Singapore Marathon

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Singapore Marathon
DateFirst Sunday of December
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, Half marathon, 10K run
Primary sponsorStandard Chartered Singapore
Course recordsMen: 2:11:25 (2009)
Kenya Luke Kibet
Women: 2:28:54 (2019)
Kenya Priscah Cherono
Official siteSingapore Marathon
Participants10,175 (2019)
9,313 (2018)

The Singapore Marathon is an annual international marathon race which is held on the first Sunday of December in the city of Singapore. It is an World Athletics Gold Label Road Race.


The first competitive marathon in Singapore was held on 5 December 1982, with an estimated participation size of 15,000 runners.[1] Only the 2,300 competitive runners would have to register while the non-competitive runners could freely as joggers along the route.[1] It has grown significantly since its inaugural race in 1982 – the 2013 event attracted a total of 60,000 entrants for all categories.

In 2017, Singapore was announced as a candidate city for the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series of the six largest and most renowned marathons in the world.[2] In 2019, the full- and half-marathons were held in the evening in order to fulfill criteria to be listed in the Abbott World Marathon Majors, instead of the usual flag off timing at dawn.[3] This led to a series of road closures which resulted in 3-hour long traffic jams around the city center on the race day itself as there were other major activities happening at the same time in the vicinity of the race.[4]


There are four separate categories of competition: the full marathon, the half marathon, the 10 kilometres run, and the 10 km wheelchair race. Furthermore, 10 km team competitions as well as a number of short running competitions for children.[5]

Prize money for the full marathon race is divided into three categories: the open prize (for all competitors), the Singapore prize (open to national competitors), and the veteran prize (which acts as a masters competition).[5]

Between 2004 and 2008, it was part of "The Greatest Race on Earth" series of road races, sponsored by Standard Chartered Singapore (the other three legs being the Hong Kong Marathon, Mumbai Marathon and Nairobi Marathon).[6][7]

The times recorded at the Singapore Marathon tend to be slower than those at other marathons as Singapore's climate is usually hot and humid.[8] Kenyans Luke Kibet and Salina Kosgei are the men's and women's course record holders, respectively. The 2006 edition also acted as the country's national championships, with Elangovan Ganesan and Vivian Tan Yoke Pin taking the honours.

In 2020, Singapore Marathon moved its race event to a virtual format due to the advisories surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] The virtual race format, titled "Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) Virtual Racing Series" is part of the SCSM Virtual Club initiative. Two new virtual races are made available each week for participation by runners all over the world.[10]

List of winners[edit]

Key:   Course record   Singapore championship race

Year Men's winner Nationality Time
Women's winner Nationality Time
2019 Joshua Kipkorir  Kenya 2:19:14 Priscah Cherono  Kenya 2:28:54 [11]
2018 Joshua Kipkorir  Kenya 2:12:18 Priscah Cherono  Kenya 2:32:11
2017 Cosmas Kimutai  Kenya 2:22:48 Pamela Rotich  Kenya 2:38:31 [12]
2016 Felix Kirwa  Kenya 2:17:18 Rebecca Chesir  Kenya 2:43:04 [13]
2015 Julius Maisei  Kenya 2:17:26 Doris Changeywo  Kenya 2:44:26 [14]
2014 Kenneth Mungara  Kenya 2:16:42 Waganesh Amare  Ethiopia 2:46:54 [15]
2013 Chelimo Kipkemoi  Kenya 2:15:00 Sharon Cherop  Kenya 2:41:11.04 [16]
2012 Kennedy Lilan  Kenya 2:17:20.27 Irene Kosgei  Kenya 2:37:53.51 [17]
2011 Charles Kanyao  Kenya 2:14:33.75 Irene Kosgei  Kenya 2:36:42.39 [18]
2010 Kenneth Mungara  Kenya 2:14:06 Irene Kosgei  Kenya 2:35:22
2009 Luke Kibet  Kenya 2:11:25 Albina Ivanova  Russia 2:32:49
2008 Luke Kibet  Kenya 2:13:01 Edith Masai  Kenya 2:34:15
2007 Elijah Mbogo  Kenya 2:14:22 Alem Ashebier  Ethiopia 2:37:08
2006 Amos Matui  Kenya 2:15:01 Salina Kosgei  Kenya 2:31:55
2005 Amos Matui  Kenya 2:15:57 Irina Timofeyeva  Russia 2:34:42
2004 Philip Tanui  Kenya 2:17:02 Helen Cherono  Kenya 2:39:37
2003 John Kelai  Kenya 2:19:02 Yu-xi Wang  China 2:43:57
2002 Joseph Riri  Kenya 2:18:46 Constantina Tomescu  Romania 2:36:06
2001 Tadesse Hailemariam  Ethiopia 2:23:02 Workenesh Tola  Ethiopia 2:53:29
2000 Nixon Nkodima  South Africa 2:27:07 Ruwiyati  Indonesia 2:53:11
1999 Ernest Wong  Singapore 2:48:43 Ruwiyati  Indonesia 2:54:53
1998 Zacharia Mosala  South Africa 2:27:27 Jing Lu  China 2:59:58
1997 Tsutomu Sassa  Japan 2:28:08 Ruwiyati  Indonesia 2:49:54
1996 Tor-Erik Nyquist  Norway 2:24:17 Sylvia Rose  Australia 2:48:19
1995 Somkert Winthochai  Thailand 2:35:39 Yoki Chow  Singapore 3:20:19
1994 Robert Nolan  Australia 2:22:40 Mieke Pullen  Netherlands 2:50:38
1993 Tan-Choon Ghee  Singapore 2:42:22 Irene Chua  Singapore 3:23:18
1992 Gareth Spring  England 2:22:22 Yvonne Danson  England 2:43:34
1991 Tikaram Gurung    Nepal 2:42:02 Yvonne Danson  England 2:47:27
1990 Kuruppu Karunaratne  Sri Lanka 2:21:10 Li Yemei  China 2:47:47
1989 Ricky Khoo  Singapore 2:39:09 Toh-So Liang  Singapore 2:53:09
1988 Hans Pfisterer  Germany 2:22:49 Li Yemei  China 2:46:04
1986 Alain Lazare  France 2:19:04 Kersti Jakobsen  Denmark 2:39:03
1984 Tommy Persson  Sweden 2:18:30 Kersti Jakobsen  Denmark 2:41:34
1982 Raymond Crabb  England 2:24:19 Winnie Ng  Hong Kong 2:55:11


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Roads to be closed for 15,000 runners". Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  2. ^ "Stanchart Marathon Singapore bidding to be 7th World Marathon Major". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  3. ^ hermes (2019-11-13). "Athletics: Call to be part of the Singapore Marathon". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 2019-11-15. Retrieved 2019-12-01.
  4. ^ "Standard Chartered Marathon should not shut down city in land-scarce S'pore on Saturday evening, thousands agree". Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  5. ^ a b Race Information Archived 2014-08-14 at the Wayback Machine. Singapore Marathon (2009). Retrieved on 2009-11-19.
  6. ^ The Greatest Race on Earth 2008–09 Archived 2010-01-11 at the Wayback Machine. PACE Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-11-19.
  7. ^ Post, Marty (2004-12-05). Tanui leads record breakthrough in steamy Singapore Archived 2012-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-19.
  8. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-11-19). Kibet returns to a hot reception in Singapore Archived 2009-11-21 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-19.
  9. ^ "Singapore Marathon to go virtual in 2020". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  10. ^ "Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  11. ^ "Singapore Marathon Results (2019)". SportSplits. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  12. ^ "Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Results (2017)". SportSplits. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  13. ^ "Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Results (2016)". SportSplits. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  14. ^ "Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon Results (2015)". SportSplits. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  15. ^ "Singapore Marathon Results (2014)". SportSplits. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  16. ^ Chelimo Kipkemoi and Cherop make it another Kenyan double in Singapore Archived 2013-12-07 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (2013-12-01). Retrieved on 2012-12-01.
  17. ^ Kenyans Lilan and Kosgei take titles in Singapore Archived 2012-12-06 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (2012-12-02). Retrieved on 2012-12-02.
  18. ^ Kenyans sweep in Singapore Archived 2012-01-07 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (2011-12-04). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.

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