#DecathlonSG Top 5 Favourite Running Paths in Singapore

Written by Zulfiqar Azman and Justin Khaw, Sports Advisors of Decathlon Singapore

Whether you are just starting out training for your first 5km run or you are a seasoned marathoner, sometimes you might need a little variety to spice up your running sessions. Here’s our pick of the 5 best places in Singapore to go for a run.

1. Coney Island

Tucked away in the North-Eastern part of Singapore, Coney Island is one of Singapore’s newest running spots. It features a wide dirt-path that runs from one end of the small island to the other. It is a perfect place not just for the beginners looking to start small, but also anyone looking to do any speed or interval training. Coincidentally, the path is the exact same length as the dreaded 2.4km run, making it an interesting alternative to your run of the mill 400m track.

You will be treated to an orchestra of the different calls of the various bird species that thrive on the island, amongst the tall Casuarina trees. The visual and aural stimuli, together with the absence of any traffic or urban noise, make it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of urban Singapore.

Do be careful of the mischievous wild monkeys, looking to pinch breakfast off you so we suggest not bringing any food along.

Best time to run: 7 am (Opening Hours: 7 am to 7pm)

Suitable for: The beginner runner, Nature-lovers, Those training for their 2.4km

Available amenities: Rest room, Casuarina Exploration Playground

2. Bedok Reservoir Park

If you are looking for a scenic getaway in the middle of the heartlands, Bedok Reservoir Park might just be the place for you.  The park’s 4.5km loop has a mix of tarmac and gravel terrain giving your run a little more variety. The inner loop is a great surface to run, with the softer gravel path providing impact reduction. If you wish to challenge yourself further, you might want to try the tarmac paths on the outskirt that feature some climbs and descents. Distance markers placed every 500m makes keeping track of your progress a piece of cake.

The still waters of Bedok Reservoir create a serene and tranquil atmosphere, which guarantees to provide a spectacular view at both sunrise and sunset. The track is well lit, so you wouldn’t have to fumble in the dark to find your way if you choose to run really early in the morning or late at night.

Best time to run: Sunrise or sunset

Suitable for: All types of runners

Available amenities: Water points, Restrooms, Showers, Fitness Areas, Car parks

3. MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Located in the central part of Singapore, MacRitchie Reservoir is the go-to place for serious runners. The famous “MR Loop” features a challenging 11km off-road loop with undulations that keeps you on your toes. One cannot let their mind wander here, for a miscalculated step or a lapse of attention could result in a sprained ankle.

MacRitchie Reservoir provides runners with one of the best and most challenging paths in Singapore. Those looking to venture away from the usual flat and mundane park connector routes will appreciate the technical off-road route. Off-road running holds many benefits over conventional road running such as engagement of different muscle groups, varying heart rate level and adding the dimension of changing elevation to the workout.

If you somehow lose your way, don’t worry as the track is rarely deserted and other friendly runners will be there to point you in the right direction.

Best time to run: Sunrise to mid-morning, early evening (night running not recommended)

Suitable for: Advanced runners, Off-road runners, Adventure runners

Available amenities: Water points, Restrooms, Lockers, Fitness Areas, Café, Car park

4. East Coast Park

East Coast Park has been a long time favourite for countless runners and it’s easy to see why. The well-paved path stretches across the scenic 15km coastline. Anyone from novices to seasoned runners, will find this place ideal. Most of the route is flat and straight, making it perfect for long, slow runs.

The path, which is relatively shaded, coupled with the invigorating sea breeze makes running in the day comfortable. As the park is well lit at night, it is not uncommon to see other runners even in the wee hours of the night.

You can even extend your run further by using one of the several park connector networks such as Siglap, Bedok and Coastal Park Connectors. On top of that, it even links up to Gardens by The Bay.

Unless you enjoy being packed like sardines in a can, you might want to avoid going on a weekend.

Best time to run: Sunrise or sunset

Suitable for: All types of runners

Available amenities: Water points, Restrooms, Showers, Exercise Stations, Car parks, Food Court/Restaurants

5. Gardens By The Bay

Who said that an office job is an excuse to not go for a run? Located right in the heart of the Central Business District, Gardens By The Bay is perfect for the office worker in the CBD itching to go for a run. It is split into 2 main areas, Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden. Bay East Garden offers a nice straight route that runs along Marina Barrage while Bay South Garden takes you through the world-renowned Conservatories and Supertree Grove. Regardless of which route you choose, you’ll be treated to the amazing view of the majestic Singapore skyline, especially once the sun sets.

Hunger pangs kicking in? Fret not as there are plenty of food options around. Be prepared to stuff yourself silly at Satay By The Bay, located right in the middle of Bay South Gardens or the popular Lau Pa Sat hawker centre, which is just a stone’s throw away.

Best time to run: Sunset/After Work

Suitable for: Short/Mid Distance runners, Those who live or work near CBD

Available amenities: Water points, Restrooms, Car parks, Food Court/Restaurants

Despite its small size and urban build-up, Singapore is home to many lovely places for runners. The 5 places we have covered in this article cater to many different types of runners in Singapore. Everyone is unique and the goal is to find any running route that caters to your individual needs. With that in mind, it’s time to strap on those running shoes, hit the pavement and just have a ball.

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