Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Announces Race Changes for 2019

Tuesday, 28 May 2019  |  Race Announcements

SINGAPORE – At a launch event today, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) announced that the 2019 edition of the race will upgrade the athlete experience with a new 6:00pm evening flag off on Saturday 30 November for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Ekiden distances while shifting to a three-day event format. The Kids Dash will take place on Friday 29 November while the 5K and 10k races will take place on Sunday 1 December providing a distance for everyone. These steps were taken to further the appeal of the race for participants and spectators and is a significant step towards the goal of SCSM being inducted into the illustrious Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM), a series of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. If successful, SCSM would become the seventh marathon within AbbottWMM joining the BMW Berlin Marathon, Boston Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, and the Tokyo Marathon.
 
“Since announcing the bid to join the Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2017, we’ve been working closely with our respective partners to improve the Singapore race experience for both runners and spectators. We have consulted Sport Singapore and the relevant government agencies and they have shared their support for the night race.” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director for The IRONMAN Group in Asia. “Enhancements are happening every year to build up the event festivities as well as programs and initiatives that promote the running culture and community engagement in Singapore. We are now closer than ever to the required criteria and strongly believe that the change in flag-off time, and a number of other improvements over the next two editions will see more marathoners and community support than ever as we position ourselves to qualify in 2021.”
 
The SCSM has been recognised as a Gold Label event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) since 2012 for its world-class excellence in global sporting significance, organisational quality, athletes’ safety and compliance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations. Singapore has shown it is an ideal year-round run destination to the international running community and will see the best elite and elite wheelchair division in event history. Since the inaugural race in 1982, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon has grown to a globally significant event that attracts approximately 50,000 runners each year across all race categories from more than 125 countries, regions and territories.
 
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth & Transport, Mr Baey Yam Keng, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the launch event, said, “The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon has been a longstanding highlight on the regional sports calendar, attracting elite marathoners and running enthusiasts from Singapore and around the world annually. It is heartening that the organisers are continually improving the Singapore Marathon experience so that it can be among the best in the world.  With the flag-offs on Saturday evening this year, I anticipate many more Singaporeans coming out to cheer on the runners and join in the excitement.  I hope to see the Singapore Marathon join the ranks of the World Marathon Majors in 2021!”

2019 To Bring Significant Improvements to Athlete and Spectator Experience
 
The IRONMAN Group in Singapore is working closely with the local authorities to plan a spectator-friendly route through Singapore’s most iconic streets and modern architecture to give fans and runners a different perspective and intimate view of the city. From cultural and historical diversity to lush greenery and a buzzing metropolis that includes modern marvels such as the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and The Singapore Flyer, locals and run-cation visitors will be treated to a visual tour of the city-state.
 
For the first time, the Marathon, Half Marathon and Ekiden distances will flag off in the evening of Saturday, 30 November, a key evolution after ongoing consultation with the Abbott World Marathon Majors team and government stakeholders, which began in 2017. This will present a host of benefits for both competitive and casual runners. Most notably, cooler temperatures will lead to a better experience and performances for runners while creating an exciting race environment that takes full advantage of Singapore’s bright lights and night life.
 
Tim Hadzima, Executive Director of the Abbott World Marathon Majors said, “Today’s announcement is another step forward for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in their long-term aspiration of becoming an Abbott World Marathon Major. The changes for this year’s marathon are just a few parts of stringent criteria that we assess each year, as there are many stages of this process still to be met. We are excited to see how the runners react to the improvements that they will experience this year.”
 
To encourage added participation and support from the public, organisers are introducing all new spectator zones, which will feature a myriad of lifestyle and entertainment offerings. This will add to the more than 26 on-route entertainment points to create a vibrant and uplifting atmosphere for both runners and supporters.
 
“With SCSM, we have enjoyed a great run over the past 18 years. Making the World Marathon Major pitch this year is very meaningful for us at Standard Chartered as 2019 marks our 160th anniversary in Singapore. With the support of IRONMAN Asia, Sport Singapore and our partners, I am confident that we can make SCSM truly a world-class event and showcase the best of Singapore to our friends and supporters from around the world,” said Mr. Patrick Lee, CEO of Standard Chartered Singapore.
 
The 3-day event will kick off with the Kids Dash on Friday evening at 7:00pm while the 5km and 10km categories will flag off on Sunday morning at 8.30am and 6.30am respectively.
 
To begin preparing for this year’s race, runners can now participate in training programmes such as the Women’s Squad, run with pacers or get involved in SCSM’s virtual running community on Strava, which will help runners put their best foot forward as they prepare for the race.
 
To register and for more information, please visit www.singaporemarathon.com. Standard Chartered Cardholders will enjoy 15% off registration fee across all categories.
 

SBR.ph Tri Series 2019

Sunday, 19 May 2019  |  Bullish Insights



Get ready for the SBR.ph Tri Series 2019 Powered By Go For Gold! Complete the series and join the Aquaman Aquathlon, Duaman Duathlon and Triman Triathlon! The SBR.ph Tri Series 2019 Powered By Go For Gold is made up of three race events open to everyone that was primarily designed and organized for newbies and amateurs. The tri-race events are also a good venue for former professionals or veterans trying to get back into the sport. The distances of the SBR.ph Tri Series 2019 are challenging enough even for experienced athletes. All races are newbie friendly and has no cut-off time.

The SBR.ph Tri Series was developed so that new and budding athletes from the new generation would have an avenue to hone their skills and at the same time build passion for the sport together with the long-time veterans who are joining them in these race events.

THE RACES

RACE DETAILS
WHAT: Aquaman Aquathlon 2019
WHEN: May 19, 2019
WHERE: Vermosa Sports Hub
DISTANCES: Full Distance / Lite Distance / Aquakids
-FULL Distance: 800m Swim – 5k Run
-LITE Distance: 400m Swim – 2.5k Run
AQUAKIDS:
– 7-10 yrs old (100m Swim / 600m Run(
– 11-14 yrs old (300m Swim / 2k Run) CUT OFF TIME: Take Your Time

Aquathlon has long been considered as the perfect stepping stone for triathlon. The Aquaman Aquathlon 2019 is designed for athletes who are just starting to get their multisport feet wet. The Aquaman Aquathlon 2019 has various distances. The FULL Distance is an 800m Swim followed by a 5k Run while the LITE category is a 400m Swim and a 2.5k Run. This year also features the AQUAKIDS category which is open to kids from 7 to 14 years old!


This race is a combination SWIM-RUN event. It has long been considered as the perfect stepping stone for individuals who want to have a taste of what it takes to be in a triathlon event sans the bike, as bike handling skills may be a little too intimidating for some beginners. This race event allows them to get the feel of a multi-sport event in preparation for the bigger training which would be in store for them in the future.

RACE DETAILS

WHAT: Duaman Duathlon 2019

WHEN: June 16, 2019

WHERE: Camp N, Nuvali

DISTANCES: Full Distance / Lite Distance / Aquakids

- FULL Distance: 6k Run – 25k Bike – 3k Run

- LITE Distance: 3k Run – 15k Bike – 3k Run

– CUT OFF TIME: Take Your Time

The Duaman Duathlon is the second leg of the SBR.ph Tri Series and is our perennial biggest event. We designed both distances of the Duaman Duathlon to be short enough for the newbies and lung-busting enough for the seasoned duathlete. The Duaman Duathlon was the biggest recorded duathlon in Philippine history. Garnering over 1,500 participants from all walks of life and varying skill levels. The Duaman Duathlon is currently the biggest recorded duathlon event in Philippine history.

RACE DETAILS
WHAT: Triman Triathlon 2019
WHEN: July 28, 2019
WHERE: Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks Resort, Clark
DISTANCES: Full Distance / Lite Distance
-FULL Distance: 600m Swim – 30k Bike – 5k Run
-LITE Distance: 300m Swim – 20k Bike – 2.5k Run
-CUT OFF TIME: Take Your Time

The Triman Triathlon is the flagship event of the SBR.ph Tri Series 2019. It is the culmination of the three sports SWIM-BIKE-RUN with enough distances to challenge even the most hardcore of participants but friendly enough for the newbie triathlete who just wants to have that taste of sheer ecstasy upon reaching the finish line.

The Triman Triathlon is considered as the de facto training/breeding ground of all triathlon newbies and is the most newbie friendly triathlon in the country.

MEDALS

Pilipinas, atin to! The SBR.ph Tri Series 2019 Powered By Go For Gold medals reflects the triumvirate of colors of the Philippine flag. Proudly homegrown at para sa Pinoy! Collect the set!

FINISHER SHIRTS

Aquaman Aquathlon 2019 Finisher Shirt

Duaman Duathlon Finisher Shirt 2019

Triman Triathlon 2019 Finisher Shirt

TRIFECTA

Registrants of the TRI-PACK and finishers of all three races are entitled to get the SBR.ph Tri Series Trifecta Shirt! This shirt is NOT for sale and is available only to Tri-Pack registrants and Tri Series finishers.

PRIZES / CATEGORIES

FULL CATEGORY
Male and Female Age Group Categories
Medal for Top 3 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 and above.

LITE CATEGORY
Male and Female Age Group Categories
Medal for Top 3 15-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and above.

AQUAKIDS
Male and Female Age Group Categories
Medal for Top 3 7-10, and 11-14

The lite category is NOT included in the Aquathlon Series Championships.

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION RATES

Aquaman Aquathlon (FULL / LITE)
Early Rate (Until January 31, 2019 only!)
Individual : PHP 1,900
Relay 2-man : PHP 3,400 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
Trikids : PHP 1,900
Regular Rate (From February 1, 2019 up to May 5, 2019)
Individual : PHP 2,200
Relay 2-man : PHP 3,700 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Duaman Duathlon (FULL / LITE)
Early Rate (Until February 28, 2019 only!)
Individual : PHP 2,100
Relay 2-man : PHP 3,600 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
Relay 3-man : PHP 4,950 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
Regular Rate (From March 1, 2019 up to June 2, 2019)
Individual : PHP 2,400
Relay 2-man : PHP 3,900 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
Relay 3-man : PHP 5,250 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Triman Triathlon (FULL / LITE)
Early Rate (Until March 31, 2019 only!)
Individual : PHP 2,600
Relay 2-man: PHP 4,100 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
Relay 3-man: PHP 5,450 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
Regular Rate (From April 1 up to July 7, 2019)
Individual : PHP 2,900
Relay 2-man: PHP 4,400 (For FULL Distance ONLY)
Relay 3-man: PHP 5,750 (For FULL Distance ONLY)

Tri-Pack (Aquaman, Duaman, Triman Package) | For Individual Racers Only!
Early Bird (Until January 31, 2019) – PHP 6,000
Regular Rate (From February 1, 2019 until May 5, 2019) – PHP 7,000
*All entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-applicable to future races.

10+1 REGISTRATION PROMO FOR INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Your email should include the ff:
– List of ten (10) of your online registered teammates/ group.
– Full name, e-mail and distance along with your 11th member.
– Once verified, 11 registration codes will be sent to your email.

Race Report: Barcelona Marathon

Monday, 15 April 2019  |  Favorite Posts, Race Reports
Marathon No. 17: Barcelona Marathon

Since 2009, I’ve been running 1 to 3 marathons per year.  This streak was broken in 2017 when I unexpectedly DNF’d at Marine Corps Marathon due to a foot injury, then in 2018 I suffered health issues that forced me to rest from running long distances to allow for full recovery. 

To say that 2018 was a tough year for me would be an understatement. It was the most difficult year in my 42 years on this earth. But, when I came out of it alive, I was wiser, mentally stronger, and, last but not the least, crazy hungry to race again.

Jane Jane and Drew, friends from Cebu with whom I’ve run NYCM, CIM, and Florence with, had registered for Barcelona Marathon. I decided to join in on the fun and begged them to adopt me – yet again – into the Ong family for the trip.

Day One in Barcelona with JaneJane and Drew
La Rambla. My first trip to this city. It was love at first visit.
Mercado de La Boqueria. Food tripping with Jane!

Since it was almost like starting from scratch with my running, I was conservative with my goals for this marathon. I just wanted to reach the finish line healthy and injury-free. My A-race could follow later in 2019. Barcelona would be about celebrating the opportunity to run again.

My training was unstructured, which was so unlike the OC planner I’ve always been. I registered online for McMillan Marathon program, but rarely ever followed it. I trained based on feel and listened to how my body felt. I ran 3 to 4x a week and cross-trained with 3x a week of weights and an occasional bike trainer session. My longest training run was a back to back 26k on Friday and 16k on Saturday. Based on my Florence experience, I knew this would be enough for a decent sub-5 finish. Simple goals, right? I didn’t know I’d surprise myself on race day.

Shakeout run with Jane before race day
Race gear the night before the race.

Event: Barcelona Marathon
Date: March 10, 2019
Race start and finish: Avinguda María Cristina, Barcelona, Spain
Cut off time: 6 hours
Registration: Non-lottery

THE EXPO.The expo was held at Fira de Barcelona, Recinto Montjuïc near the Olympic stadium, which was conveniently also the race start (at least we didn’t have to practice how to take the train from our hotel anymore.) We arrived at the expo on a Friday surprised to see how empty it was which was a good thing. Redemption of race kit was quick and easy without any lines at all. The expo was filled with just a few familiar brands, such as Asics and Garmin, and the rest were European brands, which were new to me. Official race merchandise by Asics was great. I purchased a shirt and printed my name on the back within minutes for free! At the end of the expo, we claimed our official race shirt, which was pretty good too.

Mabuhay!!!
I had my race shirt personalized with my name on it! TBR, baby!

RACE ASSEMBLY AND START. Race assembly was at Fira de Barcelona, Italian Pavillion. It was such a picturesque and spacious area that allowed runners to move freely or choose a spot in the park to relax while waiting for gun start. The vibe was calm and light and I loved it.

The assembly area was nice and calm.
That fountain was such a pretty sight!

BAGGAGE DEPOSIT. Barcelona Marathon does not give plastic bags for baggage deposit like other bigger marathons so you’re free to use any bag on race day. Just rip off the tag on your race bib and attach to your bag. Baggage deposit was very well organized. There were neither long lines nor waiting.

PORTALETS. There were enough portalets at the assembly area but there was approximately a 15-minute wait. First time I saw these portalets for men which made the queue for the portalets significantly shorter.

My first time to see this kind of urinals for men. It’s so smart. Every race should have this to shorten the lines at the potty!

WAVES. The race starts at 8:30AM in waves based on the PR you provided in your registration form. We sort of had an idea about how strong Spanish runners are because of the waves. The first 4 waves were designated for 3:00 to 4:00 hour marathoners and the last wave was gray for 4:30 and above. Just one wave for all of us 4:30 to 6 hour marathoners?!

[ THE RACE ]

RACE START. From the Italian Pavillion, one just had to walk nearby to the race start at Avenida de La Reina Maria Cristina where all runners entered their designed waves.

WEATHER. The weather could’ve been slightly cooler, but I wasn’t complaining. We were quite comfortable with 12 to 15 degrees. I wore a shirt and packed my arm warmers into my bag seeing that I wouldn’t need it. I mistakenly wore tights when I think I would’ve been better off in shorts. A cap and shades are a necessity because it can get sunny out there later in the race.

Overdressed. I should’ve worn shorts. It got a bit hot midway through the race.

HYDRATION AND FOOD. There were 16 hydration stations and was approximately every 2.5km. Drinks provided were water (handed out in bottles which was convenient for pouring on the head to cool off) and Powerade. Beyond 10k, bananas, oranges, and trail mix were handed out. Etixx energy gels were also provided at some stations.

PORTALETS. Portalets were every 2.5km as well. Good thing the lines were not very long with about 1 to 3 runners in line.

CROWD SUPPORT. There were a few locals who came out to support us and offered food sometimes but not as plenty as other bigger marathons like New York or even Tokyo.

COURSE. Barcelona Marathon was an out and back course (“Sortida” or leaving point and “Arribada” or ending point is the same). The race started at Avenida de La Reina Maria Cristina and headed out towards Plaza Espanya offering a beautiful course that ran through the landmarks of the city: Camp Nou, Dona i Ocell, Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, Forum, Torre Mapfre, Plaza Catalunya Catedral, and Monument A Colon. Was this a tour or a marathon? I’d say it was both!

The organizers announced that this was the first time they were using this new course, which would be flatter and faster. This led me into thinking the course would be flat, but it definitely was not. They probably meant flatter than last year!

I loved the hills though! I trained for hills and none were too steep anyway, so the ascents and descents offered the legs variety rather than tedious and boring flat courses.

As for my run, I decided to run based on feel and walk or pause only at hydration stations. I didn’t have a target pace nor a target time. I ran at a steady and comfy pace without pushing hard at all. Thing is, every time I’d glance at my watch feeling like I was running an easy 6:30 pace, my actual pace was much faster at around 5:50 min/km. WTH?!! Is this for real?!! I was astounded and, I must admit, pretty excited about the prospects.
I consistently ran at a good pace until Km30. I felt so fresh and strong. By this time, my brain was buzzing with excitement. Could I run a sub-4:30? Better yet, could I possibly PR without even training for it?!!

At Km31, cramps attacked both my quads. They hit me like a bolt of lightning. I slowed to run-walk pace. The cramps would go away when I walked and return in full strength every single time I attempted to run. It was maddening, frustrating, and, for the first time in a race, I teared up in anger.

At Km35, I chanced upon a convenience store and stopped to purchase Mountain Dew. In Ironman 70.3 Cebu 2017, when I had cramps, I had devoured salt caps and gels to no avail, but was instantly saved by a few gulps of soda. Who would’ve thought sugar could combat cramps, right? I hoped that it would work again this time. It didn’t. I tried eating oranges, bananas, gels, and gummy bears on the course but nothing worked.

I was in so much pain I couldn’t believe it. I repeated this mantra over and over in my head: “I am stronger than I ever was.” which I believed with every ounce of my body and spirit, but it did nothing to alleviate the cramps; it just gave me the will to run a bit even if I wanted to collapse.

I made it to the finish line at 4:42 and collapsed into the arms of a race marshal. I hugged him tight for a few minutes because I couldn’t move. Hell, I couldn’t feel my legs. While in his arms, he looked down and asked me: “Can I let go now?” I whispered back to him: “Five more minutes, please?” He then pointed to a woman walking towards us and said: “That’s my wife coming.” His wife arrived while I was in a tight hug with her husband and I apologized for the scene. I opened my arms out for her and said: “Come join our hug. We are family!” and we all burst into laughter.

Thankful for this guy! Too bad I didn’t get his and his wife’s name!

MEDAL. The medal was handed out a few hundred meters from the finish line. It was small and light. Nothing too fancy. No Finisher’s Shirt was provided.

POST RACE. After receiving our medal, we were given bananas, oranges and nuts.  There was one small food truck selling food items for runners to purchase.  The race area empties out quite quickly.  It’s as if the runners just come in, run, and leave immediately for home.  No fanfare or partying at the post-race area here, but the vibe was still fun and celebratory.

Overall, I loved this race. It’s relatively small and convenient to get to, the race course is picturesque and challenging enough but not too difficult, weather was just right, and, last but not the least, it’s held in a fantastic city with great food.  What more can you ask for?!


Congratulations Dreamers!

Thursday, 21 February 2019  |  Bullish Insights

Congratulations to all the finishers of TBR Sun Life Dream Marathon 2019!

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Race: New Balance Run On Philippines

Sunday, 11 November 2018  |  Race Announcements

Who isn’t excited about this race?!  Hope to see you there!

Event: New Balance Run On Philippines
Date: February 3, 2019
Venue: CDC Parade Grounds, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga

Race Categories: Run On 8K, Run On 16K and Power Run 25K (more…)