Next ST Run will be held in May in heart of city

Participants at this year's ST Run passing city landmarks such as the Esplanade and Singapore Flyer. Next year's event will take runners past more of the stunning sights around the Marina Bay area.
Participants at this year's ST Run passing city landmarks such as the Esplanade and Singapore Flyer. Next year's event will take runners past more of the stunning sights around the Marina Bay area.ST FILE PHOTO

Event to be held on Sunday, May 22; starting at F1 Pit Building, with a more scenic route

The fourth edition of The Straits Times Run is set to rev up a few notches next year. The annual mass run will be a Run in the City, starting off at the F1 Pit Building.

The move from the Sports Hub, where the race was flagged off for the last two years, will enable organisers to take full advantage of and further enhance the run's scenic city route, passing by several landmarks in Marina Bay.

ST Run 2016 organising chairman Marc Lim said: "Since moving to a city route in 2014, the one piece of feedback that has been consistent the last two years was how much participants enjoyed running with Singapore's picturesque city skyline as the backdrop.

"In planning for the 2016 edition, we wanted to make sure that we had a route that would maximise this. Bringing the ST Run closer to the heart of the city will allow participants across all categories to take in more of the stunning sights around the Marina Bay area."

This year's route took runners past iconic landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and Jubilee Bridge. Next year's participants can expect to run past even more famous landmarks in the city centre.

There will also be another change to the event next year. Unlike previous editions, which took place in September, the 2016 race will be held on May 22.

But many elements that racegoers - this year's run drew more than 20,000 participants - have come to enjoy will remain the same.

The novel 18.45km route, introduced this year to mark The Straits Times' 170th year anniversary, will again be the highlight of the event.

The 10km race and 5km fun run will also return, catering to families and those who prefer to run shorter distances.

Runners can expect a post-race carnival, where they will be treated to entertainment. They can also look out for prizes to be won.

The ST Run's pre-race clinics will also be back to help participants get up to speed before the big day.

Registration for the run is expected to start next month, when details about sign-up rates and other aspects of the event will be announced.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2015, with the headline 'Next ST Run in May in heart of city'. Print Edition | Subscribe