For 10 years the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore has been the country’s premier running event.  After being awarded the IAAF Gold Label, the event is preparing to live up to its status by delivering a superior running experience. 

 

 

Full marathon, half marathon, Ekiden relay (category now full), 10km, Kid’s Dash and 10km wheelchair events are all offered.  In testament to Singapore’s great heat and humidity in December, the marathon starts in the dark at 4.30am! Because of this, marathoners are able to experience the magic of running under the twinkling, fairytale Christmas lights of Orchard Road to begin the race.

 

The course itself takes runners on a sightseeing tour throughout Singapore. Iconic landmarks such as the Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, Chinatown and the impressive Singapore Flyer are all incorporated into the course.

 

Organisers believe 60,000 is an ideal number of runners for the Singapore marathon, as it allows greater attention to be paid to the overall race experience. Plans are in place to add festive elements to race day to further build the buzzing race day atmosphere. Singapore marathon truly is a unique and unforgettable running experience, and one not to be missed!

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To cope with its growing popularity, Jungfrau Marathon will take place over two days this year – and that gives really keen people the chance to run it twice.

 

All women and those men aged 45-70 will run the panoramic course on Saturday 8th September, while all other men will race on Sunday 9th September.  Organisers have allowed a special “double” category for people wishing to run on both days.  

This is a marathon of superlatives.  It begins at Interlaken and ends at the Kleine Scheidegg, with a climb up to 1600m at the highest point.

 

Runners view the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains along a course of constantly changing scenery.  The emerald Lake Brienz contrasts with the icy mountain giants of the region, the sheer rock faces in the Lauterbrunnen Valley with the bubbling waters of the Lütschine and the gnarled stone pines below the Wengernalp with the eternal ice of the majestic Silberhorn.

This year is the marathon’s 20th anniversary and, for the second time, it is also the world long distance mountain running championship. The women's race will take place on Saturday and the men's on Sunday.

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