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Standard Chartered Marathon


Sun Dec 2 2012, 5:00am

Where: Mandarin Orchard, 333 Orchard Road , Orchard Road, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Organised by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) is the marquee running event of our sporting calendar. Every first Sunday of December, thousands of participants from all walks of life run past some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks such as Chinatown, Esplanade Theatres by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer. Full Marathon runners also get to soak up the festive atmosphere as they run under the twinkling lights of Orchard Road.

In 2011, SCMS was awarded the Gold Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), placing it among the company of the world’s elite races such as the Boston Marathon, and the London Marathon. As the highlight of Singapore’s running calendar, the Marathon helped grow the running culture in Singapore, beginning with just 6,000 runners in 2002, the race reached a peak of 65,000 runners in 2011.

This year’s theme – “Run for a Reason” encourages all runners to submit their individual reasons for taking part in the Marathon. Supporters can also send in words of support for their friends and family taking part to spur them on.

SCMS 2012 will feature three different start points and routes for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km. The Kids Dash also offers aspiring little runners the chance to experience the Marathon, while the Ekiden promises to foster both teamwork and strategic planning among a team of six runners completing the Full Marathon in a relay format.