STANDARD CHARTERED SINGAPORE MARATHON
LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNITY-CENTRIC EXPERIENCES FOR 2018
- New 5km category to encourage participation amongst newer runners
- New start and end points for all categories
- First-ever Kids Dash to be hosted at Universal Studios Singapore
- New customized training plan for all participants upon sign up
Images from the SCSM 2018 Launch can be downloaded here
SINGAPORE – The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) announced new community-centric experiences at its 2018 community launch today. For the first time in the event’s history, the race will include a new 5km category and host its Kids Dash at Universal Studios Singapore.
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms. Grace Fu, led over 1000 representatives from over 20 running clubs on a 4km community run and breakfast session where 2018 race enhancements were unveiled for the first time.
“Sport has the power to bring people together,” said Minister Fu, “The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is a great opportunity for Singaporeans to come together to challenge our limits, and encourage one another in our journey to stay active. I am heartened to see the Kids Dash, Ekiden and Wheelchair race options providing opportunities for people of all abilities to experience the event together.”
New Community-Centric Experiences
A New Format – SCSM organisers announced a new two-day format designed to deliver an improved race experience to over 50,000 runners across six different categories.
Participants in the 5km and 10km category will be the first to flag off at the F1 Pit Building and end by The Float at Marina Bay on Saturday morning, a day before their Marathon and Half Marathon counterparts.
The new wider start point will offer better access and more space for runners within the start pens. The route will give runners in the Marathon and Half Marathon categories dedicated lanes, eliminating lane crossing and merging for a smoother race experience. The finish will be most iconic in the event’s history, set amidst Singapore’s picture perfect Marina Bay.
Brand-new 5km Race – A new 5km race has been created to encourage new runners to join Singapore’s flagship running event. The shorter distance, together with the free public training initiatives – the pacer programme, women squad, talks and clinics will make the SCSM more accessible to aspiring runners of all abilities.
Revamped Kids Dash – Singapore’s biggest children’s race will flag off at Universal Studios Singapore in Resorts World Sentosa, with an all-new route that allows parents to run and bond with their young ones. The parent-and-child duo can enjoy scenic views as they whizz past seven exciting zones, from the fairytale wonderland of Far Far Away featuring Shrek and Princess Fiona’s castle to the lush jungles of Lost World where dinosaurs lurk. Participants keen to enjoy the thrilling rides and world-class entertainment at Universal Studios Singapore after the run can select a special bundle which includes a Kids Dash run package, theme park admission as well as dining and shopping vouchers.
Ekiden Race – The Ekiden category will be more accessible to runners with 500 slots available for the new five-runner team format (as compared to six in previous editions). Each runner now cover a longer average distance of more than 8km, making the Ekiden a good challenge for runners looking for options between the 5km and 10km categories.
Double-Up Challenge – The new two-day format offers participants an opportunity to run two events through the double-up challenge. Runners can register for either the 5km or 10km category on Saturday, combined with a Marathon or Half Marathon on Sunday for double the fun.
Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore, said, “Over the years, we have seen SCSM grow from a single-day event for a few thousand, to now, a weekend full of running and lifestyle activities catered for running enthusiasts, volunteers, supporters and corporate partners. We are glad to see new offerings at Kids Dash to further encourage families to participate in sport and create shared memories together. We are pleased that IRONMAN Asia is constantly enhancing the event experience and finding new ways to involve the community in a bigger way. We look forward to Singaporeans lacing up their running shoes to be part of Singapore’s signature running event.”
Unprecedented Race Prep
In 2017, SCSM introduced the first ever Women’s Squad – an all-women programme to engage and support more female runners on their SCSM journey.
In 2018, all women runners will be automatically given membership upon sign up, providing access to all Women’s Squad sessions and activities up till race day. Similarly, registering for the 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon will give participants a customized training programme designed based on their level of experience and training history.
Participant favourites, the 300KM Club, Running Café, Pacer Runs and Clinics will return and offer exciting new training sessions to help runners of all levels prepare for their race.
Managing Director for IRONMAN Asia, Geoff Meyer said, “SCSM is the region’s marquee race, and as organisers, we are committed to bringing all runners the most holistic race experience regardless of level. While we focus on the World Marathon Majors goal, we are dedicated to continually developing all aspects of the race through by creating new experiences to grow the running community.”
To register and for more information, please visit www.singaporemarathon.com. Standard Chartered Cardholders will enjoy 15% off registration fee across all categories.
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About Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore
Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore is part of an international banking group, with more than 150 years of history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.
The Bank has a history of 159 years in Singapore, where we opened our first branch in 1859. In October 1999, we were among the first international banks to receive a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) licence, an endorsement of the Group’s long-standing commitment to our business in the country.
Singapore is home to the majority of our global business leadership, our technology organisation, as well as SC Ventures, our innovation hub. In 2013, the Bank transferred our Singapore Retail and SME businesses to a locally-incorporated subsidiary, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited (“SCBSL”). In 2018, we announced our intention to fully consolidate our business operations in Singapore through the transfer of our Commercial Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Private Banking businesses to SCBSL. SCBSL is one of the highest-rated banks globally: A by Standard & Poor’s, Aa3 by Moody’s Investor Services and A by Fitch Ratings.
In Singapore, we support both individual and corporate needs to build wealth and drive commerce at every step of their journey. We do this by offering an entire range of financial services across personal, priority and private banking as well as our business, commercial and corporate banking teams. The Bank employs around 9,000 people in Singapore and has a network of 15 branches, 5 Priority Banking centres and 31 ATMs.
About Sport Singapore
As the national sports agency, Sport Singapore’s core purpose is to inspire the Singapore spirit and transform Singapore through sport. Through innovative, fun and meaningful sporting experiences, our mission is to reach out and serve communities across Singapore with passion and pride. With Vision 2030 – Singapore’s sports master plan, our mandate goes beyond winning medals. Sport Singapore uses sport to create greater sporting opportunities and access, more inclusivity and integration as well as broader development of capabilities. At Sport Singapore, we work with a vast network of public-private-people sector partners for individuals to live better through sport. To find out more, visit our websites www.sportsingapore.gov.sg and www.myactivesg.com.
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Appendix A: Registration Fees