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  1. Not just Epic ESR. A lot of race organizers are now doing flash sales to boost sign ups. Many of my friends signed up for SCSM 2019 due to the $54 FM promo. Loyalty is really worthless these days. If you can afford to wait for the flash sales, you are highly encouraged not to sign up too early. Worst case is to get a bib without your name but the price will still be comparatively cheaper than the so-called loyalty early bird rates.
  2. It is always on the first week of Dec.... technically this year also, coz it crosses over to 1 Dec.... Let's see the situation next year: AFA - Always on the last week of Nov, unless for some reason they shift... Concert - Hard to control as can't foresee which popular artiste or group might come over... Christmas by the bay - This will always be around Nov/Dec period, but from what I see people usually take the train to go Gardens By The Bay... I also think it will not make a difference in the traffic.... unless they cut more of the city and move more KMs to ECP, which will be an easy fix that will please most stakeholders... Also next year Kids Dash will no longer be on a Friday evening.... Can only hope for the best... EDMW seriously? That's one of the worst places to go to for constructive discussions....
  3. You go sign up lah... Doesn't matter the promo will apply to you since you run SCSM....
  4. I only had issues with the "World's Best" and "World's Worst" marathons: 1. It only ranks IAAF certified marathons. 2. Any IAAF marathons with missing data that they are unable to collect are omitted from the list. Hence people who never read the methodology but only the subject header will instinctively jump into conclusion that our evening SCSM is ranking in the top 3 worst marathons. Also, the ranking is based solely on crunching statistical data that is available in an attempt to identify the best conditions to run a marathon. It was never ranked by people who actually run all, or if not most of these marathons. Not sure what to make out of these 2 lists except that Sole deliberately uses the terms "Best" and "Worst" to sensationalize their data findings, where in actual fact SCSM and even SCKLM is not even that badly organized as a whole. Would be more appropriate if they had named their lists as "Most ideal" and "Most challenging", but that wouldn't make their findings grab so much attention as they want to. I can already foresee local media picking this up and the public stirring another round of unhappiness, adding more negativity to the run.
  5. I always thought that if you experience muscle cramps, it can only mean that you did not train enough for the run, and/or your hydration/ food intake strategy is wrong... Things like weather change and testosterone levels should not affect cramps that much?
  6. (2) - Issues with holding at Changi: Less scenic, since there won't be any of the iconic city views for runners to admire in their runs Less vibrant, since other than runners and their families, doubtful that supporters will go all the way there due to inconvenience Roads are small and narrow, can easily cause traffic jams for those driving to the race site and shuttle buses Continue to hold it in the city will likely what they will go after...one quick fix will be to close less roads by running directly to ECP/Changi and then back to city. While it is not so ideal to extend the loopy ECP, this is probably one thing that runners need to compromise.
  7. I think local runners can still train for PB timings.... just need to run more at nights to accustom to the humidity. Didn't know about the bento incident.... wonder if they could have given out to the runners instead.....but understand they might kena complaint if they had tummyache after that.... For bakeries, from what I know there are some who will donate leftover breads that are still consumable to charity. I once worked part time in a F&B outlet.... it was so strict that leftovers must definitely be discarded, not even to the extent of letting others or even staff bring home, for the fear of getting into trouble should anything happen to anyone....."Don't play play with food contamination." the boss would say...
  8. I still see a few who do it. You probably miss it because you are in an earlier pen. Since moving to F1 pit building, they were able to increase the number of portal toilets before the start of the run, and it is way more than the pathetic numbers at that Angsana car park. Which brings me to an interesting point - in the past your blog is always, for some reason, very concerned about the number of portal toilets at the starting point. But your recent race reviews t think you no longer cover that already... Why hah? No urge to pee before a run anymore?
  9. I don't think race organizers will bother to check everyone's records unless you are an elite runner wanting to go to the first or second pen with timings like sub 1.45 HM or sub 3.30 FM. They would want these runners to have the best possible race experience as these are the runners likely to sign up for the run again. For the rest of us, I don't think they will really bother. You mean tagging runners and pre-allocate them into pens based on their past SCSM results? That is possible, but it could potentially opens up more cans of worms: - For those who missed previous year's SCSM, DNF or DNS how do you determine their timing? - If a runner gets a lousy timing last year, but trains very hard and could potentially increase his timing by a lot, how do you get him to start in an earlier pen? Correct me if I am wrong, but I think most if not all of the other marathons around the world also rely on runners to provide their own timing and then allocate them into pens accordingly. They would expect most runners to be truthful about their timings and those who lied to get into an earlier pen belong to the minority. As mentioned above, these are also not the runners that race organizers place priority on, and they can live with this minor issue.
  10. Yup I missed the days where we had 3 flag off venues for different categories. Plus taking the train at 3am. And the end point at Padang is full of life. If they are planning to use the same routes for 21km and 42km, 1 hour difference is not enough. The 42km elite runners will reach the 18km split at about 1 hour later, meaning they will meet with the bulk of the 21km runners. Same if you flag of 42km first, the 21km front runners will have to zig zag in between the 42km walkers. Best solution is still to have 2 different routes and start points like what we do previously. (4) - Singaporeans will always care for their own interests first. Be it F1 or SCSM, there will always be people complaining about the road closures. Very disheartening actually. Oh yah hor.... where are the fireworks sia....haha...
  11. I don't think this will really resolve the major issue of the run, which is oversubscription of runners wanting to take part of the run. They mention that Pen A and B will be restricted to 2,500 runners, but never state how many runners each wave in Pen C and D is going to be? Will it be 2,500 like Pen A and B? Assuming that is a yes that will bring the total runners to 17,500, which will be roughly about 10-15% less than 20,000+ runners in the previous editions. It is still going to be a crowded run, so for those who think this run has too many runners, it most likely won't do anything to steer them to reconsider their decision.
  12. Another complaint in ST yesterday: https://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-on-the-web/forum-stanchart-marathon-road-closures-could-have-been-better-handled The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2019 took place for the first time in the evening on Saturday. I hope that there will be better measures put in place if this is not the last evening race. With the marathon came the inevitable road closures. The road closures extended from West Coast Highway all the way to East Coast Parkway, with many roads closed around the Central Business District and city centre - a much larger scale than the Formula 1 car-racing event or National Day. The impact of the road closures was hard to miss as the roads were closed during the peak hours of the day from 2pm to night time. There were massive jams over eight hours in the Telok Blangah and Lavender areas as a result of a large volume of traffic being redirected. Traffic in Orchard Road was heavy, more likely arising from the diversion of traffic around the City Hall area than because of the ongoing Black Friday retail sales. Had any due consideration been given before allowing the closures of so many roads during the day? Did the businesses in the city centre suffer during one of the busiest retail weekends of the year, Black Friday weekend, due to the closures? Did the organisers consider the scale of the impact on other road users and road public transportation? Could there have been other options, for example, closing fewer roads in the city centre, or for getting motorists to avoid the closures, instead of being stuck in massive traffic jams? While the number of race participants was said to be around 50,000, I am sure far more people were impacted by the jams. I hope the organisers can reflect on the experience and do better next year, or better yet, revert to a morning race. Vivian Kang
  13. I will say go for your Taipei event, whatever that is, and have a good prolonged holiday there since it is your first time there. 2XU streak isn't worth sacrificing an overseas event for. Time to free yourself haha.
  14. Most of the GPS readings I saw tracked around 43km. Didn't see any readings below 43km. Your 45km is also abnormal. But didn't the organizer get a Jones Counter to calculate the distance? Didn't expect the run to be any less accurate than 43km but seems like everyone ran 1km+ more.
  15. I guess I belong to the minority who actually enjoy the evening run more than the morning run. Agree that the weather is humid but feel that it is still manageable, especially with the generous hydration points I didn't really feel dehydrated at all. I remembered Sundown's humidity conditions being worse at the wee hours of the day. Also, I didn't forget the punishing hot sun (especially after 9am onwards during my last stretch of FM) that I always had problems managing in the past editions of SCSM. The humidity is certainly a lesser evil of the 2 to deal with. Fatigue is also a lesser issue as I had enough rest the night before, compared to the day SCSM where I usually don't have much sleep due to adrenaline rush. Judging from the response I hear and read all around, it seems that going back to the day run next year is very likely. Regardless of which edition they move forward from here, these are the major issues which I feel Ironman still need to make efforts to tackle (but doubtful that they will do it): - Communication: Every year there are always complains on the road closures leading to the inconvenience of the vast public who are not race participants. Remember the Chinatown folks that the press reported 2 years ago that the road closures led to their businesses being affected? The issue I feel lies with insufficient communication to the public about the road closures and how they will ultimately be affected. When F1 first started the public was also pissed with how the road closures had inconvenient them, but as the years go by people just get used to it and know what to expect when F1 season comes. More announcements regarding the road closures can be done and further amplified by the media, and done earlier as well. Unfortunately, this is on the race organizer and without government body support this will always remain as an issue. - Transportation: Train services must be available. Singapore is probably the only "major" marathon that doesn't offer train services in countries where train transportation is readily available. Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong....they all have free if not discounted train rides to send runners to and fro to the race site. Ironman really needs to work with SMRT to extend the train services, even at the expense of their profits. - Atmosphere: While we do see some improvements in the provision of entertainment and crowd suppor talong the route, the 2nd part of FM is still pretty much dead with pretty much nothing to motivate the runners. Race village is also a graveyard with only the tiring bodies of runners - a stage with some entertainment will be very much welcomed. If the race village needs time and space to prepare for the next morning's run, there should be - Flag off/ race route: Is Singapore the only The crowd streaming in from 5pm is horrible due to the 21km and 42km runners flagging off at the same time. Thankfully the security checks, baggage deposit and toilets were efficient enough and did not hold up the runners too long. Both the distances should have their own separate flag off times and routes to alleviate the massive jam. Miss the times where each distance had their own starting point and route. Nevertheless, Ironman does really put in efforts every year to try and improve the race experience. This year there is more entertainment along the route, hydration had the Water-Isotonic-Water arrangement which prevents overcrowding of runners trying to get hydration, and better distance markers. Hope they are able to resolve the other pressing issues of the run and make it a run that us runners can be proud of.
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