The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore is the island nation’s biggest running event, with 60,000 runners participating this year. The 2010 marathon on Sunday, 5 December marks the eighth year for the prestigious event, which began with 6,000 runners and grew larger and more ambitious with each passing year. Last yearâ€™s marathon drew 50,000 participants from the combined races, meeting the eventâ€™s maximum number of runners.
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This event is organized by the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore Athletic Organization. This year has organizers adding a new twist in the form of three different starting points. The full marathon will begin at Orchard Road at 5:00 a.m. and end at St. Andrew’s Road; the half marathon will start at 6:30 a.m. on Sentosa Island and also end at St. Andrew’s Road; and the 10k run and wheelchair marathon will both start from The Esplanade at 8:45 a.m.Â This will allow both participants and viewers to enjoy the various attractions the city has to offer, such as The Esplanade, Universal Studios Theme Park and Chinatown.
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Because of the humid climate of the island, the records set during this event are slower compared to other marathons. This is why Asics, the Japanese athletic equipment company and the marathon’s official apparel sponsor, has come up with several suitable clothing options. It has already signed a three-year deal to supply the runners, organizers and volunteers with various sportswear.
If you don’t find running horizontally challenging enough, Singapore has also devised the Ultimate Championship vertical marathon. 2,400 runners will climb 226 meters up Southeast Asia’s tallest hotel, SwissÃ´tel The Stamford. Seventy-three stories of grueling ascent give the invitation-only participants a steep challenge to test their will and legs. The champions of the Open Category even get to fly to the United States for the Empire State Building Run Up 2011, while all runners who complete the 1,336 steps will receive a personalized certificate and a medal.
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The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore will be held on Sunday, 5 December, 2010. For more information, visit the official website at www.marathonsingapore.com. The Ultimate Championship will take place on the 21st of November, 0700H at the bottom ofÂ SwissÃ´tel The Stamford; the official website is www.swissotelverticalmarathon.com . Participants should arrive at the starting line for their respective categories hours before the official start. This will give them plenty of time to hydrate, limber up and listen to final instructions before race time. Organizers will provide excellent race management and plenty of water points. Just beware of spillage, as a wet sneaker can lead to a full-blown case of blisters before you even get to the finish line.
There are plenty of hotel options for visitors and participants:
Siloso Beach Resort Sentosa offers half-marathoners a definite positional advantage.
The Grand Plaza Hotel on Coleman Road provides great views of the finish line on St. Andrewâ€™s Road and is near enough to The Esplanade to provide a clear view of the 10k run start.