Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Singapore Ironman challenges Brazil 135 Ultramarathon - WW

EastCoastLife and Singapore Ironman Lim Nghee Huat

Singapore Ironman Lim Ngee Huat gets ready to run non—stop for 217 kilometres in Brazil 135 on January 23. He has to finish the race in 45 hours.

BR 135 Ultra is considered Brazil’s most difficult foot race because it takes place in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains, with only 20 km of the 217 km being run without any inclination. Only about 12 of the 135 miles are flat…the rest is all uphill and downhill. Throughout the race the athletes run up and down the total distance of Mount Everest, with more than 10,000 m (about 33,000 ft) of elevation gain and approximately 9,000m (about 29,000ft) of elevation loss.

Since 2005, Ironman Lim has been dedicating his ultramarathon run to raise funds for the community. There is no exception for the Brazil 135 and this time he is dedicating to the Singapore Table Tennis Association.

The Association is raising funds for the welfare and scholarships for the players. Its women team had won a silver medal for Singapore in Beijing Olympics Games. Ironman Lim wants to show his appreciation to them by dedicating this upcoming run in Brazil, to raise funds for the Association.

"217 km is equivalent to more than five marathons. You need to have enough training mileage, so I have been doing something like 45km to 80km every weekend since October," he said.

These extreme World Cup Ultra Marathons are the most difficult series on the planet :

Badwater Ultramarathon - race in the desert
Arrowhead Ultra - race in the snow
BR 135 Ultra - race in the mountains

Ironman Lim completed the Badwater Ultramarathon in 2007. Death Valley in California is the world’s hottest and driest place.

Those who wish to support Singapore Ironman Lim Nghee Huat for this cause, you could assist by pledging for every kilometre he completes, eg S$0.10 or $1 per km.

Ironman Lim will be leaving this Friday, 16th January for Sao Paulo, Brazil. EastCoastLife will be updating supporters and readers on his ultramarathon.

Singapore Table Tennis Association Desktop Calendar for year 2009 is out now! Inside, you will find vivid photos of our players in their sporting action. The calendar retails at S$10 per piece. Do give them your support!

Donors to issue cheque payable to “Singapore Table Tennis Association” and mail it to :

Mr Tan Bak Hua,
Finance & Admin Manager,
Singapore Table Tennis Association
297-C Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
Singapore 319389
Tel: 6354-1014 Fax: 6353-9109

At the back of cheque write “ Pledge “Lim Nghee Huat Brazil 217km Ultramarathon” for STTA. Donors are entitled for a Double Income Tax Exemption.


  1. "Singapore Ironman Lim Ngee Huat gets ready to run non—stop for 217 kilometres in Brazil 135 on January 23. He has to finish the race in 45 hours."

    Run nonstop for 45 hours? How is this possible?

    I'm impressed, but I REALLY can't believe I'm the first one to comment!

  2. Congrats Gran! You're the first commentator!

    He did stop for a drink or to relieve himself. :)

    Ironman Lim ran without sleep for more than 50 hours at Death Valley race in 2007.

    Both his feet were blistered, swollen and hurting when we welcomed him back at Singapore Changi Airport. I took a picture of his feet then.

    I'm frightened even at the thought of this race but Ironman Lim sees it as a challenge. I respect him very much.

  3. I wish him a great success in completing the run. Happy WW! :)

  4. Run without sleeping? That really some Ironman! All the best to him!

  5. sounds like a tough challenge. all the best to Ironman. BRING IT ON!

  6. Best of luck Ironman Lim! Wow ... I wish I could do that ... now, *that* is a challenge of a lifetime.

  7. This is a great feat for a good deed. Good Luck to Ironman.

  8. I can see that you are an ardent supporter for his cause. :)

  9. I wish him well. My friend Ray did that race last year. I did Badwater last year and hope to repeat it this year.

  10. Wow! That's an amazing feat! No wonder he's known as ironman! Wish him all the best!

  11. What an amazing athlete. My cousin's husband used to do Ironman races, but never anything so grueling. I wish him a great race!

  12. i MISread it as S'pore Ironman challenges Brazil Ultraman heheeee...

    all the best to ironman!!!

  13. Wow! Can he pull it off? Non stop for 45 hours? =)

  14. Hello dearie!!
    Sorry have not popped by in a few days.. busy busy busy with makeovers and MIL's project and what now..

    Hope all is well with you.. am planning to go back to SG after CNY.. meet up?

  15. CK II.
    Happy WW!
    Knowing Ironman Lim, he's going to make it a success. :)

  16. LEon,
    Yes, running without sleeping.
    I couldn't believe it is humanly possible but these awesome runners have prove it.

  17. Wilfrid,
    You should try it. :)
    I can introduce you to Ironman Lim and you can learn from him.
    Come on, you are much younger than him. If he can do it, you can do!

  18. oceanskies,
    Yes, I'm very proud of Ironman Lim. He is a Singaporean who has brought honour to our country but is not in the limelight for his achievements!

    What he did seems to be impossible by many youngsters, but he has proved time and again he can do it.

    He's not young.

    Kudos to him!

  19. Hi Alan!
    Wow! You people simply amaze me!
    These are tough challenges yet you did it again and again!
    Way to go, guys!
    My sincerest wishes : All the best.

  20. foongpc,
    Amazing, right?

    I cannot even run 100m.

  21. Hello Julia,
    Ironman races are gruelling.... those athletes push themselves so much.

    It is painful to watch them. :P

  22. My rainbow angel,
    Huh!? I thought Ultraman is from Japan! hehe....

    You need glasses. Come to my optometric practice. :)

  23. Tekkaus,
    he has done quite a number of marathons and he did well for the Death Valley race.

    This time, he can do it too! Read my updates.

  24. LadyJava,
    Yah, me too.... busy with my community service due to CNY and my association work.

    Please! Please! Let's meet! I have projects for you. If you are not coming back, I'll have to visit you in KL. :D

  25. Awesome ECL..
    I put some time to meet you on my next visit after CNY ok :)

    Projects?? I like the sound of that!! Thanks dearie!

  26. LadyJava,
    You HAVE TO make time, sayang! Exciting assignments for you. :)

  27. holy frack! impressive! utlra marathons are hardcore! hope he makes it in good time.

  28. LadyJava,
    I'll be waiting for your return....

  29. Hi krusty,
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It's a tough challenge.

  30. I got my blog renovated too after seeing how great yours is. Come over n check out mine when you are free ok? :)

  31. Gattina,
    I don't expect you to last 5 mins. hahaha....

  32. Good luck to the Ironman! I hope he makes Singapore proud! :)

  33. wow ... that's a mean feat! lots of luck! :)

  34. Mariuca,
    Yes, he will definitely make our Singapore flag fly high.

    hehehe.... Ironman Lim is feeling stressful now.

  35. maiylah,
    You're right about the mean feat!

    He will have his lovely wife by his side to give him support. :)

  36. What a good man to do that and then give the rewards to the community. I hope he wins!

  37. Sandy,
    That's our Ironman Lim! He's been raising funds for local charities for many years. And he serves in the community as well.

  38. It's refreshing to come across someone who uses their ability to help the community. I wish him well!

  39. Hi Marsha,
    Thanks for your kind wishes. Ironman Lim will not disappoint.

  40. It really takes a body and mind of steel to be taking on such a big challenge. I hope he knows the Singapore spirit is gunning for him!

  41. Ed,
    Yah, and Ironman Lim is not young man, you know. Many young men also lose to him when it comes to taking up marathon. This is ultramarathon!

    Go Ironman Lim go! We are cheering for you!

  42. Uncle Lim, I also support you!
    Although I don't have the stamina to run marathons but I have the stamina to cheer loudly for you!


  43. When I saw the distance alone my knees started screaming in protest. When I pictured the terrain that distance covers the rest of my body joined in the chorus.


  44. 217 kilometers, Oh my gosh! 5 kilo is already too much for me. That's really hardcore!

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  46. Hi ECL,

    I have a surprise for you over at Empty Streets, Do check it out once you find time and I do hope you like it :)

  47. This is all pretty incredible, and surely only the most super of humans can accomplish it! WOW!
    The training he has to endure weekly must be arduous, torturous and both physically and mentally draining!

    Also, these races in the snow, desert and mountains? OMG, what torture master thought up those? LOL!

    Kudos to him and much well wishes and luck on his upcoming race.
    All I can say is, AWESOME!!! ;)

  48. Able to run for that long is more than ironman. More like superman :)

    All the way!!

  49. Congratulation to Mr Lim !!
    1st Asian runner to complete the race.

    Result of Brazil 135 Ultramarathon

    Photos of the Brazil 135 Ultramarathon