Sunday, 05 January 2014 22:06

From Seven Continents to the North Pole

"When I have run my best marathon and written my best piece and done my best deed of love for myself and my neighbour, I know the cry will still come from my heart: "There is more, there is more. I who have made you know." What else is a heart for, but to be uneasy, to ask for what seems impossible and never be satisfied? So my heart will be restless until it finds its final rest." – "Running and Being" by George Sheehan.


After recently realising my dream to run 7 marathons on all 7 continents including in the amazing southernmost icy continent of Antarctica, the question left hanging in the air was - the North Pole Marathon? Restless and uneasy I was. And Mark Twain's quote surfaced once again - "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


So the next challenge will be the North Pole Marathon. In honour of my late-grandmother, I’ll also press on with the fund-raising for the elderly assisted by the Tsao Foundation. To all those who have showered me with your kind words of support and encouragement thus far as well as to all who have donated towards helping the elderly, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. The dream of running 7 marathons on all 7 continents couldn’t have been realized without your support.


I’m resuming my marathon training once again in the hope of realising this next challenge.  Apart from surmounting this challenge, it would be a special honour for me to become the first lady from both Singapore and Southeast Asia as well as the third lady from Asia to join the Marathon Grand Slam Club (The Marathon Grand Slam Club is comprised of runners who have run marathons on all 7 continents and on the Arctic Ocean in the North Pole Marathon). Thus far, only 77 runners - 62 men and 15 women - in the world have achieved this feat.


Mark Twain says “Explore. Dream. Discover”.

I say - “Go chase your dreams coz no one else is going to do it for you”.


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