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Friday, February 29, 2008

Esplanade/Marina Promenade Run Route

Have not ran along the Esplanade and Marina Promenade for a long time. Have heard about the ongoing construction there and the blockages along the way.

Nevertheless, at last night RL run, decided to run there since most of the runners were getting a bit sick of Fort Canning and beside there were a few newcomers and we didn't want them to get lost.

True enough, from after the Esplanade, the way is blocked by the floating platform (don't understand why they can't let people run through between the platform and the stands). Have to go out to Raffles Ave and there are ongoing roadworks forcing us to run on the road. Further down Republic Ave, whilst the construction for the Singapore Flyer is now completed, there is massive works going on for the FI pits and so most part of the Promenade are closed until the entrance to the Ducktour. Another 400metres later is another construction work (which seems to be going on forever!) and so back on to the road before turning back to the canoe centre. After crossing the bridge to Kallang Riverside Park, after the toilet, the view of the sea is blocked - by more construction hoardings!

Not a very nice route to run anymore what with the fumes from the vehicles on the road and the various obstacles to avoid.

One very good thing about running there though is that there are many toilets along the way. The toilet at the Kallang end even has shower facilities. Drinks are readily available from the various vendors along the Esplanade. It is easily accessible by MRT (City Hall) and buses alighting at either Raffles Ave or Shenton Way.There are still some nice scenery though - the Merlion, the City skyline, the majestic Fullerton Hotel and the memorials at the Esplanade Prk

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