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In recent years, running has gained quite a following locally due to the increasing number of running events like the Standard Chartered Marathon and the Great Eastern Women’s Run. Many locals have taken up this sport because you only really need some comfortable clothes, a water bottle and a pair of good running shoes.
In our tiny island that is only a little bigger than 700 square kilometres, it can be difficult to find a nice trail to run along, away from the bustling city areas. Here's a guide to some routes that are suitable for runners of varying abilities.
Changi Beach Park - East Coast Park - Changi Village (Beginner - Intermediate)
The Changi Beach Park trail is only 3.3km and can be used for laps. Or you can continue down 4.7km of Changi Coast Road to see planes landing and taking off before finishing off at East Coast Park's 15km sea view route with the ocean breeze blowing through your hair.
If you want a more challenging route, the Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network goes all the way to Changi Village. This route is 42km and can be used to train for marathons.
MacRitchie Reservoir Loop (Intermediate)
The main trail is 6km and has a variety of terrains, but you can use the different side trails to create a distance suitable for yourself. An alternative is to start with the 6km trail, then make a loop around the reservoir instead of heading back to the start point. This covers a distance of 11km. For first-time runners, the loop may be a little confusing, so remember to check the signs before making any turns. If in doubt at any point during the run, just head in the direction of Jelutong Tower or MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
To avoid the heat, try not to go for a run too close to midday. Also, take note to keep any snacks properly sealed up because there are monkeys in the area. Before you head home, be sure to visit the HSBC Treetop Walk to enjoy walking 250m above ground.
Southern Ridges Trail (Advanced)
This 9km trail connects Mount Faber Park, Kent Ridge Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park, with different terrains that will test your fitness. If you get tired, take a slow walk, as this trail has great scenery and lush surroundings. Don't forget to head up the Henderson Waves, the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore that connects Mount Faber to Telok Blangah Hill Park.
100PLUS Sports Promenade (Recreational)
The walkway circles the National Stadium and it is fully sheltered, covering 900m and connected to all the major facilities within the Singapore Sports Hub. Depending on the distance you want to cover, you may run laps around the walkway. There is also an outdoor gym you can make use of for warm ups or static exercises. Additionally, you can head over to the OCBC Aquatic Centre for a swim or visit the other recreational facilities there.
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