By: Rachael De Foe
Looking at Singapore’s landmass, you wouldn’t imagine that there would be much space for running, but when it comes to track options, size doesn’t matter. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro, we’ve got plenty of fantastic places to jog through on the island. Check out the handy guide below and start planning your next route!
You can expect nothing less than a scenic green run through the Botanic Gardens. With uphill slopes and uneven surfaces, this can make for a challenging run that would especially appeal to regular runners.
Distance: Depends on the route chosen, also great for laps.
Tips: It can be a bit of a maze navigating the various trails and entrances, so if you’re planning to go in a group it’s advisable to plan ahead.
Various entrances including the Tanglin Gate on Napier Road
Coastal Park Connector | East Coast Park and Changi Beach Park
To enjoy Singapore’s coastline in its entirety, this is a definite must. From East Coast Park to Changi Beach Park, runners can expect to come across a sea breeze (hopefully) and airplanes on the runway.
Tips: If you’re really feeling game for it, consider running or cycling the whole 42km Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network.
Along Nicoll Drive and Changi Coast Road
Climb the Fort Canning staircases and you’ll find yourself elevated above the city streets of Singapore. Here trees border and surround the park, so you can look forward to a day run shaded from the afternoon sun. There are also amenities such as toilets and refreshment vending machines for your wind down.
Tips: Take a mini history lesson during your running break and check out some of the preserved sites and memorials around the park.
51 Fort Canning Rise
Using this running track is perfect if you’re just starting off. There’s plenty of water points, toilets and food outlets along the trail and the trees keep it shady during the daytime.
Tips: Chances are you’ve already been to or heard of East Coast Park on account of the million other activities you can do while you’re herem so it’s no surprise that it gets crowded on weekends. Try for mornings or weekdays to avoid the masses.
902 East Coast Parkway
Although this spot is usually flocked with water sport enthusiasts, runners should not be deterred. The track here is fairly friendly and is recommended for runners of all abilities.
Tips: Nature lovers should check out the butterfly garden after a run.
Kallang Riverside Park, Stadium Link
To escape the Singapore rush, MacRitchie is the perfect place to head to. Structured around the island’s biggest water catchment, a run here will surround you with nature and other avid runners.
Distance: 6km (+ an additional 4km loop around the reservoir)
Tips: This track has a number of different trails with a variety of terrains. Use this to your advantage and tailor your route to make each run count.
Corner of Lornie Road and Upper Thompson Road
Located at the doorstep of the CBD, the Marina Bay loop is ideal for those working around the area. This trail is perfect for a quick run in between errands or even just for a casual stroll to admire the urban views.
Tips: You can expect this route to be frequented by tourists, especially when it’s cooler at night. To steer clear of a wave of people, try to visit this run in the morning.
Around Marina Bay and across the Helix Bridge
Let’s be honest, sometimes we just don’t want to deal with Singapore’s humid weather. To get some exercise done in the comfort of an air conditioned indoor track, head over to the Pure Fitness gym at Asia Square.
Tips: After a good workout why not kickback with a healthy drink at their yummy juice bar? You deserve it!
Asia Square Tower 1, 8 Marina View
Whether you’re more confident running barefoot on the beach (Pamela) or on a concrete jogging path, you’ll have the option of both here. Just make sure you don’t trip over a sleeping sunbather!
Tips: Slap on some sunscreen if you’re planning to run along the beach on a hot day or you’ll risk getting a nasty sunburn.
Sentosa Island, Siloso Beach to Tanjong Beach
For first time visitors and tourists, this is the perfect run to get you acquainted with some of the more prominent city sights and historical landmarks. There’s a little starting and stopping because of the occasional traffic light, but all in all it’s a comfortable run across Singapore’s urban views.
Tips: If you aren’t staying in a nearby hotel be aware that there aren’t any accessible locker or shower facilities around the area. Plan ahead to avoid an awkward train ride home.
Simply follow the path along the Singapore River.
Here’s one run that’s really going to test your fitness. Connecting Mount Faber Park, Kent Ridge Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park, this circuit is filled with steep slopes, steps and different terrain to really push your limits.
Tips: It’s not impossible to complete but we recommend this to seasoned runners or really, really persistent newbies.
From Mount Faber park, Telok Blangah Park or Kent Ridge Park
What about joining a local running club to really push yourself?
Team Run Fanatics: A multi award winning running club trained by coach Sham. Open to all levels of runners.
F1 Runners: One of the fastest growing running clubs in Singapore with many podium winners in local races.
Singapore Hash House Harriets: A women’s hash run group. Runs weekly on Wednesday at 6
Team Fat Bird: A passionate team who are experienced in distance running from 10km to full marathons.
Big Splash Running Club: Located at East Coast Park, this group is the only sport club in Singapore that has insurance cover for its members during training.
MacRitchie Runners 25: These guys laid down the planks to pioneer the MacRitchie Reservoir route that we all know today.
Note that potential members have to do a sub 25-minute five-km time trial before acceptance.
– Plus, head over to SG Runners, a local online community for all the latest information and events for running in Singapore.