Born and raised in Singapore, we are proud to call this city our home. We picked up running about 3 years ago and since then we have been exploring different places of Singapore through running. Come along with us through our favourite running routes and races and see the Singapore city through a runner’s eye.
Singapore is a small island, located at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, just 1.5° North of the equator. Singapore was once part of the British colony as an important port in the shipping industry. The country has undergone rapid development since its independence 50 years ago and is now the 3rd richest country in the world. It is home to 5.4million people of different ethnicities living within 716km2 of land, making it an extremely dense melting pot of cultures.
Although driven by its economic development, the government in Singapore also places its emphasis on the importance of exercise and leisure. With careful planning and land management, there are matrixes of parks and nature reserves scattered around Singapore. You may choose to run along one of these routes (e.g. Central Urban Loop, North-Eastern Riverine Loop and Eastern loop), which provide linkages to many of the green spaces in Singapore. You may also find running trails such as in the MacRitchie nature reserve, located at the heart of the city. You can find out more details here.
The climate in Singapore stays hot and humid all year round. Running in Singapore may be uncomfortable to those not used to the equatorial heat and humidity here. Thus, it is advisable to avoid running around noon and to keep hydrated to beat the heat!
The running community in Singapore is very inclusive and they welcome anybody to join in the fun. Check out some of the running groups in Singapore, such as Running Department, which organises weekly training runs, as well as Gei Gei Running Club, which organises free themed runs for the community from time to time.
MACRITCHIE RESERVOIR park
SENTOSA BEACH RUN
The running scene in Singapore has grown tremendously over the years, with over 150 running events held in 2015 alone. Ranging from ultra and full marathons, to trail running events, as well as 5km fun runs, there’s more than enough options to cater to anyone.
For a full list of updated Singapore running calendar, you may refer to JustRunLah Singapore running calender.
Developed on reclaimed land since early 1970s, Marina Bay has become the focal point of the city-state. Marina Bay epitomizes the modern and stylish Singapore. A visit to Marina Bay is guaranteed to bombard your senses. Be amazed at the impressive skyline of the integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands, or immerse yourself within the nature at the 101-hectares Gardens by the Bay. What’s more? Enjoy an aerial view across Marina Bay from the tall and mighty Singapore Flyer, or visit the world’s largest floating stage at The Float@Marina Bay.
The vibrant southern island resort of Singapore, Sentosa, is one of Asia’s top leisure destination, with an estimated of over twenty million visitors per year. Sentosa is home to an exciting array of attractions and activities, including the iconic Merlion statue, a 2km long beach, and Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa, which also operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios Theme Park. Sentosa definitely live up to its slogan, ‘The State of Fun’.
Inaugurated in 2014, the Singapore Sports Hub is a state-of-the-art entertainment and lifestyle hub which allows everyone to immerse in the beauty of sports. The sports hub include many world class facilities such as the 55,000 capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof, the 6,000 capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre with 10 lane competition pool as well as the 41,000 square metres Kallang Wave Mall for shopping and leisure activities. In the short span of 2 years, the Singapore Sports Hub has already played hosts to the 2015 SEA games, and many top professional rugby and football clubs all around the world, including Arsenal FC and Juventus FC amongst many more.
Do look out for exciting events happening in the sports hub on the official homepage.
Spend your day at one of Singapore’s top leisure attraction, Singapore Zoo, and be captivated by over 300 different species of animals. Simply can’t get enough of the animals during day time? Embark on a fascinating journey through the World’s first wildlife night park up close with the animals at Night Safari. And finally, complete your wildlife experience at the Asia’s first and only river themed park in River Safari and Asia’s largest bird park in Jurong Bird Park.
A visit to Singapore is never complete without shopping at our prime shopping district, Orchard Road! Experience the ultimate shopping experience through this 2.2km long street filled lined with restaurants, entertainment, hotels, retail stores and more! Alternatively, head down to Bugis street where the locals shop for the latest trendy clothing at an affordable price. Singapore is surely the best place for a luxurious retail therapy.
We are Kelsey and Kang Jing from Singapore. Fitness is a big aspect of our relationship. To us, it is not just about keeping fit; but rather, it has become our lifestyle. Running and training together as a couple has given us a great platform to build our relationship. Being each other’s support and motivation, we work hard not only for ourselves, but also for each other. It not only gives us a common goal that we work towards together, but also an opportunity for us to love and learn about each other more.
We hope that through our journey, we will be able to inspire more people to choose the healthier lifestyle.