Review: Nike Human Race 10k 2009 – The Day the World Runs!

Date: 24.10.2009

Distance: 10K

Flag off point: Singapore Flyer/ F1 Pit

Back by popular demand for the second time, Nike Organize the Human Race 10k on the 24th of October 2009. It was the day where over a million runners from some 30 cities around the world gathered on Saturday to full fill one common mission of running 10 kilometres.

The event saw a total of more than 10,000 runners, which was an overwhelming numbers, as registration was filled up in a record six days, making Singapore the first city to fill all race slots.

This event had a strong following among the young, as 60 per cent of the participants this year were below the age of 25. One reason for this, could be because of the affordable registration fee of $20 for runners 24 years and below and $35 for runners 25 years and above, before GST. The Registration fees would include a Nike race t-shirt with a pre-printed number bib, Nike goodie bag and a finisher’s bracelet for all participants who finish the race.

Goodies

The race will also be celebrated by famous names such as Thaitanium, the Thai-American hip hop music group, Estrange from Malaysia and home-grown band Composition B. They will performances on top of the stage on the finishing point.

Stage were located on top of the stating / finishing gate

I was one of the lucky few who were able to register and participate in race.

We were flagged off from a new route, the F1 Pit Building. Previously it was at the Padang. Flag off was at 7:00am. I was eagerly waiting to participate in this race as I am looking forward to try out the route which had been change slightly compared to last year. The new route included places such as the exterior of the Kallang stadium, which I had not ran there since last Singapore Marathon back in December 08.

Official Race Route

The weather was very warm as the sun was starting to rise up, there were a sea of red as runners wore their red event tee. I came late to the start point as there was a hold up in the baggage collection point. As I crossed the starting point with the last batch of runners, there were already a huge number of runners ahead of me, making it difficult for me to sprint forward and get a new PB for the 10k distance. Several times during the run, I stumble and almost fall to ground after bumping into the other runners. This will definitely teach me a valuable lesson in coming early to starting point in the future if I want to do my best for the run.

53mins. Tired but still smiling

I crossed the finishing line clocking a time of 53mins, as what is reflected on my Nike+ Ipod device. It wasn’t one of my best 10k timing but hopefully this would motivate me to run better for the next run.  Finisher bracelets were distributed to all finishers as they crossed the finishing line.

Nike Human Race 10k Finisher Bracelet

Overall, it was a wonderful Saturday morning run. I will definitely participate in the event once more next year.

Congrats to all Participant who ran the Nike Human Race 10k, we did it, we ran together with a million people around the world (:

Ipod Power Song: Rough Landing, Holly by Yellowcard

Our Next Run:  HTNS New Balance Real Run 09 08/11/09

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