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Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon: Celebrating 15 Years of Running
Running is hot in tropical Singapore, and Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is the only run which has been awarded with an International Association of Athletics Federation Gold Label in Southeast Asia.

From 6,000 runners in 2002 when Standard Chartered Bank became the title sponsor, it reached a peak of 65,000 in 2011. This year, it will celebrate its 15th anniversary as a milestone, and a change in the half marathon route which will bring the runners to start at Orchard Road as well.

Traditionally held on the first Sunday of December, it attracts a broad cross section of the running fraternity from the region – from the amateur to the elite runners. The event is split into four categories – the full marathon, the half marathon, the 10 kilometre run including the 10 kilometre wheelchair race, and more recently the Kids Dash. Marathon runners also get to soak up the festive atmosphere as they run under the twinkling lights of Orchard Road, to the iconic sights of Gardens by the Bay, to culminate at the Padang at City Hall.

The run also has a more serious intent, with many leveraging on it to raise funds for their favourite charities. Runners can use GIVEasia, the event’s official fund-raising platform, to create fund-raising pages and generate awareness for their favourite causes. Since the beginning of the Run For Good programme in 2011, over S$1 million has been raised for charities, including the Alzheimer’s Disease Association Singapore, World Toilet Foundation and Hope for the Family Thailand.

Racing the Pulse at HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens
With non-stop action and no time outs, the World Rugby Sevens Series has captivated fans across the world. Sixteen of the world’s top Rugby Sevens powerhouse teams vie against each other in 45 matches over two days in 10 cities.

First played in 1999, it is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Its standing in world sports was raised another notch when it made its Summer Olympics debut at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Singapore is playing host to the prestigious series for four seasons, serving as a venue for the eighth leg of the tournament, beginning with the 2015/2016 season. It made quite an entry over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016.

Before a packed stadium, Kenya shocked reigning champion Fiji with a 30-7 win to claim its first-ever Cup title. “Kenya beating Fiji is a major upset and the Singapore Sevens will be remembered around the world for many years to come,” remarked Low Teo Ping, Chairman of Rugby Singapore.

The inaugural SEA 7’s Men’s and Women’s finals were held at the National Stadium on day one, where both the Singapore men’s and women’s teams went head on against Thailand’s men’s and women’s teams. All four teams fought hard, but Thailand emerged champions in both finals. Day two saw Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Raffles Institution at the finals for the C Division School 7’s, where ACS (I) won the champion title.

The tournament was a multi-faceted extravaganza. British Superstar DJ Pete Tong and local band Shirlyn and the UnXpected rocked it out at the stadium over the weekend, keeping the energy high among the attendees. After the party, shuttle buses were on hand to bring interested spectators to Clarke Quay, the official after-party venue. In conjunction with the Singapore Rugby Sevens, Clarke Quay held a three-day music festival, Music After Seven, where participating bars, clubs and restaurants gave special promotions just for ticket holders.

At the Fun Zone located near the Stadium MRT station, there were activities for the whole family, with face painting, balloon sculpting, and performances from roving buskers, percussion bands as well as magicians.

With the successful return in 2016, fans can look forward to more scintillating play when the series returns to Singapore next session, 15 and 16 April 2017. With an expected crowd of over 70,000 fans over the two days coming together to “Rock, Ruck and Rumble”, this is one event not to be missed.