Digi-Pacesetters Kuantan TC 10k Run

Date: 19-July-2009
Time: 7:30am
Venue: Teluk Chempedak Beach, Kuantan
Closing date: 12-July-2009
Distance: 10km
Website: www.pacesetters.com.my

Lembah Bujang Ride and Run for Fun 2009

Date: 13-June-2009
Closing date: 1-June-2009
Distance: 10km (Run), 40km (Cycling)
Website: http://lembahbujangjamboree.blogspot.com
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Shah Alam Run for Harmony Charity Run 2009

Date: 17-May-2009
Time: 6:30am
Venue: Taman Pertanian Malaysia, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, Shah Alam
Closing date: 3-May-2009
Distance: 3km (Walk), 8km (Run)

Shah Alam King of the Road 2009

Date: 2-August-2009 (Sun)
Time: 6:30am
Venue: Stadium Shah Alam, Shah Alam
Distance: 6km, 8km, 11km, 22km
Closing date: 3-July-2009
Website: www.mbsa.gov.my

SCI Malaysia Penang Peace Run 2009

Block your calendars!
This year, the run will be held on 9th Aug 2009 at Youth Park from 7:30am.
Stay tuned for more updates and entry forms which should be available by end of the month.

On another note, the Cendana Hikathon which is scheduled on 24th May could be postponed. Awaiting confirmation from PAC.

Bukit Mertajam Cross Country Run 2009

Another running event in conjuction with Labour Day holidays.

Date: 3rd May 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 7:00am
Venue: Padang Pasar Awam Taman Sri Rambai, Bukit Mertajam
Distance: 9km
Closing Date: 27th April 2009
Padang Pasar Awam Taman Sri Rambai - Taman Belimbing - Taman Bayu Mutiara - Jalan Bukit Tengah - Jalan Bukit Minyak - Jalan Kota Permai - Jalan Song Ban Kheng - Jalan Binjai - Padang Pasar Awam Taman Sri Rambai

Penang Earth Day Run 2009

If you're wondering how much distance you'd covered in the run yesterday, wonder no more. Based on the mapping software, the actual length of the route is 9.07km as opposed to 8.23km which was the initial route and 10km as published in the entry form. Adding the blistering heat to the equation, your timing is not too bad after all.

Komtar Tower Run 2009

This should be an interesting one. Having participated in many running and climbing events, this will be my first attempt at running and climbing flights of stairs. From what I heard of past participants, the challenge begins when we enter the flight of stairs. The atmosphere was described as stuffy, humid and hot not to mention the jostling of fellow participants due to the narrow staircase. I guess this would be expected for such events. We'll see come May 31st...

Date: 31-May-2009 (Sun)
Time: 6am
Organized by: PDC Setia Urus Sdn. Bhd.
Closing Date: 17-May-2009
Route: Pos Malaysia - Penang Road - Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong - Lebuh Carnavon - Jalan Magazine - Penang Road - Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong - Start climb from Pacific Supermarket - Komtar Tower (61st floor) - Take elevator back down
Website: http://www.komtartowerrun.com.my/

Route Map

New Malakoff Website Up!

Malakoff running event finally has a website that is up and running. This is amongst one of the most-awaited and well-organized events in the running calendar. I did the Penang leg (Malakoff 2008) last year and the experience was still well-etched on my mind. The route was mostly flat except for the climb at Mt Erskine area, see my elevation chart comparisons.

This year also sees the introduction of the 6km run for those looking for a shorter race.

MALAKOFF, Penang 2009
Date: 7th June 2009
Location: Taman Perbandaran Penang
Distances: 26km & 6km

MALAKOFF, Kuala Lumpur 2009
Date: 20th December 2009
Location: To be confirmed
Distances: 12km & 6km

Register for the Penang Malakoff now!

Penang Hill Climb 2009 is open for registration

Date: 5-July-2009
Start/End: Youth Park / Penang Hill
Organized by: KWYP
Distance: 8.2km
Route: Youth Park - Botanical Gardens - 46 - 84 - Pg Hill summit

Thanks to Kazuo for consistently bugging the organizers!
As you can see from the elevation chart, the level of incline is pretty amazing up to 20% at certain areas.
I can remember the toughest parts were the area en-route to 46, just after 84 and just after a bungalow near the summit.
I had always find it tough doing this as I was out of breath for most parts of the race. But definitely it is a great accomplishment and self-fulfilling experience.

Larian Ria on 1st May 2009

Firstly, thanks to Danny and Haris for notifying me and Kazuo for thorough research and forms.

Date: 1-May-2009
Time: 7:00am
Start/End: Tadika Heng Ee, Lintang Macallum Satu, Penang
Distance: 5.5km
Lintang Macal-lum Satu, Gat Lebuh Cecil, Jelutong Expressway, Jalan Perusahaan Jelutong, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 1, Lebuh Sungai Pinang, Jelutong Expressway, Gat Lebuh Noordin, Jalan C.Y. Choy, Gat Lebuh Macallum and end at Lintang Macallum Satu.
Organized by: Jabatan Belia dan Sukan Negeri Pulau Pinang, Komuniti Bestari Kadun Pengkalan Kota & PAAA

Lucky draw: 32-inch LCD colour television, handphone and tour packages for those who complete their run within an hour
Closing date: 22-Apr-09 or first 1,000 applicants

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Elevation Levels of Major Running Events in Malaysia

Here is a compilation of the elevation levels of major running events in Malaysia.

The charts were sourced from mapmyrun software which automatically plots the elevation once you have completed the route map. The chart shows information on the level of elevation in terms of percentage, a higher percentage would mean a higher elevation and a steeper slope. The chart also shows mileage information and pin-points you at which exact kilometer you would come across these peak or troughs. Now you may know why your times were better in some competitions and worse off in some others. Hills are not easy, require more energy consumption and will definitely slow you down.

I ran the GE 30k for the first-time in January this year and thought that was one of my toughest race to date. Then again I haven't tried the Padang Merbok 15k or KL Malakoff 12k which seems to be even more challenging from the charts. If you analyze closely, the Padang Merbok consist of 3 major hills starting from KM4 till KM14 and the climb lasts around 1~1.5km long at 2~4% elevation. In comparison the GE 30k has many more hill routes but they lasts less than 1km except for the Seri Hartamas area starting from KM10 where there is a slow steep rising from 2-3% elevation for around 6km long.

The KL Malakoff event at TTDI sets the record as the highest and lowest elevation level race from 10% to -19%. Apart from the hill route from KM6 to KM9, the rest of the route seems quite flat and managable. The Standard Chartered KL Marathon, Malakoff Penang and Adidas King of the Road events seems reasonably flat in comparison to the 3 others. I ran in the Malakoff Penang event last year and the only hilly part was the climb up Mt Erskine which is between KM3 and KM6.

So I would rate the races in the following order in terms of their difficulty.

1. New Balance Padang Merbok 15km
2. GE Pacesetters 30km
3. Malakoff KL 12km
4. Adidas King of the Road 21km
5. Malakoff Penang 26km
6. Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Standard Chartered KL Marathon Early Bird Registration is Still Open!

Date: 28-Jun-09
Venue: Dataran Merdeka, KL
Org: Standard Chartered
Distance: Kids Dash, 5km Fun run, 10km, 21.097km, 42.195km
Registration Period: Early Bird (Mar 13 ~ Apr 18), Normal period (Apr 19 ~ June 1), Late period (June 2 ~ June 15)
Official Website

  • Standard Chartered KL Marathon will be officially staged on June 28,2009 in its inaugural year.
  • Standard Chartered Bank has a rich history in marathon sponsorships
  • Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2009 will be the 9th edition in the Standard Chartered Marathon series globally
  • The Race, for first time in Malaysia, will feature combined prize money worth MYR 350,000
  • A new route has been introduced for runners to achieve better timing
  • Top elite runners from across the world will be invited for the Marathon
  • The Run For A Cause and Corporate Challenge programs have been introduced to raise money for charity
  • The Race will be run on a sustainability platform and all possible efforts are being undertaken to make the race environment friendly
  • The first-ever Marathon Expo and Carnival will be staged at Dataran Merdeka
Register now!

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