JERI CHUA, 42
Ultra Marathon Runner and Founder, Red Dot Running Company
Tenacious. No other word describes Jeri Chua’s character as perfectly. She’s the first Singaporean woman to take part in the Ultra Trail Gobi Race in 2015, which saw her brave blistering temperatures, unnavigable sand dunes and extreme physical duress across 400 km. Furthermore, Jeri finished second female overall, becoming the first Singaporean woman to complete such an ultradistance. “I found running to be the thing that helped me to focus and find myself,” she says. “When you’re out there on the trail, you really have to be with yourself the whole time, so it lends a clarity to who you are, what you’re looking for, and what you want to do.” She has been in pursuit of that runner’s high ever since, racking up a whole lot of other “firsts” in the process, including being the first Singaporean to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, way back in 1997, and the first Singaporean woman to complete the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in 2011.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “Taking the path less travelled is a lot more rewarding than you expect.”
NEXT UP: “I’m working on building up the ultra-running community through my business, Red Dot Running Company. I’m also planning to run the length of New Zealand (more than 3,000 km) next year.”
Suit from Bally; shirt from Paul Smith; and ring from Goldheart.