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Posted: December 5, 2020:  

Athletics: Over 10,000 Participants Registered and Counting for the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2020 Taking Place from 27 November to 6 December

The Grand Finale hybrid race kicked off on 27 November, and has registered more than 10,000 participants in the first weekend of the race

The Race As One ‘live’ show on 5 December features a lineup of celebrities and personalities who will bring the fundraising across the target of $1M

Title sponsor Standard Chartered Bank donating $15 for every kilometre clocked, up to SGD$1 million, to encourage the community to run for a cause

SINGAPORE/TAMPA, Fla. (4 December 2020) - Following the kick-off on 27 November, the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) 2020 Grand Finale has seen over 10,000 participants across the respective race categories with 65% local participants and 35% international participants. The race will continue through 6 December (Sunday), and interested runners around the world can still participate in one of five categories:

  • SCSM Grand Finale Rouvy AR 10KM
  • SCSM Grand Finale Rouvy AR Half Marathon
  • SCSM Grand Finale VR 10KM
  • SCSM Grand Finale VR Half Marathon
  • SCSM Grand Finale VR Double Up Challenge

Star-studded lineup for SCSM Race As One live broadcast show on 5 December 2020

There will be a special ‘live’ Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2020 Race As One Show on 5 December from 6pm - 8pm (GMT+8). Runners can tune in via various channels, such as SGMarathon Facebook page, SG Sports TV, as hosts Chua Enlai, Patrick Kinghorn and Barbara Latimer take the audiences through the exciting SCSM Grand Finale experience.

A star-studded lineup of celebrities and personalities will be participating in the Charity Challenge in the Rouvy AR Half Marathon Relay.

The lineup is headlined by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) & Second Minister for Law Mr. Edwin Tong and Speaker of Parliament Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, alongside CEO of Sport SG Mr. Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board Mr. Keith Tan, and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited Mr. Patrick Lim.

Together with former radio personality Mark Richmond and Mediacorp artiste Kym Ng, the team will be running while streaming ‘live’ for the SCSM Race As One show from the broadcast studio, ActiveSG gyms and various outdoor locations.

On top of that, 987FM’s very own Joakim Gomez will headline a team of veteran SCSM pacers, including Singapore’s oldest marathoner - Uncle Kor Hong Fatt.

Regional celebrities and personalities have also joined the SCSM Grand Finale virtually. They include former Liverpool FC player Jose Enrique, Nuseir Yassin (better known as Nas Daily on social media), Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid (celebrity lifeguard from the hit reality TV series Bondi Rescue), famous Thai actress and fitness influencer Yoe Hassadeecichit, popular Filipino TV personality Kuya Kim Atienza, and German TV presenter, Ilka Groenewold.

Through this initiative, the race organiser hopes that all participants, partners, and the community would come together and stand in solidarity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The show will also feature runner stories, from the likes of Mediacorp artiste Kym Ng as well as others from the 15-week SCSM Virtual Racing Series of this year’s unique marathon.

Mr. Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of Asia for The IRONMAN Group, commented: "The 2020 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Grand Finale is a race like no other. It is a celebration of Singapore’s solidarity and resilience at the end of a very challenging year. We thank our title sponsor, Standard Chartered Bank, for making the Grand Finale so much more meaningful and special with the Charity Challenge. We look forward to having runners around the world participate in the race virtually and safely, and contribute to the charity effort as we end the year on an encouraging note."

This year, Standard Chartered Bank, the title sponsor of SCSM, has collaborated with The IRONMAN Group, event organiser of SCSM, and announced the SCSM 2020 Charity Challenge. They are inviting runners of the SCSM Grand Finale to clock more mileage so that the SCSM running family can raise up to $1m for youth causes in Singapore. Each runner will raise $15 for every kilometre recorded as part of the SCSM Grand Finale, and a total distance of over 60,000km has been achieved as of 3 December.

Standard Chartered Bank has set aside $1 million to ensure that youths in Singapore can be future-ready, even amidst current pandemic times. The Bank supports youths in education, entrepreneurship and employability, as part of its global community strategy, Futuremakers.

Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Social and Family Development, said: "It is heartening to see how the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon unites our community to support fellow Singaporeans in these challenging times. This initiative embodies the spirit of private-public-community partnership and enables everyone to contribute toward a better future for our service users. I hope all of us can support this initiative to empower our youth, support their dreams and aspirations so that they can realise their full potential and one day also give back to the community."

Funds raised will be channeled through Community Chest in multi-year programmes in partnership with the members in its NCSS network.

Mr. Phillip Tan, Chairman of Community Chest, said: "As we call for Singapore to stand in solidarity, we are very heartened that Standard Chartered Bank has stepped up to contribute, not just in monetary support but through community engagement and volunteerism as well. A big Thank You to our runners at the SCSM Grand Finale. It is through such community spirit and collective efforts that we are able to bring hope and courage to those in need and emerge stronger as one nation."

Elaborating why youths are the main focus of the Bank’s Futuremakers global programme, Mr. Patrick Lee, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited, said: "At Standard Chartered, we believe in banking on our youths so that they can learn, earn and grow. Their ability to maximise their potential is critical in creating a sustainable future for us all. COVID-19 has made an adverse and profound impact on our businesses and communities. This is a time for us to stand in solidarity and this is why we are turning to SCSM to engage our runners. I hope to see you virtually at the SCSM Grand Finale. Together, let’s run for a reason!"

For more information on the SCSM 2020 and the SCSM Virtual Club, please visit SGMarathonVC.com. Media materials of SCSM 2020, including hi-res images and video footage from the Grand Finale, can be accessed here. Footage of regional celebrities participating in the race can be accessed here.

SCSM 2020 features a hybrid race format where runners are able to compete outdoors or indoors with a compatible tracking device or join the immersive augmented reality (AR) format powered by Rouvy on a treadmill

Follow the race on Facebool, Instagram: @sgMarathon, Twitter: SG_Marathon, and Strava: Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.

About Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is the leading mass participation run and only IAAF Gold Label race in South East Asia. Since 2002, the race has brought runners unparalleled running experiences, threading through the heart of the city, seeing iconic heritage buildings and against one of the world's most iconic city skylines and past some of Singapore’s iconic landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. Comprising six categories; Marathon, Half Marathon, Ekiden Relay, 10km and Kids Dash, the race has been a catalyst to growing the local and regional running community, by bringing together approximately 50,000 professional, amateur, avid and leisure runners yearly. For more information, visit SingaporeMarathon.com.

About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance (Advance.com), a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit Ironman.com.

About Advance

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit Advance.com.

About Standard Chartered Singapore

Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore is part of an international banking group, with more than 150 years of history in some of the world's most dynamic markets. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.
The Bank has a history of 160 years in Singapore, where we opened our first branch in 1859. In October 1999, we were among the first international banks to receive a Qualifying Full Bank (QFB) license, an endorsement of the Group's long-standing commitment to our business in the country.
Singapore is home to the majority of our global business leadership, our technology operations, as well as SC Ventures, our innovation hub. In 2013, the Bank transferred our Singapore Retail and SME businesses to a locally-incorporated subsidiary, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited ("SCBSL"). And in May 2019, we fully consolidated our business operations in Singapore through the transfer of our Commercial Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking and Private Banking businesses to SCBSL.
SCBSL is one of the highest-rated banks globally: A1/Stable by Moody’s Investor Services, A/Stable by Standard & Poor’s and A/Stable by Fitch Ratings. In August 2020, we were the first and only bank to be awarded by the Monetary Authority of Singapore the status of "Significantly Rooted Foreign Bank".
In Singapore, we support both individual and corporate needs to build wealth and drive commerce at every step of their journey. We do this by offering an entire range of financial services across personal, priority and private banking as well as our business, commercial and corporate banking teams. The Bank has a network of 16 branches, 5 Priority Banking centres, 1 International Banking and Priority Private Centre and 27 ATMs.
For more information please visit SC.com.

About Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions.
More: STB.gov.sg or VisitSingapore.com | Follow us on: Facebook or Twitter.

About Sport Singapore

As the national sports agency, Sport Singapore’s core purpose is to inspire the Singapore spirit and transform Singapore through sport. Through innovative, fun and meaningful sporting experiences, our mission is to reach out and serve communities across Singapore with passion and pride. With Vision 2030 – Singapore’s sports master plan, our mandate goes beyond winning medals. Sport Singapore uses sport to create greater sporting opportunities and access, more inclusivity and integration as well as broader development of capabilities. At Sport Singapore, we work with a vast network of public-private-people sector partners for individuals to live better through sport. To find out more, visit our websites SportsInSingapore.gov.sg and MyActiveSG.com. Follow us at Facebook and Youtube.


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