Meet Your RAC PACERs

Meet your pacers

 

Come and get to know these friendly folks from the Peirce Reservoir Running Group. They will be journeying with you this 3 July 2016  to cheer you on to achieve your goal!

10KM in 1 hour

 

Running becomes part of me ever since I started running in 2012 to stay fit and to keep healthy. I remember I used to join almost every local race in my first year of running to keep myself motivated. The motivation has been shifted to running with like-minded friends and to achieve personal bests in 10km, half and full marathon. In the Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer 2016 (RAC 2016), I am committed to my pacing duties to help fellow runners in the running community.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to contribute back to running community by helping runners achieve their desired timing and specifically for RAC 2016, I hope I can spread awareness about cancer and how we could each help by joining this race and join in the fight and run alongside those who are impacted by cancer.

I have been running for nearly 7 years and I can testify how it has changed my life. It helped me to tide through the rigours of my first job and to get back into shape.  The many good friends and memories made is what keep me going too.

 

Once, I was fortunate enough to be a pacer and from then on I was hooked. I love pacing so much! What fuels my passion is the fulfilment I get in connecting with runners along the way and in helping others to meet their goals. It was a joy for them and for me to conquer those moments.

 

For RAC 2016, let’s all ride the journey TOGETHER as one, step by step to the FINISH line.

 

 

I am Graphic Designer. Due to work stress, I started running in year 2012 for stress relief purpose and gradually found out that it is a kind of life enjoyment and I am addicted to it!

 

Besides stress relief, running benefits me in terms of mind empowerment, clear my mind, opportunity to rethink and pin down an answer for my problem. This process improves my attitude, builds confidence and not giving up easily.

 

The reason I am joining RAC 2016 as a pacer is to portray myself as an enthusiast runner to encourage, influence and share with other runners to set goals and objectives in their life. Fight for their goals! Keep on running! Never give up! The joy and excitement of getting passed at the finish line is incredible and indescribable! This is the uniqueness of being a true runner.

I started training and registered my first marathon in 2011. Since then, running has been part and parcel of my life.

 

Through running, I have made a lot of wonderful friends and also adopted a positive approach towards challenges in life. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage and motivate fellow runners to complete the race. I believe runners are made, not born. There is nothing more fulfilling to see participants better themselves.

 

I hope to be part of your running journey and let us finish the race together and beat that 1hr mark!

 

10KM in 1 hour 10 mins

 

Currently 35 years old, I started running mainly to train my stamina for soccer and IPPT. Now if I don't run at least once in a week, I will feel something is off with my system. Never thought I would have placed running as a priority compared to my soccer. Running helps me to clear my thoughts and think better. It's even more fun when you are running with like-minded friends who help to push each other.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to help other runners achieve their targeted timings and to achieve the joy of running in a group, as I do. Running in a group motivates you more to reach your target.

I started running in Oct 2013.  I did not realise that there are so much to learn through running, e.g. following a strict diet, cross-training, having proper rest and body conditioning, etc. I have made lots of new friends since then. Running not only helps to boost my fitness level; it’s also fun and enjoyable in a group. We are able to explore more places and have a better bonding time with friends.

 

On being a pacer:

She hopes to encourage runners to run happy and complete the race safely.

 

 

I took up running in order to lose weight, never did I imagine that I will be addicted to running. Running has helped me to broaden my social circle and I have known many others who shared the same passion.

 

Pacing allows me to contribute to the running community. I would love to share my passion and experience with others and to help them achieve their desire timing.

 

I have been physically active since my army days. And I enjoy most of the physical activities especially running. I would say I run literally most of the weekends. This allows me to forget all the stress of the week and to catch up with my running buddies. The experiences that I gathered from my both local and overseas races are priceless; not to forget to mention the elated feeling of crossing the finishing line. Running also keeps my mind focus and strengthen my mental willpower, especially when doing the long distance marathon.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to share and give back his experience and knowledge of running back to the community, sharing with everyone the joy and keeping oneself pink of health by running regularly.

 

10KM in 1 hour 20 mins

I started off as a leisure runner 4 years back to lose weight. Soon after I joined several running groups and enrolled myself into the Yellow Ribbon run (6km) in 2012. The rest is history as I have completed countless 5k, 10k, half, full and ultra (up to 101km) marathons since then.

 

On being a pacer:

She hopes to inspire other runners and encourage them to achieve their new personal best or simply complete the race.

 

Shoutout to Runners:

Conquer the distance before you conquer the Time!

As an English preschool teacher, 28 year-old Eleanor Lin Jiayun started running since she was 18. When asked about her love for running, she mentioned that it is a sport that can be done readily while at the same time, build a healthier body. She also adds that running helps her to unwind from work and clear her mind. Being a pacer also helps to encourage runners to cross the finish point and even attain their personal best timing. Also, as a pacer for RAC 2016, she hopes to boost her metabolism and improve her cardiovascular fitness through training for the race.

 

On being a pacer:

She hopes to motivate other runners in running and help them achieve their goals.

 

 

I started running to stay healthy and active but what I got was more than that. For most of my runs nowadays I have the AWESOME company of fellow runners from Pierce Reservoir Runners. My mentality towards running has not waivered and I still hold fast to what I think is right which is to Run Happy & Run Safe. Whooosssh!

 

On being a pacer:

He wants to share with others that running really ain't hard, it's all in the mind. Just run and enjoy the different experiences.

 

Shoutout to Runners:

"You've only yourself to answer to!"

 

Health issues started to crop up in 2013.  During one of the medical check-ups, the doctor advised me to consider exercising more to stay healthy.  Hence I took up running as my alternate exercise to my regular workout.  It was also during this time when a friend introduced me to Pierce Reservoir Runners and I started running with group till today.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to hope to help and motivate fellow runners to achieve their goals.

 

15KM in 1 hour 30 mins

I have been into running for almost the last 10 years (countless HM, FM also into ultras most recently). You can imagine the hours of running, training, grinding, sweating and resources put into it. It is the passion of running that keeps me going and running is not just about yourself, but also able to influence/change the people around you. From just running for myself, I took the next step to be more active in charitable causes. This allows me to not only help many who are in need, but also sustain to do what I like in the long run.

 

If you are to ask me what is the best way to give back to the running community - "it will be to pace others". After all, if you get more people into running and after some time that those people would also become potential pacers someday, this is like a cycle!

 

Shoutout to Runners:

Life is like a marathon.  It’s full of ups and downs that take your breath away - ride on it!

I picked up running was due to a pure incident of trying something new, after doing yoga every day for six months... at the time I showed up in one of the regular social runs near my home three years ago, I never thought it would change my life totally. I believe running is probably the most inclusive community universally, no matter where you from and what you do. It was so incredible to meet many inspiring and friendly kakis, and it had kept me going back every week. As I continued running and doing yoga, I gradually stood taller, became grateful for what I have, and put on bigger smiles (best natural makeup!).  I am still amazed at the fact that I once was a skinny nerd with a hunchback, sitting in front of computer all the time!

 

Many times I regret buying unnecessary items or having that heavy meal, but I never regret going out for a long run. Since 2014, I collected many happy memories from 10km, 21km, 42km, 50km, and finally 100km races. Going extra miles is constantly new experiences! Keep running, and never stop exploring

 

On being a pacer:

She hopes to pay-it-forward to those who once cheered her up when she first started running.

From an on-and-off runner, I started running regularly since 2010. Initially, I ran just to be fit enough to pass the annual IPPT, but soon got hooked and understand that something as simple as running actually has many aspects. Since then, I have completed 8 marathons and numerous other middistance races.

 

I am excited to pace for 15km, 1:30hr group. I have been lucky to have great running khakis, who not only encourage and run alongside with me, but also contribute to the fun factor.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to go through and enjoy the journey with , encourage and cross the finished line with them.

4 years ago my weight reached its summit of 100+kg so it was time to lose weight. I took up running and managed to shed 25 kg by pounding the pavement.  Nowadays I regularly run races, with a personal best of 1hr 40 min for half marathon and 3hr 50min for full marathon.

 

During most races I rely on pacers to help me finish within my targeted time. Now it's time to return the favour to other runners. Together with my fellow pacers we will get you to that finish line in 1hr 30 minutes. And let's not forget to have some fun along the way.

15KM in 1 hour 40 mins

I exercise regularly with swimming, cycling and running. Maximum distance I ran is 50km trail race in Singapore at Mac Ritchie reservoir and ITU long triathlon race Megatri consisting of 3km swim, 80km cycle and 21km run. I typically prefers to run hilly intervals at Upper Peirce reservoir or Mandai PCN to the zoo with scenic views. For trails, I like running at Mac Ritchie to Bukit Timah Hill Summit.

I started running long distance since 2006 so as to stay healthy. Having witnessed my closest relatives and friends suffering and passed away from cancer, he often encourages people he meets to start exercising regularly. He started a running group and also organised runs for his army unit so that more can adopt an active lifestyle.

 

On being a pacer:

There are many who are just beginning to run and may lack the motivation, endurance or knowledge. He hopes they can cheer them up and let everyone run happy.

I started running in year 2005 under my husband influenced.  Back then I couldn't even run 5km and now I'm proud to say I've completed several full & ultra-marathons.

 

Running not only changed me physically and mentally, it also taught me that I'm capable of so much more than I ever imagined.

 

On being a pacer:

She hopes to help other like-minded runners.

I started running in 2013 to stay fit and I never turned back since. I enjoy running with my wife as well as with friends I know in the running society. We motivate each other and learn from one another to improve ourselves. This time I am doing race pacing and I will strive to carry out the duty well so I can help others achieve their target goals.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to go through and enjoy the journey with other runners, encourage and cross the finished line with them.

In 2006, my cholesterol was in the high risk level and I had to be on medication. To manage this, I started running but could barely complete 3km. However I kept it up running every week and the distance got longer.  A few years later, I did my 1st half marathon on my 50th birthday and my 1st full marathon 3 months later. I enjoy every moment staying fit and healthy.  It's just a decision away.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to help others to run and stay the course is a great way to give back to society. .

15KM in 1 hour 50 mins

I am 55 years old. I started running in 2012 to stay healthy and fit as age is catching up. I started to take part in 10km races and a year later to longer distances. I have completed 5 half marathons and 4 full marathons.

 

This is my 1st time pacing and glad to be part of PRR team to support the meaningful RAC 2016 charity running event.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to encourage more people to take up running activities, as at the end of the day, everyone will become more discipline, happier and healthier.

I have been running on and off but never that serious....yet resolute enough to complete few half marathons and a full marathon. I run then and now is...to stay fit and hoping to lose weight.....still hoping.

 

On being a pacer:

She hopes to set a goal for herself and stay discipline to achieve this goal. At the end of it, not only she have achieved her goal but helping others to achieve their goals too in completing the race with their desired pace.

Participated in past few years RAC and decided to be pacer this time round, love running and jogging cause i can feel relax and fresh in my mind. I have done 15 full and 11 half marathons and are learning from these races.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to help other like-minded runners.

When I was in my 30s, I've led an inactive lifestyle, citing work fatigue, lack of time as excuses. It wasn't a surprise that I am in the Remedial Training group for failing my 2.4km at the annual IPPT. Upon my fulfilment of NS service in 2011, I had a chance meeting with the Pierce Reservoir Runners who introduced me to the joy of running. Their friendly atmosphere and joyous banter makes me, a novice, feel at ease and looking forward to their weekend runs.

 

In my 4 years of running, the only "down" side is a makeover of my wardrobe - losing them big sized pants and the gradual accumulation of running/ racing tees.

 

Since my first race, I always look up to the pacers as a special breed for their dedication and ability. It is my honour to be invited and doing my bits for this year's RAC 2016.

 

On being a pacer:

He hopes to make the race an enjoyable one for other runners.

Race Against Cancer

Singapore Cancer Society

Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer (RAC) 2016 is a race to save lives – Organised by Singapore Cancer Society (SCS), Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer (RAC) aims to raise funds for cancer treatment subsidies, welfare assistance, cancer rehabilitation, hospice care, free cancer screenings, research and public education initiatives.

 

Taking place for the 8th year since 2009, Singtel-Singapore Cancer Society Race Against Cancer (RAC) exists to make our statement against cancer, to minimize cancer and maximize life. No one should fight cancer alone - this event invites people of all walks of life to join in the fight and run alongside those who are impacted by cancer.

 

Programmes and services that we are hoping to drive include the Cancer Care Fund, Cancer Rehabilitation Centre,

SCS Cancer Treatment Fund, SCS Help the Children and Youth Programme and the SCS Welfare Aid.

The Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) was founded in 1964, registered as a society in 1984 and has IPC (Institution of a Public Character) status as a charity since 1995. SCS is endorsed by the Ministry of Health and is a member of the National Council of Social Service and Singapore Hospice Council.

 

The Society has just celebrated its 50th birthday and is on a continued mission to defend and uphold the life and dignity of every person directly or indirectly impacted by cancer, journeying along with cancer patients through the different life stages – from early detection to end-of-life care.

 

The Society is a self-funded charity which organises various fundraising activities, including Race Against Cancer, to rally the community to join in the fight, raising funds to support us in providing quality services to cancer patients, their families and the public.

 

For a list of our programmes and services, please click here.

© COPYRIGHT 2016 SINGAPORE CANCER SOCIETY