Record participation in SAFRA's cross-terrain adventure race

SINGAPORE - The sixth edition of Singapore's largest cross-terrain adventure race, the SAFRA AVventura, saw a record of 448 participants this year.

Teams in the Ultra category had to run, bike and kayak along a 44km race route across the western and northern parts of Singapore on Sunday morning.

Besides having to clear various mystery challenges that tested their teamwork and problem-solving skills, they also had to scale and abseil off an 18m natural rock face at Dairy Farm Quarry.

The race finished off with a 25m climb up the sport climbing wall at SAFRA Yishun followed by a 50m rope traverse across the swimming pool.

Most of the participants completed the race in seven hours.

Joseph Foo Chien Boon, 42, and Fabian William Raj, 34, of team Adventure Madness Enduro, took home the top prize for the Men's Ultra category, clocking in at 4 hours and 42 minutes.

In the Sprint and Youth categories, participants had to climb a 8m rope ladder and the 15m SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre (SASC) wall. This was in addition to a 26km race route.

The Men's Sprint category was won by Chen Wee Meng, 24, and Ng Wei Ming, 23, of team D2B, with a timing of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

This year's race also recorded a three-fold increase in the number of father-and-child teams.

Forty-three fathers also took the opportunity to bond with their children as they paired up for the Dads For Life Challenge. The father-and-child teams took part in fun-filled challenges, such as sport climbing, shooting, chatek, fishing, running and cycling.

They were also among the first to tryout the newly opened segment of the Canopy Challenge Walk at SASC, where they navigated a series of cargo nets, swinging bridges and a zip line at a height of 18m.

Father and son pair Faisal Meskam, 44, and Arfan Faisal, 12, emerged as the winners.

yamadak@sph.com.sg