The biggest annual mass run event here, the StanChart Marathon Singapore 2013, was flagged off on 1st December. It was also the last race that concludes my personal running season for the last few years, this year was no exception. The early morning pre-race logistic did not work out so well for me. There was a long queue at the baggage deposit area, as a result, the gate for the sub-4 starting pen was closed when I got there. I had to joined thousands others entering the start point via the 7hr-starting pen which was way behind. Consequently, it took me 6 minutes after the flagged off to reach the start line!
Even at 5am, it was a humid run even though there was much rain the night before the marathon. The going was tough, I was really feeling the effect of the humidity. I did not prepare well for this race, and with inadequate mileage in my trainings, I was paying for my lack of motivation to train.
The full marathon route was exactly the same as SCMS 2012. And with the same route came the same problem of runners congestion at the merging point of the various categories. Unfortunately, past year’s post-run feedback have not been addressed and rectified.
Eventually I was just glad to cross the finishing line in pain, very much disappointed with the timing. Let’s enjoy some of the sights along the marathon route. Photo credit Running Shots
With the same route year-in-year-out, this race is no fun for me anymore. I’m hoping an overhaul of the race route when the Sports Hub opens in 2014.