- POSTED: 29 May 2014 21:06
- UPDATED: 29 May 2014 23:54
A more scenic route is among the changes awaiting participants at this year's Sundown Marathon. Back for a seventh year, the event will be flagged off from the F1 Pit Building this Saturday.
SINGAPORE: A more scenic route is among the changes awaiting participants at this year's Sundown Marathon. Back for a seventh year, the event will be flagged off from the F1 Pit Building this Saturday.
Singapore's first night marathon debuted in 2008 and has since gained quite a following.
The major change this year is around the 30-kilometre mark -- runners turn right at Fort Road and run along the ECP onto Sheares Bridge, before connecting to Gardens by the Bay. This offers participants a great view of the Marina Bay area at night.
In 2013, the runners turned left at Fort Road, and ran along the MCE Service Road past the Marina Barrage and towards the MBS area.
Adrian Mok, managing director of HiVelocity, said: "The part that people run up the Sheares Bridge is about 34km onwards and that is sort of like running into the last 8km of the race for the 42km runners. That is actually the most challenging part for a marathon runner.
"If we have a more appealing route so they can actually take their minds off, look at the city skyline -- I think that would be very motivating and inspiring for them."
Another attraction this year are Glow Zones -- where selected parts of the route are lighted up in different themes to lift the spirits of participants.
Also taking part in this year's marathon are eight blind runners -- the highest number to date.
One of them is Chris Tan, who only has five per cent vision. Together with her buddy, the mother of two is attempting the half-marathon.
In 2013, there were two blind runners.
Chris said: "We want people to know that besides the normal runners, there are many runners with disabilities, like myself. I have eyesight problems and many of my friends are totally blind. But we are all very active in sports and we want to tell people that we can do it too."
28-year old Zac Leow is another inspirational runner who hopes to beat the odds. The avid runner was partially paralysed from a spinal injury due to a cycling accident in 2013.
Doctors said he will never walk again, but Zac is not accepting that as he tries to complete the half-marathon.
He said: "It is more of a process. To me, the whole idea is to get back to where I was before I got into my accident and in fact. I want to better myself."
Some 30,000 runners have signed-up -- similar to 2013. Three categories are on the cards -- the full and half-marathons. and the 10km run.
The Sundown Marathon is also known for its entertainment activities like movie screenings and live band performances. This year, the organisers are upping the ante -- a platform is being built above the start point and on Saturday, a band will be stationed there to perform as the runners are flagged off.