Running For Fund
200 runners, 2,000km, 200 hours. The Relay Majulah baton was passed through 200 hands from 2 to 10 November 2019 as participants attempted to cover 2,000km within 200 hours before the final exchange to President Halimah Yacob. However, this run was different from others. Runners were running not to win a medal, but towards a different prize. The initiative, which commemorates Singapore’s bicentennial, sought to raise funds for 67 charities supported by the President’s Challenge. $1.6 million was raised, exceeding the target of $1 million.
Singapore Sports School triathlete Nicholas Rachmadi was one of the 200 privileged Singaporeans in Team Relay Majulah. Despite his heavy commitments of preparing for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines where he will be making his debut in Duathlon, sitting for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme examinations and leading the school body as Chairman of Sports School’s 5th Council of School Captains, Nicholas readily accepted the opportunity to run for a cause. Running along the scenic Gardens by the Bay to East Coast Park and covering a distance of 10km as the 25th runner of the relay, the IBDP Year 6 student-athlete regarded this as the “most meaningful baton” that he has carried.
Relay Majulah also broke the Singapore Book of Records for the longest distance covered consecutively by 200 athletes in 200 hours.