SINGAPORE: The MediaCorp Subaru Challenge 2013 kicked off on Saturday with 400 contestants battling it out for the top prize of a car worth S$85,000.
The contest is into its 12th year.
At 1pm, contestants placed their hands on the cars, which are parked at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
Rain or shine, they will have to keep their hands on the cars if they want to drive away with the top prize.
It is no easy feat, and close to 15 people dropped out within the first two hours of the competition.
As of 9pm, 124 people have already given up.
Contestants that Channel NewsAsia spoke to said the weather is a big factor in how long they can last.
Family members and friends of the contestants are at the event to cheer them on, and that is a much needed boost for them because the challenge is truly a test of endurance.
Contestants only get a five-minute break every six hours.
About 30 per cent of this year's contestants are not new to the game and are back for another try.
Kenny Ng, who is participating for the 5th time, said: "For the past one week, I (have been) eating lesser and drinking lesser to make sure I can last throughout the whole challenge for the next four days."
Abdul Hamid Jonid, who said this is his 6th time participating in the challenge, said: "I (ran) up and down the staircase, first floor to 10th floor (for) at least three times (a week)… to build up the muscles of my legs."
The last hand remaining on a car wins.
Some contestants said they are not likely to keep the car if they win because they feel COE premiums are now too high.
Last year's winner walked away with his prize after three days, six hours and 30 minutes, a little less than the 2008 record of three days, nine hours, and 32 minutes. - CNA/gn
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