Malaysia is home to a vibrant running scene. From the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur to the wilderness trails of Sabah, we gather 12 exciting races in Malaysia that will take place in the second half of 2014!

Energizer Night Race Malaysia

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Date: 9 August 2014

This signature race series has held races all over the world, including Peru, Philippines, Mexico, Spain and Singapore.

The Malaysia edition of the Energizer Night Race will feature 2 categories: a 15km and 5km Fun Run distance.

Strap on your Energizer headlights and join an estimated 15,000 runners to light up the streets of Kuala Lumpur!

The Island Ocean Marathon

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Date: 10 August 2014

Taking place in Langkawi, The Island Ocean Marathon is a 42.195km road run (all asphalt), and will take you through famous beaches, airport strips and many paddy fields.

The Island Ocean Marathon also part of the Volkswagen Marathon Series. The other race, called The River Jungle Marathon, takes place on 7 September in Ulu Langat, Kajang!

With such amazing scenery throughout The Island Ocean Marathon, you’ll find out why Langkawi is called “The Jewel of Kedah”!

ColourCoil The Most Beautiful Thing Ultra Trail Marathon

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Date: 16 August 2014

Experienced runners looking for thrilling ultra distances can look forward to ColourCoil The Most Beautiful Thing (TMBT) Ultra Trail Marathon in Sabah.

Starting from the base of Mount Kinabalu and ending at the rustic Kundasang town, runners can expect an altitude gain of 2,900m for the 55km distance, and 5,200m for the 100km distance.

Both the 55km and 100km distances for the TMBT are also qualifying races for the North Face Ultra Du Mont Blanc 55km and 100km distances respectively.

Penang 100km Ultra Marathon

Date: 6 September 2014

Being Penang’s very first race to feature ultra distances, runners can choose from the 50km Ultra, the 84km Round Island, and the 100km Challenge categories.

Both the 84km Round Island and 100km Challenge categories will see runners covering the entire Penang Island in a clockwise direction. Additionally, the 100km Challenge will take you up to Penang Hill, which is a 5km ascend with an elevation of 670m!

2XU Compression Run Malaysia

Date: 21 September 2014

The popular race from Singapore is crossing the Causeway and coming to Malaysia! Back for the second time, the 2XU Compression Run Malaysia has 21.1km, 10km & 5km distances at Perdana Botanical Garden in Kuala Lumpur.

Depending on your choice of runners’ entitlement, you can get an original 2XU DryFit Run Singlet, and limited edition 2XU Compression Shorts, Running Socks and Visor when you join!

Sultan Mahmud International Bridge Run

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Date: 27 September 2014

Featuring 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km categories, the Sultan Mahmud International Bridge Run is into its 14th year and going strong.

Starting and finishing at Batu Buruk Beach, 42km and 21km runners will traverse the iconic Sultan Mahmud Bridge, which crosses the Terengganu River!

BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon

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Date: 11 October 2014

With distances ranging from 42km to 5km, runners of all levels can escape the tropical heat and enjoy the thrill of night running with the BSN Putrajaya Night Marathon!

Standard Chartered KL Marathon

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Date: 12 October 2014

Malaysia’s biggest running event, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, will take place this October in Kuala Lumpur.

With a prize package of almost US$120,000, expect a record-breaking 35,000 runners from all over the world to join this humongous event!

Viper Challenge

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Date: 1 and 2 November 2014

With a course spanning 20km in length filled with various man-made obstacles, expect to push your physical and mental endurance to their limits!

The obstacles are designed to emphasize teamwork and cooperation, so expect to make new friends at the Viper Challenge even if you’re running alone!

Great Eastern Live Great Run

Photo Credit: Great Eastern Life, Malaysia

Date: 9 November 2014

The Great Eastern Live Great Run is all about inspiring you to lead a healthy lifestyle by being physically and mentally fit. Runners can enjoy the 12km Individual or 3km Family Run categories.

Or even better: join the 3km Buddy Run with a buddy or loved one, come dressed as your favourite superheroes and win attractive prizes!

Penang Bridge International Marathon

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Date: 16 November 2014

Since 1985, the Penang Bridge International Marathon attracts thousands of runners annually to the “Pearl of the Orient”.

Starting in the wee hours of the night, experience the unforgettable sunrise in Penang as you run on one of the longest bridges in Malaysia!

Trail in Twilight Stars

Date: 20 December 2014

Designed for runners who are trying to challenge their endurance, you will have up to 12 hours to complete as many laps of 7km as possible in the forest trails of Penang Hill [to insert the RunSociety url for Trail in Twilight Stars]!

The race is taking an eco-friendly approach, so minimise wastage and bring your own water bottles to the race!

An Excellent Myriad of Malaysian Races to Run!

Apart from these races, there are dozens of other equally exciting runs that will be taking place all over Malaysia.

What are some of the races in Malaysia that you are looking forward to?

Talk about the races in Malaysia that YOU want to join in the RunSociety Forums!

Jonathan Chou

Jonathan was a stereotypical couch potato a few years ago. He finally took the courage to take his health into his own hands, and now enjoys lengthy runs by East Coast Park.

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