When registrations opened for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, entry numbers over all events were capped at 70,000.

 

Three hours later, the Ekiden relay race was filled with 100 six-member teams entered in the marathon distance event. After nine days 35,000 runners had signed up and soon afterwards entries in the 10km event closed, having reached the maximum 16,000 participants. Now the half marathon has also reached maximum entries but places remain for the full marathon distance.

 

 

This year the organisers, Singapore Sports Council, introduced a new non-competitive 5km fun run to further cater to runners of all ages and levels, enhancing the Marathon’s reputation as an all-inclusive “People’s Race”.

 

All up there will be a full and half marathon, 10km race, 5km fun run and 750m kids’ dash. All races take iconic routes through the heart of Singapore and end at the Padang.

 

The Marathon Singapore race route went through a makeover in recent years, starting from three different points, taking runners from all categories through scenic routes that take in the country's major sights.

For the first time this year, the Full Marathon will kick-off at 5am, 30 minutes earlier than previous years, at the heart of Orchard Road at the T-junction after Ngee Ann City. Runners will run pass landmarks such as Clarke Quay, Chinatown, the Esplanade, Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort.

 

Participants in the Half Marathon can also look forward to a colourful and spectacular run with runners set to be flagged off at the Sentosa Bridge.

 

The 10km run will start at the Esplanade Bridge. Runners will then head towards the Central Business District before turning back towards the Fullerton Hotel, and then on to the Esplanade Bridge. From there on they will continue their way past key landmarks on the Marina Bay before stopping the clock at the Padang.

 

Organisers have increased efforts to enhance the experience for runners this year. They plan to ease congestion at the merging point of the three routes, ensuring a smoother and more seamless running experience for participants.

 

They are also exploring ways to move the baggage collection point closer to the Padang, in response to runner feedback last year.

 

The Singapore Sports Council was formed in 1973 to develop a holistic sports culture for the nation. It has changed the way Singaporeans view and participate in sports.

Next event date:

4 December 2011

 

 

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