Updated Jan/2023. The next Sundown Marathon Singapore is happening on May 20th, 2023. Check the official website for race details and to register.
Singapore is worldwide famous for its food, its futuristic architecture, and for being a multicultural state. Singapore is also home to Asia’s largest night race, the Sundown Marathon Singapore with over 27.500 runners from 55 countries.
Natalie couldn’t believe the day I told her that she was enrolled for her first half marathon and that I was going to run the full marathon. We raced the Singapore Marathon, but during nighttime, and here is our Sundown Marathon review:
> Sundown Marathon Singapore Entry Process Review
The entry process is straightforward, on the official website of the event you will find all the info on how to enroll for the race. I did Natalie’s and mine in less than 10 minutes.
> Sundown Marathon Expo Review
The Sundown Marathon Expo took place at Suntec City, a huge convention center & shopping mall. You should collect your race pack during the expo, so we went there on the second day, and found it well organized and with helpful staff. Got our race packs really quickly.
In total, we spent about 45 minutes at the Expo. There are several booths from renowned brands showing their latest products like Garmin, TomTom (their new watch is incredible), Compressport… Also got to know about other races in Asia and even raced my fastest triathlon ever, 1 minute and 56 seconds.
There was one issue though, the Expo happens one week before the race. Many overseas runners were not able to visit the Expo and have to collect the race kit on the race day.
Tip: Better to reach Suntec via MRT, from Esplanade or Promenade stop is about 3 minute walk.
> Sundown Marathon Singapore Course Review
The course of the Singapore Marathon is great. I would say 98% flat, there is one bridge at the beginning of the race that is quite steep and another one at the end of the race that is a killer.
In general, the course is very pleasant, the race starts on the F1 pits, you cross all the extension of East Coast Park then back to Gardens by the Bay East, over the Marina Barrage, pass by Gardens by the Bay, and head to the Singapore Flyer. The views from the Gardens East and the Marina Barrage are incredible. Here you can check the map.
> Sundown Marathon Singapore Race Review
The action started at 6 pm, in the area around the F1Pit Building. There were plenty of activities for runners and non-runners: movie screening, basketball, dodgeball, Zumba… We arrive late, around 11 pm so didn’t get to see much of the other attractions.
The heat was tough even racing during night time. Running along the East Coast Park was better, we got a sea breeze that helped to cool down a bit. The volunteers did a great job cheering and boosting the runners’ confidence.
They could be found every 3km or so. The vibe among the runners was awesome, people were very excited and we didn’t feel that heavy competitive atmosphere. We really enjoyed the race.
A few things that we didn’t like, the race starts late at night, the flag-off for the half marathon was at 11:45 am, and the marathon was at 12:30 am. It is really crowded on the first 10 km, it’s hard to maintain a consistent pace (an issue in every race with over 5 thousand runners).
The first 3 aid stations were a bit crowded too, on the other ones was easier to get isotonic, water, gel, banana… I wish they have ice on the stations, a bag of ice would be great to cool down!
It was Natalie’s first half marathon and my 5th marathon (counting the ones I did on my Ironmans). She finished the race in 2:19h and I did in 4:43h.
Where to stay in Singapore for Sundown Marathon?
It all depends on how much you want to spend. You can stay right in the city center close to the race, or a bit further and rely on taxis or public transport. Singapore’s public transport is one of the best in the world, buses and metro work perfectly.
Here is a list of the best hotels to stay for the Singapore Sundown marathon:
(click on the name of the hotels to see the rates and nook it)
The stylish: Hotel Telegraph
The best rooftop swimming pool: Marina Bay Sands
Traveling to Singapore for Sundown Marathon
Plenty of airlines offer flights to Singapore Changi Airport. Suggest checking on Skyscanner for the best deals. To reach the city center from Singapore airport is easy, you can get a taxi or take the MRT (metro).
If you are coming from Malaysia, traveling by bus is another option.
How is the weather in Singapore during the marathon?
Be sure that it will be hot. Singapore’s weather is warm all year round. We were wishing for some rain to refresh a bit, but it didn’t happen. In May, the temperature in Singapore does not go below 26-28C. Heavy showers can occur but it’s hard to predict. It may rain for 5 minutes or the whole day.
Sundown Marathon Singapore Review Final Thoughts
Overall the Sundown Marathon organizers did a great job. We enjoyed the race, the expo, and the entry process was easy. Their website and Social Media channels were updated and most of the information needed pre-race could be found online. Of course, there is always room to improve, I would suggest organizing the Expo on the same weekend as the race and to start the race earlier.
So here you go, all the info and tips to organize yourself to run the Sundown Marathon. It’s a well-organized and fun race. Maybe see you there next year!
PS: A big thanks to Hivelocity for inviting us to this race.