Geoff Meyer: It’s A Big Ambition To Be The 7th WMM In 2021


Every year, more than 35,000 runners across the globe take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to run a 10km, half marathon, and full marathon at Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon.

Most of the participants run, not because they expect to win material prizes for finishing. They finish the distance either to achieve their personal best or purely a sense of achievement and satisfaction.

With the tremendously increased numbers of participants participating in marathon events over the years, more ambitious runners are also aiming for greater heights. They endeavor to expand their running coverage to foreign countries.

An Overview of Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Last year, 50,000 runners from 127 countries took to the streets of Singapore. Interestingly, more than 4,905 runners from Malaysia participated in SCSM 2018, celebrating triumph with other runners as they crossed the finish line.

The only IAAF Gold Labelled race in the region has been recognized for bringing participants an unparalleled running experience with its world-class excellence in global sporting significance, high organizational quality, athletes’ safety, and compliance with the IAAF Rules and Regulations.

Now in its 18th edition, the SCSM continues to include, inspire, and be celebrated by Singaporeans and participants from all over the world, attracting an average of 50,000 runners from over 125 countries annually, offering various run formats including the full marathon, half marathon, Ekiden, 10km, 5km, and kids dash.

This will be the fourth edition of the race organized by Ironman Asia. For the first time, the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Ekiden distances will flag off in the evening.

This year, Ironman Asia is expecting close to 15,000 marathon participants.

A Long-term Ambition for Abbott World Marathon Majors Bid

Since announcing the bid to join the Abbott World Marathon Majors (WMM) in 2017, Ironman Asia has been working closely with its respective partners to improve the Singapore race experience for both runners and spectators. Ironman has consulted Sports Singapore and the relevant government agencies.

To meet all requirements for induction as member in Abbott World Marathon Majors series of events, Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of the Ironman Group in Asia stated that it will definitely be a huge ambition. The change of flag off time and event format will be a huge step forward to become part of the WMM.

Firstly, it is important to understand what WMM really are. The World Marathon Majors comprise six of the largest and most prestigious marathon events in the world being held in the cities of Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Additionally, the charity impact, economic contribution, spectators, media coverage across the globe are massive.

In fact, there are many stages of this process still to be met for SCSM.

How Far Is SCSM To Meet All Criteria To Become An Abbott WMM In 2021?

For the 2019 edition, Ironman Asia is striving to plan a spectator-friendly route through Singapore’s most iconic streets and modern architecture to give fans and runners a different perspective and intimate view of the city.

From cultural and historical diversity to lush greenery and a buzzing metropolis that includes modern marvels such as the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, and The Singapore Flyer, locals and run-cation visitors will be treated to a visual tour of the city-state.

“Enhancements are happening every year to build up the event festivities as well as programs and initiatives that promote the running culture and community engagement in Singapore.

We are now closer than ever to the required criteria and strongly believe that the change in flag off time, and a number of other improvements over the next two editions will see more marathon runners and community support than ever as we position ourselves to qualify in 2021,” said Geoff Meyer.

To encourage added participation and support from the public, Ironman Asia is introducing new spectator zones, which will feature a myriad of lifestyle and entertainment offerings. This will add to the more than 26 on-route entertainment points to create a vibrant and uplifting atmosphere for both runners and supporters.

On top of that, the inaugural night race for SCSM will present a host of benefits for both competitive and casual runners. Most remarkably, cooler temperatures will lead to a better experience and performances for runners while creating an exciting race environment that takes full advantages of Singapore’s bright lights and nightlife.

Leading up to a successful partnership with Abbott World Marathon Majors, the aspiring Geoff Meyer is confident that, with the support of Sport Singapore, Standard Chartered, and local authorities, the Group can make Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon truly a world-class event and showcase the best of Singapore to visitors and supporters from around the world.

Three-day Running Festival

29 November, Friday, 7pm: Kids Dash

30 November, Saturday, 6pm: Marathon, Half Marathon & Ekiden

1 December, Sunday, 6.30am & 8.30am: 10KM & 5KM