A handful of 5Ks, charity runs, and a vertical marathon

We may be coming to the end of 2017, but the stream of runs and marathons are still going strong. Here’s what to look forward to; and rest assured it’s not too late to keep to those New Year resolutions of getting fit.

2XU Sg Ultramarathon 2017 (Oct 7)

Serious marathoners only, please. A beast of a run, the Ultramarathon has more than earned its title—with a 50km marathon cut off at 10 hours, and a 100km run at 20 hours. There are also 10km and 21km race categories, but then again that’s not why you signed up, is it?

Pink Ribbon Walk 2017 (Oct 7)

Yes to walking against breast cancer! This year’s walk marks 20 years of breast cancer awareness, so to celebrate, the Breast Cancer Foundation has organized an all-new Pink Ribbon Parade to enliven the festivities and celebrate solidarity. There’s the 3.5km walk and a new 5km run; or you could just soak in the positivity (and pinkness) at the Pink Ribbon Walk Carnival.

B.I.G Farm Walk & Run 2017 (Oct 8)

Fancy a run through Singapore’s countryside? It’s not too late to register online for the Chua Chu Kang GRC and Hong Kah North SMC-organized Walk & Run, which will take you through a farm trail along the Sungei Tengah area—and include fringe performances and activities, should nature start to bore you. 

SIA Charity Run 2017 (Oct 8)

Last seen in 2014 as a lead-up to the great SG50, the SIA Charity Run is back, as part of the charity activities held in conjunction with their 70th anniversary celebrations. Take your pick from 5km or 10km; all proceeds will go to the Community Chest of Singapore.

Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 (Oct 14)

At last, a trail that doesn’t take you around the Marina Bay area. If you’ve long since tired of concrete pavements and blackened tarmac, take to the literally unbeaten path on this 9th edition of the run. Happening at Bukit Panjang, the event promises mud, dirt and gravel and some real, rough terrain to get your agility up and adrenaline pumping.  

City60 Bike-Run Challenge 2017 (Oct 15)

A premier bike-run challenge, the duathlon starts off with a scenic run along the Marina Bay waterfront, before a 12km cycling circuit on smooth, closed roads overlooking the city and skyline. Take it home with a closing run along the same first route, whether you choose the 6km, 15km, 30km or 60km run.

Skechers Blacklight Run (Oct 28)

Half run, half glow-in-the-dark party, Skechers Blacklight Run is a 5km night fun run that prioritizes the experience (and the ‘gram) over actual movement. Don’t expect much running here; you’ll be busy fighting the hordes of people taking giddy selfies. Lit up by UV and neon lights, the technicolor trail taking place at Palawan Green at Sentosa is out to give Color Run a run for their money, pun very much intended. Perfect for sloths looking for a good time and the illusion of being fit.

Run & Raisin’ 2017 (Nov 5)

The annual charity run and carnival organized by TOUCH Young Arrows is this year’s festival run for their The Giving Family Festival. The proceeds go toward helping needy children and low-income families, so push your soles and lift your soul for a meaningful cause—starting at OCBC Square at the Singapore Sports Hub, choose from a 500m Family Run, 5km Fun Run and 10km Competitive Run.

Yolo Run (Nov 11)

If you’re most comfortable running shirtless, this might be the run for you. The YOLO Run is all about liberation—from expectations, societal pressures, and the shackles of a generation obsessed with body image. The organizers of the run, X-Change Republic, have pledged to donate to the Community Chest for every runner who runs shirtless. To dissipate potential leftover awkwardness, take part in a mass yoga session by Yoga Lab after.

Great Eastern Women’s Run Singapore 2017 (Nov 12)

Okay ladies now let’s get in formation. The GE Women’s Run is back, this time with a slew of new activities for mothers who run. In addition to the half-marathon, 10km and 5km Live Great! Fun Runs, a new category "2km Mummy + Me Run" will cater to mothers and daughters aged 7-12; photo walls and a ball pit will also be added to the 5km Fun Run.

Swissotel Vertical Marathon (Nov 19)

The Swissotel Vertical Marathon returns to take more unfit lives this Nov, with 1,336 steps over 73 storeys at Swissotel The Stamford, one of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels (standing at 226m). For its 30th anniversary, look out for new race categories and prizes to be won; but really, kudos if you make it out alive.

Run for Beer 2017 (Nov 24)

Why yes, we absolutely would run for beer. Organized by Enterprise Sports Group, the same folks behind the Cold Storage Kids Run, Run for Beer 2017 is Singapore’s first and largest beer running event. The race is a winding 3.2km that takes you through the best of Singapore’s cityscape landmarks, including the Raffles Landing Site, Boat Quay and Cavenagh Bridge—before ending back at Clarke Quay, no less, for a well-deserved beer. Only participants who complete the run will be served complimentary cold beers, but participating Clarke Quay outlets will be dishing out F&B promotions to all runners. For some extra fun, prizes will be given out for five fancy dress categories, so bring your costuming A-game for a chance to win. It’ll be the happiest of hours on the hoppiest run.

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2017 (Dec 3)

It wouldn’t be a running event list without the Standard Chartered Marathon. The marquee running event will feature a 42km Full Marathon, 21km Half Marathon, 10km run, Ekiden (long-distance relay) and Kids Dash, so there’s something for everyone. Best to start training now so you can end the year on a high with Singapore’s most respected race—complete with a bumper race pack of goodies worth over $180.