Photo: Spectrum Worldwide

Photo: Spectrum Worldwide

SINGAPORE, 18th March 2015 – Running has become a favourite sport for many Singaporeans in recent years, based on the growing numbers of participants signing up for the ever increasing number of running events on the race calendar. With fun runs and half marathons galore, Singaporeans are spoilt for choice but the holy grail still remains the full marathon. Yet not everyone is capable of tackling the gruelling 42.195km distance.

But with the launch of the inaugural ASICS City Relay this year, just about anyone can be part of a full marathon event –in a relay format along with three other teammates. To be held at the Singapore Sports Hub on 1st August 2015, the ASICS City Relay is an exciting new race concept which will see teams of four compete in Singapore’s first ever night marathon relay-only event.

“We see the ASICS City Relay as having massive potential here in Singapore. The relay format has proved hugely popular and with the exciting new Sports Hub venue, we’re set for a truly exciting night race which is quite different to any other existing event on the local race calendar,” said Chris Robb, CEO, Spectrum Worldwide, the company that is also responsible for organising the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore and Cycle Asia.

“This event is also much more than just a marathon. While we certainly cater to serious running teams, the ASICS City Relay is designed as a social event with a real emphasis on the entertainment, corporate hospitality and food and beverage options on the night,” Robb added.

The unique format of the ASICS City Relay will see each team member run one lap of the course around the Sports Hub precinct (approximately a 10.5km km circuit) and all relay changeovers will take place within the new National Stadium. While their teammates are completing each individual leg, participants can prepare for their race or warm down within a designated athlete zone on the pitch. “Live” results will also be shown on the two giant LED screens within the stadium to keep everyone updated on the leading teams.

You can also enjoy the atmosphere within the “race village” where a selection of DJs and roving performers will keep runners and spectators entertained throughout the night, starting from the flag-off at 6.00pm.

Online registration will open at 20.00 hours on Saturday 21st March at but the excitement will build throughout the day. Starting at 10am at the Velocity ASICS store, there will be a ‘relay day’ moving across the four stores in Singapore, offering an exclusive discount for the first 25 teams to collect the registration code at each store [refer to Appendix 1 which details consumer launch]. Each store will operate their ‘leg’ of the race for three hours before passing the baton onto the next store and so on until 10pm that evening. Teams will save up to $50 on their entry and will be entitled to special in-store discounts once they have completed the registration process.

Participants can enter the Corporates, Clubs, Students or Open categories and register as all-Male, all-Female or Mixed teams. Participant numbers for the inaugural ASICS City Relay will be capped at 2,000 teams – a total of 8,000 runners – to ensure the best running experience for all. A total of 400 Early Bird team slots will initially be made available at S$250.00 on a first-come, first-served basis while 1,500 Normal team slots will be available at $290.00. Students will be able to enjoy a constant registration fee of $210 throughout.

“ASICS have long been associated with marathons globally in many countries,” said Yogesh Gandhi, General Manager for ASICS Asia Pte. Ltd.

“Completing a marathon is the ultimate accomplishment for any runner, and at the ASICS City Relay they can also experience the atmosphere of Japanese heritage “Ekiden”. We are truly excited to be working alongside Spectrum Worldwide to deliver such a ground-breaking event and we look forward to seeing runners come out in full force at the Sports Hub in August,” Yogesh added.




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