Date: 28 Oct 2012
Venue: Garden by the Bay, Singapore
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Singapore, 28 October, 2012 – Southeast Asia was ‘all in’ for running as 45,000 passionate runners came together to participate in adidas King of the Road 2012 (KOTR), the only running championship spanning across five countries within the region, clocking an impressive 84km distance – the equivalent of two marathons. As the global leader in running, adidas continued its commitment to the sport by hosting its second KOTR championship in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore.
Today, Singapore marked the grand finale of the championship with the 16.8km race originating and ending at the city’s newest attraction, Gardens by the Bay. The ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ of the KOTR championship saw Eduardo Beunavista and Mary Grace Delos Santos, both from the Philippines battle vigorously alongside elite runners to claim bragging rights as Southeast Asia’s “best of the best” in the ‘Closed’ category for males and females in a time of 53 minutes 12 seconds and 1 hour 1 minute 52 seconds respectively. Hot on their heels were two runners from Thailand, Sanchai Namkhet for the male category in a time of 55 minutes 7 seconds and Natthaya Thanaronnawat for the female category in 1 hour 4 minutes 18 seconds.
“I’m very happy with the adidas KOTR. It’s nice to see the global leader in running bringing together passionate runners from all over the region. The 16.8km distance is distinctive from other running events, and I certainly would like to do it again,” said Eduardo Beunavista.
The 16.8km event, which originated and ended at the Gardens by the Bay, is the grand finale of the five-leg KOTR championship. The earlier legs were held in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The winners from the various KOTR legs then came together in Singapore to compete against South-east Asia's top runners.
Singapore's Melvin Wong and Ivan Low flew the Singapore flag high by finishing sixth and seventh. Wong crossed the finish line in 59min 28sec. Low finished 19 seconds later.
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