“Just do it”
That was the life motto that has inspired the countless adventures Chris Hortin-Tan has had as a blind runner, tennis player, triathlete and proud mother of two. Often used by her family members as an encouragement to try something new, the quote has also served as a pillar of support in her spectacular sporting adventures, including open water swims, climbing Mount Fuji, and running her 2nd full marathon in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Chris was an avid participant in her school’s Track and Field activities until she was diagnosed with Juvenile Glaucoma at the age of 14. It was only until 2012 when she got exposed to soundball that reignited her passion for sports. It was also what introduced her to Runninghour, where she got back into running again. As life works in rewarding ways for those who put their heart and soul into the things they believe in, Chris found the pinnacles of her sporting journey when she finished her first full marathon in the 2014 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon with a timing she was proud of; and completed her first Olympic distance triathlon, which included a 1.5km open water swim, 40km bike, and 10km run.
Things that once felt impossible years ago for Chris became her reality, affirming that hard work, determination and the belief in self are the crucial ingredients to overcoming any challenges. In addition, Chris recognises the importance of having support. As she puts it, “With the support of my family, I achieved my dreams. With the support of my guides, I can do anything and turn my sporting dreams into reality.”
A dedicated mother on top of being a remarkable sports-woman, Chris also looks to become a figure her two sons can look up to — to show that nothing should hold them back from living the life they want. Translating the support she receives into strength for those around her, the life motto of Chris’ sporting journey comes full circle.
“Just do it”.
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