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24 hours to SCMS 2012

Am down in Singapore for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS). Its barely 24 hours to the run and excitement is certainly building up. Excitement is for everyone... really does not matter whether you're a runner or even a spectator.

My first run in Singapore per se and I had the opportunity to meet some of the elite International atheletes including winners and record holders from SCMS who flew in to run on Sunday. Defending champions, Charles Mwai Kanyao and Irene Jerotich Kosgei, both from Kenya, will be amongst the world class international elite runners. The SCMS 2012 will see a total of 24 international elite athletes from Belarus, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Russia, Ukraine and USA taking part in the Full Marathon race category. 
Kenneth Mburu Mungara of Kenya and his full marathon record time of 2:07:36 (Prague Marathon)
Defending champion Irene Jerotich Kosgei of Kenya with 2:31:07 (Milan Marathon)
Petite Ethiopian Shitaye Gemechu (2:26:10)
Reigning champion Charles Mwai Kanyao (2:14:34)
Luke Kibet 2:11:25


And of course I am one of the many Malaysians who are in Singapore for the run as well. Excited is perhaps an understatement. I am looking forward to a better time than my Penang Half Marathon 2 weeks ago. Not expecting much but at least a better timing than my 3:09.
Wish me speedy luck please:D
I had a sneak peak of the course layout for the races. They looked fun and exciting. Certainly a run that should not bore both local and visiting runners. The full marathoners will begin their race under the Christmas lights along Orchard Road. The run depends on our chosen category will see runners running along Singapore's iconic landmarks including Chinatown, Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa, Singapore Flyer and the Esplanade. Definitely a stimulating run that is scenic. I rcekon that i will be far from bored during the run (bored during a run is one of my greatest challenge.
A slew of fun activities have also been planned for spectators and supporters. The public can expect to be entertained with ‘live’ band performances, jugglers and roving percussion drum squads. A free shuttle service for supporters will also bring them to the best viewing spots along the route. 

And if you're not able to be part of the run, well head on over to www.marathonsingapore.com to witness the race via live streaming. And of course offer your pals support by tracking their progress: http://track.rtrt.me/e/SCMS2012 .
Join the fun folks if you're in Singapore. Good luck runners!

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Course route for my 21km run. I am excited!