Good luck to everyone joining the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.
Be ready on race day.
Get the most mileage out of all that time and effort you’ve spent training: Take a few moments to make sure race day itself goes as smoothly as possible!
The night before/ checklist
- Plan your transportation
- Check the weather forecast.
- Select your running outfit.
- Pin your race bib / number to your shirt.
- Attach your timing chip to your shoes.
- Make a plan for your belongings.
- Know how far the bag check area is from the starting line.
- Coordinate with your family and/or friends.
- Pack your bag with the day’s essentials.
- Weather protection: Sunscreen, hat, gloves, etc.
- Additional layers (or rainwear, as appropriate).
- Chafe protection (for long distances).
- Any additional registration needs (confirmation card, T-shirt voucher, running club card etc.).
- Food: Energy bars, gels, or post-race snacks as appropriate.
- Cell phone.
- Contact numbers.
- Coordinate any pre- and post-race meet-up with family and friends.
- Plan out your post-race snacks or meal.
- Set your alarm—and check it twice!
- Plan to be awake for at least 2.5 hours before the race begins.
- Give yourself ample time for travel, parking, warming up, etc.
- Plan to arrive at the starting location 30 minutes before the start time.
Start the morning right
- Jump-start your metabolism.
- Take a warm shower.
- Replenish your blood sugar.
- Eat a small meal consisting only of familiar foods that you’ve consumed prior to running; don’t eat any closer than two hours from the start.
- Hydrate properly.
- Make sure you’ve had at least 6 oz of water for every 20-30 minutes you’ll be on the road.
- Leave on time!
- Give yourself ample time for travel problems, parking, and to:
• Drop off your bag
• Use the bathroom
• Apply sunscreen, chafe prevention, etc
• Familiarize yourself with bathroom stops and locations
• Warm up
Get set and go
- Warm up.
- Walk or jog slowly for at least ten minutes before the start.
- Stretch lightly.
- Confirm your pace plan.
- Focus on your goal times:
• An acceptable time based on normal weather conditions
• A finish time you’d be very proud of
- Be ready to shift between goals if unexpected factors warrant it.
- Practice a few “race pace” starts.
- Line up behind the appropriate pace marker.
- Position yourself based on your actual ability. Don’t start in a faster group.
- Don’t start out too fast!
- Be careful not to get carried away by the excitement or start running with faster pace groups.
- It’s best to start on the slower side so the second half is faster.
- Hydrate as needed at aid stations (distance races).
- Run your own race!
- Don’t let others slow you down or speed you up. Keep your own focus.
Once you cross the line...
- Keep moving.
- Walk for 15-20 minutes. If you’ve just completed a marathon or half-marathon,
don’t stretch immediately; wait until after you’ve had something to eat and drink.
- Replenish your fluids; drink at least 6 oz for every 20-30 minutes spent running;
you’ll know you’re rehydrated when you pee light yellow.
- Eat something; try to consume some carbohydrates within 30 minutes of your finish
(most important for distance runs).
And finally... Celebrate!