SINGAPOREANS SHONE AT SUNDOWN MARATHON TAKING FOUR OUT OF SIX PODIUM SPOTS
(Singapore, 2 June 2013) – 10,000 runners of the Sundown Marathon observed a minute of silence in remembrance of the Boston Marathon’s victims, before being flagged off for the full marathon in the heart of the city at the F1 Pit Building.
Singapore’s biggest night race saw a record-breaking number of 30,000 participants from over 80 countries. For the first time, the race was held over two nights with the 10km and half-marathon on Day 1 and the grueling full marathon on Day 2.
“Coming into our sixth year, we are thrilled that runners continue supporting the Sundown Marathon. We are encouraged by the numbers and the great feedback we have received for splitting the race into two days, and will consider this for our next Sundown,” said Adrian Mok, Managing Director from HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd.
The runners pounded the streets of the Lion City which took them by the recently-completed Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Financial Centre and the upcoming Singapore Sports Hub in the reverse direction to previous routes before passing through the Floating Platform and heading for the checked flag at the world’s largest giant observation wheel – Singapore Flyer.
Brit Stuart Haynes was the first male to complete with a time of 2h45m09s. He said: “I had a great run today and achieved my personal best timing which was a lot better than last year. ”
First-time participant at the Sundown Marathon, Francesca Sist (ITA) took the top spot for the women’s category and clocked in a time of 3h26m43s. “The heat was a little strong at some parts of the route and as always, the last 10km for the full marathon is always a struggle. But I had a nice experience as the race was really well organized and had plenty of hydration stations.”
Local runners shone at the race today with four Singaporeans taking podium finishes. First runner up for the men’s category and first Singaporean to cross the finishing line, Ang Chee Yong said, “I felt that the race was challenging as it was my first time participating in the Sundown Marathon, but overall it was a good race.”
Ong Kaifen, who came in second place in the Sundown Marathon said, “It was an exciting and eventful race. I did not expect to come in second so I’m really happy to have won despite having sprained my ankle last week!”
The Sundown Marathon also welcomed 22 handcyclists, the largest contingent assembled in Asia for an endurance race. Out of the group, 6 of them were able to compete for the first time in the full marathon category. Michael Ngu, came in first, completing the course in 1h46m33s.
Full Marathon Results
1. Stuart Haynes (GBR) – 02:45:09:22
2. Ang Chee Yong (SIN) – 02:56:23:37
3. Alex Ong Seng Lee (SIN) – 02:57:15:80
1. Francesca Sist (ITA) – 03:26:43:99
2. Ong Kaifen (SIN) – 03:30:33:62
3. Neo Jie Shi (SIN) – 03:30:39:93
All photos credit to HiVelocity Events.