy. Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC and fitness enthusiast, Mr Baey Yam Keng, will be flagging off the 10km race and participating in this leg of the trail run event.

Both the 10km and 21km course will take place over the Green Corridor trail, while the 50km continues through MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

Experienced ultra marathon runner, Lexxus Tan, will be competing alongside more than 1,000 race participants and other veteran runners including Deng Weifu (Taiwan), Mohd Puzi Dolah (Malaysia), Olya Korzh (Russia), and Vanja Cnops (Belgium). Lexxus is well-known runner and trainer, respected for flying the Singapore flag at a number of high profile international races. When asked if he had any words of wisdom for participating runners, the veteran sportsman commented, "Lead by example and let your legs do the talking!"

To minimise environmental damage to the historical route, the MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50 is operating a strict No Cup policy. Runners are advised to bring their own water bottles or hydration packs and refill them at the following check points (CP) throughout the course, as cups will not be provided.

1) 10km - 1 water checkpoint (CP1 at 5.5km turnaround)
2) 21km - 3 water checkpoints (CP1 at 5.5km), (CP2 at 11km turnaround), (CP5 at 16.5km).
3) 50km - 6 water checkpoints (CP1 at 5.5km), (CP2 at 11.2km), (CP3 at 19.4km), (CP4 at 28.4km), (CP5 at 37.2km), (CP6 at 47km).

Michael Gourlay, CEO of MSIG Insurance Singapore, commented, "The MSIG Action Asia 50 is one way we are reaching out to passionate runners among our customer base to promote health and wellness in the community. We are adapting to our customers' increasingly active lifestyles and our aim is to help them reach their goals in life, and feel protected. We are delighted that Mr Baey Yam Keng will be joining us on this trail race; he is a true supporter of healthy living. To all runners participating in the race, train hard and we wish you the best of luck!"

Michael Maddess, Director of Action Asia Events, will be leading a group training session for registered participants on the evening of 7 July to help those prepping for the race to log some extra kilometers. Maddess commented, "It is a challenging route so we advise that all participants ensure they have done the necessary training, especially if this is your first trail run or first 50km! Get outside and get some practice runs in! Our group training session will be a great chance to meet other runners taking part and pick up some tips on technique and how to tackle the course."

MSIG Singapore Action Asia's Trail running etiquette and eco tips:

  1. Try to reduce plastic bottles by using your own hydration system
  2. Make sure you pick your garbage
  3. When passing a fellow runner, shout loudly 'passing on the left' or 'passing on the right'

See this video for trail running etiquette and eco tips:

MSIG Action Asia 50 Race Information
Race registration is on a first come, first served basis and will close on July 20 or when capacity is reached. To register, visit:

Participants will be given a race T-shirt, Winners of the 50km, 21km and 10km race will each receive a cash prize of $1750, $1250 and $300 respectively, with all finishers receiving a special MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50 medal in celebration of Singapore's 50th anniversary.

About MSIG Insurance

MSIG Insurance (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. ("MSIG Singapore"), a member of the MS&AD Insurance Group, is one of Singapore's leading general insurers. With a local presence of over 100 years, MSIG Singapore offers an extensive range of insurance solutions for personal and commercial risk protection, enabling the security and safety of individuals and businesses. Wholly owned by MSIG Holdings (Asia) Pte. Ltd., MSIG Singapore holds an A+/Stable financial rating by Standard & Poor's.

About Action Asia Events

Action Asia Events is the operational arm of the premier adventure racing series in Asia, Action Asia Challenge with responsibilities to plan and manage the Action Asia Challenge series of races. These responsibilities range from selection of the course venue, dates and race format to raising the funds essential to run the race as well as liaising with the Hong Kong registered charitable section of the Challenge, Action Asia Foundation, to determine fund raising activities associated with the Challenge.

The event could not happen without the generous support of MSIG our presenting sponsor and the supporting partners Salomon, RunSociety, ActionX Store, Suunto, Tailwind Nutrition Asia, Under Armour, YourSingapore, Kiehl's, Nathan Sports, OL&N, and the Action Asia Foundation.

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