If you're looking for a marathon with a twist, look no farther than the ASICS RELAY. There are two categories at the ASICS RELAY: the 42km Full Marathon and the 21km Half Marathon. Participants can be in teams of four or two.
As you can tell by the race's title, there's a relay aspect to it. So, for a team of four, each member is required to complete 10.5km for the Full Marathon and 5.25km for the Half Marathon; for the team of two, each runner will have to deal with 21km for the Full Marathon and 10.5km for the Half Marathon.
This year's ASICS RELAY will take place in different cities, with Singapore as its last stop. South Korean singer, Park Sang-Hyun (aka Thunder) has signed on as the ambassador for ASICS RELAY 2019. Thunder, who started as a member in the all-male group MBLAQ and has since carved out a career as a solo artist. Since then, he has acted and hosted and even became a permanent cast member of the KBS show Imagination Arcade.
We quiz him about his preparation for the race and other things running-related.
ESQUIRE: Were you always running or was it something that you picked up recently?
THUNDER: I never enjoyed running because I've always considered myself slow but as I participated in the ASICS RELAY runs I’ve come to enjoy running in marathons.
ESQ: What's your training routine like?
THUNDER: I do a lot of burpees to train endurance. And I usually do push-ups, pull-ups and dips as well.
ESQ: Where was a memorable place that you ran at?
THUNDER: It would be the Hangang River in Korea. I used to run along the river back when I was a trainee for the marathon. Now that brings back fond memories.
ESQ: What do you listen to when you run?
THUNDER: I tend to mix it up. I usually start with a fast-tempo song and then switch it up with a very meaningful Korean ballad to give me a different pace, that also gives me more motivation to run.
ESQ: Because this is a team race, do worry about disappointing your teammates if you don't do well?
THUNDER: I’m very grateful as my team members are very considerate and thoughtful as I'm pretty new in participating in marathons. I don’t have to worry as much. I'll just try not to push myself too hard, and simply try to enjoy the moment and the running itself.
The ASICS RELAY 2019 is now open for registration.