Whether you enjoy running for a cause or for leisure, whether you are a beginner or have been running for years now; Singapore offers marathons for everyone with a passion to run! Some of the major Singapore marathon trends indicate that participation in marathons in Singapore has more than doubled in the last couple of years. If you are not based in the city but planning to visit Singapore, we recommend you to club your trip with one of the following marathons:
1. SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon (SSBR & AHM)
Famous among the runners for being organised flawlessly, SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon, features two competitive categories and three non-competitive categories. The competitive category includes the 21km Army Half Marathon and SAFRA 10km Race. The non-competitive categories include the SAFRA 5km Fun Run, NS Team Run and Families for Life 800m Challenge.
SSBR & AHM also invests in coaching runners, preparing families for the run and educates on fitness. This marathon saw more than 40K attendees in 2017 and 2018.
When: August every year
Route: Starts from Esplanade Bridge, covers the scenic Marina Bay skyline and ends at the Padang.
2. Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM)
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon saw the highest number of participants in Singapore in the last few years. Hosting its first marathon in 2002, SCSM is known to inculcate a running culture in Singapore. While participants share a mixed experience during their run, overall this run is highly recommended for the three races it offers – marathon, half marathon, 10KM and the 10KM wheelchair race, on three different routes.
In December 2018, SCSM is introducing a new race category for the first time – 5KM run beginners opting a healthy lifestyle. SCSM also offers a kids dash – a run in Universal Studios inviting participation from kids.
When: Dec 8-9, 2018
Route: Starts from F1 Pit Building and concludes at The Float at Marina Bay. Find detailed routes here.
3. 2xu Compression Run
2xu Compression Run has seen an increased participation since 2017, and offers 21.1Km, 10Km and 5Km run. The participants particularly appreciate the way the race is planned, from providing race packs in advance to executing on the final race day. This race has witnessed minimal complaints in the past and is well liked by the runner community!
2xu Compression Run also organises a running workshop prior to the run to help participants to prepare well for the run.
When: April 7, 2019
Route: Starts from F1 Pit Building
4. AIA Music Run
If you are a first-time runner or fairly new to running; if you like to work hard and party harder, this Music Run is the best deal for you! A run with a twist, Music Run sponsored by AIA offers untimed 5K run, and timed 5K and 10K races.
The one thing that stands out about the Music Run is that the running tracks are all sound-tracks meaning, there are speakers placed throughout the track playing your favourite workout playlist to keep you pumped! Once you finish your race, you also get to participate in the finish-line party.
When: April every year
Route: Sentosa Island
5. CSC Run By the Bay
Organised by Civil Servants Club, CSC Run by the Bay is open to public and is well known in the public for its scenic route. CSC Run by the Bay offers multiple categories including 21.1K, 12.8K and a non competitive 6K run and 1.28K run for kids.
CSC Run by the Bay is most famous for its spectacular sunset along the running track during your run. The run also includes aerobics and yoga warm up for participants, body art class for spectators, dance performances and DJ! So, if you are planning to visit Singapore this October, don’t miss CSC Run By the Bay.
When: October 20, 2018
Route: The Scenic Waterside Of Marina Reservoir
6. The Straits Times Run at the Hub
Trying to change people’s perception of running and exercising, The Straits Times Run, is portraying these as fun activities. They organise pre-run activities and workshops to keep the participants engaged from six months prior to the run. The idea is to add new elements of participation every year.
The Straits Times Run at the Hub, features 5K fun run, and 10K and 18.45K competitive runs.
When: September every year
Route: Singapore Sports Hub
7. Great Eastern Women’s Run 2018
Southeast Asia’s largest run, Great Eastern Women’s Run (GEWR), is a women only run and saw participation from 15,000+ women this year.
GEWR offers categories like the 21.1km, 10km, 5km, the ‘2km Mummy + Me Run’ for mothers and daughters aged 7 to 12, and the popular ‘Princess Dash’ for girls aged 3 to 6. This year, GEWR also introduced a new category – the ‘110-metre Sprint’.
Women participants particularly enjoyed the post run facilities including free breakfast and powder room.
When: October every year
Route: Singapore Sports Hub
8. Swissotel Vertical Marathon
A unique marathon that involves climbing 1336 steps covering 73 storeys of Hotel Swissôtel The Stamford, topped with unparalleled views of the Singapore skyline, set against a magnificent sunrise. Swissotel Vertical Marathon, was first organised in Singapore in 1987 and sees more than 2000 participants annually. It requires high level physical fitness, and the organisers advice to consult doctors before participating.
The categories include competitive and non-competitive men and women categories, and half marathon.
When: November 25, 2018
Route: Swissôtel The Stamford
While there are few marathons planned for the rest of this year, if you are visiting Singapore during this time and running is what interests you, we highly recommend you to participate in at least one of these to make the most of your Singapore trip. Running by the bay, experiencing sunset and/or sunrise with such exotic views after a run, will be a lifetime experience for you.