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Team Iloilo will represent the city alongside tens of thousands runners from around the world in Singapore Marathon 2011 which kicks off Sunday Dec. 4.

Hoping to bring home some Singapore Marathon medals are Rocky Go, Phillip Chua, Paul Yap, Mars Florete III, Kevin Piamonte, Gus Banusing Jr. Pauline Banusing, and Mark Gorriceta, among others.

This year, an estimated 70,000 runners will take part in this prestigious event, making it the largest local marathon in Singapore.

Last year, participants of Singapore Marathon reached 60,000.

The marathon itself saw the rise of its participants which started from 6,000 in 2002 to a staggering 24,000 in 2005.

Full marathon participants will be treated with great scenery when they run down Orchard Road.

Runners will race past historic landmarks such as the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts Building. After which, will be the busy Chinatown and the Esplanade.

Half marathon runners will get a glimpse of Southeast Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park at Resorts World Sentosa.

They will be greeted with big smiles by Shrek, Po of Kung Fu Panda and other popular cartoon characters, making the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore the first marathon to take place in the new Universal Studios Singapore.

10km runners will run past the Financial District of Singapore before passing through the new Helix Bridge. (Multisport Iloilo)