RECOMMENDED RACE ROUTES

Feel free to run anywhere you like!

However for those seeking new and interesting routes, we have specially curated five recommended routes in the North, South, East, West and Central regions of Singapore for you to choose from. 

We will be publishing these race routes on the Strava app on 19 December 2020.

 

Follow Club "BCR2021" here on Strava to view the exact race routes and track your runs at the same time.

Note that if you do not have a Premium subscription (required to access these routes), there is a 1-month free trial for new subscribers.

 

For participants who do not plan to use Strava for the virtual run, do take note that the only difference is that it is less intuitive and harder to follow our recommended race routes without using Strava.

 
 
 
EAST REGION: BEACH
East Coast Park

East Coast Park is one of Singapore's most treasured urban getaways, offering an invigorating and exciting diversity of sporting, dining, and recreational activities. It has a total land size of 185 hectares, and a scenic coastline that stretches over 15 km, and attracts a visitorship of more than seven million a year. 

Begin your journey from Kembangan MRT station and head out towards Siglap Park Connector. It is a relatively easy run with nicely paved paths and is easily navigated: just follow the water canal on your left and you’ll eventually reach an overhead bridge. Crossing the overhead bridge will lead you to the park itself!

Once you’ve reached the park, you can jog on the designated jogger’s path along the beach. Along the way, you’ll see a short row of shophouses with famous restaurants such as Jumbo Seafood. Further in front, you’ll see the East Coast Lagoon Food Village, where you can grab a drink at the drink stalls. The scenery along the beach is beautiful and you will have an enjoyable time running along the tracks.

You will also pass by a bougainvillea garden, and if you’re lucky enough, you may catch them in full bloom. Once you’ve reached the national sailing center, you can take a U-turn back to the East Coast Lagoon Food Village to end your run.

Theme:

Beach run

Running Route:

Details to be released on 19 December 2020

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Difficulty:

Easy to Moderate

How to get to the starting point:

The nearest MRT station is Kembangan MRT Station (EW6)

Important note:

Be careful as the route down to ECP requires you to cross some roads. Do not attempt to jaywalk.

 
WEST REGION: FAMILY FRIENDLY
Jurong Lake Gardens

Having only recently opened to the public in July last year, Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore’s third national garden. Furthermore, it is the first one to be located in the heartlands of Singapore. Jurong Lake Gardens boasts many beautiful and fun-filled attractions for visitors of all age groups that you will be spoilt for choices. It is also a popular place for families to hang out and spend quality bonding time with their loved ones.

Jurong Lake Gardens houses many children-friendly amenities that encompass both learn and play elements. One popular attraction not to be missed is the Forest Ramble. It is a 2.3-hectare nature play garden which comprises 13 adventure stations that are designed to imitate the movement of some animals living in the freshwater swamp. 

Head down to Clusia Cove where children can get to experience water movements similar to those at coastal shores in a three-hectare water playground. Be sure to fill your tummies up at the Fusion Spoon nearby with their wide selections of Asian and Western cuisine. Furthermore, you can enjoy the soothing scenery of the eco-pond and take a breather from the stressful life in the urban environment. 

A fan of nature and scenic views? Then, be sure to drop by several places of interest that boast beautiful views. Some of them include the Rasau Walk and Grasslands, where you can soak and immerse yourself into the calming environment and be one with nature. Not to forget, these are the perfect places for you to snap some amazing photos for memory keepsake!

Theme:

Gardens and Family-friendly

Running Route:

Details to be released on 19 December 2020

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Difficulty:

Easy to Moderate

How to get to the starting point:

The nearest MRT station is Lakeside MRT Station (EW26)

Important note:

The northern strip of Lakeside Garden, as well as Chinese and Japanese Gardens, are closed for redevelopment (completion date: 2021 onwards)

 
CENTRAL REGION: NATURE & WILDLIFE
MacRitchie Reservoir Park

MacRitchie Reservoir Park is located in the central and is easily accessible via both train and bus. Hailing as a popular spot for families and friends to hike and trek, MacRitchie Reservoir indeed does not disappoint with its wide array of scenic trails containing an abundance of wildlife as well as flora and fauna. The dense rainforest along the trails in MacRitchie also allows for one to immerse deeply and be one with nature, providing a great temporary respite and escape from the fast-paced and stressful urban environment.

An attraction not to be missed would be Jelutong Tower located in the heart of the MacRitchie Reservoir Hiking trail. Take the route along Lornie Trail to reach the 7-deck observation tower. Climb up the tower to enjoy a 360-degree and unobstructed view of the forest in MacRitchie. If you are lucky enough, you might even get to have a glimpse of rare species of birds from the top of the tower.

Be sure to make a stop at Ranger Station, which in fact is a rest stop for visitors to take a breather and have a short toilet break. This is the only place with restrooms, so be sure to stop by, or else the next nearest restroom will be another four to five kilometers away.

Along the MacRitchie Nature Trail, visitors will be rewarded with the calming views of the reservoir as well as the rich and lush amounts of greenery in the forest. Keep a lookout for monkeys and monitor lizards which are commonly sighted along this trail.

However, be sure to stay safe and to not disturb or intervene with the wildlife there. This entire route may be rather challenging with uneven grounds, narrow pavements, and steep slopes, but the rewards that come along with it makes the run one which is fulfilling and well worth the effort.

Theme:

Nature and wildlife/hiking/foresty

Running Route:

Details to be released on 19 December 2020

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Difficulty:

Hard / Challenging

How to get to the starting point:

The nearest MRT station is Caldecott MRT Station (CC17), nearest bus stop is Macritchie Reservoir (Stop ID: 51071)

Important note:

Tree top walk is closed and maintenance works are expected to finish in May 2021, apply mosquito repellent, lack of restrooms along route (only have one at ranger station)

 
SOUTH REGION: URBAN
Marina Bay 

There is perhaps no better urban area to run in Singapore than Marina Bay. Home to some of the city’s most distinctive architectural landmarks, Marina Bay is a great place to experience the beautiful city skyline. For starters, we have the soaring structure of Marina Bay Sands that is famous for its ship-like Skypark which lies on the top of three towers. Other iconic architecture include the durian-shaped Esplanade, the newly opened, domed-shaped Apple store, and the Helix Bridge. You will certainly be tempted to pause in the middle of your run to capture the stunning skyscrapers and colonial architecture too.

With Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Bay area appeals to nature lover too. Entry to the outer gardens and lakes is free and visitors can choose from the many different themed gardens available. For example, individuals can learn about Singapore’s diverse history and culture in the Heritage Garden, while families can visit the Far East Organization Children’s Garden for a fun-filled day. 

If you’re feeling more adventurous, consider heading to the Singapore Sports Hub from Singapore Flyer and the F1 Pits Building. There is a peaceful stretch of palm-tree lined park connectors bordering the Kallang River that leads to the Singapore Sports Hub. If you are lucky, you might spot some otters along the way! Singapore Sports Hub offers many fitness and dining options. It is also home to the National Stadium and the Indoor Stadium, where sporting events and concerts are held respectively.

Theme:

Urban

Running Route:

Details to be released on 19 December 2020

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Difficulty:

Easy to moderate 

How to get to the starting point:

The nearest MRT station is Bayfront Mrt Station (CE1/DT16)

 
NORTH REGION: ISLAND HOPPING
Punggol

Situated at the north-eastern part of Singapore, Punggol Waterway is a beauty that cannot be missed. With a length of 4.2km, it is Singapore’s first man-made waterway. It flows through the waterfront town of Punggol which is home to many modern housing estates. Complementing the waterway is the Punggol Waterway Park. Designed with four themes, this park caters to residents of all ages. Families can bring their kids to the sand or water playground while they take in the scenic view and enjoy the breeze. Park users could also run or cycle on the well-maintained paths along the waterway. Alternatively, there are paths to appreciate the mature trees and vegetation in the area. 

If the greenery in Punggol is too artificial and urban for you, consider taking a trip to Coney Island. Good news, it is not too long of a run from Punggol Waterway Park! And the trip there is pretty scenic too! For example, you will pass by a stretch of restaurants known as The Punggol Settlement. The Punggol Settlement was developed with the aim of bringing back the seafront dining experience of old Punggol. 

Coney Island is a 133-hectare island that is uninhabited by humans. It does however house a wide variety of fauna and flora. While there is a wide path cutting straight through the island to mainland Singapore, visitors with more time on their hands can explore the forest and mangrove habitats on the boardwalk, as well as the beach. With 80 species of birds, the rustic island is also great for birdwatching. Do note that the island is only open from 7am to 7pm. 

Theme:

Island Hopping

Running Route:

Details to be released on 19 December 2020

Follow us on Strava here to view the exact race routes and track your run at the same time!

Difficulty:

Easy to moderate 

How to get to the starting point:

The nearest MRT station is Punggol MRT Station (NE17)

Important note:

Coney Island is only open from 7am to 7pm.

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