July 23, 2014

5 Top Waterfront Running Spots in Singapore ... for Unfit Runners

When it comes to running beside a body of water, there is no shortfall of running spots in Singapore. From the coastal runs of East Coast Parkway and Punggol Promenade, to the reservoir runs at MacRitchie and Pierce Reservoir.

As Unfit Runners, we look out for short 3km-5km distance runs, with nearby food amenities which allows us to feast on food which we normally avoid, using the runs as a pretext. The start and end point should preferably be near a MRT station, as those with knee injuries can take a train back to the breakfast point rather than running back. Without further ado, here are top 5 most scenic waterfront running spots in Singapore.

1. Keppel Bay - Labrador Park

This route allows us a glimpse of the wealthy lifestyle of some of the top income earners in Singapore. Yachts floating gently in Keppel bay; A luxury waterfront apartment complex designed by one of the most famous architect in the world; A park seeped with the colonial history of Singapore. There is always something to discover around here. If you need any motivation to become rich and successful in Singapore, here is the perfect running route!

Distance: 5 km

Nearest MRT: Harbourfront MRT. Labrador Park MRT

Nearest Food: Seah Imm Food Center, Vivocity

I am sure many of us won't mind owning one of these babies!
Reflections at Keppel Bay. Designed by the famous for the famous





2. Marina Bay Waterfront

Marina Bay practically redefined the tourism industry in Singapore. Previously, if you want to take an iconic picture of the towering Central Business District of Singapore, you will need a long hike to the top of the Benjamin Shares Bridge and perch on a narrow walkway with the many cars of ECP zooming behind you. Thanks to smart urban planning and land reclamation, the Singapore waterfront can rival those of Hong Kong and Shanghai. From every angle of the Marina Bay Waterfront, you can take an iconic picture of Singapore. It is no wonder that Singapore surged to be one of the most visited cities in the world after the reformation. Where is a better waterfront run than the Marina Bay Waterfront whereby you can explore the iconic sights of Singapore at every turn?

Distance: 3.6 km

Nearest MRT: Raffles Place MRT. Bayfront MRT

Nearest Food: It's all around you!

View from Helix Bridge

View from Esplanade

View from Merlion


3. Gardens by the Bay - Marina Barrage

If you an environmentalist at heart, the Gardens by the Bay to Marina Barrage route will showcase how Singapore make use of energy efficient and sustainable building technology to create one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. The Marina Barrage also showcase Singapore's effort in water conservation and recycling. If you are looking for a stunning waterfront view and an education on environmentalism, this is one route which you definitely must visit!

Distance: 6 km

Nearest MRT: Bayfront MRT, Promenade MRT

Nearest Food: Satay by the Bay. Singapore Flyer Food Trail

Gardens by the Bay - Supertree Groves

Flower Dom - World's largest columnless glasshouse
View from Marina Barrage



4. Kallang Riverside Park

For those who are looking to mix other sports activities with your runs, the Kallang Riverside Park is the perfect waterfront running destination for you. You can engage in a variety of games at the sports hub after your run along the Kallang River, ranging from beach volleyball, to swimming. The best part is, there are full shower and locker facilities at the sports hub. So if you are looking towards a day of sporty activities, Kallang Riverside Park is the perfect running route for you. The run along the River, which connects to Garden by the Bay East, is also scenic, without all the tourists and families blocking your way!

Distance: 6 km

Nearest MRT: Stadium MRT

Nearest Food: Kallang Leisure Centre
The Sports Hub - For your every sporting needs in Singapore
The still iconic view from Garden By the Bay East
5. Sentosa Beach

When you are getting old and unfit, what will be the best motivation to run?

Answer: Beach Hunks and Babes!

Decked out all in running attires, the aunties and uncles of SG Unfit Runners now have the legitimate excuse to run around the beach volley ball courts and ogle at all the good looking people. It is also the perfect place to dump your kids at the nearby sand pit with your spouse and they will remain in the same spot, engrossed in their sand castle projects long after you have your shower and a light snack. The best thing is, you can hop on to the beach tram for FREE, on any of the tram stops along the way, once you do not feel like running anymore. However, evening crowds tend to be heavy and trying to avoid shrieking teenagers chasing each other may become a chore. So if the beach, the sun and the sea if your cup of tea, give Sentosa beach a try!


Distance: 5 km

Nearest MRT: Harbourfront MRT switch to Sentosa Express (Beach Station)

Nearest Food: It's all around... and expensive!

You can choose to run on the sand or on the pavement!

Don't mind catching a ride on one of these.


So there you have. Singapore's top 5 most scenic waterfront runs. You must have burning questions where I did not include East Coast Parkway, MacRitchie Reservoir or Punggol Waterfront? Please highlight your objections at the comments section below and I will share with you the reasons.

Happy Jogging!

  6 comments:

  1. Singapore is one of the stunning tourist destinations to visit in the world. This city is loaded with number of tourist attraction that delights the travelers. Some of the top Singapore tourist attractions include singapore night safari, shopping malls, zoo, etc.

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  2. First-time l visited your blogs. Appreciate the v interesting content. Pls keep up your great blogs as it really motivate me to run your routes!

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