Up to 50,000 participants expected for return of Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon as large-scale event

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SINGAPORE: The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon will return as a large-scale event in December with up to 50,000 participants expected, after two editions which were adapted and reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time since 2019, this year’s race will see a mass start and road race format, as well as full and half marathons, organizers announced in a press release Wednesday (June 22).

While 2020 was run with a “hybrid racing format” with augmented reality, 2021 saw the return of in-person racing on a limited scale.

“Last year’s edition, the largest in-person running event held in Singapore since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, saw 4,000 runners reported in waves of 50 – with three s ‘moving away every 10 seconds – to ensure safe distancing,’ organizers said.

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“Additionally, only the 5k, 10k and relay categories were held in person to keep the number of participants low.

“With events reopening in Singapore at full capacity, this year’s SCSM is expected to attract up to 50,000 attendees over the two-day event from December 3-4.”

Current COVID-19 safety management measures will be in place during the event, and road closures are to be expected during the event.

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon operator Ironman Group has been monitoring the pandemic situation in Singapore since last year’s event, said the group’s managing director for Asia, Jeff Edwards.

He worked with Sport Singapore (SportSG), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Standard Chartered Bank and other stakeholders to determine this year’s format.

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“With the easing of restrictions, we are thrilled to be able to put on an event that our riders love year after year,” he said.

“We are fully confident that this year’s event will mark the safe return of mass participation events as we return bigger than 2021, with more in-person racing categories and a mass start.”

To mark the event’s return to its “true form”, organizers unveiled a new logo for the event featuring the Merlion “to signify the positioning of the event as an urban race” and an orchid “to symbolize robustness and resilience”.

The event weekend will begin on December 3 with 5k and 10k races. The 21.1 km half-marathon and the 42.195 km marathon will take place the following day.

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Participants have the option of taking on the event’s Double Up challenge which will require them to run the 5k or 10k race followed by the half or full marathon on consecutive days.

A children’s dash will also take place, details to be announced at a later date.

Priority registration for the event will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday. This is open to Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 300km club members and runners who participated in the full marathon in 2019.

General public registration will begin Friday at 10 a.m.

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