Dust off your trainers and hit the ground running with the best of Singapore's marathons and races in 2017
The start of a new year’s always the best time to kick-start a fitness routine. If running’s part of your resolutions, you’ll be pleased to know that the island’s got plenty of races for both rookies and seasoned runners. To help you get your cardio fix, we round up the best of Singapore’s marathons and running events for 2017. Start lacing up those trainers! We’ll see you at the finish line.
Go big or go home: Major marathons
Men’s Health Urbanathlon
The Men’s Health Urbanathlon isn’t for the fainthearted; its mantra is “No pain, no glory. No bruises, no story”, after all. The race returns for the eighth year running with free-form running (with a distance of about 12km) added to its four new obstacle zones, leading up to a final Urban Warrior Course at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. Be warned that only the fittest survive the last challenge.
Men’s Health Urbanathlon, Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, 391A Orchard Road, Singapore 238874, 4 March 2017.
OSIM Sundown Marathon
Not one for running in intense heat? Conquer the night instead with one of Asia’s largest races. The OSIM Sun Down Marathon pushes you to sacrifice sleep and catch the sunrise with an all-night race in the dark. Race categories include a 5km fun run, 10km challenge, as well as half and full marathons.
OSIM Sundown Marathon, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 03897525, 25 March 2017.
Great Eastern Women’s Run
Gather your girl squad and join in on a women-only run to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Kicking off at The Float@Marina Bay, the run features three race categories: 5km, 10km or 21.1km race categories. Then, kick back with friends and family over at the village where tons of activities await.
Great Eastern Women’s Run 2016, The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039805, 12 November 2017.
Swissôtel Vertical Marathon
Take to the skies with this gravity-defying race. The exhilarating marathon sees participants blazing up 1,336 steps over 73 storeys in the shortest time possible. It’s no easy feat; at a height of 226 metres, Swissôtel The Stamford’s one of the tallest hotels in Southeast Asia. Choose to challenge yourself by venturing alone, or buddy up for a once-in-a-lifetime group memory.
Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2016, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, Date to be confirmed.
Standard Chartered Marathon
The highlight of Singapore’s race calendar is the year-end Standard Chartered Marathon. Said to be the largest running event in Southeast Asia, the marathon covers major landmarks around Marina Bay and the CBD. Last year’s edition featured five categories, including a 10km race for all abilities, Ekiden (a team run) and a 42.195km full marathon.
Standard Chartered Marathon 2016, Date (traditionally, the marathon is held on the first Saturday of December) and venue to be confirmed.
Fun runs and races for rookies
Safari Zoo Run
This one’s for animal-lovers – do your bit for wildlife conservation while squeezing in a good workout. Choose from four teams to support – these include Team Ah Meng (for the rescue and relocation of orangutans to safer forests) and Team Chawang (in support of the Elephant Response Unit’s mission to herd wild elephants to protected forests). Race categories include a 10km competitive challenge for both men and women as well as a 5.5km family run.
Safari Zoo Run, Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826, 18 February 2017
Here’s your chance to be the very best. Singapore’s very first Pokemon-themed fun run is headed to The Promontory@Marina Bay. Spot different Pokemon on your route, and be the first to witness the first Pokemon from the latest Nintendo 3DS instalments.
Pokemon Run, The Promontory@Marina Bay, 14 January 2017
Run for Hope
In support of cancer research, the annual Run for Hope brings together cancer patients and families. Select from two categories: the 3.5km family run or walk or the 10km competitive race. Both feature the scenic Marina Bay route, so expect incredible views as you pound the pavement for a good cause.
Run for Hope, Bayfront event space, 19 February 2017.
Terry Fox Run
The inspiring legend of Terry Fox paved the way for charity runs against cancer. If you’re new to the story, Terry was only 18 when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his right leg amputated. Moved by the plight of young cancer patients, he decided to run across Canada to raise funds for research, calling the journey a Marathon of Hope. In the Singapore edition, feel-good company is promised all around at the non-competitive race of 5km or 10km courses. All funds from the run will be awarded to local cancer research.
Terry Fox Run, Angsana Green, East Coast Parkway, 26 February 2017.
Race the Dead 3 2017
Think you’d survive in a zombie apocalypse? It’s not just about physical strength – test your limits and instincts with a zombie-themed race. This year, the undead have evolved and are resolved to trap you in their turf with various obstacles. Tip: Keep your life flag with you at all times during the 4.2km race, and finish the run within an hour and a half for lesser odds of being zombie food.
Race the Dead 3 2017, Sentosa, Siloso Beach, 18 March 2017.
Electric Run Recharged
Hands up if you’d take raving over running any day now. With Electric Run, there’s no need to choose between the two. The nighttime run combines the feel of a dance party with the calorie-burning benefits of your average race. Themed dance party zones will greet you at every kilometre, and culminates in a finish line after-party with a live DJ.
Electric Run Recharged, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951, 22April 2017.
Monster Ultra 200
The Monster Ultra 200 run is exactly how it sounds; at a distance of 200km, it’s for serious runners only. Beginning from MacRitchie Reservoir, the race takes place over 48 hours and features no medical aid or directional signs. The best part? Entry is completely complimentary – it’s all about testing your endurance and pitting yourself against hardcore fitness fanatics.
Monster Ultra 200, MacRitchie Reservoir, 29 April 2017.