Uniquely Singapore, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is one of the largest and most popular marathons in the world frequented by thousands of international runners from all walks of life. It in itself is an income-generating activity for Singapore, a perfect example of how sports tourism can help boost the economy. This years’ event would also be my first marathon outside the Philippines. It would also make Singapore the first country in ASEAN I’d visit.
Being my first international “solo” trip, this experience was exciting but also petrifying for me. It was a good thing that Singapore is very tourist friendly country, and the climate isn’t much different from Manila. The fact that I have some of my close running friends with me guaranteed a great adventure.
We stayed in Bugis just about a kilometer away from Fullerton Hotel where the Start line was located. Of course we arrived days before the actual race so we can’t help but keep being tourists roaming around the area where our feet can carry us, and upon exhaustion there’s always the bus and MRT. Even during the eve of the race we’re still roaming around some nearby mall.
While the weather was not as good as I had expected, the actual race itself was “perfect.” Everything that I expect, want, and dreamt of in a race was there. Hey, the only thing that can make the race better was if I was running in a Boston-qualifying time, but since I’m a mere mortal a new Personal Best (“PB” as they refer to it in Singapore) would suffice. The finisher’s shirt and the drop-dead gorgeous medal completed the surreal experience.
The niceties of this “perfect” race are up, click on the links below, leh.
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