Close to 25,000 runners were flagged off at the OSIM Sundown Marathon Singapore. Photo: Sport Singapore
Asia’s largest night race, the OSIM Sundown Marathon Singapore, marks another successful race this year with close to 25,000 runners flagged off at the F1 Pit Building last night.
The 12th edition of the event saw participants enjoying a cool run under the stars as the race took them through some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks. Thousands of runners pounded the streets as they embarked on their quest to beat the sunrise and break their personal bests.
Clinching the Marathon Men’s title was Hillary Kipkering (Kenya), with a timing of 02:49:33; while Singapore’s very own Sharon Tan clocked a timing of 03:23:16 to finish as the first in the women’s category.
“The weather was very cooling and the course was quite clear. My favourite part was running at East Coast Park cos it was really peaceful and surreal. I don’t get to run there often so I really appreciated it. I was aiming for a sub 3:30 today so I’m very happy with my timing. I think training with a group helps – previously I was training alone but for this run I started training with a running group. It’s very encouraging to see familiar faces along the route and your friends will motivate you,” said Tan.
Soh Rui Yong clinched first place for the Men’s category in the Half Marathon. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Half Marathon saw the return of familiar local faces such as Soh Ruiyong and Rachel See. With a winning time of 01:11:47, Soh clinched the first place for the Men’s category while Maki Inami (Japan) took the women’s category at 01:22:19.
“I’m actually pretty happy with today’s race being my first ever OSIM Sundown Marathon. I think this is the fastest time I’ve ran for a half marathon in Singapore. I’ve ran five minutes faster overseas but that was in much better weather. To be in a competition with an international athlete today, especially a Kenyan and to be able to come through that kind of battle, pull through and finish first, is definitely the kind of experience I need leading up to the SEA games and other competitions,” recounted Soh.
Participants were treated to post-race massages. Photo: Sport Singapore
This edition saw great enhancements at the race village too, with an array of refreshing new experiences lined up till the break of dawn. Participants were treated to post-race massages, Marvel movies being screened though the night, and even sunset yoga sessions for runners and supporters. Football fans were also very pleased to catch the UEFA Champions League Finals early this morning and witness Liverpool clinch the coveted title with their running buddies.
“It was indeed a night of celebrations to see the running community enjoy the cool night breeze and breaking their personal bests. We are glad to be working with F4U on this journey of Sundown Marathon. The event has grown from strength to strength and it has been a delight to see runners enjoy the race and post-race festivities,” said Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions Pte. Ltd.
With the aim of connecting with even more runners, Infinitus Productions is also releasing a running app, where runners from all over the world is able to join in and run at the same time virtually as the race in Singapore.
“Through the app, we want to make it possible to connect with runners not just physically at a race, but also virtually across borders. So runners in other countries who are not able to be here physically with us, can still be a part of it by running at the same time as the race in their own countries, and have a virtual connection with us through our app. This app will also reward you with points that you can redeem for products from our merchants in the near future,” added Foo.