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End of Gobi March

04 August 2019 05:11 pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

It's been more than 24hrs since Gobi March 2019 ended. Feels surreal that it's over, after more than half a year of physical and mental preparation. Yes I survived, I completed, and what I cherish most is the friendships gained and the inspiration I got from all the heroes around me the past week, whether they came in first, last or DNF, they are all heroes.

Special thanks to the race organisers, volunteers and locals who made the event possible for us. You are the force behind the heroes. THANK YOU!

Special shout out to my family and friends who sent me messages and kept me in their prayers, they meant alot to me! When I was at my lowest, the thought of you guys supporting me from wherever you are gave me the strength to press on. Forever grateful to you all. 

Time to rest those tired legs and body and not thinking of running, walking or backpack for some time.

If you're reading this and contemplating to do the race, go do it! Prepare well and enjoy the pain, you will not regret!

Sign off!

Alex Tan, bib 82 


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End of Gobi March 2019

03 August 2019 05:17 pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

Official race start: Dec 2018 when I signed up and paid 1500 USD

Official race end: 3 Aug 2019

What a ride. Thank you all the organisers, crew, fellow racers, tent mates, locals.... It's been awesome! 

Soaking in a hot tub in the hotel now. Feeling like it's all been a dream, haha! 


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Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 09:42 am

Congratulations to you Alex! What an achievement! So very proud of you xx Have a good massage and a well deserved rest. Safe flight home xx

02 August 2019 10:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar


Stage 5 came and went in a flash. It was the most painful (blisters) and it was so hot (HK friends ask me to say yit dou bao ah!)

Yet it was also the most fun stage, because we had so much fun in the last 8km pretending to be Tang Seng, Monkey, Piggy and Sandy on our journey to collect the scriptures (guess who was i?)

Tonight we had an international (well almost) buffet with sharing of food from Singapore, HK, Japan. It was good! But the real buffet tmr night at the hotel will be much better! And theres gonna be a campfire and local performace tonight.

Cant believe its almost over, just 1 more night, wake up, walk 9km, FINISH! It has been brutal, but amazing at the same time. So many stories to share. I shall enjoy every moment.

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Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 04:54 pm

Enjoy every moment. A memorable achievement to look back on :)

01 August 2019 09:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar


Apart from 77km, the day was hot even for a Singaporean! I walked throughout with zhaojie and Team Esquel from HK. We finished this morn at 3am, 19hrs!! After that I realised I hv 2 big blisters, one on each foot. Hope it gets  better today,  a Mexican runner helped me poke a needle n thread to drain the fluid.


Happy moments during the long march, getting cold COKE (yes its not a typo) at chkpt 3. Walking under the stars with zhaojie and Team Esquel with Spotify playing in the background.


On a sad note, Qiwei had to leave the camp today. he got injured at stage 3, n had to pull out at stage 4. Proud of what you have achieved from a non running background buddy, every DNF is a valuable race experience. At least you’re the only Singaporean to get into top 30! Have a good rest and enjoy your travels.


Thanks to all the love n encouragement back home, I hope nobody saw me tearing as I was reading your comments. I will soldier on! Onward to stage 5!

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Adrian See

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 01:18 pm

Every step taken brings you one step closer to home! Just keep on (swimming) running!!! We're cheering you on!

Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 01:11 pm

Congrats finishing Stage 5. Soldier on ...1 more stage only. You can achieve :) Safe run tomorrow and enjoy every moment xx

Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 01:11 pm

Congrats finishing Stage 5. Soldier on ...1 more stage only. You can achieve :) Safe run tomorrow and enjoy every moment xx

Nad AF

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 06:31 am

Jiayou! And stay safe :)

Nad AF

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 06:31 am

Jiayou! And stay safe :)

Maho Morita

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 05:26 am

Alex! As I do my daily runs I think about *your* runs. I can only begin to imagine the peaks and valleys (both literally and figuratively) you go through every day. You are pushing your boundaries with every step you take, covering a distance that you must once thought was unattainable. Stay strong, and take good care of those blisters. I'm cheering for you every day. Good luck to you and all your running friends!

Angeline Yong

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 11:00 pm

Amazing job done so far! Pain is temporary, glory is forever! Press on for stage 5 and you can smell the medal very soon! Jia you!

Esther Ho

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 04:58 pm

Onwards to stage 5!!!! Final push almost! So close, you can almost smell Blitz at the finish line! Hang in there!

Cris Kuwe

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 04:12 pm

Reaching the end of the race soon. Hang on there bro! The medal will be with u short. And along with it, honor & glory.

Zoey Wong

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 04:09 pm

It must have been extremely tough but omg I’m so so so proud of all of you. Thanks for sharing here. All the best for the next 2 stages! To everyone on TeamSG, well done and jia you jia you!!

Annie Lee

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 02:18 pm

Alex-si!!!! So proud of you, my fren! Congrats on completing the Long March. The finish is near.. so enjoy every moment. Save some tears for when you cross the finishing line!

Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 02:14 pm

You've done very well. Very proud of you. The worst is behind you, so just soldier on to the finish line. Hope your blisters don't hurt too much. Continue staying fit, safe & enjoy. Love from mum xx

30 July 2019 09:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar



Today was a pretty hard day, we started with a scramble up a rocky hill, then easy for another 15km, followed by THE SAND DUNES!! 10km of sand dunes! That took me almost 3hrs to crawl up the sandy slopes and scramble down the downhills. Overall it was a good day, finished 40km in 8.5hrs. had time to wash clothes at the campsite! J


2nd highlight of the day. When we were scrambling up the hill, a racer from UK was pretty apprehensive about the climb, because he is afraid of heights. So zhaojie and I guided him and helped him finish the scary segment. Then we started chatting, turns out he’s from London, we talked football, and turns out he’s a SPURS fan! When I told him we are ARSENAL fans, he was “oh no, I was saved by 2 ARSENAL fans!” WAHAHA!! J



The 10km sand dunes segment was tough and low morale. SPOTIFY to the rescue! Suddenly I had many friends with me, eg Ekin Cheng, Aaron Kwok, Sammi, Beyond…. HAPPINESS!! J


TMR is the big one….THE 77KM LONG MARCH!

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Li San Chua

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 12:47 pm

Keep the feet dry and just keep on going 💪🏻 加油加油加油

Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 10:40 pm

So proud of you finishing Stage 4. Well done! Finishing line awaiting.

Annie Lee

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 06:35 am

多少次迎著冷风与sand dunes 从没有放弃过心中的理想 一刹那恍惚 若有所失的感觉 不知不觉已变淡 心里爱 Beyond expectations! 💪

Boon Huat Lim

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 06:02 am

I never take any distance for granted...and whether it's 10km or 70km bro, completing them require mental and physical determination. Pace yourself, you have prepared yourself well, believe in your training, believe in your IM base, believe you can complete! Step by Step, 1 at a time bro! Jiayou!!!

Benjamin T

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 05:19 am

Keep going on strong bro!!! 77km will be over in no time! 💪💪💪

Clayton Ng

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 03:30 am

Going strong Alex! Take care out there! God speed!

Amy Khor

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 03:26 am

Keep going !! You have come this far .. You can do it ! Jiayou .. finish line awaiting !

Ps Sim

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 03:21 am

Rocking the sand dude 😉 Keep going Alex!

Chiobu Fong

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 01:57 am

Hey Bog! You are never alone in the race. Many friends back home cheering you on. When the going gets tough, just remember how we waved and sang through the crowds in Beyond concert and that will keep you high! It is not the end that matters, but the journey to the end. May the desert wind propel you towards the finishing line. Just 2 more days!

Marie Choo

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 12:23 am

Go, Alex, go! May the paws be with you as you race for I RUN FOR RESCUE DOGS. When the going gets tough, think of all the woofies cheering for you. 🐶🐾

CheeKiong Toh

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 12:20 am

All the Best Alex & Team SG! You guys can do this!!! 加油! When the going gets tough; the TOUGH gets going!!!

Peter Tan

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 12:15 am

All your long trainings definitely paying off! After 77km you should be home free. Press on!

Michelle Ow

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 11:32 pm

You've got this! When the going gets tough, the tough gets going! 古惑仔 and the rest of the guys on Spotify will be journeying with you, Beyond your expectations! You will do well! And you know what, regardless the outcome, you would already have done well, anyways :) just going there and doing this! 💪🏽💪🏽 Look forward to reading your next blog post!

Gek Fong Chua

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 11:25 pm

Fighting!!!! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

Syed Ismail

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 11:10 pm

Come on you gunners! That should be added onto the arsenal fb page! Take care and continue to enjoy the journey [email protected]

Raymond Lee

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 10:41 pm

Alex...steady lah...all the best. For honor and glory....

Zoey Wong

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 10:28 pm

Superbly well done Alex and TEAMSG !! On tired legs, march on! Jia you and enjoy!!!

Angeline Yong

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 10:27 pm

After coming so far, 70km is no kick la! Get Aaron Kwok, Beyond and whoever to sing you Many hours of concert! Jia you! Keep it going! Looking forward to see your blog post soon!

Herek Loei

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 06:43 pm

Great job Alex! Glad to see you clear stage by stage strongly and keeping up the positive vibes. Am sure you will do well in the long stage! Keep going! Jiayou! All the best and have fun! :)

Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 05:18 pm

Well done! Proud of you xx Jia You ... all the way!

Renee Yonglin Mok

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 04:54 pm

Alex! Jia you jia you!!!

Esther Ho

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 04:06 pm

Omg! You had time to wash clothes! Yassssss! I'm sure u will be eggcellent for the 77km. After that can try 100km races le! More than half done, round up equals one whole! OK! Jiayou! Buns

28 July 2019 08:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar


Today is a good day, amazing weather and scenery! Who says deserts are hot, Singapore is much hotter!! Today race distance was 36km, the shortest day. Tmr is 45km, I think. Live each day as it comes. Its super windy here, an ipad-like tablet just got blown off the table! Guess what, we made friends with team esquel from hk, they were having pizza on day0 dinner!


Ok gotta go chill out with the singaporean contingent and new friends! Hope to see your replies!

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Lay Hoon Wong

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 12:14 pm

Almost there!! Woohoo!!!

Fazli Fazli

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 01:13 am

Jiayou to you, qiwei and the singapore contingent! We are all super proud!!

Peter Tan

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 12:21 am

Looking good my friend. Go go go!

Mysha PL

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 02:32 pm

Take care guys!

Maho Morita

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 12:57 am

"Enjoyed reading your update. Ya, take one day at a time, one step at a time. What a journey it will be. Will be cheering you on, Alex!"

Hon Peow Sin

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 11:57 pm

Jia you ... Fighting !

Angeline Yong

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 11:50 pm

Keep the spirits high! Good job for stage 1!

Khee Meng Loh

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 04:52 pm

加油加油加加油! Keep running!!

Timothy Ng

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 03:53 pm

Keep the spirit high. Enjoy mother nature. Fighting!

Bunny Ho

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 03:23 pm

Hello 🐻! Blitz n I cheering u on!

Christina Chisholm

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 02:53 pm

Congrats on completing Stage 1. Keep it up & enjoy the race & place xx

Annie Lee

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 02:40 pm

Alex and QW!! Congrats on completing stage 1. Stay strong yo...DPO will update ur progress during DOM. Haha... enjoy!

Zoey Wong

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 02:29 pm

Enjoyed looking at the race photos! Great to know that weather is awesome! Enjoy the race tmr TeamSG!
8 days more, what's left to be done?

20 July 2019 09:00 am (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

There are many things that should be done way in advance, eg training! But there are also certain stuff that are meant to be done as last min prep. Here's a list lest I forget:
1. Go for haircut (done)
2. Trim the nails
3. Put up "Out of Office" email (can't wait to do that)
4. Hug my wife and my dog (doing it everyday)
5. Change currency
6. Subscribe to Spotify Premium to download songs for offline listening. This is for the extra boost during low periods.
For the last point, what keeps me going is 80s/90s Cantopop eg ??????????????? etc etc. There's also retro favs like Eternal Flame (The Bangles), You're the Inspiration (Chicago), Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen). You get the drift, I'm an Oldies Uncle! ?

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23 days more!

05 July 2019 09:41 pm (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

From half a year, to a few months, to 23 days more to Gobi March 2019! Excited, yes! Nervous, yes! Fear, yes! All emotions rolled into one. Gonna test out if the trainings, equipment and nutrition work in Gobi! Shall keep the first post short. Bye! ?

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Chiobu Fong

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 02:02 am

Not forgetting my dear Oppa! How are you? Everyday got spray Pawaway or not? You must be enjoying the free spiritedness of this whole journey. The end is near & so is your lovely hols after this. Hang in there. 你行的! Don't worry about the end. It is only 77km away 😂 Make every step count. When the going gets tough, it is every step that matters more. Fighting!

JiongHow Lua

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 04:06 pm

Jia you Alex! Keep going!

Serene Lee

Posted On: 06 Jul 2019 04:03 am

Go Alex Go Go Go! We are all rooting for you!

Your Wife

Posted On: 05 Jul 2019 05:04 pm

This thingamajig had better work 😂 pls be in the top 3 so I can see an extensive live coverage. Thanks.

Angeles Barrios

Posted On: 05 Jul 2019 03:56 pm

I have the same feelings, I can't believe time lately is passing so fast.

Angeline Yong

Posted On: 05 Jul 2019 03:16 pm

I’ve watch the Gobi March videos and i think it’s going to be an amazing experience! Go for it and fly our Singapore flag high! Even I am so excited for you and Mingyao!

Lay Hoon Wong

Posted On: 05 Jul 2019 03:12 pm

Jia you Alex!!!

Alex Tan

Posted On: 05 Jul 2019 03:03 pm

Is the comments section working? Yes it is! 😂