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Singapore runners. Top 3 runs past Asia’s ancient monuments

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Have you noticed that everyone seems to be running in Singapore? And not just for the bus or the MRT, we are talking proper running with flash gear and headphones.

The Sport Singapore's National Sports Participation Survey 2011 found jogging to be the nation’s top sporting activity.* In response, the number of organised races and runs in Singapore has dashed ahead. There are now around 100 organised runs each year.

Running in Singapore = choice 

You can run for all kinds of charities, be doused with coloured dye, run at sunrise, sundown, run round the zoo, even run vertically. You name it and there’s a run for you. 

According to Adrian Mok, managing director of marathon organiser HiVelocity, the Sundown Marathon attracted close to 30,000 runners in 2014. About five times the 6,029 runners entering its first race in 2008”*

There a multiple benefits to running. Presonal health, the camaraderie, plus the knock-on bonus for the Singapore economy. But have you thought of combining Singapore’s love of running with our other passion – travel?

In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to three spectacular runs. All just a short plane ride away. Each run is designed to get you moving past some of the world’s most spectacular and ancient monuments. Get ready for take off!

Top three runs with a view

1. Great Wall of China – start the race in Yin and Yang Square at the fortress at the Huangyaguan section of the Great Wall. Enjoy running on the Great Wall itself and in surrounding villages. Fly to Beijing (6 hours).

2. The Bagan Temple Run – this small and intimate run takes you past many of the 2,000 temples and pagodas of the ancient town of Bagan in central Myanmar. Fly to Yangon (3 hours) and then to Bagan (1 hour).

3. Angkor Wat Marathon – run past some of the world’s largest monuments in this ancient former capital city of the Khmer Empire. Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia (2 hours).

In our next three blogs we’ll tell you how to travel and take part in these amazing runs.

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