No tour of Singapore is complete without a short stop by the Marina Bay and the Merlion – hence we will start our run in the heart of the Central Business District, at the Marina Bay. We will run towards the Merlion, a famous landmark and major tourist attraction. The Merlion is a mythical creature with a lion’s head and the body of a fish that is widely used as a mascot and national personification of Singapore.
We will continue our run over the Jubilee Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge spanning the Singapore River, connecting Merlion Park and The Esplanade. The Jubilee bridge was opened in 2015 as part of Singapore’s golden jubilee celebrations. Once across the bridge, we will reach the Esplanade, which is a large park containing a concert hall built in the form of a “durian” (a tropical fruit found in Southeast Asia).
From the Esplanade, we will head south in the direction of the Singapore Flyer – a 165 meters tall public observation wheel! Past the Singapore Flyer we will reach the beautiful Marina Promenade, where we will run for 2km and pass-by the Pit Area Building of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix and run approximately 500 meters on the actual race track!
Along the Marina Promenade, we will pass-by the Singapore Sports Hub, a 35-hectare area anchored by the National Stadium and a number of other sports facilities. It opened officially in 2015 and did cost over US$1 billion to build. The National Stadium is still as of today the largest free-standing dome structure in the world.
Our run along the Marina Promenade will lead us towards Beach Road – it has historical importance as this is where the shoreline of Singapore was originally prior to the massive land reclamation work which took place over the past 50 years and pushed Singapore boundaries many kilometers outbounds, where the sea used to be. We will run on Beach Road for 1km before reaching the first of our cultural spot: the Muslim Quarter!
Historically one of Singapore’s oldest urban quarters, the Muslim Quarter is a neighbourhood where age-old traditions and trendy lifestyle come together in a heady blend. The district has a history that dates back to Singapore’s colonial era, when Sir Stamford Raffles allocated the area to the Malay, Arab and Bugis communities. Since then, the area has evolved into a haunt for hip travellers and connoisseurs of culture alike. The golden dome of the Sultan Mosque is the most recognizable landmark; built in 1824, it is one of Singapore’s most prominent religious buildings. We will also make a beeline for Haji Lane to lose ourself in a world of multi-coloured street art and hip boutiques. We will continue our run towards the north, where after 1km we will reach our second cultural spot: Little India!
Little India is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community, from vibrant culture to incredible shopping. Serangoon Road is the main commercial thoroughfare in Little India, where we will run pass-by a number of temples, mosques and other place of worships. Finally, we will pass-by the site of the Little India Riot, which took place in 2013: the worst case of public violence in Singapore’s history, where a traffic accident triggered the riot involving more than 300 persons. After our journey through Little India, we will run 3km towards the west to reach our third cultural spot: Chinatown!
Once an enclave for Singapore’s Chinese immigrant population, the Chinatown of today is much-beloved for its blend of old and new, with historic temples and traditional medicinal halls sitting alongside bold new bars and trendy lifestyle shops. We will pass-by some temples and traditional shops. Afterwards, we will continue our run towards the south, where after 1km we will reach the point where our running adventure started earlier at the Marina Bay, where it will be time to bid farewell after an amazing run across Singapore.