Singapore announces course changes
that tap into city's F1 racing heritage
SINGAPORE, 25 March, 2009 — Talk about tapping into a racing heritage! Participants in the sixth annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Singapore will race along the same route as Formula One car drivers and finish at the Pit Building in 2009.
With an eye to improving the experience for all participants, organizers of Singapore’s Corporate Challenge have announced course changes that will take runners and walkers along part of the historic F1 night race route. The 5.6-kilometer team road race is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 16 April. Registration remains open and has been extended until April 6.
Starting at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay along Esplanade Drive, runners will get to experience the thrill of following the same circuit as the F1 race car drivers along Raffles Avenue, before culminating at the Pit Building.
The route for the 2009 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Singapore.
As the map above indicates, the new route represents a modest departure for the overall circuit from the one used in the previous five years. The changes, however, will force some shifts in the sequence of events, as well as the key race venue, for the Corporate Challenge. Following are some important notes on the new course:
There is no change to the start point. Teams will gather at the same start point as in previous years along Esplanade Drive in front of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
Mobile baggage trucks will be stationed along Connaught Drive, next to Esplanade Park to allow participants to check in their belongings between 4.30pm to 5.45pm, after which these trucks will transport all baggage to the race venue – the F1 Pit building. Please note Connaught Drive is still open to live traffic, so participants must please use pedestrian walkways when crossing the road.
After doing so, participants will move from Connaught Drive to Esplanade Park where they can commence their warm-up routines. Participants will be required to proceed to the start point at 5.40pm via Anderson Bridge as per previous years.
The finish line is located on the Pit straight, at the F1 Pit Building. Participants and supporters will be able to catch front row action from the corporate hospitality marquees or from the public bar area along the finish line.
Participants can obtain refreshments and collect their belongings as well as a Corporate Challenge goody bag from the post race venue — the F1 Pit Building.
Last year, 12,748 participants from 351 companies took part in what has become a must-attend sporting and social event for the Singapore business community. Since its debut in 2004, the Corporate Challenge has nearly doubled its numbers. During those five years, some excellent performances have been recorded.
In 2008, Killian Pattwell of PriceWaterhouseCoopers blazed to a winning time of 17 minutes, 40 seconds. It was the second fastest time recorded on the course in its five years, just shy of the course record of 17:34, set in 2007 by Tanka Bahadur Magar of the Singapore Police Force. For the women, Suzy Walsham of Symantec Asia Pacific holds the course mark — a glittering 18:38 that bested four-time race winner Vivian Tang of CIMB-GK Securities in 2007.
With the changed course this year, new chapters will be written into the Singapore race history. However, remaining the same this year is the Corporate Challenge’s commitment to the environment. As in 2008, the event will be part of the “Teaming Up For a Greener Tomorrow.” campaign, which uses the best environmental practices available – such as online registration, recycling waste and taking alternative transportation to race site. Last year, the worldwide Corporate Challenge series was named by Runner’s World as one the Top 10 Green Road Races of 2008.
The Corporate Challenge also will continue to benefit a local charity. This year, the Corporate Challenge will benefit four interactive ExplorAsian Zones that help make Asian culture come alive for young visitors to the Asian Civilisations Museum.
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