6 MRT lines. 130 train stations. One Ez-link card. The MRT Challenge Run is the new challenge you might not have heard of. Singaporean Reddit user posted on r/Singapore about his journey visiting every MRT station in 9 hours, 50 minutes, and 15 seconds. Just two days after, his record was broken by another Redditor. Thus, the MRT race began.
After months of not being able to travel, these Singaporeans have taken traveling by train and rediscovering Singapore to the next level. The MRT Challenge Run is a speedrun challenge that requires the person to travel to every single MRT station in Singapore in the shortest amount of time possible.
The idea of the MRT Challenge Run is not exactly new. The first discussion recorded on the internet about it appeared in 2015 on the SGTrains Forums. The discussion started after two individuals in London broke the Guinness World Record for Fastest Time Travel To All London Underground Station.
Reddit user, u/NoFaceStudiosYT, clocked his journey at 9 hours, 50 minutes, and 15 seconds. He visited 130 MRT stations from six different lines with 11 changeovers, three breaks, and two overstay penalties. Above is his timesheet with every station and timing listed.
In his Reddit post, he included his train route and even clarified certain parts of his journey. In total, he spent more than $10 on the train fare including the overstay penalties. However, his position as “the mrt speedrun guy” was cut short when another Reddit user beat his record by almost 3 hours.
He visited 122 MRT Stations in 6 hours, 59 minutes, and 30 seconds with one overstay penalty. In total, he spent $2.92 on his train fare. His timing is certainly impressive since his speedrun was technically impromptu.
According to u/woonie on his Reddit thread, he dedicated his timing to the 6.5 – 7 hours flight to Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport that he takes at least once a year before 2020 happened.
Despite having his record broken, u/NoFaceStudiosYT seems to still be determined to reclaim his title as “the mrt speedrun guy.” For now, his flair is “my record is stolen, see you all in TEL2 (Thomson-East Line).” We may have just witnessed a new MRT Challenge Run rivalry starting.
The MRT Challenge Run is certainly a fun and innovative challenge that these local Redditors are using to fill their free time amid this Covid-19 period. You can always count on Singaporeans to come up with interesting ideas no matter the restrictions!
With the chances of traveling overseas still slim, why not travel on the train? You don’t necessarily need to do a speed run challenge like these guys but there are some interesting views that you may not have noticed during your daily commute!