Macquarie was once again crowned the “fastest firm in the city” following their first-place finish in the seventh running of the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Singapore, as 147 teams took to the city’s financial district to battle it out for top spot in the annual event on 17th October 2019.
In each team, 10 members are tasked with running the one-mile course in the fastest possible time before passing on the baton to the next colleague. The team to complete its 10 cumulative one-mile laps in the fastest time was Macquarie with the firm crossing the line in 53 minutes and 16 seconds, just ahead of Standard Chartered Bank in second place, and Credit Agricole CIB in third.
Macquarie team captain, Cameron Brooks said: “The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is very competitive each year, and we were not certain if we would be able to keep our title for the seventh consecutive year. In fact, it felt like we might not have been able to make first place halfway through the race, but the team persevered and we made it. We're all very happy, of course, and Macquarie will also be donating an additional USD$20,000 to the relay's ‘The Extra Mile’ initiative.”
A new award category for the 2019 series was the Fastest All-Female Team, which was also won by Macquarie. Their team captain, Olivia Shepherd, said: “It's amazing that the organisers are committed to encouraging female runners to be a part of the relay. We actually entered two teams last year with a total of four female runners. This year, we sent three teams with a total of 12 female runners, proving that this new award category is definitely effective.”
Through the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay’s ‘The Extra Mile’ initiative, all 1470 Singapore runners were asked to select one of three causes to run for, put forward by The Extra Mile Partner SportCares, with each respective lap time counting towards their chosen cause. The cause with the quickest average time was Access & Inclusion, receiving 25 per cent of each team’s race entry fee, amounting to S$45,572. SportCares will now use this donation to deliver a year-long programme to address the winning cause.
Full results can be found at www.squaremilerelay.com/singapore