Runners Set For A Dash Down Orchard Road
Runners Set For A Dash Down Orchard Road
Three unique start points for inaugural Marathon; half-marathoners to be taken through Universal Studios in Sentosa; Ekiden relay to debut in Singapore
Singapore, 20 May 2010 - In a historic first for a marathon in Singapore, participants of the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS) 2010 can look forward to nothing but an experience of a lifetime as they either run down Orchard Road, through Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa or on the newly opened Helix Bridge, depending on which category they sign up for. In what is being billed as Singapore’s pinnacle running event, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) - the organisers of the inaugural SCMS 2010 with Standard Chartered Bank as the title sponsor, today opened registrations for the year-end event with six race categories allowing for participation from more segments of the public.
Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who officiated at the opening of the registration, said, “The SCMS marathon promises to be a unique and exciting event for the running community and their supporters. The new routes will provide a great experience for the estimated 60,000 participants. With the introduction of new routes featuring iconic landmarks of Singapore, and the broadcasting of the event to the world, we expect the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore to grow in size and to become one of the world’s leading running events. We are also extremely delighted with the support shown by the Standard Chartered Bank as we work together towards making the event a people’s marathon of Singapore.”
Full marathon runners will be in for a treat as they will be able to run down Orchard Road with the Christmas light-up in full operation after the flag-off near Ngee Ann City. Runners will be taken past iconic landmarks such as the colourful Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts building, followed by bustling Chinatown and the grand Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
Half marathon runners will start their run on Sentosa Bridge and can expect to be taken through Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park at Resorts World Sentosa, where they might be greeted by Shrek, Po (from Kung Fu Panda) and other well-known animated characters. This is the first marathon to take place within the newly opened Universal Studios Singapore. As for the 10km category, runners will start off at the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and will run past Singapore’s Financial District before moving over to the new Helix Bridge.
A new feature of Singapore’s pinnacle running race is the Ekiden relay, which enjoys a huge following in Japan, United States and Australia. The relay event will consist of six runners per team, and together, these six runners will have to run a total of 42.195 km.
“In developing this new race, we took in the best inputs from the planners and runners combined. In our effort to ensure that all participants have a great experience, we have put together a technically sound and world class route. In addition, we have appointed the race director of the world renowned Boston Marathon Dave McGillivray to share his expertise and provide valuable advice in organising the inaugural Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore,” said Mr Oon Jin Teik, Chief Executive Officer of the SSC. “We are incorporating new and exciting elements to the race such as the Ekiden, a relay event consisting of six runners who will complete 42.195 km and a popular feature in famous marathons around the world. We are also planning for a range of carnival activities at the Padang as well as creating excitement along the route for the supporters and spectators so as to give everyone a holistic sporting experience.”
Ray Ferguson, Regional CEO, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Standard Chartered Bank, said, “Standard Chartered Bank has been in partnership with the Singapore Sports Council for the past eight years and with our combined experience, we look forward to creating an iconic national event. We have seen the success and popularity of marathon running in Singapore grow phenomenally over the years, so it is fitting that we build on this enthusiasm of participants and produce a marquee event.”
The Race Director for the SCMS 2010, Dave McGillivray, said the participants who signed up for the inaugural race will be in for an experience of a lifetime. He said, “The routes which have been planned appear to take in all the important elements of a world-class race while navigating through some of the most scenic and exciting venues the city of Singapore has to offer. As such, this will become one of the best races ever to be conducted in Asia and will rapidly begin to gain world-wide interest and attention.”
The organisers of the SCMS 2010 are also in negotiations with renowned transportation companies and will be providing a baggage deposit and transfer system for runners who participate in the full and half marathons to have their bags transported from the starting points to the end points. This is similar in practice at various other well-known marathons which have different starting and ending points such as the Hongkong and London marathons. A bus ferry service will also be available at the finish point to ferry runners back to the start points at Orchard Road and Sentosa Bridge.
The SCMS 2010 official charity partner for the Run for good initiative was also revealed at the launch event. Under the Run for good, the SCMS organising committee aims to raise funds for the beneficiaries of Club Rainbow (Singapore), its adopted charity for 2010. Club Rainbow (Singapore) was set up in 1992 to provide a range of comprehensive support services for the families of children who suffer from major chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses.
SCMS 2010 aims to attract some 60,000 participants from Singapore and overseas. The event will be broadcast ‘live’ on StarHub Super Sports Arena (Ch 201) which is available to all StarHub Cable TV subscribers. There are plans to provide the ‘live’ coverage to broadcasters around the world. In addition, the event will be streamed ‘live’ on SingaporeSports.tv (the TV arm of the SingaporeSports.sg portal), a first-ever for a local running event.
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About Singapore Sports Council
Formed in 1973, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is tasked with developing a holistic sports culture for the nation. The SSC creates opportunities for people to excel in sports; opportunities for people to be engaged in sports as, coaches, officials, volunteers or fans; and opportunities for people to do business in sports as sponsors and investors. The SSC has changed the way Singaporeans view and participate in sports. Through sports, we now have an enhanced national identity thanks to our sports participation programmes; greater national pride as a result of high performance results at international and regional games; and more diversified economic stability through our vibrant sports industry initiatives.
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About Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered in Singapore is part of an international banking group with an extensive network of over 1,700 branches and outlets in more than 70 countries in the Asia Pacific Region, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the United Kingdom and the Americas.
It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. The Bank’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for good’.
Standard Chartered has a history of 150 years in Singapore, opening its first branch here in 1859 and in October 1999 was among the first international banks to receive a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) licence, an endorsement of the Group’s long-standing commitment to its businesses in the country.
It serves both Consumer and Wholesale Banking customers. Consumer Banking provides credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, deposit taking and wealth management services to individuals and small to medium sized enterprises. Wholesale Banking provides corporate and institutional clients with services in trade finance, cash management, lending, securities services, foreign exchange, debt capital markets and corporate finance.
The Bank employs over 5,700 people in Singapore and has a network of 18 branches, 29 ATMs, and 6 Priority Banking centres. Standard Chartered is the only international bank to offer NETS service, giving its customers access to EFTPOS at over 17,000 outlets islandwide. The Bank’s global businesses - Consumer and Wholesale Banking - are managed out of Singapore, as is its global Technology & Operations function.