Today, the StanChart Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2015 routes have been released – and improvements for race participants and supporters have also been announced.
Singapore’s premiere running race, now into its 14th edition, will take place on 5 and 6 December – over two days, for the first time in SCMS history.
Hydration and Support
Full Marathon runners can look forward to substantial increases in enhancements, such as improvements in route management and 16 hydration stations along the route – placed in strategic locations to replenish runners every 2.6kms.
The Half Marathon runners – for the first time – will also get a Banana Station, to give the athletes the energy they need to propel them towards the finishing line.
Said Chris Robb, Managing Director of Race organiser Spectrum WorldWide, “We are constantly looking to improve the overall race experience and I am sure everyone will see, from the range of new and enhanced initiatives, as well as the route improvements for both participants and supporters that we have achieved just that.”
He continued, “Each of the world’s best marathons have a unique identity and we aim to do the same as we grow the SCMS into one of the top marathons of the world – that caters to an international audience. Our goal is to develop the event into something that attracts not only running fans but also their friends and family members who can cheer them on – and have a great family day out by taking part in the post-race festivities.”
The actual race route itself will be pretty unchanged, though. The Full Marathon will begin at the Mandarin Gallery at Somerset, and takes the runners though iconic landmarks, such as the beautiful Christmas lights in Orchard Road before turning at the Singapore Management University and then to Clarke Quay and Chinatown before heading to Nicoll Highway and the Singapore Sports Hub. Runners will then head to East Coast Park before running through Marina Bay and crossing through the Central Business District for their final finish at the iconic Padang.
For the Half Marathon, runners will begin at the Sentosa Gateway, running through Sentosa Island and the Universal Studios where they can look forward to the unique experience of being greeted by characters from their favourite movies. They will then head into the Central Business District and pass through Marina Bay, before completing their race at the Padang.
Runners taking part in the 10km race will start at Esplanade Drive and pass by the Singapore Flyer and the actual Singapore Formula One Grand Prix race track. They will then run on the Merdeka Bridge and then Nicoll Highway, Raffles Boulevard and Raffles Avenue.
Kids Dash as a Stand Alone Event
Taking place on 5 December this year, the Kids Dash will be a stand-alone event for the first time in SCMS history, where children get the chance to run around the iconic Singapore Sports Hub’s 100PLUS Promenade.
And upon completion of the Dash, both parents and their kids can look forward to the chance to soaking up the atmosphere at the 8th ASEAN Para Games Carnival and cheer on the para-athletes representing Singapore in their favourite sports. This is all happening right beside the 100PLUS Sports Promenade.
Explained Robb, “Having the Kids Dash as a stand-alone event this year was one of the key improvement we decided to make, after hearing the feedback from parents and participants.”
He continued, “By working in partnership with the ASEAN Para Games, we aim to give the kids the chance to learn about the Games, broaden their knowlede of sporting diversity and open their minds to the different activities and skills required to complete at various levels.”