The Straits Times
Published on Dec 13, 2012

Balancing a major event and public peace


WE WOULD like to apologise to Mr Francis Quek for the inconvenience caused during the recent Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore ("An unwelcome wake-up call at 4am"; Forum Online, Dec 5).

The marathon is an annual signature running event in Singapore and this year, 53,000 runners participated.

As organisers, we strive to strike a balance between putting on a great event and minimising inconvenience to the public.

The full marathon race was flagged off at 5am to minimise the impact of Singapore's warm and humid conditions on the runners, and to limit road closures from reaching far into the day.

We are mindful that the accompanying noise and cheer at the beginning to encourage the runners would have posed a disturbance to some, and we would like to appeal for your understanding and support.

We will continue to review our event operations and take on board Mr Quek's feedback to improve the next edition of the marathon.

Lorraine Gan (Ms)

Event Director

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2012