Barefoot marathon runner turns heads in Geraldton

Ellie HoneyboneGeraldton Guardian

This marathon runner turned a few heads at the Geraldton Harriers RunFest.

Tan Wah Sing ran last weekend’s 42 kilometre race without shoes and in a sarong — the same clothing he has worn for 120 marathons.

It is the second time the 60-year-old, from Malaysia, has taken part in the event.

“It was a bit cold at the start of the race but after a little while it was really wonderful,” he said.

“I enjoyed the scenery and looking at the waves as you run really keeps you going.

“There are a lot of advantages to running. You make a lot of friends and it’s a great way to stay fit.

“Also when you travel to run a marathon, you get to have a holiday at the same time.

“It’s wonderful.”

Tan finished the 42km course in an impressive time of 3hr 42min but said it was not about how you finished the race, or about the time.

“I don’t take a timer with me,” he said.

”The most important thing is to enjoy yourself out there.”

Almost 500 competitors ran, jogged and walked along the Geraldton foreshore as part of the annual event, which included marathon, half-marathon (21km), 10km and 4km races.

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