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Singapore’s biggest mass race in nearly a year

SINGAPORE – Neither the passing shower nor the numerous safety measures could dampen the spirits of those who participated in the MetaSprint series aquathlon at Sentosa on Saturday (March 27).

After all, the two-day affair, which ends on Sunday, is the first competitive mass participation sporting event to be held in Singapore since sports came to a standstill during the circuit breaker in April last year, before slowly resuming two months later.

Aaron Cheuk, a 25-year-old university student who raced in the 2019 and 2020 editions, said: “Of course, some of the key elements in such events are missing. The mass start, where everyone squeezes together and jostles for position, is part of the aquathlon experience, for example, and today was more of a calm swim.

With 1,000 sign-ups, the race was a sell-out. But unlike pre-Covid times, there was no mass start and the event was spread across two days. No spectators are allowed for the event.

At the transition area and finish line on Saturday, a handful of volunteers were on hand to give directions and cheer on the participants, even if these were relatively muted.metasports