Penang to have 30km Scenic Trail

If all goes to plan, Penangites will soon get to enjoy a 30km scenic trail stretching from Batu Maung all the way to Teluk Bahang. The trail will pass through the sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bunga and to the popular tourist spot of Gurney Drive. Then it will extend to Georgetown pass its colonial and heritage buildings before ending in Batu Maung via the Jelutong coastal highway and Queensbay Mall. The concept is similar to the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles and Pier 39 in San Francisco where there are attractions along the trail and has become a tourist magnet. It will surely benefit the tourism industry and ultimately the residents of Penang. Hopefully it will materialize soon.

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Ipoh International Run 2009

Date: 5-July-2009
Time: 6:45am (10km and 21km), 6:55am (5km and 7km)
Start/Finish: Dataran Bandaraya Ipoh
Organized by: Ipoh City Council
Forms available to download from the website

SCI Malaysia Penang Peace Run 2009

Date: 9-August-2009
Time: 7:30am
Start/Finish: Youth Park, Penang
Organized by: SCI Penang & MPPP
Distance: 1.5km (Disabled), 6km (All others)
Closing date: 27-July-2009

Alor Setar's 26th Run

Date: 31-July-2009
Time: 5:30am
Venue: Alor Setar Jogging Club, 1073, Bee Bee Park, 05400 Alor Setar, Kedah
Distance: 5km, 10km, 21km
Closing date: 17-July-2009

Running for Health

Interesting article from TheStar.
Running actually burns more calories per hour than cycling, swimming or tennis.

The effect of happiness that running has on your body comes from endorphins, which are powerful hormone-like substances produced in the brain that function as the body's own natural painkillers. During exercise, there is a release of endorphins in the body that are capable of producing feelings of euphoria and a general state of well-being. The feelings produced can be so powerful that they can actually mask pain.

Proving the point, Newton Yap from Runners Malaysia says: "Running is intoxicating in a good way unlike alcohol or cigarette addiction. When the endorphins course through my veins, I get 'high' but without the hangover. Running calms and cleanses what even the best drug or sedative and soaps cannot get at – the mind, heart and soul. Satisfaction guaranteed almost every time I do it.

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