Fresh from the media conference, here are the fast facts about Singapore’s newest running event, the Asics City Relay Singapore 2015. By Li Yuling
Photo: Spectrum Worldwide (Pictured: Chris Robb, CEO of Spectrum Worldwide, Yogesh Gandhi, General Manager of Asics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, and Singapore athletes Ravi Kumar, Lance Tan and Philip Ramachandran.)
What: The inaugural Asics City Relay is Singapore’s first night marathon relay-only event. Organised by Spectrum Worldwide with title sponsor Asics, the Asics City Relay is a new race concept that is inspired by Japan’s marathon relay, Ekiden. It is a relay race with teams of four completing the marathon distance of 42.195km.
Format: The Asics City Relay will see each team member run one lap of the course around the Sports Hub precinct – an approximate10.5km km circuit – and all relay changeovers will take place within the new National Stadium. While their teammates are completing each individual leg, runners can warm up or cool down within a designated athlete zone on the pitch. Live updates will be shown on the two giant LED screens within the stadium so everyone is informed of the leading teams. There will also be a race village where DJs and roving performers keep runners and spectators entertained.
Categories: Corporates, Clubs, Students and Open. Teams may be All-male, All-female or Mixed (no fixed ratio of male to female mix)
When: 1 August 2015, 6pm flag-off
Where: National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub
How to register & how much:
Walk-in, from 10am, 21 March
$200 – The first 100 teams to register at one of four Asics stores in Singapore. Each store has 25 unique promo codes for teams to enjoy this discounted rate. Giveaways follow this schedule, on a first-come-first-serve basis:
10am to 1pm Velocity (#01-44/45)
1pm to 4pm Paragon (#04-44A)
4pm to 7pm Marina Square (#03-110)
7pm to 10pm Westgate (#03-36/37)
Online, from 8pm, 21 March, on www.cityrelay.com.sg
$250 – This early bird registration rate is limited to 400 teams
$290 – This normal rate is limited to 1500 teams
$210 – Student registration
How many slots available: The race accommodates a total of 2,000 teams – or 8,000 participants
[Update Jul 20] Race route: http://www.cityrelay.com.sg/race-info/#route
What to look out for:
The Asics City Relay coincides with the SG50 Jubilee National Day Parade Preview on Aug 1, 2015, so runners and spectators can expect fireworks as a spectacular backdrop. In an exclusive interview with Shape Singapore, Chris Robb, CEO of Spectrum Worldwide, shared the following insights.
About the race format
“With four runners in a team, each runner can expect to run the standard distance. Everybody runs the same. One of the buzzes of this event will be the comparison. People can go: ‘How fast did you go? Oh, I beat you.’ They can build that rivalry. We considered different options, even distances like a half marathon. 10.5km is accessible. The beauty of four is also that it is relatively easy to get four buddies together. If you have six, it can be a little harder. This will be one of the appeals of the Asics City Relay.”
About mixed teams and fair competition
“Fundamentally, we’re saying that a mixed team is of any gender [mix]. You can have three and one, or you can have two [males] and two [females]. At one point we thought we should have two and two, and then we said: ‘Well, let the people decide what they want.’ It’s not necessarily about being ultra competitive as well. Sure, we want people to have the opportunity to win, but if you want to come with one woman, that’s fine, if you want to have two women and two men [in a team], that’s also fine. It really depends on how people put their teams together. What’s interesting in these team concepts is that sometimes a group of friends might [strategise and] put the good runners in one team and the others in a mixed team. It’s a bit of strategy. We think we could see a really strong mixed team that has two or three women in it. Or, the more serious runners might go for an all-male team. It’s going to be interesting. We will get feedback from people and there will be learnings from this. Next year will come with new improvements as we do with all our events.”
More details at www.cityrelay.com.sg.