- Over 50,000 registered runners from 133 nations go on running tour of Singapore as new era of SCSM begins with three-days of racing - Crowd support estimated at over 150,000 cheering runners on during the course of race weekend
SINGAPORE / TAMPA, Fla. (1 December 2019) – Over the weekend, the eyes of the running world were on Singapore as the 18th running of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) took over the city state for a world-class running experience. With the completion of the 5K and 10K on Sunday morning, more than 50,000 runners from 133 countries were registered to participate over three days of racing, beginning with the Kids Dash Friday evening and followed by the featured Half Marathon and Marathon on Saturday night.
Together with the all-new flag off time on Saturday evening, the new three-day event format was well received among runners and spectators alike as they enjoyed the Singapore’s cityscapes and night life. Through partnership and collaboration with government authorities, organisers took the annual event into the next era as it progresses towards the goal of joining the illustrious Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM), a series of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world.
Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of the Abbott World Marathon Majors said, “Our team is excited to be back in Singapore. It was a great to see the move to an evening event and the progress that the team continues to make.
“As in previous years, our assessment team will take time to review and debrief around all areas of the event that relate to our criteria. We very much look forward to this continued partnership and the long term candidate race process with the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.”
With a heightened focus on spectator experience, family, friends, and race supporters enjoyed a line-up of entertainment and activities at the three spectator zones demarcated by Empress Lawn, The Promontory and The Float @ Marina Bay. Throughout race weekend, runners were cheered forwards by an enthusiastic crowd that is estimated to more than 150,000 strong – the largest to date.
Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of Asia for The IRONMAN Group, “This year’s race marks a historical milestone in SCSM’s history. With the evening marathon start time and our strongest elite field together with the dedicated spectator zones, this has been our most ambitious race. We have received good reviews from the Race Expo, and both the athletes and supporters were excited about the new evening format, together with the lineup of programmes and activities at the spectator zones.”
“We have set a clear goal in mind to put forward Singapore in the best light, and it prides me to see it all come together,” said Geoff.
About Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon
The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is the leading mass participation run and only IAAF Gold Label race in South East Asia. Since 2002, the race has brought runners unparalleled running experiences, threading through the heart of the city seeing iconic heritage buildings and against one of the world’s most iconic city skylines and past some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Comprising six categories; Marathon, Half Marathon, Ekiden Relay, 10km, 5km and Kids Dash, the race has been a catalyst to growing the local and regional running community, by bringing together approximately 50,000 professional, amateur, avid and leisure runners yearly. For more information, visit www.singaporemarathon.com.
About Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore
Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore is part of an international banking group, with more than 150 years of history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.
The Bank has a history of 160 years in Singapore, where we opened our first branch in 1859. In October 1999, we were among the first international banks to receive a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) licence, an endorsement of the Group’s long-standing commitment to our business in the country.
Singapore is home to the majority of our global business leadership, our technology operations, as well as SC Ventures, our innovation hub. In 2013, the Bank transferred our Singapore Retail and SME businesses to a locally-incorporated subsidiary, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited (“SCBSL”). And in May 2019, we fully consolidated our business operations in Singapore through the transfer of our Commercial Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Private Banking businesses to SCBSL. SCBSL is one of the highest-rated banks globally: A1/Stable by Moody’s Investor Services, A/Stable by Standard & Poor’s and A/Stable by Fitch Ratings.
In Singapore, we support both individual and corporate needs to build wealth and drive commerce at every step of their journey. We do this by offering an entire range of financial services across personal, priority and private banking as well as our business, commercial and corporate banking teams. The Bank has a network of 16 branches, 6 Priority Banking centres and 30 ATMs.
About The IRONMAN Group
As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Group
Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivaled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.