Want to fall in love? Go for this Coffee Meets Bagel run

Want to fall in love? Go for this Coffee Meets Bagel run

Because swiping is overrated

Text: Adibah Isa

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Run Date 2018 by dating app Coffee Meets Bagel wants you to sweat it out for a potential love interest

If you're old enough to remember the trend of speed dating in the '90s and early 2000s (basically, pre-Tinder), you'll recall the monstrosity of forced conversation, awkward small talk and lingering — albeit unwelcome — glances. With only 10 to 20 people to choose from at one given point of time, you're supposed to bring your best self forward and impress someone in just 15 minutes. The whole session can be the most rewarding and painful thing you'd ever have to sit through — so thank God for dating apps.

But if you think you can hide behind a swipe or "heart", Coffee Meets Bagel is about to push you out of your comfort zone. All it takes is a run. In 2017, over 1,300 singles in Hong Kong participated in a 5km fun run that saw over 50% matches, in real life. Yes, pit sweat and endorphins combined make for a very promising package indeed.

The run's back in 2018 and they're looking for participants. All runners will be divided into different race groups. There are three stages of hurdles in pairs: The Date, The Trust and The Companion. The Date will see two participants run with wrists strapped together. The Trust, as the category suggests, sees couples run with one person blindfolded. The Companion will see your limits being tested: One runner carries the other and runs through a cobblestone path... the route to either happiness or disaster.

In case you're worried about giving off signals to the wrong targets, pink and red wristbands will be assigned, promoting equal rights for the LGBT group. So if your 2018 resolutions involve finding true love and shedding some pounds, it's time to take your dating app offline.

Run Date 2018 takes place on 11 February 2018 at Atrium Link @ Science Park Hong Kong.