Calling all runners and sports enthusiasts, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) is back and bigger than ever in its 22nd year as the leading mass participation run! The IRONMAN Group reveals the race route for 2023, promising an exhilarating experience for participants and spectators alike.
Race Dates and Categories
Mark your calendars for 1 – 3 December 2023, as SCSM 2023 takes you on a thrilling journey. The event features a range of categories, including:
- Kids Dash: Kicking off the festivities on Friday evening, 1 December.
- 5km and 10km Races: Saturday morning, 2 December.
- Marathon (42.195km) and Half Marathon (21.1km): Sunday morning, 3 December.
The races will conclude with a spectacular finish experience at the iconic National Stadium, where enhancements have been made to create an atmosphere of celebration and support.
Diverse Race Courses
Each race category offers its own distinct course, promising a dynamic and engaging experience for participants. The Half Marathon and the 5km and 10km categories will feature full road races, taking runners through various terrains, including flat stretches, gradual inclines, and occasional downslopes. As you race, you’ll pass by renowned Singapore landmarks and famous roads, including the F1 Pit Building, Singapore Flyer, War Memorial Park, and the Merlion, all against the breathtaking backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline.
Notably, the Half Marathon will have a new return route after splitting from the Marathon, allowing more supporters and spectators to cheer on the participants along the roads of the distinctive Esplanade and Suntec vicinity. Meanwhile, the Marathon route will consist largely of well-paved roads, seamlessly integrating with the picturesque Park Connector Networks (PCNs) for an unforgettable race experience.
Start Times and Scenic Views
Runners in the Marathon and Half Marathon will start their races in waves at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, 3 December, enjoying breathtaking views of renowned attractions such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and the Singapore Sports Hub. Within the Central Business District, you’ll pass famous landmarks, including the Singapore Flyer, Merlion, and Esplanade.
For the 10km and 5km categories, participants will begin their races on the morning of Saturday, December 2nd, at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively. Both categories will kick off at the F1 Pit Building and lead you past the Kallang Basin before reaching the exhilarating finish line at the National Stadium.
Kids Dash for the Young Ones
The young ones aren’t left out of the excitement! The Kids Dash, designed for children up to 12 years old, will take place on the evening of Friday, December 1st. It promises a fun and lively experience as children and their parents complete a 650m route around the F1 Pit Building. Participants can also look forward to a surprise goody bag, including an event t-shirt and a neck fan after the run.
Entertainment Along the Route
To keep the energy levels high, entertainment stations will be strategically placed along the race route. From stilt walkers and dancers to energetic bands and cheer squads, these stations will motivate runners and delight spectators, creating a lively and energizing atmosphere. The finish experience at the National Stadium is set to be extraordinary, providing a grand backdrop for the runners’ momentous achievement.
Hydration and Support
Runners can expect aid stations every 2-3 kilometers, ensuring hydration and replenishment needs are met throughout the race. With 19 aid stations for the Marathon, nine for the Half Marathon, four for the 10km race, and two for the 5km race, runners can focus on their performance with confidence and peace of mind.
Spectators, your enthusiasm and cheers are highly encouraged! Notable spectator locations include Gardens by the Bay, East Coast Park, Marina Boulevard, and the National Stadium vicinity. The festive atmosphere created by supportive spectators will add to the electric energy as participants race toward the finish line, making it an unparalleled experience for all.
Environmentally Conscious Event
In alignment with environmental sustainability, the event organizers have implemented various initiatives to reduce food wastage and the carbon footprint. Recycling efforts will be prioritized, and energy-efficient LED lights will be used. Electric vehicles will also be employed for race operations, minimizing the event’s environmental impact.
Stay tuned for more information on road traffic arrangements and shuttle services for participants.
To be a part of this incredible sporting event, register for the Singapore Marathon here. Standard Chartered Cardholders can enjoy a special 15% discount on their registration fees across all categories.