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Singapore, 22 October 2019 – IRONMAN Asia and Singapore Athletics Association (SAA) announced a partnership renewal to host the Singapore Open National Championships at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 (SCSM).

This will be the third consecutive year the region’s only IAAF Gold Label event has doubled up as the Nations’ race, providing opportunities for local runners to compete against the world’s best marathoners across various categories – the Men’s and Women’s Open and Masters. An addition to the partnership is the new Under-23 (U23) Youth Championships category which allows for Singapore’s next generation of marathoners an opportunity to compete at the pinnacle of the sport.

Commenting on the new category, Mr Malik Aljunied, former national hurdler and Executive Director of SAA said “We have seen the rise in our youth’s performance over the years and the addition of a youth category within the region’s renowned race is both a great opportunity to showcase the nation’s budding talents as well as to build our youth athletes’ accolades. Moreover, I am confident that this will nudge them to develop tenacity and give them a true taste of a competitive international event.”

The U23 Youth Championships will feature Singapore’s top distance runners aged 18 to 23 included. The category acts as a bridge between the A Division and Nationals, allowing young adults to continue competing against the world’s best during these transitional years. Top 3 Male and 3 Female U23 Youth Championship winners will each receive a SEIKO timepiece and Jaybird Run XT True Wireless earphones, worth up to S$1,300 in total.

Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of IRONAN Asia added, “We are glad to renew the partnership with Singapore Athletics Association and will continue to do our part as a catalyst in the development of the local running community.”

In addition to the new U23 Youth Championships category, IRONMAN Asia has revised the age criteria for the 700-metre Kids Dash, which is now only eligible for those age 10 years old and under, pushing those above this age group to join in the 5km race for a start.

“I believe that the new U23 Youth Championships will create opportunities for the nation to discover more young local talent. Moreover, as we aim to have our youths competing on a world’s stage, these initiatives will help push boundaries and arm them with the added confidence to race longer distances and benchmark themselves against an international field.” said Shohib Marican, local youth athlete.

The Singapore Open National Championships promises to be a highly competitive affair this year with the likes of reigning SCSM local champions expected to lead the fields.

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