The 18th Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) will take place from 29 November to 1 December. This year, the organising team is including an ‘exciting line-up of entertainment and activities from live bands to performances, arts as well as delightful local delicacies.’
The aim is to elevate the spectator experience and showcase Singapore to the global running community.
The 2019 edition of the race will upgrade the athlete experience with a new 18:00 evening flag off on Saturday, November 30 for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Ekiden distances – while shifting to a three-day event format.
Organisers IRONMAN Asia and SportSG have worked with supporting government agencies to minimize inconvenience to the general public and businesses based on the chosen routes. There will be shuttle bus services and traffic wardens deployed. Affected roads will also be progressively opened from as early as 21:00 local time on 30 November.
Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia said, “Each year, we identify areas for improvement which will take us a step closer to our Abbott World Marathon Majors ambition. This year, our focus has been on delivering a stunning spectator experience for friends, families and the general public.
“By working together with Singapore Tourism Board and Sport Singapore on our enhanced programming, we look to create a holistic event which will appeal to non-runners too.”
Kickstarting SCSM 2019 with a bang, literally – heralded by a lion dance troupe – family, friends and race supporters can look forward to a line-up of entertainment and activities at the three spectator zones demarcated by Empress Lawn, The Promontory and The Float @ Marina Bay while cheering on the runners.
These spectator zones are strategically placed amidst multiple vantage points for spectators to catch a glimpse of the action and cheer on the runners.
At each zone, spectators can join in Piloxing and Zumba sessions, organised by ActiveSG, or re-live childhood memories and challenge family and friends to classic lawn games from Three-Legged Race, to Capteh and Giant Jenga.
Moreover, the ‘public can groove along to various tunes’ including old-school soul by local band Ruckus, alternative tunes by Subsonic Eye and R&B and Funk by Astronauts. Top local DJs Daryl Knows, Stephen Day and Toppings will aim to ignite the dance floor with a blend of top 40s, house and electronic hits.
Whetting up appetites for both runners and spectators alike, the public can enjoy local delights all in one place: from Dumpling Darlings, serving up unorthodox versions of this Eastern delight, to Butter Chicken rice from Kinara. For those looking for something lighter or are hanging out post-dinner, desserts from The Acai Collective and Coolman Froyo will be go-to stalls.
Dr Chiang Hock Woon, Deputy CEO of Sport Singapore, said, “SCSM has always been an event that runners look forward to. More than a marathon, it has also become a platform for giving where participants extend their passion for running to help others. This year’s marathon is especially special on many fronts.
“In addition to being the first night race in its 18 years of history, we are introducing more exciting entertainment and spectator areas for Singaporeans and residents to come together to enjoy and witness first-hand the unwavering spirit of our runners and to cheer them on. We would like to thank all our partners and stakeholders who helped make this event possible and I am confident that it is going to be a great experience for all.”