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31-year-old completes 31 marathons to raise awareness for Bone Marrow Donor Programme

Published on Apr 1, 2014 8:28 AM
A supporter handing Mr Gerrard Lin a sunflower at the end of his 30th marathon yesterday at Novena Specialist Centre. The martial arts instructor hopes to sign up 1,302 donors – one for every km he ran during his March Madness – for the bone marrow donor registry. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

MOST runners would run a marathon a year, but for Gerrard Lin, today would mark the completion of his 31st marathon in 31 days.

The 31-year-old martial arts instructor ran a full marathon every day under his "March Marathon Madness" campaign, starting on March 2, in a bid to rally more bone marrow donors. "March Madness" also refers to American college basketball championships.

With his race finale today, Mr Lin will have logged a total of 1,302km once he finishes his last marathon around the Tiong Bahru area.

He embarked on this endeavour to raise awareness for the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) - Singapore's only register of voluntary bone marrow donors - in a bid to encourage more people to step up as donors.

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