Until Soh Rui Yong came along, we were all pretty proud of our timing for the 2.4km run.
Me: Bro, I just completed my 2.4km run in 10 minutes.
Colleague: Pfft, that’s nothing. When I was in the army I clocked 9 minutes.
Soh Rui Yong: Lol
Colleague: Hey, who the heck is this guy and how did he get into our WhatsApp chat?
For those who don’t know, Soh is a national athlete and two-time SEA Games champion. He grabbed the headlines a couple of months ago when he clocked 6 minutes and 53.18 seconds for a 2.4km run.
Soh later issued a challenge to the nation to beat his timing, promising the victors cash, sports drinks, chicken rice, and vouchers.
Unfortunately, it seems that those hoping to beat Soh’s timing may have to wait a little longer.
Soh Rui Yong’s 2.4 Challenge Event, the Pocari Sweat Run, Postponed Again, This Time to Next Year
The Pocari Sweat Run’s 2.4km On-Ground Race has been postponed again to 8 to 9 Jan, owing to the extension of the Stabilisation Phase.
The move was announced by Pocari Sweat in a Facebook post on Tuesday (2 Nov).
This is the second time that the event has been postponed, as it was originally scheduled for 9 to 10 Oct. It was first postponed to 13 to 14 Nov due to COVID-19 safe distancing measures.
“All On-Ground participants will be receiving an email with more details,” the post said.
Soh to Race Gurkha Runner in Event
Soh issued the challenge after an earlier Facebook post of his rubbed some people the wrong way.
In the post, where he detailed his quite incredible achievement of completing a 2.4km run in just 6 minutes and 53.18 seconds, Soh said: “Somehow, some people still think their ‘army/commando bmt mate who smokes’ ran faster.”
Soh clarified that the statement was not targeted at commandos specifically, but later threw down the gauntlet to those who claimed to have beat his timing to do it in an official event.
“At the end of the day, it’s easy to make extraordinary claims without proof. Let’s settle the debate once and for all,” he said.
In the event, Soh will be competing against Subas Gurung, the Gurkha Contingent’s fastest 2.4km runner. Subas holds the 2.4km record for the Gurkha Contingent with a timing of 6min 58sec.
Those who rise to the occasion and beat Soh’s timing at the event will get:
- $700 in cash
- 700 bottles of Pocari sports drink
- $700 worth of chicken rice, food and beverage vouchers, and sports apparel
Reader: Wow, what do I have to do to win?
Reader: Oh, never mind then.
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