Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore: Route, enhancements for 2015 revealed

Participants at the flag-off point of the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) in Orchard Road on 7 December 2014. the 2015 SCMS will take place over two day for the first time in its 14-year history.
Participants at the flag-off point of the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) in Orchard Road on 7 December 2014. the 2015 SCMS will take place over two day for the first time in its 14-year history.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - The country's biggest run, the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS), will take place over two days for the first time in its 14-year history.

Other enhancements to the Dec 5-6 event include a more even spacing out of the 16 hydration stations, with one approximately every 2.6km, and a banana station for the half-marathon contestants.

On-route entertainment along East Coast Park and West Coast Highway have also improved and will feature cheerleaders, live bands and LED robots, to serve as motivation for the 42km participants.

Chris Robb, the managing director of race organiser Spectrum Worldwide said: "We are constantly looking to improve the overall race experience, and I am sure everyone will see from the range of new and enhanced initiatives.. we have done just that."

The 42.195km, 21.1km and 10km races will take place on Dec 6 and all of them will end at the Padang.

The 700m Kids' Dash will be a standalone event on Dec 5. It will take place at the 100Plus Sports Promenade at the Singapore Sports Hub.

The marathon will begin just outside Mandarin Gallery, along Orchard Road, before proceeding towards popular tourist areas like Clarke Quay and Chinatown. It will then head to East Coast Park before entering the Marina Bay Sands area and finishing at the Padang.

Starting at Sentosa Gateway, the half-marathon runners will head to Universal Studios Singapore and along Marina Bay before the final stretch at the Padang.

Participants of the 10km will begin at Esplanade Drive, and pass the Singapore Flyer, before making their way onto the historic Merdeka Bridge and along Raffles Avenue before the big finish.