An Interview With Our Brand Ambassador Rino Irwan
1. When did you start your 1st Ultra race? What encouraged you to do so?
TMBT 2014 - 100km. At that time, it was the only ultra race I know of in Malaysia, and I always have this love for Sabah. What's a better place to try my first 100km!
2. What are your most memorable race(s)? Why?
It's got to be UTMB CCC (100km) in 2015. I entered the ballot not even hoping to get picked but got it! Was I crazy to go for this prestigious race so soon? YES! I've never had so much preparation done for a race before! The race itself was so tough; different countries, different climate, different elevation levels, and a whole other level of organization (the level of support from the organizer and volunteers were amazing throughout the race!) I made it to the finish line barely meeting the cut-off time - the stress! The Believe in Dreaming Big. The believe in turning dreams into a reality. Definitely most memorable ever! :)
3. What are your personal advice or the newbies going into ultra-races?
Always go to the start line feeling confident. Your mental side is what will get you across the line. Not just on race day buy also during training. Take it piece by piece. And I always tell myself to enjoy the race. You've already done everything you can to prepare by training, and studying the route and cut-off times - it is time to race and enjoy yourself!
4. As part of "The Dream Chaser", in your own words explain how you contribute to the ultra-running community?
I think sharing my experience would be my best contribution. Different people have different running styles so it's always great to hear from a different perspective. Ultra races are quite challenging and having the support from a community always helps.