Athletics: No sweat as Pocari runners finish their 380,000km race to the moon

Participants posing at the photo-taking zone during the Pocari Sweat Run 2016.
Participants posing at the photo-taking zone during the Pocari Sweat Run 2016.PHOTO: POCARI SWEAT RUN 2016
Pocari Sweat Ambassadors, Mok Ying Ren and Neo Jie Shi, with Ms. Wina Wong, Country Manager of Pocari Sweat  Singapore, planting the Pocari Sweat  flag on the "Moon".
Pocari Sweat Ambassadors, Mok Ying Ren and Neo Jie Shi, with Ms. Wina Wong, Country Manager of Pocari Sweat Singapore, planting the Pocari Sweat flag on the "Moon".PHOTO: POCARI SWEAT RUN 2016

Around 10,000 runners in Saturday's fifth edition of the Pocari Sweat Run figuratively completed the journey to the moon, although they were running around Marina Bay and the Gardens by the Bay.

The 10km Open saw Khemraj Rai and Concetta Arcella coming in first with timings of 34min 20sec and 41 min 58sec, respectively, for the men's and women's category. The 5km men's Open had saw Japhet Kurgat winning at 17min 20sec, while Vanja Cnops clinched the women's race in 20min 40sec.

Alluding to the physical journey the Lunar Dream Capsule would take from earth to the lunar surface, runners in previous editions of the run contributed an accumulated distance of 300,000km, more than 75 per cent of the distance between the two bodies. On Saturday evening, they covering the remaining 80,000km.

Kurgat, a 28-year-old Kenyan, said: "I am happy with my timing, despite having to get used to the climate and the many sharp turns that tested my stamina during the run."

Arcella, an Australian who recently moved to Singapore with her husband, said: "I was really impressed with how well-organised the race was. Everyone was so supportive - the marshals, supporters and even the runners who were running alongside me."

Tied closely to the Lunar Dream Capsule Project, the lunar-themed run is linked to Pocari Sweat's ambition to be the first beverage in history to be launched and land on the moon.

Designed and developed in partnership with Astroscale, the capsule contains Pocari Sweat powder, with the hopes that the beverage can one day be made with water found on the moon's surface.