Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2021 returns with hybrid finale events that celebrates the community’s resilience
SINGAPORE, 3 November 2021 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – It was announced today that the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) will return with a hybrid format for the second straight year in 2021 and will feature a special series on the SCSM Virtual Club (VC). In addition to the usual challenges and virtual races which will begin in November, this year’s event will end with two Grand Finale celebrations – a Virtual Race (VR) Grand Finale that will take place from 1 to 12 December on the SCSM VC, and an in-person Grand Finale on 4 and 5 December at The Float @ Marina Bay.
The in-person Grand Finale will offer limited slots for fully-vaccinated individuals or individuals with a valid pre-event test (PET) result for the duration of the event to participate in three different categories: the 5KM, 10KM and the Toyota Ekiden (team of 4). Participants will once again be able to run through Marina Bay in a display of strength and unity that celebrates Singapore’s resilience amid the global pandemic. While there will be no road closures for the event, prevailing Safe Management Measures (SMMs) will be in place to safeguard the health and safety of all participants.
Those who want to be part of the Grand Finale celebration, but prefer to run at a time and route of their preference, can sign up for the VR Grand Finale featuring the 5KM, 10KM, Half Marathon, Kids VR 1.5KM and Kids VR 3KM from 1 to 12 December.
In the lead-up to the Grand Finale, the SCSM VC will host a VR Marathon in November where registered participants will be challenged to complete the total marathon distance of 42.195KM over multiple sessions. It will feature iconic running routes in Singapore for participants to try as part of their outdoor running trails. More information on the routes will be announced on SCSM social platforms later this month. Participants also have the option of purchasing a limited-edition SCSM VR Marathon 2021 medal to commemorate their achievement.
Along with the run, there will also be a special live broadcast on the evening of 4 December on Mediacorp Channel 5. This telecast walks viewers through the heritage of the SCSM, highlighting memorable moments and stories of those that have been part of the journey.
Jeff Edwards, Managing Director of Asia for The IRONMAN Group said, “We have been working closely with Sport Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Standard Chartered Bank, and all other stakeholders to explore the best way forward for the 2021 edition of SCSM. As the uncertainty of the pandemic has continued, the race will once again be conducted in a hybrid format, as this prioritises the health and well-being of participants, community, supporters, and employees while still delivering an exciting event experience for all.
“As proven in 2020, creating a unique hybrid event that provides runners with elements of an in-person race they can be proud of, is still possible. We hope that the physical attendance and the thousands running virtually will inspire the community at large to put on their running shoes and challenge themselves on routes which are theirs to run to celebrate the resilience of Singapore!”
Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board added: “Despite the continued challenges of this pandemic, we are glad that this year’s event will give runners an opportunity to run in an in-person event safely, while allowing more local and international runners to be part of SCSM virtually. We hope that this event will help keep Singapore top of mind among the global running community and inspire them to experience Singapore in person soon.”
Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer at Sport Singapore, shared: “The event continues to exemplify the determination to champion a healthy and active lifestyle. We are deeply encouraged by the positive feedback and success from last year’s hybrid format and are delighted that SCSM is returning in 2021 for families, friends, and corporates to run and come together to celebrate. We remain committed to bringing sport back safely and hope to see more individuals develop an interest in the sport, and further grow our local running community”
Celebrating 20 years of partnership
This year’s run will have additional special meaning as it marks 20 years of collaboration with Standard Chartered as the title sponsor of Singapore’s marquee running event.
Patrick Lee, Cluster CEO, Singapore and ASEAN Markets (Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and representative offices), Standard Chartered said: “We’ve been strong supporters of the Singapore Marathon for two decades. Marathons represent resilience, going the distance and determination and these are the traits we value at Standard Chartered.
“Sports also foster unity, which is needed especially in such times, and Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is an important community event. While the goal is to stage the best race possible, our priority is the health and safety of runners, supporters, and the community. We will continue to work closely with The IRONMAN Group, Sport Singapore, STB and all stakeholders to create a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.”
Participating safely at the in-person Grand Finale
As part of the safety measures, all participants registered for the in-person Grand Finale event on 4 and 5 December will need to be either fully vaccinated or undergo Pre-Event Testing (PET) in accordance to prevailing government guidelines for sporting events. Participants must also use the TraceTogether token or app at the event venue and are required to abide by safe management measures at all times as well.
Registration for the SCSM 2021 Grand Finale events (5KM, 10KM or Toyota Ekiden) will be opened to the public, in limited slots, from today (3 November) at 4pm. Interested participants may also sign up for the SCSM 2021 VR Grand Finale categories – 5KM, 10KM, Half Marathon, Kids VR 1.5KM or Kids VR 3KM. In addition to registering for the event, participants may purchase the SCSM 2021 VR Grand Finale entitlements and SCSM VR Marathon medals, which are subject to availability.
The SCSM 2021 Grand Finale medal design has also been unveiled and is fronted by the Merlion, a unique and iconic symbol of Singapore, with key landmarks of the city’s famed Marina Bay area such as Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore Flyer. Participants in the Grand Finale will receive the medal and a 20-year celebratory t-shirt upon completion of their run on 4 and 5 December. Participants of the VR Grand Finale categories will also have the option of purchasing the Grand Finale medal as well as the celebratory t-shirt which they will receive via courier service (subject to delivery fees).
Interested participants of the in-person Grand Finale events (5KM, 10KM or Toyota Ekiden) may register and make their payment on Active.com. For those who wish to participate in the SCSM VR Marathon and VR Grand Finale events, they can register and complete their runs on the SCSM VC platform.
For more information on the SCSM 2021 and the SCSM Virtual Club, please visit www.singaporemarathon.com.
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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 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
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 over 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) license, an endorsement of the Group’s longstanding 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 August 2020, we were the first and only bank to be awarded the “Significantly Rooted Foreign Bank” (SRFB) status by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. In December 2020, we were granted enhanced SRFB privileges, in recognition of the significantly higher degree of rootedness exceeding the SRFB baseline criteria.
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, and corporate, commercial & institutional banking teams. The Bank has a network of 12 branches, 4 Priority Banking centres, 1 International Banking and Priority Private Centre and 25 ATMs. For more information please visit www.sc.com/sg
About Singapore Tourism Board
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.
About Sport Singapore
As the national sports agency, Sport Singapore’s core purpose is to inspire the Singapore spirit and transform Singapore through sport. Through innovative, fun and meaningful sporting experiences, our mission is to reach out and serve communities across Singapore with passion and pride. With Vision 2030 – Singapore’s sports master plan, our mandate goes beyond winning medals. Sport Singapore uses sport to create greater sporting opportunities and access, more inclusivity and integration as well as broader development of capabilities. At Sport Singapore, we work with a vast network of public-private-people sector partners for individuals to live better through sport. To find out more, visit our websites www.sportsingapore.gov.sg and www.myactivesg.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/myActiveSG and www.youtube.com/SingaporeSports.
About The IRONMAN Group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing (VR) Series, 5150 Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Series, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, 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 hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance (www.advance.com), a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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