It’s finally here!
The moment we’ve all been waiting for, the SEA Games 2015 Marathon is happening this Sunday. The race will commence at 6am, at the Kallang Practise Track. The route makes it way down East Coast Parkway and back up again before passing through the Marina Bay Golf Course, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and up along Republic Avenue, leading onto Nicholl Highway.
Singapore’s Marathon Representatives
Ashley Liew – no stranger to JustRunLah! readers, Ashley Liew, winner of the 2012 Standard Chartered Marathon, qualified for the event at the New Orleans Rock and Roll Marathon earlier this year, bagging a personal best (PB) time of 2:32:12 in the process. Leading up the SEA Games this year, Ashley has made two trips to Kenya, training with world elite runners in Iten. He credits his coach Rameshon and the memory of his mother for being his sources of strength and inspiration.
Soh Rui Yong – another familiar name to the Singapore online running community, this hot young thing burst onto the scene by setting Singapore’s second fastest marathon record, running his first ever marathon in 2:26:01 He also currently holds the national record for 10000m. Rui Yong’s training for the SEA Games Marathon involved altitude training at Flagstaff, Arizona with his track team from Eugene, Oregon.
Rachel See – Running her PB of 3:09:01 at last year’s Gold Coast Marathon, Rachel earned herself the title of Singapore’s current top woman marathoner, making her a natural shoo-in for the SEA Games Marathon. The 32 year old civil servant and mother-of-two, who picked up running as a hobby, did not expect to qualify as our national representative at the Games, but is surprised and glad for the opportunity to do so.
Neo Jieshi – The second best Singaporean women’s marathoner, Jieshi fought hard for the chance to represent our nation at the SEA Games 2015 by running in not one, but three marathons in the space of three months! Her dedication and determination saw her racing in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, scoring a PB of 3:09:57 in the process. She firmly believes that the support from Singaporean spectators and cheerleaders will give Singapore’s runners a home ground advantage.
Come Show Your Support!
Should you wish to support the runners, please refer to the map below, outlining the racing routes of both the Nila Run (in blue) and the SEA Games Marathon (in green). Station yourself along the green route for a chance to catch a glimpse of your favourite runner(s), and don’t forget to cheer them on!
Cover image credit: Singapore Athletics Organisation