StanChart Marathon Singapore 2014 race routes revised to tackle congestion issues

The flag-off at Orchard Road for the 42.195km full marathon at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Dec 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The flag-off at Orchard Road for the 42.195km full marathon at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Dec 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Organisers of this year's Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) have made revisions to the routes for this year's event on Dec 7, in a bid to reduce congestion at the merging point of various categories.

Runners taking part in the half-marathon event will get off the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) at the 18km mark, leading to Maxwell Road. They will then make their way through the Central Business District - via Robinson Road, Collyer Quay, Anderson Bridge - before finishing at the Padang.

This means the approximately 12,000 runners taking part in the half-marathon will be separated from those in the full marathon and 10km race, reducing the congestion that has traditionally been experienced by participants in previous years over the route's last few kilometres.

Those in the marathon and 10km will run along the Republic Boulevard-Raffles Avenue-Esplanade Drive stretch before merging with runners of all three distance categories just before Anderson Bridge.

All categories will continue to be flagged off in waves to minimise crowding at the start. The revised routes also mean runners will get to run close to the new Singapore Sports Hub.

Said Chris Robb, chief executive officer of race organisers Spectrum Worldwide: "Feedback from participants has always been very important for us to continuously improve the race experience."

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