Ultramarathoner, 61, to attempt 281km run for charity

Ultramarathoner Lim Nghee Huat, plans to run the Brazil 135+ marathon in Sao Paolo from Jan 14 to 17 - at the age of 61 - to raise $150,000 for non-profit Christian housing organization Habitat for Humanity Singapore. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Ultramarathoner Lim Nghee Huat, plans to run the Brazil 135+ marathon in Sao Paolo from Jan 14 to 17 - at the age of 61 - to raise $150,000 for non-profit Christian housing organization Habitat for Humanity Singapore. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Ultramarathoner Lim Nghee Huat will be taking to the road again for a good cause - at the age of 61.

Mr Lim plans to run the Brazil 135+ marathon in Sao Paolo from Jan 14 to 17 in an effort to raise $150,000 for non-profit Christian housing organization Habitat for Humanity Singapore.

He is the first Singaporean to attempt the 281km run, the longest distance he has assayed to date. "It will be seven marathons at one go," he said. "I don't know how my body will react."

He aims to complete the run in under 60 hours, thus enduring nearly three days without sleep across mountainous terrain. As it is the rainy season in Sao Paolo, he also anticipates having to brave flooded areas.

An editor of Chinese current affairs television at Mediacorp, Mr Lim is a father of three and has three grandchildren.

He has been running for 43 years and completed other notable ultramarathons such as the 217km Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, United States.

To train for Brazil, he has been running 20km on weekday nights and 50km to 80km on weekends at Upper Peirce Reservoir.

The funds raised will go towards Habitat's home improvement projects in Singapore, as well as supporting its overseas trips to build homes in poverty-stricken areas.