The Consummate Runner
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2016
What: The most well-attended marathon in Singapore with an average of 50,000 participants, the Standard Chartered Marathon has five categories of races that draw runners from all around the world.
The most challenging is the 42km full marathon with a grand prize of $50,000 each for the top male and female runner.
If the full marathon is too daunting, there are four other categories: the 21km half marathon; the Ekiden, where a relay team of six complete 42km; the 10km race that is also open to wheelchair-users; and the 800m Kids Dash.
A key change to this year’s edition is the starting point for the Kids Dash and half marathons.
Participants will be waved off in Orchard Road instead of Sports Hub and Sentosa.
The marathons will still end at the Padang.
For serial marathoner and bank officer Justina Zeng, 33, the Stanchart run is a must-do. She signs up for 25 runs yearly and has participated in the Stanchart Marathon twice.
She says: “It’s the biggest run here and a good chance for me to catch up with my running friends.”
Where: Orchard Road for the Kids Dash, Ekiden, full and half-marathon. Esplanade Drive for the 10km race
When: Dec 3 and 4. Start-off time has yet to be announced
Cost: Super early-bird tickets are sold out except for the Ekiden category, which costs a flat rate of $460 for a team of six. Registration now starts at $20 for Kids Dash (aged 13 and below), $65 for 10km, $75 for half-marathon and $85 for full marathon
Info: Registration closes on Nov 25 or when slots run out. Go to www.marathonsingapore.com
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