Day 2 of Subaru Challenge. A humid Sunday afternoon, 4.15 pm. For my friends who wish to participate next year, hope this info helps. :)
Standing among the supporters of the contestants, I was feeling the heat... from the hot sun and the intensity of the competition. The 100+ contestants have been battling it out for more than 27 hours.
Many foreign workers in Singapore came to support their fellow countrymen who were taking part in this challenge. The overseas contestants were determined to win the car despite not having their family members to cheer them on. There was only one lady in this group.
After hours of standing and no sleep, some contestants don't look too good. Swollen ankles and wrists were a problem. Medics use cold compresses, and also massage on their feet and their hands.
Contestants started to feel the heat and the pain on day 2. Spraying was the only way to keep cool. Contestants also developed their own techniques to keep their hands glued to the car.
Several contestants tried to keep themselves occupied and get their blood circulation running. Some tried to sit while others stretched their legs. Some contestants tried dancing the night away to stay awake. Such actions do not necessarily keep them in the battle though.
I spotted this elderly couple sitting comfortably on top of a planter. The mother would occasionally wave a paper fan in the direction of her son who was participating in the challenge. This is his 2nd attempt. His parents were with him throughout the challenge. Wow! Very supportive and encouraging parents.
I asked the parents if they feel heartache when they see their son being put through such tough physical and mental endurances.
"Of course our hearts ache, but we love him. Being here physically and cheering him on is the only thing we could do. "
Greatest love of all!! *eyes teary*