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META : Time : Trials

OCT. 11, 2023
A road race meant to challenge every runner's personal best, the ASICS META : Time : Trials has been scaled up and is back bigger and better than before.
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Debuting in 2022, the global edition of the ASICS META : Time : Trials was first held in Malaga, Spain in April while the Southeast Asian edition began in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 September 2022.

The regional ASICS META : Time : Trials is a 10km road race with the key objective of bringing together the running community to race and for each runner to beat his or her own Personal Best (PB).

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Muhammad Ikbolasen of Malaysia crossed the finish line in first place in the inaugural Southeast Asian edition of ASICS META: Time: Trials in 2022.

The event got its name from the global edition where ASICS athletes from all over the world came together to race in their latest ASICS carbon-plated racers, METASPEED™+ to beat their best timings.

Runners who take part in the second Southeast Asian edition of the ASICS META : Time : Trials held in Cyberjaya, Malaysia on Sunday, 19 November 2023 can experience a scaled up event with greater mass participation of runners from different backgrounds and with different abilities.

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Top female athlete Goh Chui Ling in her 10km race at the 2022 edition of the ASICS META : Time : Trials in Bangkok.

While more performance-driven runners are invited to race alongside top ASICS regional athletes to challenge their personal bests, the event also hopes to provide a platform for new runners or less performance driven runners to clock their first 10km race and have a taste of an adrenaline-pumping time trial.

With that in mind, SportPlus.sg has teamed up with ASICS to help you answer those burning questions about the ASICS META : Time : Trials and what you can expect by signing up.

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Race participants out of the blocks.

What can participants of the ASICS META : Time : Trials expect by participating in the event?

Participants will each receive an exclusive ASICS event tee, a finisher medal (with paid customization service available), e-certificate and attractive discount vouchers from ASICS and sponsors.

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Singapore contingent of ASICS athletes at the 2022 ASICS META: Time: Trials. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

What key products are being showcased for the ASICS META : Time : Trials?

ASICS pinnacle carbon-plated racers, METASPEED™+ and the newly launched MAGIC SPEED™ 3 shoes. Participants will also get to enjoy pre-launch NOVABLAST™ 4 shoes trial at the event ahead of its global launch in December.

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Subas Gurung clocked 31 minutes for his 10km race and came in overall second for men.

Why is 10km the race distance chosen for the ASICS META : Time : Trials?

In view of racing conditions across Southeast Asia, most runners tend to clock their PBs for longer distances such as the half and full marathons outside of the region in cooler weather conditions. Hence ASICS decided on a 10km race distance with good competitive elements to challenge runners to beat their own records in Malaysia.

In addition, the distance poses an attainable challenge to newer runners who can have a taste of the adrenaline pumping action either by completing their first race or clocking their PBs.

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Thailand's Tony Payne crosses the finish line.

Race Route for ASICS META : Time : Trials 2023

With some good learnings from the last edition, ASICS is working towards an improved race course and conditions for the runners.

Some takeaways include moving the flag-off time to a later time to address the humidity issue and changing from 5km-loop course to a 10km loop course.

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Singapore's Shah Feroz, Melvin Wong and John Yeong.

How many participants took part in ASICS META : Time : Trials 2022? How many are expected for ASICS META : Time : Trials 2023?

Last year’s ASICS META : Time : Trials 2022 was an exclusive event that was capped at 300 pax for invited athletes, media, partners and METASPEED™+ customers only.

This year, the ASICS META : Time : Trials is an open event capped at 3,000 pax. Apart from the invited guests, members of public can also sign up for the mass participation event.

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What are the key things to look out for at this year's ASICS META : Time : Trials?

This year participants can expect a very competitive line-up for the invitational category, featuring some of the SEA Games medalists e.g. Sonny Wagdos and Goh Chui Ling and local top guns e.g. Men’s defending champion, Ikbolesen and Women’s defending runner-up, Amelia Musa.

There will also be an exclusive pre-launch trial of the NOVABLAST™ 4 shoes which will only be launched globally in December.

There are also attractive lucky draw prizes including NOVABLAST™ shoes, GARMIN FORERUNNER 265, OAKLEY shades and more.

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Woraphan Nuanlsri of Thailand.

Article source: SportPlus.SG