2 April 2014

Unusual races all clustered in May

Companies looking to get employees together to stay fit can participate several relatively unusual runs to look forward to this May. While most runs are conducted on level ground, the iconic The Pinnacle@Duxton becomes the venue for a vertical challenge on May 11.

Source: World of Sports website
Located at the site where the first two HDB blocks in that area were built, The Pinnacle@Duxton is the first 50-storey public housing project in Singapore, housing 1,848 apartments in seven  blocks. It is also the first in the world with two skybridges linking the seven blocks at the 26th and 50th storey. 

The Pinnacle@Duxton Vertical Challenge, covering 47 storeys, is presented by Brooks@World of Sports. The race accepts individual registrations at S$45 per person, and teams of four under the 'Team' category, with team registration fees at S$180.

PAssion Card members enjoy S$5 off registration for individual categories. More information is available at https://regonline.activeglobal.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1494511.

Just one week after, runners can look forward to one of the most unusual routes in Singapore. The Green Corridor Run takes place on May 18 along the most picturesque stretch of the former rail corridor, between Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and Bukit Timah Railway Station.

The first Green Corridor Run took place last year, and was the first run to make use of the former rail line that connected Singapore to Malaysia and was the beginning of the Oriental Express for those journeying into the heart of Asia. A successful campaign by the Nature Society to save the rail corridor from redevelopment led to the rail line being removed and replaced by turf. 

Source: Green Corridor Run website

Runners are not categorised, and individuals may register at S$56 per person for the 10.5km run.

Find out more at http://www.greencorridorrun.com.sg/

While most runs are held before sunrise to take advantage of cooler hours, the Sundown Marathon begins at sunset (6.30pm) at the F1 Pit Building on May 31. 

Source: Sundown Marathon website
Sundown Marathon introduced Singapore to night marathons in 2008, and has grown from 6,000 the first year to 30,000 for the second straight year in 2014, making it Asia’s largest night marathon.

Teams of four, running 10km each, can compete at S$232 per team. Alternatively, individuals pay registration fees of S$90 each for the full marathon (42.195km), S$70 for the half marathon (21.1km) and S$60 to run 10km.

For more information, visit http://www.sundownmarathon.com/.