Some 890 participants took part in the Duathlon Origin MetaSprint Series event on Saturday, 24 April 2021.
In a new format of racing which saw participants flagged off via a rolling start across four bubbles over the course of the day, even a heavy downpour in the morning did not dampen spirits.
It was MetaSport’s second of three events that make up the Metasprint series, the first being the Aquathlon that took place on 27 March 2021 in Sentosa and saw over 1,000 sign-ups, and the last of the three in the series being the Triathlon, which has been postponed indefinitely following the new Phase 2 Heightened Alert measures.
When asked on the difficulty of hosting such events during the Coronavirus pandemic, Nathalie Marquet, CEO of Metasport admitted it has been challenging, and that her team has had to find new innovative ways to keep participants engaged among other challenges.
She said, “The biggest challenge was of course adhering to the social distancing guidelines – which meant spreading participants over a longer period of time – in groups of 50, re-inventing the way the event was run, its format, structure, and protocol.”
The Chief Executive was not exaggerating when she said her team has had to re-imagine race protocols and returned to the drawing board on numerous occasions, with the process from day one taking her up to seven months to complete.
“It gets slightly easier along the way, but every event has its own challenges. We just completed the Duathlon, which faced different challenges from the Aquathlon, which was a swim-run a few weeks ago,” she reflected.
“We know the new processes are working, but at the same time it’s a different format. For the (upcoming) Triathlon, it’s again fine-tuning the plans from the learnings of this event, and it takes a lot of communication.”
Indeed, feedback from participants has played a huge role in providing Nathalie’s team with new insights. Afterall, it is an entirely new way of racing as well.metasports