23 fun marathons and running events in Malaysia

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If you are looking to spice up your running, consider partaking in marathons.

Malaysia is a magnet for marathons and running events. It is a great way to get out and meet new faces who are also there to get a good workout to stay fit and have fun. Marathon organisers have been extremely creative with their races in order to give the best experience to participants.

Here are 24 interesting marathons to get your feet into:

1. Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Standard Chartered KL, Facebook
Photo credit: Standard Chartered KL, Facebook

The Standard Chartered KL marathon is a well-known marathon among Malaysian runners. The marathon attracted more 30,000 runners last year making it one of the top marathons in Malaysia. Everybody wants to get in! Due to popular demand, they have expanded the number of participants in recent years, and there are now 6 categories including individual, run for a reason, kids dash, corporate challenge, ministries challenge, and university challenge. Which ever route you pick, this run will definitely be a fun-filled one.

Visit the website here.

2. Penang Bridge International Marathon

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Photo credit: Penang Bridge International Marathon, Facebook

Join the Penang Bridge International marathon and run across the third longest bridge in the world! This marathon attracts runners from all over the world annually since its inception in 1985!

Visit the website here.

3. Borneo International Marathon

borneo marathon
Photo credit: Borneo International Marathon, Facebook

Held in Kota Kinabalu, the Borneo International Marathon has three main categories – 10km, 21 km (half marathon), and 42 km (full marathon) – each with a cut off time of 2 hours, 3 hours 30 minutes and 7 hours respectively. The marathon starts in the early hours of the morning, at 3 a.m! Think you can take up the challenge?

Visit the website here.

4. The Color Run Malaysia

color run
Photo credit: Color Run Malaysia, Facebook

The Color Run Malaysia is considered as the “happiest 5km run on the planet.” The highly raved marathon looks like a colourful party that you can’t help but join. The fun run is equipped with music, dancing and vibrant colour! There are only two rules to this marathon; wear a white shirt and be prepared to get doused in colours!


Visit the website here.

5. Run For Your Lives

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Photo credit: Run For Your Lives, Facebook

If you think you need a little motivation to run, then consider joining this 5km, zombie-infested, obstacle-laced marathon. The challenge is to reach the Safe Zone while being chased by the zombies. You, as the ‘survivor,’ have to beat all the odds and run for your life. Well, what are you waiting for?

Visit the website here.

6. Spartan Race Malaysia

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Photo credit: Spartan Race Malaysia, Facebook

The Spartan Race Malaysia is a 6km marathon with more than 22 obstacles! You will have to face mud, water, fire, and will of course, find yourself in the Spartan era. As imagined, this will be a physically challenging marathon! You can join in as individuals or join a team. Kids from the age of 14 are also allowed to join.

Visit the website here.

7. Kuching Marathon

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Photo credit: Kuching Marathon, Facebook

The Kuching marathon is held in Kuching, Sarawak and participants will be joined by runners from around the world. Held annually, enjoy the beauty of this city while participating in a full marathon, or even a 5km fun run. This year, the marathon attracted more than 5000 runners, and it was nothing short of excitement. You get to run through vibrant villages equipped with traditional music cheering you on.

Visit the website here.

8. Viper Challenge

Photo credit: Viper Challenge, Facebook

The Viper Challenge is Asia’s largest obstacle-based marathon. You can join in as an individual or team (unlimited), and go through a “fun” set of obstacles before completing the race. Using the wave format, only 500 participants will be released every 20 minutes, and they should complete the course between 3 and 4 hours.

Visit the website here.

9. KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge

Photo credit: KL Tower International Marathon, Facebook

Test your stamina by taking part in the KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge. This signature event attracts enthusiasts from all walks of life. Participants have a real tough challenge with this marathon, as they have to run uphill (1km stretch) before running up 2,058 steps to the finish line, which is 283 meters above ground!


Visit the website here.

10. Obstacles Triathlon 2015

Obstacles Triathlon, Facebook
Photo credit: Obstacles Triathlon, Facebook

The Obstacles Triathlon is the first of its kind to be held at Tadom Base, Banting. This marathon will have you swimming, cycling and running through obstacles before reaching the finish line. You can choose to join the 500m, 20km and 5km route respectively. The challenge will be for participants to conquer the obstacles that Tadom Base is well known for.

Visit the website here.

11. Borneo TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon

Photo credit: Borneo Ultra

Held in Sabah, the TMBT (stands for The Most Beautiful Thing) Ultra Trail marathon is the most beautiful run to take part in. Over 1,000 participants took part in the last 25 km, 50km and 100km trail run. If you want an adventure, this will be your best bet.

Visit the website here.

12. Malaysian Women Marathon

Photo credit: MVM, Facebook

The Malaysian Women marathon is a marathon organized by women, for women. The liberating event is a great platform to meet all kinds of amazing women. Categories include the full marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km fun run. Watch women of different backgrounds run together for a good cause.

Visit the website.

13. Electric Run Malaysia

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Photo credit: Electric Run, Facebook

The Electric Run Malaysia is another fun run for the soul. This 5km run will put you in the spotlight-literally! Each runner will be given an LED wristband to wear. From a distance, it will look like a sea of electric runners! The entire event will be pumped with music and lights that will motivate you to keep moving.

Visit the website here.

14. Putrajaya Night Marathon

Photo credit: BSN Putrajaya Night Run, Facebook

Another glowing night for runners! The Putrajaya Night Run transforms the city into a glittering wonderland. This 5km fun run is a great way to spend time with your family and friends along with hundreds of other people. LED shoelaces and LED glasses will be up for grabs. What a way to light up the city!

Visit the website here

15. River Jungle Marathon

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Photo credit: The Marathon Shop, Facebook

This adventurous marathon is held in Hulu Langat, only a 20 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. This marathon is popular among the international crowd, and participants will not have a cut-off time to finish the 42km race.

Visit the website here.

16. International Nuang Jungle Marathon

Photo credit: International Nuang Jungle Marathon, Facebook

This is an endurance marathon for trail runners. Set in Hulu Langat, participants have to complete the 42km race in 12 hours, or 21km in 10 hours. You too can be in your own Die Hard series organised by the Asian Trail Explorers.

Visit the website here.

17. Climbathon

Photo credit: Mount Kinabalu Climbathon, Facebook

Held on Mount Kinabalu, the Climbathon was first initiated in the late 80s with the intention of creating the best rescue squad to bring down injured climbers. Today, it is an international affair attracting between 600 and 700 participants on both race days. On day one, the challenge is to conquer the 33km summit race while on day two, the challenge is to conquer 23km.

Visit the website here.

18. Mahkota Charity Run


The Mahkota Charity Run is organised by the Mahkota Medical Centre in Melaka that was launched in 2014 to promote healthy living. Each year, the run centres around a cause and all proceeds from the run will be channelled to different charitable organisations depending on the cause.

Visit the website here.

19. Xterra Malaysia

Photo credit: Xterra Malaysia

Xterra Malaysia is an off-road triathlon where participants will have swim, mountain bike and trail run to get to the finish line. This race is meant for serious and well-trained participants. There are only three categories involved; championship, pro and sprint. Each race is different according to the terrain available.

Visit the website here.

20. Justice League Run Penang

Photo credit: Justice League Run Penang, Facebook

Dress up as your favourite superhero and run in either a 3km or 8km marathon with your family and friends. This year’s race saw the streets of Penang filled with cape wearing superheroes…running to the finish line! This fun run will make for an epic photography session.

Visit the website here.

21. Nike We Run KL

Photo credit: Nike

If you’re itching for a half marathon (21km), the Nike We Run KL should be your pick. Every year, the marathon sees thousands of athletes running through the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Every participant unleashes their potential and pushes their limit until the finish line, which is Nike’s main objective.

Visit the website here.

22. Music Run

Photo credit: Music Run, Facebook

The Music Run always promises to be a big and loud music party. This 5km run has 5 different zones filled with 5 different beats. You will be running (or dancing) through these zones, which will be pumped up with music. Once you reach the finish line, it’s time to party with some live music!

Visit the website here

23. Zombie Run Malaysia

Photo credit: Zombie Run Malaysia, Facebook

This is another zombie-infested run. This 5km run will see participants go through six zones and come face to face with zombies. There is only one goal in this run, to stay alive and reach the finish line. Each year, the zombies attack different places and thousands of participants survive the attack. Think you have a chance?

Visit the website here.

So there you go, there are plenty of reasons to pick up running. Do it with your family or challenge yourself; the important thing is to get up and have an adventure!

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teringin nk zombie race…best…

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kt um 7hb ada run lg…run with balloon n splash colors…huhu

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Apa senarai dia ni..hehe (penampang run kita req,ada warna2 tdk silap)

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I joined 4 marathons from this list! 😛 WEi YiNg

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Sharinaz Hasmy .me lagi 3 yrs kot

Sharinaz Hasmy

Hehehe, better late than never!! Takpe masuk stroller bawak sekali ??

Sandi James

Small note …. You know a marathon is 42.2km, not 5 or 10km…. ?

Expat Go Malaysia

Hi Sandi. Yep, that’s true. We wanted this article to have a wider scope, which is why we titled it “Marathons and Running Events”. Thanks for the feedback.

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