Singapore Ironman Lim Nghee Huat is the first Asian participant to complete Brazil 217km Ultramarathon. A very proud moment for all Singaporeans. Below is his account of the ultramarathon.
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This is a brief report on my completion in the Brazil 217km Ultramarathon, a Badwater World Cup Series event.
I came in 26th position with a time of 52hr 37min, 7 hours before the cutoff time. There were a total of 61 runners from 9 countries in six continents and only 42 made it to the finish line.
The race was much tougher than the Death Valley Ultramarathon I did in 2007. The terrain was extremely tough, with numerous mountains to scale and descend. Some of them were definitely not fit for running!
I also fell down early on in the race, around 5 km into the start while running downhill but thank God it was only a minor abrasion and I was able to carry on.
During the second night I felt extremely sleepy and I was indeed struggling. It was pitch dark and there were howlings of wild animals around me. I also lost my way for several hours.
Throughout this, the support and the encouragement of many in Singapore motivated me to keep going. As the first Asian participant, I'm glad that I survived the course.
My run also raised more than S$20,000 for the Singapore Table Tennis Association.
Lim Nghee Huat
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
Tel: 6354-1014 Fax: 6353-9109
At the back of cheque write “ Lim Nghee Huat Brazil 217km Ultramarathon” for STTA. Donors are entitled for a Double Income Tax Exemption.