The 10th year anniversary of the OSIM Sundown Marathon concluded in style with around 27,000 runners running through the night to beat the sunrise this year.

The iconic homegrown night race saw the inclusion of the largest sports carnival in the country – the first Sundown Night Festival, which boasted an art-box night festival concept comprising an exciting slate of programmes lined-up over five consecutive nights from 21 March leading up to race day on 26 March.

For the first time, the Sundown 5km Earth Hour Run took place as part of the Earth Hour celebrations. People from all over Singapore came together to run a cumulative distance of over 550,000km across all categories at this year’s Sundown Marathon – enough to circle the earth at least 10 times – in support of wildlife, forests and oceans.

The run also piloted alternative sustainable solutions for marathon events such as reusable bottles and edible water molecules as extra options at the hydration station, and plantable medals in addition to the traditional finisher medals.

Adrian Mok, Managing Director of HiVelocity Events, the organiser of Sundown Marathon said:

Our 10th year was a landmark event for us, and we wanted to open up new experiences for our participants this year. Although our focus has always been providing the best experience possible for our runners, we’ve always wanted to cater to more than just the runners. These include their supporters and the mass public. We didn’t want it to be the case of just picking up their race packs. It was also about engaging them during the race pack collection, all the way up to event day, which was the aim of the Sundown Night Festival. We want to ensure that there’s always something for everyone at the race village, regardless of whether you’re a participant or not. That’s the beauty of the Sundown Marathon.

OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017 Race Results

42.195 Full Marathon

The Women’s Marathon category was won by 35-year-old Briton Laura Holton, who crossed the finishing line with a time of 3:16:51 comfortably ahead of Hu Xiuying (3:32:15) and Sherlynn Tan (3:37:14).

42KM Women’s Prize Presentation: The top three female runners of the 42KM Full Marathon being awarded with their respective prizes at the OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017 held at the F1 Pit Building. Photo Credit: OSIM Sundown Marathon

The Men’s Marathon category was won by Andreas Huse from Norway, who crossed the finishing line with a time of 2:49:52.

42KM Men’s Prize Presentation: Andreas Huse (Centre) is awarded the top prize as the first male participant to complete the 42km Full Marathon at the OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017 held at the F1 Pit Building. Photo Credit: OSIM Sundown Marathon

21.1KM Half Marathon

Retaining her 21KM Women’s title for the second year in a row was Singaporean Rachel See, with a time of 1:32:00. Second and third place goes to Italian Giulia Bossi (1:34:33) and Singaporean Aileen Tan (1:35:04) respectively.

The Men’s category was won by Song Yang Yang of China, in 1:20.54 ahead of Singaporean Evan Chee (1:22:31) and German Matt Hoffmann (1:24:42).

10KM Challenge

The Men’s 10KM category was won by Kenyan Dennis Isika in 33:30, while Rachel Longstaff from Britain took home the crown in the Women’s 10KM category with a time of 37:56.

Sundown With Love

One of the key highlights of the OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017 was its charity outreach programme – Sundown With Love. Runners can support and join 12 Sundown Ambassadors to help raise funds for their chosen beneficiaries.

The Sundown With Love donation site will be open until 30 April 2017.

Meanwhile, check out our OSIM Sundown Marathon 2017 race photos.

Nathan Lin

Nathaniel is a certified personal trainer from Hong Kong and holds a master’s degree in psychology and exercise physiology. As a columnist for RunSociety, he aims to provide the readers with the information they need to make educated and informed health and fitness decisions, yet often adding in his funny observations.

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