The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon this year will be shifted to an evening race, in a three-day event format.
According to the organisers the IRONMAN Group, these steps were taken to further the appeal of the race for participants and spectators. In addition, the organisers aim to push the marathon to be inducted into the global Abbott World Marathon Majors. Geoff Meyer, managing director for The IRONMAN Group in Asia said the team has been working closely with respective partners to improve the Singapore race experience for both runners and spectators.
These include spectator-friendly route through Singapore’s iconic streets to give fans and runners a different perspective. To encourage added participation and support from the public, organisers are introducing new spectator zones, which will feature a myriad of lifestyle and entertainment offerings. This will add to the more than 26 on-route entertainment points to create a “vibrant and uplifting” atmosphere for both runners and supporters.
The marathon was also moved to the evening period after ongoing consultation with the Abbott World Marathon Majors team and government stakeholders. According to the team, the change will present a host of benefits for both competitive and casual runners. In addition, the team hopes that cooler temperatures will lead to better experiences and performances for runners while creating a race environment that takes full advantage of Singapore’s bright lights and night life.
Patrick Lee, CEO of Standard Chartered Singapore said the team have enjoyed the marathon over the past 18 years. “Making the World Marathon Major pitch this year is very meaningful for us at Standard Chartered as 2019 marks our 160th anniversary in Singapore. With the support of IRONMAN Asia, Sport Singapore and our partners, I am confident that we can make Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon truly a world-class event and showcase the best of Singapore to our friends and supporters from around the world,” he added.