156 races for 2015. How many did you participate? From charity runs, to road runs to obstacles runs and fun runs, how many medals have you collected? Which has left a distinctive memory? JustRunLah, Singapore running portal takes a look at how the running scene has evolved for 2015.
1. Top 3 Running Events that are attracting the most participation in Singapore year on year
Don’t worry if you have missed the races, watch the race videos here:
2. An increase in fun runs
DC Justice League Run, Garfield Run and Tom and Jerry Run are getting a lot of attention from the Singapore running community. Relay races have also been on the rise, with more events offering it as a category. One interesting race is Runninghour 2015 – the first and only race in Singapore where participants run alongside over 200 visually, intellectually and physically-challenged runners. Singapore also had the first Music Run at Sentosa, while Singapore Sports Hub opens its doors to us via The Straits Times Run At The Hub.
3. Goodie bags and merchandise
Singapore runners are paying more attention to what goes into the goodie bags and the design of race medals before they sign up for a race. (Photo credit to: @runningat39)
4. Haze took away a good 2 months with 1 worst hit week
Singaporeans would remember the races that had to be cancelled and postponed during the hazy 2 months. Let’s hope history does not repeat for next year!
5. Increase in runners heading overseas for races
The two most popular overseas races among Singaporeans: Gold Coast Airport Marathon and Penang Bridge International Marathon. On the other hand, we saw an increase in registration fees for races in Singapore. There have also been an increase in number of races around Marina Bay Sands and Gardens By The Bay.
6. Most memorable race
Many turned up at Singapore Sports Hub to participate in the 10km Nila Run 2015, and at the same time, support our marathoners. Heavy rain did not deter our determination to complete the race, with runners supporting each other to the finishing line.
7. Extraordinary feats
GO50 – Singapore ultramarathoners Yong Yuen Cheng and Lim Nghee Huat finish 2,500km run in 50 days. Our ever-strong Uncle Chan also completed his 101st marathon at Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2015. Lastly, our IRONMAN, Ling Er who was the only Singaporean to qualify and competed in the Ironman Championship twice.
8. The opening of running route between ford road and Garden by the bay east.
A brand new running route linking up two of Singapore’s most popular running destinations. Check out Running Route: Fort Road
9. Runners’ tribute across Singapore to Mr Lee Kuan Yew
10. Our very own Durian Run in Singapore
Check out our interview with Ah Siao, the crazy guy behind the official Durian Run Singapore 2015