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S’porean man vows to run 91cm in 91 days to pay tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

Posted on 18 April 2015

The short distance endurance runner said challenge is in pacing himself and not completing full distance in one shot.


A Singaporean man is pushing his body to the limit by running 91cm in 91 days as a tribute to founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Mai Sng Seow, a Singaporean who has 40 years of experience as a short distance endurance runner, said he is pushing himself physically as a way to honour Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy: “I believe it takes a lot of discipline and belief to be able to run 1cm a day.”

“A lot of people will say ‘I’m not going to do it’ and give up, but not me. I have what it takes to see it through, like how Lee Kuan Yew had what it takes to see things through.”

The run’s organiser said the run each day is accompanied by a daily theme to commemorate at least one nation-building trait of Lee Kuan Yew a day.

For example, to run 1cm a day requires conviction, discipline, dedication, trust, belief, endurance, resilience and a few more traits that will be thought up as the runner goes along.

Mai said: “It is very easy to give up on this run three or four days into it. To see it through would require a lot of patience and foresight.”

“What I will be doing is great, just like how it requires resilience and endurance to overcome challenges and build the nation we enjoy today.”

“In my small way, I hope to inspire Singaporeans to remember that spirit,” he added.

Some of the challenges, such as the heat and humidity will not deter the runner, who said he has had experience running longer distances of between 50cm to four metres, as and when he gets off the couch to answer the phone or head to the fridge to get a cold sausage to munch on during commercial breaks.

He said: “I don’t think I have tried to go a full 1cm without over-exceeding the distance before. To do 1cm each time will send my body into shock as I have to prevent myself from completing the full 91cm distance in just one day.”

“To complete all 91cm in a day wouldn’t be ideal as this would be seen as a shortcut and people might not appreciate the fact that I’m doing it all at one shot and I might even be labelled a showoff for doing it so fast.”


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