Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2012 – Here We Come

Thanks for the enjoyable Ops Kookaburra training journey with plentiful nice memories of running under the starlight and basking in the tropical sunlight. The time has come for you to take the stage @ Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Do your best and enjoy every moment of your race, and share with us the fond and beautiful memories of the people, run, fun and sun of the Run Gold Coast.

BREAKING NEWS! Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Jann Stuckey, has announced the total number of runners will go close to 28,000! Full Article HERE! – Team Singapore too registered record attendance at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon this time with 308 participants, more than 40% increase from 2011. Go Rock The Gold Coast, Team!

Operation Kookaburra 2012: A Fitting Finale

Operation Kookaburra 2012: A Fitting Finale

The final long run session was blessed with good weather, yet providing the challenge of the heat to test the Kookaburras going for optimal race paces. Decked in their ‘finisher’ tops signifying their successful completion of the training program, the Kookaburras gathered for group photos with the waves and coconut trees providing a nice backdrop. All looked fresh from the past 2 weeks of tapering, and this morning, were asked to go for slightly more aggressive ‘sustainable’ paces to push the envelope for good timings at Gold Coast Airport Marathon GCAM next weekend.

Other than a nearby run event at The Playground, the ECP was clear as we headed towards NSRCC in our respective groups of 2:00h, 2:30h, 3:45h, 4:00h, 4:15h, 4:30h, 5:00h, 5:30h in optimal race paces.  Along the way, body-sensing of the overall physical and mental condition took centre stage.  Minor tweaks and adjustments were made with the trainers and pacers to better the form and condition for race day.

The second half of the run tested the Kookaburra’s mental strength in the heat, something which they might encounter after 25km in GCAM, albeit in cooler climate and more windy conditions.  At the end of 14km (HM) and 18km (FM), the Kookaburras looked strong and able to sustain the aggressive targets set this morning, and they looked good to GO FOR GOLD.

We will like to congratulate all Kookaburra participants for going through the 12-week journey with Team FatBird in training for GCAM, and wishes them best success and an enjoyable time down under together with the record group of Team Singapore participants.

Run Kookaburra, Run Kookaburra, Gold Your Race Will Be!

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FatBirds @ ????FRONTLINE

The TV segment of Team FatBird ‘s feature in FRONTLINE, a mandarin current affairs program by Mediacorp Channel 8, arrived in the mail.  This clearer version also has the other segments covering the increased popularity of running as a healthy lifestyle in Singapore.  Thanks to the producer for sending us a copy to share with all Team FatBird Runners and the running community.

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Check out the earlier story when it first aired in February 2012.

Trail Weekender @ MacRitchie

Trail Weekender @ MacRitchie

It had been a while since we found time for a FatBird Weekender, and which better day than to do it on a relaxing Sunday morning outside of the training season.  Although this was the first post Sundown get-together run we had, the group was rather small as many FatBirds were involved in other races and events in another typical busy running weekend in Singapore.

Photo Slideshow, credit FatBird AC Leong

With a comfortably-sized group of 40+, we were able to catch up and bond along the forested trails of MacRitchie Reservoir, the quiet stretches of Rifle Range Link, as well as the rocky Sime Trail and softer Lornie Trail.  The runners, coming in with fresh legs, were seen having that renewed spring and vigour in them as they manouvred the tricky stretches and the undulating sandy slopes of the forest trails.

There were a couple of new runners who have joined us for the first time, and they along with the experienced runners enjoyed the scenic run in cool weather, working at their own paces.  The highlight of the morning had to be the well-deserved ‘sinful-looking’ brunch of laksa, mee-siam, nasi lemak and local food delights which many were looking forward to, after that challenging workout caused many a ‘growling’ tummy.

And as we chat and laugh over the post-brunch coffee and hot drinks, we wore a satisfied look in our faces, already thinking of when and what we will do in the next FatBird Weekender

We love to go a-running
Along the forest trails
And as we run
We love to share
Our happiness of running…

Operation Kingfisher 2012: REGISTRATION OPENS!

Operation Kingfisher 2012: REGISTRATION OPENS!

Registration Opens!
The Wait Is Over!  Registration for Operation Kingfisher 2012 , 6-week PowerFLIGHTTM Half-Marathon training program to prepare runners for The Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon 2012 OPENS!

This 6-Week structured training (12 group training sessions) Program brings all together – an integration of the best for 10km and 21km training of  speed, track, hills, trails.

Running The Bay? Let FatBirds Show You The Way!