Marathon: Kenya great Cherop among 54,000 lining up for Singapore Marathon
- Updated: November 29, 2013
November 29, 2013: Kenyan marathon great Sharon Cherop is among the top contenders for Sunday’s Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, which will feature 54,000 participants contending across a variety of categories.
Cherop, 29, won the women’s title at last year’s Boston Marathon and was runner-up in Berlin this year after clocking a personal best of 2:22:28. Her compatriot Beatrice Torotich will also be among the top contenders, while Bahrain’s Aadam Ismaeel Khamis, who has a personal best of 2:07:59, will attempt to win the men’s crown.
Local hero Mok Ying Ren, 25, will attempt to add to his three previous wins in the Singaporean Men’s category as he also prepares for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
“The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore is a race I look forward to every year and 2013 is certainly no different,” Mok said.
“The event does a tremendous job of generating greater awareness around long-distance running and has been a big part of the sport’s growth in Singapore. I hope the supporters come out in force to cheer the runners on Sunday.”
Toh Boon Yi, Chief, Strategic Development and Marketing Group, Singapore Sports Council, said: “We are very happy to have these world-class athletes racing in the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013 and their participation is testament to our event’s strong reputation on the international stage.
“It is also a fantastic opportunity for Singapore’s top marathoners to test themselves against the world’s best. We encourage everyone to come out and support our local heroes on Sunday.”
As in previous years, the marathon will feature three different start points – Marathon/Ekiden (Orchard), Half Marathon (Sentosa) and 10km/10km Wheelchair (Esplanade) – before all routes lead to the finish point at the Padang. The Kids Dash (750m) will also start at the Esplanade, with over 4,000 young runners set to race alongside friends and family in the fun category.
The Padang will again provide a carnival atmosphere with a range of activities and entertainment for runners and supporters, while complimentary ‘Cheer Mobiles’ will be available to transport people from the Padang to vantage points to cheer on runners.
Chris Robb, Managing Director, Spectrum Worldwide, was delighted by the tremendous public response to this year’s event.
“The registration numbers are testament to the outstanding reputation the event has built over the years. Having been contracted as the official event organiser, it’s vitally important we not only continue the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore’s great legacy but build on it for this year and the future editions to follow,” Robb said.
“We are confident that the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2013 will be another outstanding event and we look forward to seeing everyone on the start line on Sunday morning.”
For further information, visit http://marathonsingapore.com/
Source: Brand Rapport