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SCSM 2018: I was a marathoner once upon a time

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Me in action and yes, the F4 hairdo was trending back then. Photo:

It is less than two weeks to the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2018. You probably signed up earlier this year and have been training hard for this day. Your running gear is all prepped and you have been psyching yourself up for the big day. So, are you ready to run 42.195km?

I have only ever ran the full marathon once and that was almost a decade ago, in 2009. I was never into running and got bored easily if I were running for no reason. Running during a football or basketball game is fine but running by itself seemed kind of repetitive and meaningless to me (don’t judge).

So, it was quite a big deal that I actually took part in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2009. My colleagues back then were avid runners and they somehow managed to convince me to join in the “fun”. Well, 5 hrs 25 mins and 42.195 km later on race day, I wasn’t sure whether it was fun but I was quite certain that I probably won’t do it again (laughs). I was in pretty good shape back then and managed to run at a steady pace for about 10 to 12 kilometres before I did the start-stop "dance" for the rest of the journey. 

For one, I could barely feel my legs and I remember texting my boss to tell him that I wouldn’t be able to come into the office the next day. I’m probably not the best example as I did not train nor prepare for the marathon (at all) and simply turned up for the race after carbo-loading the night before. (Disclaimer: this was extremely unwise and I do not recommend anyone to do the same). I vaguely remember that it was some steamboat buffet and I had loads of rice and noodles. On hindsight, I should have trained for the race and gone easy on the carbo-loading.

Fast forward nine years and a lot has changed since then. This year, Southeast Asia’s marquee annual road race, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) returns for the 17th edition on 8 & 9 December 2018.

For the first time, races will take place over two days with the flag-off at the F1 Pit Building and the finish line at The Float @ Marina Bay. The route will also pass through Nicoll Highway, East Coast Park, the Marina and Downtown Core, the Central Business District, West Coast Highway and Sentosa Gateway.

SCSM 2018 participants or members of the public with enquiries about the road closures may call the SCSM 2018 Road Closure hotline at 6701 1230. The hotline will be available from 9.00am to 6.00pm from 26 November to 7 December, and will be available 24 hours on 8 and 9 December. Members of the public may also wish to download Waze, a GPS navigation application, which will be updated to reflect road closures.

For the full list of affected roads, please visit:

Information on road closures for SCSM 2018 can be found on all SCSM social pages and Participants can also visit for further advice on commuting during the marathon weekend.


Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena. 

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