SINGAPORE - Registration for the Dec 4 Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) opened on Thursday (July 7) with a launch event that took runners on a nostalgic jog down memory lane.
Running jerseys and finisher medals of previous editions of the race, dating back to 2002, were displayed in an exhibition at The Cathay's Atrium. Helping to launch the event was Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin. The exhibition ends on Sunday.
This is the 15th edition of the SCMS and organisers have set aside 52,000 spots for its five categories - marathon, half marathon, Ekiden, 10km and Kids Dash.
It is the first time Ironman Endurance Asia is organising the Singapore race. National sports agency and event owner Sport Singapore (SportSG) announced last month that Ironman had won the tender to organise the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) for the next 10 years.
The new organisers also announced key route changes to this year's race at the event. Both the full and half marathon racers will start at Orchard Road in multiple waves. Previously, half-marathon runners started at Sentosa.
The finishing point, the Padang, remains unchanged. The Kids Dash will be held a day earlier.
Explaining the changes, Ironman Asia managing director Geoff Meyer said: "The anniversary year presents the opportunity for us to make improvements based on our runners' feedback, and introduce new initiatives focused on deepening family and community ties."
Meyer said runners can expect more changes in the lead-up to race day as organisers seek to enhance runners' experience and make the SCMS an iconic event in the region.
Runners can sign up for the race at www.marathonsingapore.com.