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More than 3,000 men and women braved the Men's Health Urbanathlon challenge

Singapore’s toughest urban obstacle race hailed both male and female runners in its fourth iteration

Singapore, 3 March 2013 – For the first time in its four-year history, the Men’s Health Urbanathlon, an obstacle race organised by SPH Magazines, saw 300 female participants running side-by-side with men across 14km and nine urban obstacles. 

Co-organised by sports event management company HiVelocity, the annual race tested the fitness of 3,000 participants with obstacles like Monkey Business, which required Urbanathletes to tackle an inclined monkey bar; and Workload, where participants ran 100m with a 20kg, water-weighted sandbag.

Individual category winners
At the end of the race, this year’s individual category was won by Jason Lawrence, with a timing of 55 minutes and 05 seconds to record his third-ever victory in this event. The New Zealander proudly walked home with S$7,000 worth of prizes. Clinching the second place with a timing of 55 minutes and 35 seconds was Jagat Bahadur Magar, while Dev Kumar Rai, a Nepalese, took third place with a timing of 57 minutes and 50 seconds.

Corporate category champion
More than 90 teams raced in the corporate category, each comprising three to five runners, all slugging it out for the grand prize worth up to S$14,000. The team “SPF Team A” emerged victorious while the teams “Physically Educated” and “Singapore Prison Service” took second and third place respectively. 

Runners with a cause
The Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 was also marked with a raft of celebrity runners who aimed to raise awareness for various charity causes, most notably Team Latimer, led by FOX Sports presenters Kelly Latimer and Colette Wong, who ran to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, as well as raise awareness about dementia.

For Latimer, the race, which marked her first-ever foray into competitive races, had an emotional quotient. She revealed the efforts of her team’s fundraising to a cheering crowd, saying: “My granddad passed away from dementia last year, and it’s a very painful process, and we wanted to highlight to those in the same plight that they’re not alone. We managed to raise $3,355, and it is for those who are experiencing the situation of having a family member with this illness.”


She also admitted that being able to take part in the Men’s Health Urbanathlon gave her renewed respect for those who have taken part in previous years, saying: “I’ve gained an admiration for everyone who conquered their mental game to get through all the obstacles, and thankfully I managed to do so today.”

It was also heartwarming to hear the cheers of supporters as parathletes Adam Kamis (“One Arm Runner”) and Shariff Abdullah (“Singapore Blade Runner”) crossed the finished line in an amazing display of grit and determination. Both Adam and Shariff are repeat racers who took part in the race to help raise the awareness of disabled athletes in Singapore.

Other celebrities who took part in the race were Oli Pettigrew, Alex Yoong, Paul Foster, and Manhunt Singapore 2012 winner Jason Chee.

Mr Eugene Low, Deputy Managing Director, SPH Magazines, said: "We are very pleased with the showing of the Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013. Runners are always on the lookout for interesting race concepts and we’re glad the Urbanathlon has firmly found its place in the local race calendar. The support from our sponsors is also a testament of how this event works at so many levels.” 

The excitement did not end after runners completed their race. After collecting their finishers’ T-shirts and medals, and then being hosed off with water by the MINI girls, the participants helped themselves to complimentary beer and food, recovered from their physical rigours with a sports massage and also had fun by trying out the games at the race village.

The Singapore Men’s Health Urbanathlon is jointly organised by SPH Magazines and HiVelocity, presented by MINI and supported by Singapore Sports Council. Adidas is official apparel of this race, and the main sponsors include Aquarius, Brand’s, Clear, Lab Series, Maxinutrition, Nautica Watches, Polar, Sony Smartphone and True Fitness. 



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Adrian Cheong
Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings
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About SPH Magazines

A leading publisher in Singapore and the region, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of media organisation Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

With a proven track record for sterling editorial content, award-winning designs and creative solutions, SPH Magazines raises the bar as a dynamic publisher. In its stable are about 100 titles in the region, in English, Chinese and other languages, covering lifestyle, fashion, beauty, society, bridal, health, men's lifestyle, automobile, parenting, decor, new media and business. All the newsstand publications, including flagship title Her World, and other titles such as Female, Cleo, The Women's Weekly, The Peak, Home & Decor, Nuyou, Torque and HWM are among the highest-circulating titles and best-read in their respective lifestyle categories. It also publishes Harper's BAZAAR and Cosmopolitan in Singapore and Malaysia with Hearst Magazines International.

In addition, websites such as 
HardwareZone.com have extended its reach online, engaging readers with interactive content, capturing audience beyond print.

SPH Magazines' established editorial unit provides excellent custom publishing services to major corporate clients by producing custom lifestyle magazines, newsletters and other collaterals to meet their business needs. clickTRUE Pte Ltd, an associate company of SPH Magazines, is a Pay Per Performance online marketing company specialising in Online Media Planning, Search Engine Marketing and Optimisation, Web Analytics Consultancy and Landing Page Optimisation.

With a vision to continue regional growth, SPH Magazines is set to hold a leading position in publishing in Asia, with a presence in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines and Vietnam.

In line with this vision, SPH Magazines acquired 34% of Antarctica Interactive Private Limited, the holding company of the Luxury Insider Group. It is an integrated luxury media company which owns online publications 
Inluxe.cn, as well as the luxury print BACCARAT Magazine in Hong Kong. Other titles include Luxury Properties, Action Asia, Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, JET Asia Pacific and Asia-Pacific Spa published through wholly owned subsidiary, Blu Inc Media, in China and Hong Kong.

As a Publisher of Choice, SPH Magazines aims to deliver the best to meet the diverse needs and interests of readers and advertisers.

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