(Singapore, 31 January 2013) – Singapore’s biggest night race returns for the sixth year with a record-expecting crowd of 30,000 runners, participating in the popular 10km, 21km and 42km distances this year. Avid endurance racers will also be delighted to learn that the organizers of the Sundown Marathon, HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd will also bring back the much-awaited 100km Sundown Ultra-Marathon after a one-year hiatus.
Official press release for this years Sundown Marathon, information courtesy of CROWD, Singapore. No prizes for guessing that the Ultra-marathon will return this year. You can read about my experiences with last years event in a post here.
Due to its bigger crowd and for safety reasons, the Sundown Marathon will be held over two nights; with the 10km and 21km categories flagging off on the night of 31 May, and the full marathon category starting on the night of 1 June.
Runners can expect to be kept awake with adrenaline pumping through their veins as they are entertained by a slew of exciting activities at the race village before and after the races.
To spice things up, organizer HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd, has re-introduced the “Team of 4” group race to the 10km race this year, where the combined timings of all four runners will be used to determine the fastest team. This concept of team running serves to transform running in the Sundown Marathon from an individualistic sport to a team sport, and have proven popular in the past for boosting runners’ morale and injecting an element of fun to their race.
On Sept 14, barely three months after the Sundown Marathon, hardcore runners who wish to take their running prowess up a notch can look forward to the 100km Ultra-Marathon. The event challenges one’s endurance, speed and determination and will be held once every two years, henceforth.
Other than the main race, less gung-ho runners may also attempt the Ultra-Marathon in the relay category as a team of two (50km/runner) or four (25km/runner). A total of 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the Sundown Ultra-Marathon this year.
Adrian Mok, Director of Organizer, HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd enthuses, “We are glad to re-introduce the Sundown Ultra-Marathon as promised. The race represents what we stand for – determination, passion and fortitude. Both the Marathon and Ultra-Marathon have been and still are very special night runs that garner the most support from the running community.”
“We have decided to up the ante this year by introducing team categories in both the 10km and 100km runs so that more runners can have fun and bond together through their common love,” Mok added excitedly.
The Sundown Marathon 2013 is already open for individual registration at www.sundownmarathon.com. Ultra-Marathon (all categories) & Sundown Marathon Team registration will be available online from 1 Feb 2013, 10am.
For more information, please visit www.sundownmarathon.com.
About HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd
Founded by a group of like-minded athletes in 2005, HiVelocity Events Pte Ltd is a sports marketing solutions company built on pure passion and the love for sports. The company specialises in sports marketing and sports event management and has developed sporting events of the highest quality within Asia. Its wide spectrum of clients range from major sports brands to leading financial institutions, with different events catering to audiences across all walks of life. Successful events include the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore Triathlon, one of the qualifying races to the World Championships, Great Eastern Women’s Run, Asia’s largest women-only half-marathon, and Sundown Marathon, Singapore’s biggest night running event. The Sundown Marathon was nominated for the Most Innovative Event Award at the prestigious International Sports Event Management Awards 2012.
About New Balance
New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA, will once again be the official apparel sponsor of the Sundown Marathon.
New Balance has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance employs more than 4000 people around the globe, and in 2009 reported worldwide sales of US$1.65 billion.