Runs are more popular in Singapore than ever, and with thrill of The Olympics just behind us, September sees a bumper crop of running events.
Event of the Month: SAFRA Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon
One of Singapore’s favourite marquee sports events is back again, and it’s a little more special this year. The run will be celebrating 45 years of National Service and the 40th anniversary of SAFRA! So adding to the 21-kilometre and 10-kilometre runs, there will be special events like street and stage performances and stalls offering promotional prices on a wide range of sports-related products. Definitely an event for the whole family, and an occasion to grab those old platoon buddies for some good ol’ reminiscing!
Sun 9 Sep; 5:15am to noon; Esplanade Bridge; $6–$55 depending on category; discounts for SAFRA members. Register by 10 Aug; www.safra.sg
Organised by the NUS Students Sports Club, RunNUS is an annual event that aims to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst the NUS community and the public. Back for the sixth year, the event has a big opportunity for NUS students, staff and alumni to connect, though it is open to anyone. The event carnival promises to be lots of fun, with a variety of entertainment, including bands, mini games and lucky draws. Choose between 10-kilometre or 5-kilometre fun run/walk categories, and be motivated knowing that proceeds will go the NUS Annual Giving Campaign, which supports university-wide bursaries and a scholarship fund for needy students.
Sun 2 Sep; 7:15am; NUS; $16–$30 depending on category; discount for NUS students; www.runnus.nus.edu.sg
Yellow Ribbon Prison Run
Back for the fourth year, the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run reflects the journey of reintegration for ex-offenders. The event features 6-kilometre and 10-kilometre races, on a route in the East with lush greenery and historical sights, ending at Changi Prison Complex. If you believe that everyone deserves a second chance at life, sign up for this run and find out more about how you can help at the end-point carnival.
Sun 16 Sep; 7:45am; SAF field, Farnborough Road; $30 for 6km, $35 for 10km; www.yellowribbonprisonrun.sg
Craze Ultra Run
This run is definitely NOT for the faint hearted. At 160 kilometres, this is equivalent to running not one, not two, but four marathons back to back! The route will bring participants through the less visited parts of Singapore, such as Woodlands Waterfront, Yishun Dam, Punggol Promenade, Punggol Waterway, Sengkang, Lorong Halus Wetland and Changi Beach Park. Thankfully, for merely mortal running enthusiasts, the race organisers have kindly included saner race distance categories of 43 kilometres, 78 kilometres and 101 kilometres, in addition to the 100-mile title distance, as well as a team relay option for all four race distances. Phew.
Sat 22 to Sun 23 Sep; flag off 7am, 22 Sep, cutoff time at 3pm, 23 Sep; MacRitchie Reservoir; $60–$310 depending on category. Register by 10 Aug; www.crazeultra.com
Cold Storage Singapore Triathlon
Formerly known as the OSIM Singapore International Triathlon, the Cold Storage Singapore Triathlon promises to continue the legacy of this popular marquee event with the same level of organisation and professionalism that athletes have come to appreciate. The event comprises a National Triathlon Championship for individuals, and a Corporate Triathlon Challenge, for company teams! As always, the event features Mini, Sprint, and Standard race distances, with special events for kids as young as seven years old. The very helpful event organisers have put together race clinics (schedule on the website), where you can get tips from seasoned triathletes. There are only 1,000 spots available for the standard triathlon, so sign up soon!
Sat 29 Sep; staggered flag off from 7:30am; East Coast Park Area E2, Angsana Green; $49–$320 depending on category (early bird through 31 Aug); $60–$396 (1–7 Sep); www.triathlonsingapore.org
Mizuno Passion Wave Run
The ever-popular Mizuno Wave Run is back, with 16-kilometre race. Also, the race pack contains a nice Mizuno running jersey, as well as a cool Mizuno bag worth $60 ― little rewards worth considering for a day out running!
Sun 30 Sep; 7:30am; open space between Bukit Merah View Blks 121 & 123; $55 or $52 for PAssion card and World of Sports members; www.mizuno.com.sg
Everest Girl is Jane Lee, who is seldom found stationary. She is an accomplished mountain-climber, having recently reached the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. When she is not climbing her way around the world, Jane devotes an inordinate amount of time to training for her next climb, marathon, or adventure sport. A serious endorphin addict, Jane ranks trail running high on her list of loves, and has pounded mud, sand, gravel and rocks on trails in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and her staple favourite, MacRitchie Reservoir. Her favourite motto? “If you’re still standing, then you’re not done yet.”