38th BMW Berlin Marathon
Berlin Marathon needs no introduction. It is one of the most famous marathon with the universally recognised fastest marathon course in the world. What's more, world record holders Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe will be competing at this marathon.
Taiping International Marathon 2011
Venue: Taiping, Perak
Distance: 42km, 21km, 10km, 5km
This inaugural marathon is organized by Rotary Club of Bukit Larut with the support of Majlis Perbandaran Taiping. This is held in conjunction with the Taiping International Music Festival along with the celebration of International Day of Peace and also Taiping Town Council Month in September.
There is only a handful of marathon events in Malaysia, namely Standard Chartered KL Marathon, Penang Bridge International Marathon, Energizer Night Race, Putrajaya Night Marathon, Borneo International Marathon, Jelapang Padi Super Marathon and River Jungle Marathon. It is a welcome addition in the Heritage Town of Malaysia to promote healthy lifestyle by encouraging all to be active.
The major highlight will be the scenic route, as it covers some major tourist spots including Taiping Lake Gardens, Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), Taiping Zoo, Taiping Municipal Office and Taiping Museum.
Taiping, the wettest town in Peninsular Malaysia, is a natural theme park surrounded by beautiful landscapes and environmental friendly conditions. It will be one of the most refreshing marathon venue that anyone could have dreamt.
River Jungle Marathon 2011
Venue: Hulu Langat, Selangor
Distance: 42km only
It is not a race, and it is designed for runners who simply just like to RUN! Despite its name, there is no trails, no river crossings, no mud, no jungle... it is purely a road run.
The River Jungle Marathon is one of the most beautiful marathon destinations in Malaysia. The route will take runners through the scenic villages of Hulu Langat, leading up a 1000 feet climb or about 2.5KM of non-stop uphill running, past valleys, rivers, mountain views, jungle, a hot spring, and even monkeys. It is ideal for nature lovers who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city road race. The support for the event is excellent with 14 designated water stations and support vehicles along the route.
For the running experience at this event, read Jamie Pang's blog here.
Siemens Run 2011
Venue: Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
Distance: 10km, 6km, 3km
With its first inception in 2004, Siemens Run has been a popular run in Klang Valley. It was initially scheduled on the same weekend of Bersih 2.0 rally (10 July 2011), and as such it was postponed subsequently.
The route will take the participants through the greenery part of KL, notably Lake Garden, Tugu Negara, Jalan Sultan Salahhudin and Jalan Parliament. Incidentally, this is also a popular running route among runner community in KL.
Other Sports Events
In addition to the running events above, there is a string of sports events happening on the same weekend, namely:
- 116 Desaru International Triathlon (link)
- Malakoff University Duathlon Series (MUDS) (link)
- Cycling for a Cure for Tabung Leukemia Yayasan Sime Darby (link)
- Pudu Charity Run (link)
- Larian Merdeka Penang (link)