Lace up your trainers for these upcoming running events, marathons and themed races in Singapore, including the Music Run, the Standard Chartered Marathon and a Pikachu-filled Pokemon Run!
It’s never too late to jump on the #fitspo bandwagon, and what better time to kick-start a fitness routine than the new year? Lace up your trainers (or get new ones for the new year), gear up in your activewear and start training for these 2018 marathons, fun runs, running events and themed races in Singapore. With plenty of races for both rookies and seasoned runners such as the Music Run, the Standard Chartered Marathon and the Pokemon Run, there’s always something for everyone!
The Unlabelled Run is organised by The New Charis Mission and advocates removing the label on not just ex-convicts and ex-offenders, but everyone in general. The race has two categories – a 5km non-competitive route and a 10km competitive one. Wake up early and run for a good cause!
Unlabelled Run, 30 June, Angsana Green, East Coast Park
Peanuts fan? This 5km run is your chance to reconnect with your favourite characters. Charlie Brown, Lucy and the world’s most famous pet beagle will all be on-site to cheer you on as you enjoy the scenic Bedok Reservoir route. Oh, we heard there will be a giant inflatable Snoopy, so make sure you come camera-ready!
Snoopy Run Singapore 2018, 1 July, Bedok Reservoir Park
Force of Nature Ultra
Here’s your chance to be a trailblazer, literally. The Force of Nature UItra will kick off from Dairy Farm and runners will have to navigate through dense forests and challenging trails. This year, the categories include a 12km, 23km, and for the truly fit (and crazy) ones among us, a gruelling 64km route.
Force of Nature Ultra, 7 July, Starting from Dairy Farm and ending at Macritchie
Hello Kitty Run
Hardcore Hello Kitty fans, it’s time to hit the ground running. The iconic cartoon character will be making a return to Singapore and will be bringing along a fruity theme for this year’s manageable 5km race. While we don’t know what surprises are in store for us yet (although fruit punch at every kilometre would be nice), you can expect loads of fun!
Hello Kitty Run, 15 July, The Promontory at Marina Bay, 11 Marina Blvd, Singapore 018940
Tri-Factor Triathlon 2018 — 10th Year Anniversary
Make a triathlon part of your #fiitspo resolution! Celebrating 10 years of the Tri-Factor series, the Tri-Factor Triathlon 2018 has amped up the challenge with a Long Multi-Sport Distance where serious athletes take on a 2.25km swim, then a 42km bike ride, and ending it with a 15km run. For something less intense, opt for races such as the Standard, Sprint, Freshmen, or the Kids triathlon for the little ones!
Tri-Factor Triathlon 2018 — 10th Year Anniversary, 29 July, Angsana Green, East Coast Park
Color Run Singapore 2018
If you thought you couldn’t party while running, the Color Run will prove you wrong. At every kilometre along this run, expect to be drenched from head to toe in various neon colours while the music beats reverberate all around the area. This themed run has also cemented its spot as one of the most Instagrammable runs in the year, Instagrammers you know what to do!
Color Run Singapore 2018, 29 September, Sentosa Beach Station, Palawan Green
Singapore International Triathlon 2018
Are you a triple threat? If you’re great at swimming, cycling and running (the holy trifecta of Singapore’s most popular sports), consider taking on the Singapore International Triathlon on 23 September. Categories include Extended, Standard, Sprint, Mini and Kids races — great for athletes, newbies and families!
Singapore International Triathlon 2018, 23 September, East Coast Park
2XU Ultra Marathon
While completing this run will make Forrest Gump proud, it’s also a true test of your physical and mental endurance. Runners can opt for the various categories – 50km solo, 50km duo, 84km solo, and the 100km solo. Don’t worry about the cut off times, we salute you just for signing up!
2XU Ultra Marathon, 6 October, Gardens by the Bay East (Rhu Cross, next to Passion Wave @ Marina Bay)
Great Eastern Women’s Run (GEWR)
Fancy a chance to be part of Southeast Asia’s largest Woman’s run? The GEWR will feature various distances such as the 5km, 10km, and 21.1km. Give your daughter an opportunity to show their speed in the ‘Princess Dash’ race or perhaps even outrun you in the 2km ‘’Mummy + Me Run”. To sweeten the deal, a 110m sprint category will be introduced this year.
Great Eastern Women’s Run, 14 October, Singapore Sports Hub
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018
End a year of marathons with the largest running event in Southeast Asia: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018! Unleash your inner Usain Bolt and sprint by major landmarks around Marina Bay and the CBD. If it’s anything like last year’s edition, it’ll feature five categories to choose from, including a 10km race for all abilities, Ekiden (a team run) and a 42.195km full marathon.
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018, 8 December, various locations
The ones that ran away
Kickstart the year with this Income Eco Run initiative that encourages running as an alternative mode of transport. Flagging off at One Marina Boulevard on 16 January, the launch will see runners whizz off on four guided routes towards landmarks such as Kallang River, East Coast Park, Old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and MacRitchie Reservoir. With the aim to clock 10,000km by 27 April, runners will have to track their runs and upload screenshots of their completed runs on social media with the hashtag #RUNHOMESG.
#RUNHOMESG, 16 January, Sheltered Space, Level 1, 1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
Run for Hope 2018
In support of cancer research, the annual Run for Hope brings together cancer patients, families and friends. Break a sweat with a 3.6km family run or walk around the Singapore Sports Hub, or challenge yourself to a 10km competitive race along the scenic Marina Bay route. Expect incredible views as you pound the pavement for a good cause.
Run for Hope 2018, 21 January, OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub, 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629
Safari Zoo Run 2018
Calling all animal lovers! Nothing like doing your bit for wildlife conservation while squeezing in a good workout surrounded by the resident critters at the Singapore Zoo. Its 10th edition sees to raise awareness on local wildlife like the Sunda pangolin, Raffles’ banded langur, Asian songbirds, as well as shark and stingray species. Choose from four teams to support — Team Ah Meng, Team Canola, Team Chawang and Team Sunny — where each team champions a related group of threatened local species. Race categories include a 10km competitive challenge, as well as a 5.5km fun run for the whole family!
Safari Zoo Run 2018, 27 January, Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Pokemon Run Carnival Singapore 2018
Seems like the Pokemon craze is here to stay. If you can’t get enough of Pikachu, the Pokemon Run will have you explore the Pokemon universe with a 5km adventure course and an exhilarating Pokemon Carnival. Run your way up from being a Pokemon Trainer to a Pokemon Master while braving elemental obstacles in the fire, water, electricity and grass zones along the race routes. The fun doesn’t end there; join Pikachu at the carnival for a dance performance, more games, activities and delicious treats!
Pokemon Run Carnival Singapore 2018, 27 January, Marina Barrage, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
V-Run: Run with Love 2018
Celebrate V-Day with V-run! Grab your loved one(s) for a 5km leisurely run or hold hands while walking down Siloso Beach. There will plenty of other activities at this family-friendly beach bash, including a mass Zumba dance by the seaside and a movie under the stars. Nothing spells ‘romance’ like catching the sunset with a run or walk by the Sentosa beach.
V-Run: Run with Love 2018, 10 February, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
The Herbalife Marina Run 2018
A run with a view? Count us in! Enjoy the beauty and grandeur of the Marina Bay area as you whizz over the Marina Barrage, past the city’s iconic landmarks and through the beautiful Gardens. Whether you’ve trained for the 10km, 21km or 30km run or simply looking for a calming 5km scenic jog, this exhilarating race is great for participants of all speeds.
The Herbalife Marina Run 2018, 10 February, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
11 February, 11 March, 15 April
One for the seriously fit, the Metasprint series is not your average marathon. Instead, it comprises an aquathlon at Palawan Beach, a duathlon at the F1 Village and a triathlon at East Coast Park from February to April. Swimmers can enjoy a swim and run combo at its aquathlon, while its duathlon is best suited for beginners where the flat grounds and closed, smooth roads of the F1 Village is great for both running and cycling. But if you’re up for a challenge, its triathlon at East Coast Park involved the whole shebang: swimming, cycling and running individually or as a team.
MetaSprint Series, 11 February, 11 March, 15 April, various locations.
Singapore Cancer Society: Relay For Life 2018
Run for a good cause with the Singapore Cancer Society. Returning for its second year, the overnight event — Relay For Life 2018 — encourages participants to walk around a designated path in teams. Each team is asked to have a member on the path at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Teams are also encouraged to help raise awareness and raise funds for the fight against cancer.
Singapore Cancer Society: Relay For Life 2018, 10 March, National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub, 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629
Terry Fox Run 2018
The inspiring legend of Terry Fox paved the way for charity runs against cancer. Deeply moved by the plight of young cancer patients, the cancer hero decided to run across Canada to raise funds for research despite losing his right leg due to bone cancer at an early age. The Singapore edition of the run will have you surrounded with feel-good company as you take part in the non-competitive 5km or 10km races. All funds from the run will be awarded to local cancer research.
Terry Fox Run 2018, 11 March, Angsana Green, East Coast Park
ILLUMI FEST RUN
Being desperate for a wash after a marathon is only natural, but trust us when we say that one shower won’t be enough once you’re done with this rowdy run! In collaboration with i Light Marina Bay, prepare to rave and run at this paint-splattering pandemonium along the Marina Bay waterfront, where you’ll be doused with ILLUMI Glow Water as you dash across five music zones like a whizzing, glow-in-the-dark human kaleidoscope.
ILLUMI FEST RUN, 31 March, Marina Bay Waterfront
2XU Compression Run Singapore 2018
Advanced runners are in for a treat! The 2XU Compression Run returns to the F1 Pit building with three competitive categories: 21km, 10m and 5km. For professional athletes to beginners looking for a challenge, and everyone else in between, this advanced is sure to push you to the limit and feel the burn!
2XU Compression Run Singapore 2018, 8 April, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
The Music Run Singapore 2018
Dust off those dancing shoes, running ravers! The Music Run is back, allowing you to vote for the soundtrack of your choice building up to the event. The run itself consists of 5km and 10km courses that feature ‘Inspo Zones’ and speakers pumping the ultimate running playlist — running has never sounded so good! Soak up the festival vibe post-run with DJs, live bands, laser lights and more!
The Music Run Singapore 2018, 21 April, Sentosa Island
Monster Ultra 200 2018
The Monster Ultra 200 run is exactly how it sounds — a monstrous 200km run. Not a walk in the park, the race starts at MacRitchie Reservoir and takes place over 48 hours with no medical aid or directional signs. Highly recommended for serious runners, it’s all about testing your endurance and pitting yourself against hardcore fitness fanatics. The best bit? Not having to worry about registration fees — it’s completely complimentary!
Monster Ultra 200 2018, 28 April, MacRitchie Reservoir
Income Eco Run 2018
All about being eco-friendly, this annual run champions environmental conservation and encourages everyone to support the cause. To help reduce production waste, a limited edition finisher tee and finisher medal are not awarded to Zero Waste Category runners. Beginners are in for a treat as Income Eco Run introduces the 5km Fun Run as a new category this year.
Income Eco Run, 29 April, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
OSIM Sundown Marathon 2018
Prefer beating the intense heat? Conquer the night instead, with one of Asia’s largest races. The OSIM Sundown Marathon pushes you to sacrifice sleep and catch the sunrise with an all-night race under the stars. Race categories include a 5km fun run, 10km challenge, as well as half and full marathons.
OSIM Sundown Marathon 2018, 19 May, F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd, Singapore 038975
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