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SINGAPORE – Runners taking part in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) can look forward to a better race experience as event organisers implement earlier start times and new routes in the 15th edition of the iconic Singapore race.

For the first time, SCMS Full and Half Marathons will flag off at 4.30am at Orchard Road. Waved starts, which flag off runners at fixed intervals based on personal race-timings, will mitigate issues of possible route congestion. Full and Half Marathoners will run their first 12km together under the colourful Christmas lighting along Orchard Rd, before the routes diverge at the beginning of East Coast Park.

For the first time, both the Full and Half marathons will flag-off simultaneously at an earlier start-time at 4:30am, while runners in the 10km category too will start 30 minutes earlier than before, at 6:45am from Esplanade Bridge.

The new start times and waved starts allow SCMS participants more time to run in the cool early morning breeze amidst better capacity controls, which organisers hope will create a better running experience and better race timings. Details of the start schedules can be found on http://www.marathonsingapore.com.

On route, runners can expect a number of improvements such as added lanes facilitated by full road closures. Two new “cooling zones” – will give SCMS participants the much-needed boost as spray mists help them cool off faster.  Longer water points have also been built into the refreshed routes enabling runners quicker stops at hydration points and more room for overtaking.

A better pre-race experience

On top of route changes, SCMS organisers have also made logistical improvements for smoother pre-race transition. To support the waved starts, which aims to alleviate route congestion, Half and Full Marathoners have a choice of two baggage drop-off points – Anguilla Rd car park or *SCAPE along Orchard Boulevard – depending on which is nearer their designated start pen.

After  dropping off their baggage, runners can proceed to the designated start pens – which will be marked by brightly lit colour-coded balloons. Each pen will be matched with running pacers who will allow participants to meet target completion times, from sub 1.5 hours to 3 hours and above for the half marathon, and sub 3-hours to 6-hours and above for the full marathon.


Commenting on the improvements, Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of Ironman Asia, said “When planning the race, we took a holistic and consultative approach, analysing feedback from runners and re-looking the experience from the very moment participants arrive. We’re confident that the new route and upgrades will give runners a smoother and better experience.”

Details of SCMS 2016 Routes

Runners participating in the Full and Half Marathon category will begin their race along the iconic Orchard Road, sharing the first 12km as they race through a Christmas themed city centre, before reaching East Coast Park, where they will split, with the Full Marathon runners continuing onto East Coast Park, while the Half Marathoners advance towards Fort Road.


Breaking off from the group, the Half marathoners will advance towards Merdeka Bridge via Mountbatten Road before hitting the Singapore Flyer, one of Singapore’s iconic landmarks. The exciting new Half Marathon route will provide a scenic backdrop for runners.

Half marathon and marathon runners will reunite onto Fort Road – which will mark kilometre 33 of the 42.195km – but will still be running on separate lanes to ensure a smooth run for all.


10km runners start off at the Esplanade Drive and will run along the picturesque Marina Bay. Runners will run a route that brings them southward, passing through the Downtown Core – the economic and cultural heart of Singapore – which is a unique change in the scenery for the run. As a challenge for SCMS 2016 10km runners, their earlier training will come to bear as they ascend the iconic Sheares Avenue in this refreshed 10km route.


From now till SCMS 2016, organisers have prepared specially tailored running clinics and workshops for runners to prepare themselves by getting tips from professionals. Interested participants may sign up at http://www.marathonsingapore.com/training-clinic .

Registration for the marathon for all categories have remained the same as last year. Standard Chartered cardholders stand to enjoy 15% off registration fee across all categories.