The Garfield Run might be one of the cutest races to have ever taken place in Singapore. Tourists and visitors to Marina Bay Sands were pleasantly surprised last Saturday evening, as over 8,200 runners dressed up in bright orange Garfield tee shirts and dashed through Marina Bay!
The 5K Foam Run race route started from the end of Siloso Beach that led the way to the other end of Palawan Beach, before making a turn back to the starting point for the foam finish.
While the sky was still at its darkest, participants of the 2XU Compression full marathon had already geared themselves up for a fulfilling day ahead with the roads. At 2.30 a.m. sharp, shuttle bus services were provided to ferry these eager runners to the starting point. The 25000 participants were greeted by a huge row of numbered boards, which set up just a few metres behind the toilets for the baggage deposit point. The long row of portable toilets gave shorter queues prior to the race.
The Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2013 race saw over two thousand early risers on a sunny Sunday morning, queuing eagerly at the start line outside Swissotel Singapore. 1,366 steps that make up the 73-storey building awaited the racers dressed in red Mizuno participant tees, ending with a beautiful view at the rooftop helipad.
Marina Barrage, the famous hangout place for family and friends, was filled with 5000 runners on a cool Saturday evening for the Brooks Run Happy 2013. It had just rained a few hours before the event, but that did not dampen the spirits of those who came.
10,000 women in bright orange Reebok running tank-tops gathered at Nicoll Highway as early as 6:30 am to flag off for the Shape Run 2013 Singapore. Shape Run is a women-only race that takes place annually. There were three categories for the race this year: the competitive 10km and 5km routes, as well as the 2.4km fun run.
It is not a trail race where nature is beneath the feet, but the Kranji Countryside Run 2013 participants bonded with nature under the rain. Runners were seen queuing behind Yew Tee MRT station as early as 6.30 a.m. to catch the shuttle bus to the race venue. Volunteers were giving out ponchos to participants generously with a smile plastered on their faces, despite the heavy downpour from the heavens.
hange is the only constant. Merrell is a perfect example of how an established shoe manufacturer can work hand-in-hand with the changing times. Merrell understands that as much as many runners would embrace the barefoot running experience, not all are willing to switch cold-turkey, thus the powerful invention of the Merrell Bare Access shoes.
The hype is not over yet. RunSociety caught up with the fun happenings at the Race Entry Pack Collection last Saturday. A carnival was held concurrently with the collection at Singapore Marina Square. Many expectant participants turned up with much awaited deals awaiting them at the booths set up by the kind sponsors. We even had a interview with multi-talented Ming Bridges.
“The marathon is not to be underestimated,” I thought to myself as I half-walked and half-jogged the 42.195km of the Sundown Marathon 2013. It was my first ever marathon and I was exhilarated. However, my training spoke otherwise. The longest training run I had only stretched to 20km, which is insufficient if I am training for a full marathon.
On a Saturday morning, nearly 100 Shape Run 2013 participants gathered at East Coast Park at the crack of dawn. They were all ready and thrilled to go for a good 5 kilometres run in preparation of the upcoming Shape Run in July. Runners can also choose to carry on to complete 10 kilometres if they feel good to go.
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