Set your alarms and reminders to sign up for these races.
Malaysians are spoiled for choice when it comes to races. Almost every weekend of the year (excluding fasting month) is jammed pack with one to three races across the country. You simply need to take your pick of which kind of sporting event you’re interested in, sign up, slip on your running shoes and head out.
However, there are a few races in Malaysia that has been known to sell out pretty rapidly due to the immense popularity and hype. These are the five races you simply must take part in or risk feeling left out on race day when your social media will be bombarded with selfies and medal pictures.
Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon
Perhaps the crème de la crème of running events in Malaysia, Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon drew a massive crowd of over 38,000 participants across its multiple race categories this year. With a route that takes runners around the iconic city of Kuala Lumpur, it’s no wonder that the whole nation would be eyeing for a spot in this race. Even the haze and a controversial date change cannot keep SCKLM from being the race to look out for with all slots being snapped up within three days of registration opening.
Milo Breakfast Day Run
Milo holds a special place in many Malaysian’s hearts from our childhood to adult life. But we all cannot deny the delectable addictive treat that is the refreshing Milo from Milo Truck. Now imagine rows and rows of Milo trucks all waiting for you and your own family after a manageable fun 3km or 5km run. This is the main appeal of the immensely popular Milo Breakfast Day Run and the main reason all 15,000 slots were snapped up in less than 24 hours last year. The high demand has in fact led to the organisers to expanding the Putrajaya event to a two days event this year.
The Music Run by AIA
Do the running man to the beats of the latest songs at the Music Run by AIA. Turning clubbers into runners, the Music Run by AIA adds a fun twist to running by having loud speakers pump out the latest chart toppers from hip hop to R&B to KPop along various sections of the running route. As far as after-race parties goes, the Music Run has one of the best with a Music Festival featuring world renowned DJ Sam Withers and local rock maestros Kyoto Protocol. With a run and a concert for the price of one, it is no mystery why this event sells out weeks in advance.
It has been two years since the last Nike Run but should it make a return anytime soon, you can bet that all of its slots will sell like hot cakes. Why? Simply because it’s Nike. Despite doubling its distance over the years from 10km to 21km, the Nike Run remained popular amongst runners from all walks of life, from beginners to veterans. Kuala Lumpur was one of the 14 cities selected to be a part of Nike’s Global We Run series which aims to inspire athletes to achieve their personal best and well, just do it.
When a run is dubbed “the Happiest 5k on the Planet”, you just know you will be in for buckets of fun and colour. Catering to participants of all ages, runners get to dash through a series of brightly coloured tropical-themed zones laid out throughout the 5km route and be peppered in colourful powder. The basic rule to remember at this run – If you’re too clean, you’re doing it wrong. An epic finish awaits runners at the end with a final colour throw that ensures participants are covered in a myriad of vibrant combinations to go home in.
How many of these runs have you successfully signed up for and completed previously?
If you’re looking for something more challenge then perhaps an obstacle race is right up your alley.