Whether for a personal challenge or the charitable feel-good factor, here are some good runs to join for the rest of 2016.

Garfield Run

12 November 2016
The Promontory @ Marina Bay
1km, 3km, 5km
You’re lucky it’s not on a Monday, or else Garfield wouldn’t be up for it. A fun kids’ run around Marina Bay, the event helps raise money for the Cat Welfare Society – helping continue the charity’s work of homing stray cats and proper sterilisation. Those who donate $10 or more when they register also get an exclusive Cat Welfare Society souvenir.


12 November 2016
Marina South Pier
Having the ‘Largest Inflatable Obstacle Course’ – awarded by the Singapore Book Of Records – at 3.2km, the playful run is a worthy invitation for adults to join in the fun that only a bouncy castle could evoke. Kids and parents – and anyone happy to join in – can be a part of the run. The BounceOff! Bazaar at the end of the run is set up to satisfy runners needing a few more bouncy activities – like the Gladiator Arena, Human Flywall and inflatable rock climbing wall. Those not participating in the run can purchase a ticket to the bazaar as well.

Swissôtel Vertical Marathon 2016

20 November 2016
Swissôtel The Stamford
Are you the type of person who prefers to take the stairs? This run might change or blow your mind, depending on your attitude. Swissôtel The Stamford’s 73-storey high staircase is your running track. Adding to that the option to run early in the morning to catch the sunrise on the roof’s helipad, and you have yourself a very memorable way of running 226 metres – or 1,336 steps.

The North Face 100

26 November 2016
MacRitchie Reservoir
13km, 25km, 50km, 2x50km (team of two)
Don’t let the name fool you; it’s only 50km for each runner. Team up with a friend and smash out a marathon-and-a-quarter trail run each around MacRitchie Reservoir. The travelling running series makes its stop in Singapore, pushing people through the reservoir and around Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. With a compulsory hydration rule – meaning you need a water bag in order to compete – and minimal hand-holding, it’s one of Singapore’s toughest runs.

Santa Run for Wishes

26 November 2016
Gardens by the Bay East
2km, 5km
Put on your best Santa suit and have a merry jog with the family. Having gone around Marina Bay and Sentosa, families will be putting their merry shoes along Gardens by the Bay East – with a gorgeous view of the city to gawk at. Grab the kids and walk for a great cause – raising money for Make-A-Wish Singapore. It’s what Saint Nick would want us to do. All registration and donation proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Singapore. Drop off a gift for a child when picking up your race pack and NTUC FairPrice Foundation will pledge $10 to the charity. At the end there’ll be a Christmas carnival with games, rides, bouncy castles and more.

Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore 2016

3-4 December 2016
800m, 10km, 21.1km, 42.195km
Usually the first marathon that pops into your head is this bank’s annual run – bringing over 50,000 participants every year. Beginning from Orchard MRT, the marathon pushes runners around Fort Canning Park, Chinatown and Marina Bay, then onward to Singapore Sports Hub, East Coast Park and eventually finishing at the Padang. Take on the challenge yourself, or join five friends to compete in an Ekiden run – a relay where a sash is passed on to each participant along the run. There are discounts to Standard Chartered cardholders.