Despite it being a rainy season, it was a sunny and cheery morning when the ASICS Running Club took the ASICS World Ekiden Community Run to Bay East Garden last Sunday on 13 November 2022. The ASICS World Ekiden is a virtual race, inspired by Japanese running culture whereby teams around the world would complete the full marathon distance of 42.195km through a relay of varying distances from 5km to 10km.
Once a runner has done their part, they would pass the digital tasuki – a sash used traditionally in the multi-stage relay race – on to their next teammate in the true spirit of Ekiden.
Runners from 25 teams of up to 6 members were clad in blue and seen with smiles on their faces as they experienced great teamwork. Beginning with a warm-up jog from the Sports Hub to Bay East Garden, the distances to be complete by members of the team were split into 5km, 7.2km and 10km.
With families and friends cheering on at the side lines, it’s hard to claim that running is a lonely sport when you are taking part in the team relay event. Despite the relatively short distances that many seasoned runners are accustomed to, it’s always sweet to hear encouragements from your teammates. The community run has certainly shown that camaraderie can be found in the joy of running.
While the event had been a great success with an amazing turnout, the ASICS World Ekiden is still ongoing and free for everyone to register! Download the ASICS Runkeeper app to stay connected and keep track of your team’s progress.
Runners of any level and abilities from all around the world can simply take part in the event that has gathered 96,000 participants over the past 2 years, including many prominent athletes such as Emma Bates. Many ASICS athletes have also signed up for this year’s rendition of World Ekiden and it’s your chance to put in the team effort and compete alongside them.
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