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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 17 March 2007

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Seventh Annual Singapore Biathlon


The Seventh Annual Singapore Biathlon

- Attracting Biathletes Worldwide

Swim and run enthusiasts gathered at the East Coast Park (Singapore) today for the seventh annual Singapore Biathlon.
Regarded as Singapore's and South-East Asia's premier and largest Olympic-standard biathlon, close to 2,000 competitors participated in event.
Jointly organised by SAFRA National Service Association, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Singapore Sports Council (SSC), the Singapore Biathlon has been growing in popularity and prestige each year.
This year's, foreign participation has increased by more than two-fold as compared to last year.
These 263 participants hail from countries as far as USA, UK, France and Australia, to our neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Some even flew in especially for this event.
The course for today's event took athletes over a challenging 1.5km swim into the sea, before a final 10km run to the finish. Participants could choose from six categories, namely, Men's Open, Men's Veteran, Women's Open, Women's Veteran, Corporate Team Challenge and "SAF Invitation".
It is an event catered for individuals who seek to test their endurance, families who seek to bond with one another, and corporate groups who are out to foster their own esprit de corp. Most importantly, Singapore Biathlon promises safe fun for all!
Associate Professor Koo Tsai Kee, Minister of State for Defence and President of SAFRA, officiated the event. A/P Koo flagged-off the Men's Open category and presented prizes to winners of the both the Men's and Women's Open categories. Winners walked away with over 10,000 worth of prizes.
"The popularity of endurance sports in Singapore is increasing. Singapore Biathlon, now in its 7th year, has been receiving a steady increase in participants. This year alone, participation rate grew by more than 11% compared to last year. In particular, international participation grew significantly by 171%. These numbers may not look big but in the world of endurance sports, it is a notable achievement", said Assoc Prof Koo.
In conjunction with Singapore Biathlon 2007, the RSN also organised Navy Sprint Challenge (NSC) to promote cohesion within the Navy family. Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Ronnie Tay also presented cheques totalling over $170,000 raised by RSN personnel and NSmen for 10 charitable organisations.
At the event, participants and supporters were entertained by cheerleading performances and other live performances. There were also numerous food and merchandise outlets set up to allow participants and their supporters to chill out after the race.
Singapore Biathlon 2007 is sanctioned by Triathlon Association of Singapore.
Jointly released by MINDEF and SAFRA

Source: News Release 17 Mar 2007

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