JERI CHUA, 42

Ul­tra Marathon Run­ner and Founder, Red Dot Run­ning Com­pany

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - GREAT WOMEN OF OUR TIME -

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.

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