On your marks, get set and go green at the upcoming MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50!

25 Jul 2018

More than 1,400kg of carbon dioxide emissions reduced at the year's trail race to be held on 29 September

A number of firsts will feature in this year’s MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50 - an urban trail race - to inspire and encourage Singapore runners to break boundaries and go beyond their limits, be it for their personal best or for the environment.

To raise a higher level of eco-consciousness, the event has introduced a clutch of initiatives including a brand new Zero Waste category where participants can choose to give up their event t-shirt and finisher’s medal, and in turn be recognised for their efforts with a specially designed race bib. 

In another latest initiative, the organiser will also partner The Food Bank Singapore to redistribute the excess food from the event. Since the event started in 2015 in Singapore, it has continued with its a no-cup policy where participants have to bring their own reusable hydration receptacle for water refills at checkpoints. Shuttle bus service was also introduced in the following year to further encourage green commuting.

It is estimated that the Zero Waste initiative and green commuting through shuttle bus will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,400kg.

David Stevenson, a 2017 participant, will be returning to the event as a Zero Waste runner and shared his reason for doing so: “In all the 16 years that I have been living in Singapore, I have been running around the MacRitchie, Peirce and Seletar Reservoir areas. The rainforest is a special place and I have enjoyed spending many of my weekend mornings in the greenery. Worldwide, around 300 million tons of plastic are manufactured annually. The damage to the environment and the animals around the world - including humans - is immeasurable. I will be going Zero Waste as I want to do my part in reducing waste whenever possible.”  

For the fleet-footed, a trio of National Award prizes also await the first male and female Singaporean runners to cross the finish line at the 50km race. Supported by MSIG Insurance, the prizes include an all-expenses paid trip to represent Singapore at the 2018 Asian Skyrunning Championships - Lantau 50 in Hong Kong on December 2; a $300 cash prize; and a three-month gym membership at TripleFit.

The 50km race will flag off at 6.30am on Saturday, 29 September at the Hindhede Walk in Bukit Timah, followed by 21km at 7am, 10km and new for this year - the 5km race – at 7.30am.
Alvin Png, the fastest Singaporean man at the 2017 MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50, hopes to defend his title this year. On his motivation and goal for the race, he said: “The event and the ambiance are amazing. I enjoy local events as it is a great opportunity to catch up with all my running buddies and have fun together. I do not usually have any specific race goals these days and prefer to just do my best and let things happen naturally. I race against myself, not others.”

Also toeing the start line will be several elites from the region. Hong Kong’s first female to summit Everest, Ada Tsang, is seeking a new challenge at the MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50. She has been training specifically for Singapore’s unique environment. Tsang said: “I know that the MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50 course has relatively flat trails. Since most of the races I have done have had significant elevation gain, this will be challenging as running flat trails is not my strength. I have been focusing on speed training and I hope for a good performance in Singapore after a series of training on flat road.”

Representing Taiwan, Kuo Wan-ting is looking forward to racing in Singapore for the first time. She said: “The race atmosphere and scenery must be very different and exciting in Singapore. I believe there will be trail runners from all over the world participating in this race and it will be a great opportunity for me to interact with them, and experience first-hand the Singapore's heat as well as the beautiful scenery along the race course.”

Guest-of-Honour Mr. Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth & Transport, will flag off and join the Zero Waste 10km race in support of a greener Singapore.

Aside from the various green initiatives, the organiser has been encouraging participants to care for the environment through their individual efforts:

  • Bring your own bag (BYOB) for race pack collection
  • Reduce food waste by taking only what you need at the check points and at the race village
  • Recycle waste using the dedicated bins at the race event to help improve waste management
  • Go paperless by downloading the finisher e-certificate after the race event

The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of title sponsor MSIG Insurance and supporting partners Singapore Tourism Board, Action X Store, Outdoor Channel, Triplefit, Run Magazine, The Food Bank Singapore, Runsociety, JustRunLah, Royale International, Chiropractic Studio Singapore, Santa Fe Relocation, Parc Sovereign Hotel - Albert St, uParcel, Elements Wellness Group, Porta Pumper, ITRA, UTMB Qualifier and the Action Asia Foundation.

Race Info

Event Name MSIG Singapore Action Asia 50
Date September 29, 2018 (Saturday)
Start Time 6:30am - 50km, 7:00am - 21km, 7:30am - 10km & 5km
Start and Finish Location Hindhede Walk, Bukit Timah (600-metre walk across the bridge from Beauty World MRT)
Distance 50km, 21km, 10km, 5km
Category Trail Running - mostly off-road for 5km/10km/21km; 50km is a mixture of grass track, trail and road.
Race Details http://www.actionasiaevents.com/

About MSIG Insurance 

MSIG Insurance (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. (“MSIG Singapore”), a member of the MS&AD Insurance Group, is Singapore’s leading general insurer. 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.

About Skyrunning

Since the first extreme races in 1992, the first World Championship in 1998 and the introduction of the Skyrunner World Series in 2003, Skyrunning has grown to become a globally renowned sport governed by the International Skyrunning Federation. In 2015, the Continental Championships were introduced and includes Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Oceania. The sport is practised in more than 40 nations and counts followers from 126 countries.

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