Singapore is worldwide famous for the food, the futuristic architecture and for being a multicultural state. Now Singapore is the home of the Asian’s largest night race, the Sundown Marathon Singapore with over 27.500 runners from 55 countries. We joined 2016 edition and enjoyed every km!
If you follow our adventures, you already know that we are crazy about sports. If you are new here have a look on some stuff we did in Langkawi, Angkor Wat, Paris or Catalunya. Natalie couldn’t believe the day I told her that she was enrolled for her first half marathon, and 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 Singapore Expo Review
The Sundown Marathon Expo took place at Suntec City, a huge convention centre & shopping mall. You should collect your race pack during the expo, so we went there on the second day, found it well organized and with helpful staff. Got our race packs really quick.
In total, we spent about 45 minutes in 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 oversea 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 minutes walking.
> Sundown Marathon Singapore Course Review
The course of the Singapore Marathon is great. I would say 98% flat, there is one bridge on the beginning of the race that is quite steep and another one on 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 6pm, on the area around the F1Pit Building. There was plenty of activities for runners and non-runners: movie screening, basketball, dodgeball, zumba… We arrive late, around 11pm 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 on 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, flag off for the half marathon was at 11:45am and for the marathon at 12:30am. It is really crowded on the first 10 km, it’s hard to maintain a consistent pace (an issue on 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 centre 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 works perfectly.
Here it goes some hotel suggestions:
The stylish: So Sofitel
The best rooftop swimming pool: Marina Bay Sands
Travelling to Singapore Sundown Marathon?
Plenty of airlines offer flights to Singapore Changi Airport. Suggest to check on Skyscanner or Expedia for the best deals. To reach the city centre from Singapore airport is easy, board a taxi or take the MRT (metro).
If you are coming from Malaysia, travelling by bus is another option.
How is the weather in Singapore for Sundown Marathon?
Be sure that it will be hot. Singapore weather is warm all year around. We were wishing for some rain to refresh a bit, but it didn’t happen. On 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
Overall Hivelocity, Sundown Marathon organizer, 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 to organize 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 2017. 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.