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Besraya Highway Challenge 2018
Participants of Bario Trail Run 2018(Photo Credit AzrulHisyam)
Perlis Marathon Flag-Off 2018 (Picture from Perlis Marathon)
Runners high-five at TMMT 2018 Finish Line(Photo credit Running Project)
Supporters at SCKLM 2018
Zul Hilmi running in TMBT 100K (Photo credit azlanmatt2016)

Bring out your calendar and mark these races to try this year.

This will be an exciting year for runners with the boom of running events all around Malaysia.


1. Twincity Marathon

WHEN : Jan 20

WHERE : Cyberjaya, Selangor

DISTANCE : Full marathon, Half Marathon, 12km, 5km, and Kids Dash

FACEBOOK : twincitymarathon

Celebrating its fifth year, the marathon has grown from 4,500 participants in 2004 to almost double that number in 2018 with 8,600 runners and it looks set to see the participation of 10,000 runners this year.

Meanwhile, the addition of Kids Dash this year caters to the very young.

2. KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge

WHEN : April 21

WHERE : Menara KL, Kuala Lumpur

DISTANCE : 800m run plus 2,058 steps

FACEBOOK : KLTowerthonOfficial

After sprinting for 800 metres from the start line, participants get to test their physical and mental endurance to conquer 2,058 steps up to Megaview Banquet Hall located 288 metres above ground level of Menara KL.

3. Perlis Marathon

WHEN : April 27

WHERE : Kangar, Perlis

DISTANCE : Full marathon, half marathon, 10km, and 5km

FACEBOOK : perlismarathon

Dubbed the “Race for the Champions”, this event is organised by the Perlis state government, and will be back for its 5th edition this year.

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4. Unicef Borneo Marathon

WHEN : April 28

WHERE : Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

DISTANCE : Full marathon, half marathon, and 10km


A community-run event with over 1,000 volunteers, the marathon partners with Unicef Malaysia to push campaigns aimed at children’s well-being. Ranked as one of the 50 best running races in the world by Runners’ World Magazine in February 2018, this is certainly a race to look forward to.

The race is part of The Great Borneo Series run which include three major cities marathon in the island of Borneo, together with the Miri Marathon and Kuching Marathon.

5. IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge


Besraya Highway Challenge

WHEN : Aug 24

WHERE : Loke Yew Toll Plaza

CATEGORIES : 13km and 6km

NPE Highway Challenge

WHEN : July 14

WHERE : Sunway Pyramid, Selangor

CATEGORIES : 21km and 10km

The IJM Allianz Duo Highway Challenge features Besraya Highway Challenge and NPE Highway Challenge. Runners get to run on fully closed highway and those who registered for both Besaraya & NPE Highway Challenge get a stand for their combination medal.

6. Kuching Marathon 2019

WHEN : Aug 18

WHERE : Kuching, Sarawak

CATEGORIES : Full marathon, half marathon, 10km, and 5km


Back for its 6th edition, the Kuching Marathon takes runners through the city’s rich cultural and unique colonial architectural buildings and landmarks.

7. PJ Half Marathon

WHEN : Aug 25

WHERE : Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya Selangor

CATEGORIES : Half marathon, 10km, and 3km


One of the most iconic half marathons in the country. Back for its 31st year, the event will not disappoint with its undulating route for participants to tackle.

8. Larian Antarabangsa Jambatan Sultan Mahmud (LAJSM)

WHEN : Sept 14

WHERE : Pantai Batu Burok, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

CATEGORIES : Full marathon, half marathon, 12km, 8km, and 5km.

FACEBOOK : Larian Antarabangsa Jambatan Sultan Mahmud

This marathon from the East Coast is getting better year by year and sees huge participation from local and overseas runners alike. Themed as a “Vacayrun”, the state effort is to promote both sports and tourism activities through the marathon.

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9. Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon

WHEN : Sept 29

WHERE : Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

CATEGORIES : Full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km, and Kids Dash


This will be Malaysia’s premier marathon’s 11th edition. The marathon sees participation from more than 38,000 runners ranging from elite athletes to first time distance runners and boasts participation not only from Malaysia but also from over 70 countries.

There are individual categories, “Run for a Reason” charity category, Corporate Challenge, Ministries Challenge, University Challenge, and also Kids Dash.

10. Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Nazrin Shah

WHEN : Nov 17

WHERE : Kuala Kangsar, Perak

CATEGORIES : 15km, 10km, and 7km


This hugely popular run gets sold out in a matter of weeks once it opens for registration. Participants not only get to enjoy scenic Kuala Kangsar route but also the kuih-muih and coconut drinks available at water stations! There are also traditional performances and games for participants to see and try along the route.

11. Putrajaya Night Marathon

WHEN : November

WHERE : Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan

CATEGORIES : Full marathon, half marathon, 10km, and 5km

FACEBOOK : PutrajayaNightMarathon

Malaysia’s largest night marathon will be back for its 10th year. The marathon takes runners through Malaysia’s administrative capital and has grown in numbers and strength since its inception.

12. Penang Bridge International Marathon

WHEN : Nov 24

WHERE : Penang

CATEGORIES : Full marathon, half marathon, and 10km


Running on and across the third longest bridge in the world is certainly exhilarating and the marathon has been attracting runners since 1985. The race is also a popular destination running choice for many runners due to the island’s beaches, world heritage sites and most important, as the food capital of Malaysia!


If normal road races don’t challenge you anymore and you’re looking for longer races that test your limit, ultramarathons may be your cup of tea.

13. Titi Ultramarathon

WHEN : March 15-17

WHERE : Hulu Langat, Selangor

CATEGORIES : 250km, 200km, 100km, and 50km


The toughest road ultramarathon in Malaysia, the ultra-marathon runs through natural landscape of Malay village in Batu 14, Hulu Langat and also Orang Asli villages. Titi Ultramarathon provides support to repair and buy school equipment for SMK Dusun Nanding, a school catering for students with special education needs.


If what you’re looking for is something closer to nature, there are also many trail races available.

14. King of Kg. Kemensah (KoKK)

WHEN : June 30

WHERE : Kg. Kemensah, Hulu Kelang, Selangor

CATEGORIES : 50km, 30km, 18km, 10km, 5km


KoKK is a trail run that caters for the beginner trail runners all the way to the hardcore trail marathoners. KoKK is part of King Run Series which also include King of Bukit Larut and King of Sungai Lembing. The trail race is one of the nearest and easiest trail race to get to in Klang Valley, with the starting line located just 800m from Zoo Negara’s Parking B zone.

15. Cameron Ultra Trail

WHEN : July 27-28

WHERE : Cameron Highlands, Pahang

CATEGORIES : 100km, 55km, 30km, and 15km


Cameron Ultra Trail has attracted runners from all around the world due to its challenging and fascinating course with breath taking tea plantation view. The trail race tests participants’ fitness in low climate atmosphere.

A unique ballot registration method will be implemented this year due its huge responses and ultra-fast filling slots.

16. The Magnificent Merapoh Trail (TMMT)

WHEN : Aug 23-24

WHERE : Merapoh, Pahang

CATEGORIES : 100km, 70km, and 35km

FACEBOOK : runningproject

TMMT started as an effort to save Merapoh caves and preserve its natural heritage which includes many precious limestone hills and dozens of rare species of flora and fauna. The organiser still works closely and continuously with the local people of Merapoh to promote the race as part of the area’s eco-tourism effort.

Back for its 5th year, TMMT is a great option for beginner trail runners as well as the experienced runners looking to challenge themselves.

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17. Borneo TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon (TMBT)

WHEN : Sept 14-15

WHERE : Kota Belud, Sabah

CATEGORIES : 100K, 50K, 30K, 50K, and 12K


TMBT is Malaysia’s oldest ultra-trail marathon and the acronym stands for “The Most Beautiful Thing” and refers to the iconic and majestic Mount Kinabalu. The route has a reputation for being tough and challenging. For many trail runners and ultra-marathoners, TMBT is definitely a must-do race. Beginners can opt for its shorter categories while seasoned trail runners aim for the 100K.

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18. Bario Trail Run

WHEN : Sept 14

WHERE : Bario, Miri, Sarawak

CATEGORIES : 21km (tbc)

FACEBOOK : bariotrailrun

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Bario Trail Run is an offshoot of the Runners Wild Bario which was held for the last time in 2017. The local Bario community continues their effort and organised the Bario Trail Run in 2018 to promote the beauty of Bario Highlands, located 1,000 metres above sea level. The run also aims in creating awareness around the refurbishment and maintenance of the trail. Participants will also get to experience Kelabit community hospitality and stay in long houses.


19. Bangi Wonderland Nature Run

WHEN : Oct 13

WHERE : Bangi Wonderland Theme Park & Resort

CATEGORIES : 10km off road/ 3.5km fun run


An excellent run that caters to families and individual runners alike. The 10km category is perfect for beginner runners testing their ability to run on an off-road surface.

The 3.5km category is great for families bringing their children out for a Sunday morning workout. Participants also receive either free or discounted entry passes to Bangi Wonderland Theme park as part of their race pack items.

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