The 12-week Sundown Marathon Training kicked off with the first Sundown Marathon lead up run at the M Social Hotel on Saturday morning.  A good group of Sundown Marathon participants joined the newly minted Official Sundown Pacers 2017 team for a group run of 10km and 18km along the scenic Singapore River and into Gardens By The Bay.

After a welcome brief and dynamic warm up routine by Team FatBird trainers. the runners were all raring to run.  All participants were segregated into the official Pacer groupings of 2:00h, 2:15h and 2:30h for the Half Marathon (HM) category, and 4:00h, 4:30h, 5:00h, 5:30h and 6:00h in the Full Marathon (FM) category.

The objective of this first lead up run was to establish a base for the runners and to prime them for building up their paces for future lead up and training runs, with the objective of hitting their race timing goals at Sundown Marathon race at end March 2017.

The various pace groups, led by specially selected Sundown Pacers, ran along the Singapore River, passing through Asian Civilization Musuem, The Esplanade, The Float @ Marina before entering Gardens By the Bay.  Along the way, the runners’ were motivated by some singing and shouting of cheers.  Before long, they reached Marina Barrage and were greeted by the special hydration point set up by Sundown Organizer, well stocked with iced-cold 100Plus and water.

It was a good break for the thirsty runners.  The Half Marathoners gathered for some group photos before turning back for their remaining 10km.  The Full Marathoners were still looking fresh at that 5km mark.  They proceeded on to cross the Barrage Bridge into Gardens By The Bay on the other side to settle into their training pace.

The FM groups reached the 9km water point and u-turn mark after crossing the Tanjong Rhu footbridge onto the Water Sports Centre at Sports Hub.  Most of the runners were keeping to the Basebuild Pace (20s slower than Marathon Pace) well and still had good reserves for the trip back to M Social.

We met many runners along the way, most notably Running Hour, who were out with their festive Christmas ornaments.  As we passed, we wished everyone “A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year”, and were reciprocated with cheers and joys from the runners.

We were having fun and enjoyment all along the run.  Soon, we were back to the water point at Barrage for one more water point stop before the final 5km back.  We were grateful for the hydration support from the Sundown Organizer which provided us with relief from the heat.  After the refreshing top-up, the Sundown Runners went with their pacers back along Singapore River to finish a strong 18km.

As we ran back, we were singing and cheering to “Sundown, Sundown, Hoo Haa!” which really pumped up the tiring runners.  When we turned the corner and saw the Sundown Marathon banners, there were joys all round for a satisfying morning training run.  Lots of bananas and isotonic drinks were offered to the hungry and thirsty Sundown Runners who were just happy that they had successfully completed their first lead up run.

We now set our sights to the second lead up run on 21 Jan which will bring the training up a notch in terms on distance (14km, 27km) and intensity (Marathon Pace).  All Sundown Marathoners would not want to miss this lead up run.  You are encouraged to register early to make your date with the Sundown Marathon Pacers HERE!

Runners preparing for the Sundown Marathon and other marathon races (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Boston, Taipei) in 2017 are encouraged to sign up for NightHawk Marathon Training to benefit from structured group training led by qualified and experienced Team FatBird marathon trainers.


Training Program details and registration HERE!


Team FatBird also has a Corporate Run & Marathon Training Program to prepare employees of companies and institutions for the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore (SCMS).  Write to OR Check Out Program Details Here!

Week #2 of Sunbird training will see the participants go through trails and slopes at MacRitchie Reservoir Park.  The foundation and base building continues.


Photos from FatBird MK