7 scenic running routes
The best way to see Singapore is on foot.
Changi Beach Park
This 3.3km coastal park connects to Changi Coast Road, where you can see airplanes taking off and landing (it’s parallel to the runway). If you are up for more, you can head down East Coast Park before calling it a day.
Nicoll Dr., S(498991), MRT: Changi Airport
Marina Bay Waterfront
This approximately 3.5km route is especially scenic, with landmarks like the Helix Bridge, Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion along the way. If you’re looking for extra mileage, you can even run around the nearby Kallang Riverside Park before heading back.
10 Bayfront Ave., S(018956). MRT: Bayfront
Fort Canning Park
This historical park needs no introduction—popular with locals, expats, tourists and concert-goers alike, the many steps leading up to the hilltop reserve at Clemenceau Avenue are great for a pre work-out warm up. And for those who prefer a more challenging run, it’s also where you can find steep slopes and uneven paths, all set along a trail of heritage trees.
River Valley Rd., S(179037), MRT: Dhoby Ghaut
MacRitchie Reservoir Park
MacRitchie offers up to almost 11km of terrain and it is easy to customize your own running route. For instance, you can start off on the boardwalk, or head straight for the dirt tracks. For a full workout, try the 10.6km loop around the reservoir—the undulating trail is both tricky and challenging.
Along Lornie Rd., MRT: Marymount
The Southern Ridges
The 9km-long Southern Ridges trail covers Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Park. Expect steep and challenging slopes that will make your calves and quads cry out for mercy, and great views across to Sentosa.
Henderson Rd., S(159557), MRT: HarbourFront
Check out luxury yachts docked along this posh waterfront precinct. Starting from Labrador Park Reserve, this leisurely route brings you on a straightforward trail along the bay, over the Keppel Bay Bridge and to Keppel Island on a track that measures about 3km.
Labrador Villa Rd., S(119187), MRT: Labrador Park
East Coast Park
Popular with seasoned marathon runners, this 15km beachside track almost always features in marathon events here and for good reason—you get to feast your eyes on gorgeous beach scenery, with the sea breeze in your hair.
East Coast Park Service Rd., S(449876), MRT: Bedok