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Project 1000: Natalie Dau to Run a Record-breaking 1000 km from Thailand to Singapore

Natalie Dau, Singapore-based 10-time ultramarathon winner, will be embarking on a first of its kind, record-breaking solo run of 1000 km, running the remarkable equivalent of two marathons (42.2 km x 2) each day over the course of 12 days, and raising funds to support underprivileged women and girls. At 52 years, Natalie aims to inspire others with her remarkable endeavor, demonstrating the power of perseverance, determination, and the ability to break boundaries while challenging oneself and societal expectations.

Natalie will commence the run in Hat Yai, Thailand on Saturday, May 25th, embarking on an epic adventure that will traverse from Thailand, through the length of Malaysia, and then finish in Singapore on Wednesday, June 5th, coinciding with Global Running Day. She will run the last two marathons in Singapore, starting from Woodlands, and continuing on a trail that will lead her to the finish line.

On top of completing the 1000 km run, Natalie is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for the “Fastest Crossing of Peninsular Malaysia on Foot” as well as a Singapore Record for the “Fastest 1000 km Thailand-Singapore Ultramarathon.” The Singapore Book of Records will be on hand to present the official timing at the finish line.

With local community engagement throughout the journey, the historic 1000 km running feat will culminate with fanfare, welcoming local running groups, organizations, special guests, and partners to gather at the finish line to celebrate Natalie’s achievement, with thousands of runners expected to join in running with her during the final leg in Singapore. The run will conclude at The Westin Singapore at Asia Square with festivities planned at the hotel.

With Project 1000, Natalie sets the ultimate physical challenge for herself, while also bringing awareness to the importance of physical movement for overall wellbeing and mental health. Understanding the gender gap in exercise and the challenges that many females face in prioritizing exercise, including body image issues and fear of judgment, she aims to raise awareness and ignite positive change.

“Project 1000 demonstrates a constant push towards optimal performance, while bringing awareness to a cause that I feel passionately about. I believe that everyone should have access to exercise and experience the joy of movement, and I’m excited to support GRLS as our Project 1000 charity partner, as they work to empower women and girls through sport and exercise. This project is about uniting people across cultures and communities, and demonstrating that nothing is impossible,” shared Natalie.

Natalie will be contributing funds raised through Project 1000 to GRLS, a global charity and part of Women Win, which works to elevate women and girls around the world through sport and exercise. Natalie’s mission is to lead by example, and aligned with her belief in the power of movement and continuous self-improvement, she hopes to inspire others to build confidence, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and embrace the transformative power of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.