Rest in peace uncle.
In 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Standard Chartered Marathon opening ceremony. At the time, I had no idea of who you were, but soon enough your story of 101 marathons had captivated me.
To my surprise, your lifestyle took a complete 180 degree turn in your mid-fifties for the better and you used running to keep you on the straight and narrow. Of all races you ran, it was the unique destinations you travelled to race that amazed me. I often reflect on your accomplishment as Singapore’s oldest marathoner to remind myself that it’s never too late to do something good for your health or for anything in life to become more positive and happier.
I also wanted to thank you for warmly welcoming me into Singapore with friendship and for supporting Astavita in the early days. It was an honour to work with you and I will cherish those memories. I want to carry the spirit of “it’s never too late” in the hope that it will inspire others. For sure there will be others who can complete a crazy number of marathons, but there will only be one Uncle Chan.
President of Astavita Singapore
For those who want to learn more about Uncle Chan’s life, we have a limited copies of his book “Run for Life”. Contact Astavita at 6222 1778 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail you his book for free.
Watch Astavita’s interview with Uncle Chan: