The best of the best endurance runners in the world would make a beeline for Singapore come 6 December 2009 to participate in the world-class Singapore Marathon.
The event, held on the first Sunday of the month, would see an astounding 50,000 runners hitting the pavement for a chance to grab a total of the US$193,900 prize purse. Participants come from as far as Kenya and Tanzania, the United States, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and many other European and the neighbouring countries. Last year’s event attracted 2700 runners from over 60 countries, a testament to its international reputation. It was certainly a great boost for the Singapore hotels that would have seen good room demand.
Another great turnout is on the card with five categories being offered that ranges from distances of 750m up to 42.195km. They include the Full Marathon (42km), the Half Marathon (21km); the 10km – Men’s and Women’s, 10km Team and the 10km Wheelchair Race. Children are not forgotten with the Kids Dash categories that cater to those 13 years of age and below. Team spirit is also celebrated with the Team categories – Men’s and Women’s, which require each team of 4 – 6 runners to complete a 10km route. Runners can expect a scenic course that is both flat and shaded, taking them from the Esplanade Bridge, passing by some of Singapore’s historical sites, the charming East Coast coastal route, the towering skyscrapers of the Business District of Shenton Way to the finishing line at Padang. The route is especially great for supporters’ participation with many strategic places to watch and cheer their favourite runners.
Lee Lai Huat, CEO, HolidayCity.com, remarked, “Last year’s event was full of excitement and drama for both the runners and spectators alike. The presence of Luke Kibet, the reigning world champion who went on to win and set a new full marathon course record was definitely one of the highlights. Who can forget the 160,000 strong supporters who turned out to cheer the runners?” He further said, “There’s no doubt that the Singapore Marathon would continue to attract world-class athletes and thousands of running enthusiasts to this small island nation. And we at HolidayCity.com are happy to bring fantastic savings on room rates and attractive deals for Singapore accommodation to ensure a great time at the marathon for both runners and visitors.”
HolidayCity.com offers attractive rates at the following hotels and many others:
Fragrance Hotel Ruby Singapore (2 star)
Starting rate SGD53
Broadway Hotel Singapore (2 star)
Starting rate SGD90
Hotel Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen (3 star)
Starting rate SGD98
Golden Landmark Hotel Singapore (4 star)
Starting rate SGD140
Parkroyal on Kitchener Road Singapore (4 star)
Starting rate SGD110