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  1. Yes obviously they will have to do something about it, maybe work with Ironman on the race route or something more realistic, not to the point of controlling or restricting the events held by the public as per what you previously suggested..........
  2. I don't think running was even considered as an active sport as it is now during the SARS outbreak. End 2002, there was only the first edition of SCSM which wasn't widely promoted and went on as usual. There were no plans to postpone it even though it is an event that can cause widespread of germs. With running being a more popular sport now, and people being more cautious and active in protecting themselves, I won't be surprised to see many of the upcoming runs being postponed or cancelled as a result. Let's see.
  3. You really think the government can and will control the number of events happening on 5 Dec evening? They can and will control the number of couples going to hold weddings in town, the performers coming here to put on concerts, the groups that are going to hold events like AFA.....? I don't know what to say if you really think the government is going to do that..... There will still be complaints of course, but it should be less disruptive to the non-runners as it is away from the city area. Otherwise what other alternatives are there? Run from town to Changi and back?
  4. Not possible to have lesser events... how are you going to control so many stakeholders' plans? Change of route is more likely... stretch more to less crowded areas like ECP.... and more media announcements on road closures....
  5. No surprise it is super crowded as the runners will now be using 1 shared lane, and further more it is a weekend with recreational runners... I would have felt demoralized by the change of route...
  6. To clarify, it is no longer a full loop for each lap, but its running from the Amenities Center to the Ranger's station and back? Hope this will not make the trails super crowded.
  7. Besides meeting the cut off time, anyone who is in the top 10 of a IAAF gold race in the open category can also use it as a ticket to the Olympics. That's how Neo Jie Shi qualified for the 2016 Rio Women's marathon race. https://www.tnp.sg/sports/others/singapore-marathoner-neo-jie-shi-makes-olympic-cut Of course the men's competition in any of the IAAF gold race open category is much more competitive, and I don't think even with Soh's standard right now he is able to qualify.
  8. But you yourself already said never for ultras.......... And don't say you didn't say never just that you want to focus on FM PB timings blah blah...... I think its just an excuse... Sorry if I come across as harsh and rude... but please don't try to encourage people to do things that you yourself wouldn't do....not just on this matter but for other things as well (e.g. like joining Marina Run)....
  9. You must be a fast runner.... The water shortage was one of the key issues for slower runners for 4 or 5 editions of the SDM runs that I have participated since its inaugural... There are also smaller scale marathons that you can partake to fulfill your "dream" of running a marathon every quarter... 50 hours non-stop, Bedok Reservoir, run Twilight run, Craze Ultra.....
  10. 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.
  11. 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....
  12. You go sign up lah... Doesn't matter the promo will apply to you since you run SCSM....
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. (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.
  16. 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...
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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