Singapore is the world’s only city-state. With a population of 6 million, Singapore gained independence from Britain in 1963. The country is a global commerce, finance and transport hub. It is small, about 2/3 the size of New York City, measuring 50 km from east to west and 27 km from north to south, with nearly 200 km of coastline. Singapore has an active greening policy, which has covered the island with tropical plants, parks, and parks.
Despite its density and many high-rises, Singapore is a pleasure for running. There are lots of lovely paths and parks, and a very active running scene. Highlights include some spectacular waterfront running around the marina, the extensive East and West coast linear parks along the water, Gardens by the Bay, and the Macritchie Reservoir loop. Another running note: many of Singapore’s running spots are well lit at night. We’ll try to point those out. This is helpful, as there are not late sunsets due to Singapore’s location close to the equator. Singapore has an excellent public transportation system. You don’t generally need a car to access great running — in fact, Singapore is known for its expensive congestion pricing. The best way to get around is the extensive MRT system, which is a combination of trains, subways, and light rail. Here’s a link to the MRT MAP