Strategic route changes, evening race format, and new crowd management process to bolster overall race experience and meet Abbott World Marathon Majors standards
SINGAPORE / TAMPA, Fla. (5 August 2019) – Today, organisers of the 2019 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) unveiled Singapore’s first evening race routes. The improved routes are built on runner feedback and are intended to deliver a balance of race difficulty set against Singapore’s iconic skyline. The three-day event from 29 November – 1 December will feature a Kids Dash on Friday evening, Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday evening and conclude with 5km and 10km categories on Sunday morning.
In creation of the route, race organisers consulted with crowd management experts from the Manchester Metropolitan University to design and coordinate the best possible race route experience, employing their experience from working with Abbott World Marathon Major races – a series of the best Marathon races in the world.
Building on the strong positive reception from runners in 2018, organisers have made key strategic improvements while keeping the main core elements of the previously acclaimed course. The first alteration will see runners turning right on Bras Basah Rd, a longer and wider straight along Nicoll Highway, before passing by the War Memorial Park. At the 22-kilometre mark, runners will flank the scenic Marina Grove as they take in the stunning waterfront sunset.
With the event moving to the evening hours, lighting on the Marathon route will be increased providing athletes with optimal visibility while being surrounded by the shimmering Singapore skyline. Volunteer participation will also be doubled from 2018, ensuring a smooth dispensation of sports drink 100plus, water, and other products. Moreover, for the first time in the event’s 18-year history, runners from all categories will begin their race from the same start point across three different days – in front of the Formula 1 (F1) Pit Building.
“This year’s race will be the best yet – the changes we are making are the first for any race in Singapore and the region. A lot of planning and effort has gone into this year’s race to make this an event that is for everyone — participants, family, friends, and the public,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director for The IRONMAN Group in Asia. “With the all-new spectator zones, we sincerely hope that everyone will come and join us in the festivities as we continue our ascent towards meeting the Abbott World Marathon Majors standards.”
The evening race time presents runners with a fresh perspective of the sprawling Lion City as the race serves up a glimpse of Singapore’s cultural diversity and expansive architectural history awash in a golden equatorial sunset.
Runners in the Marathon and Half Marathon categories will flag off in several waves beginning at 6.00 p.m. on Saturday, 30 November and run through key cultural and social hotspots. In the Civic District, they will enjoy views of St Andrew’s Cathedral, The National Gallery, and Victoria Theatre. Within the Central Business District, runners will pass famous landmarks like Lau Pa Sat – a popular heritage food centre that features a plethora of skyscrapers – a testament to Singapore’s economic miracle. Amidst the shiny facades of the Marina Bay, runners will breeze through the flora and fauna of the iconic Gardens by the Bay and its Supertree Grove, which will ignite the night sky in a spectrum of colour.
Organisers have also added a strong touch of local flair to the 26 entertainment points along the route to keep runners entertained with an eclectic mix of performers from lion dancers, traditional Malay musicians, buskers, disc jockeys, and live local acts.
Participants in the 10km and 5km categories will begin their races on the morning of 1 December (Sunday) at 6.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m., respectively. Both 10km and 5km runners will get the same waved start experience as earlier participants at the Formula 1 Pit Building.
Upon passing Kallang Basin, 10km runners will proceed onwards to the Singapore Sports Hub – home to the world’s largest retractable roof – while 5km participants will continue their run along the Marina Bay before passing the Esplanade as they head on to the finish straight.
This year’s 700-metre Kids Dash will take place at a new venue – the Formula 1 Pit Building. This gives young athletes the chance to dream big when they flag off from the same start line as the elite marathoners the day before. This year, children aged 10 years and under will be eligible to participate in the Kids Dash, while those aged 11 and older can take part in the 5km community run. This change epitomises the growth of the event and presents older children with a new challenge.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES
This year’s routes aim to provide a memorable experience for runners while ensuring minimal inconvenience to the wider public. Communities affected by road closures have been engaged early and wayfinding signs will be put up in advance to inform the public of impending road closures so that they can make plans to use alternative travel routes. Routes to emergency and essential services such as hospitals shall remain directly accessible throughout the duration of the event. The public is expected to experience some inconvenience in their commute to and from the area. Those travelling to these affected areas are strongly advised to use public transport.
Sport Singapore Chief Executive Officer Lim Teck Yin said, “Organising Singapore’s first Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in the evening requires all stakeholders to work together to ensure a world-class event that lives up to the aspiration to be part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.”
“Every year, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is brought to life by people and their spirit. As the event seeks to make its mark on the global stage, I encourage everyone – from the runners, to the families and everyone that we will pass along the route, to join hands and make history together,” Lim added.
Since the announcement of the evening marathon in May, race slots for the Half Marathon have now sold out, with limited entries for the Marathon category still remaining. Registration is still open and runners can enjoy discounted signup rates from now until 30 September 2019.
To register and for more information, please visit www.singaporemarathon.com. Standard Chartered Cardholders will enjoy 15% off their registration fees across all categories.
Please find high-resolution images and videos of SCSM 2019 routes available for download here: https://www.webcargo.net/d/16267873/swwCQV0gJ2/
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About Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon
The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is the leading mass participation run and only IAAF Gold Label race in South East Asia. Since 2002, the race has brought runners unparalleled running experiences, threading through the heart of the city seeing iconic heritage buildings and against one of the world’s most iconic city skylines and past some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Comprising six categories; Marathon, Half Marathon, Ekiden Relay, 10km, 5km and Kids Dash, the race has been a catalyst to growing the local and regional running community, by bringing together approximately 50,000 professional, amateur, avid and leisure runners yearly. For more information, visit www.singaporemarathon.com.
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Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore is part of an international banking group, with more than 150 years of history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.
The Bank has a history of 160 years in Singapore, where we opened our first branch in 1859. In October 1999, we were among the first international banks to receive a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) licence, an endorsement of the Group’s long-standing commitment to our business in the country.
Singapore is home to the majority of our global business leadership, our technology operations, as well as SC Ventures, our innovation hub. In 2013, the Bank transferred our Singapore Retail and SME businesses to a locally-incorporated subsidiary, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited (“SCBSL”). And in May 2019, we fully consolidated our business operations in Singapore through the transfer of our Commercial Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Private Banking businesses to SCBSL. SCBSL is one of the highest-rated banks globally: A1/Stable by Moody’s Investor Services, A/Stable by Standard & Poor’s and A/Stable by Fitch Ratings.
In Singapore, we support both individual and corporate needs to build wealth and drive commerce at every step of their journey. We do this by offering an entire range of financial services across personal, priority and private banking as well as our business, commercial and corporate banking teams. The Bank has a network of 16 branches, 6 Priority Banking centres and 29 ATMs.
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About Sport Singapore
As the national sports agency, Sport Singapore’s core purpose is to inspire the Singapore spirit and transform Singapore through sport. Through innovative, fun and meaningful sporting experiences, our mission is to reach out and serve communities across Singapore with passion and pride. With Vision 2030 – Singapore’s sports master plan, our mandate goes beyond winning medals. Sport Singapore uses sport to create greater sporting opportunities and access, more inclusivity and integration as well as broader development of capabilities. At Sport Singapore, we work with a vast network of public-private-people sector partners for individuals to live better through sport. To find out more, visit our websites www.sportsingapore.gov.sg and www.myactivesg.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/myActiveSG and www.youtube.com/SingaporeSports.
About The IRONMAN Group
As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes.
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