One of Asia’s highest profile races
The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (commonly known as the Singapore Marathon), which will be held on December 1st 2013, is now open for entries.
This year, the Singapore Marathon welcomes its 12th event. The very first race was held in 2002 with 6,000 runners. Since then, the number of participants has continued to increase every year in line with the running boom of recent years, welcoming the largest number of participants in 2011 with 65,000 runners. Nowadays it is known as one of Asia’s highest profile races, comparable to the New York Marathon and the London Marathon.
About 20, 000 people participated last year
Last year the marathon had approximately 17,500 participants in the full marathon, 10,000 in the half marathon, and 20,000 in the 10km race. Moreover, the Ekiden Relay Race where 6 people run sections of the full marathon, had 271 participating teams, and the Kids Dash Race (750m run) had 3,520 children taking part. A total of 53,000 people joined this event to run through the streets of Singapore.
The race saw many runners who ran with great effort to reach their target times, runners who shared the uniform of their running club or who ran with colleagues from the same company, as well as couples who ran together for fun.
Last year’s participants gave their impressions of the race, “I ran past some of the famous spots of Singapore, such as the Merlion and Marina Bay, so I got the feeling of having done a bit of sightseeing along the way.” “There were people dressed up in Christmas costumes, so although it was a sporting event, it was also full of fun.” “They give you a participant marathon T-shirt before the race; I still cherish it as a lovely memento.”
Entry reception desk start
This year, the Singapore Marathon will be accepting 62,000 entries. The race received over 2,500 entries at the launch event on July 4th. Also, the Ekiden Race became fully subscribed within just an hour of the entries becoming available, so this year is already looking to be full of excitement. Among people who have always enjoyed running, there seem to be many who consider the Singapore Marathon to be their target race.
A Japanese lady, who is resident in Singapore and has already registered for the race, said with great enthusiasm, “As I’m living in Singapore, I felt I should take on this challenge, so I have now signed up to do a race. As it’s my first time, I will be doing the shortest race of 10km. I have never run this sort of distance before so I will motivate myself to start training soon.”
Why not challenge yourself to participate in the race? Whether you are a seasoned runner who participates every year, someone who is motivated enough to run every day, or even if you are thinking of taking up running soon, this race offers something for everyone.
* Course details and other information will be published between now and the race date, so we recommend that you check our website regularly.
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013