Those who dismiss running as boring must have never tried running these routes. Even if you’re a veteran runner, we guarantee that these new routes are as breathtaking as it is going to be refreshing.
Surprise yourself with one of these 5 running routes this weekend!
#1 Cameron Highlands
The beauty of this place is that there are tons of trails you can choose from. Different difficulty levels and different distances. One popular running spot is the Mossy Forest boardwalk. Another easier but similarly beautiful trail leads you to Parit Waterfall, which is just going to be a short 20-minutes jog. A longer trail over wooded terrain leads towards Sam Poh Temple or to Arcadia Cottage, some more historical sites.
#2 KLCC Park
KLCC Park has jogging trails that take you away from the city life. These trails are designed to give you strong grip and proper feet stability. Apart from running safe, being among tall lush trees and well manicured bushes allows you to get teleported out of the city life. It’s 1.3km per loop (with 100m markings) and you can go as many rounds as you want. There are even water fountains along the way to keep you hydrated!
#3 Bandar Kinrara
Ready to earn some bragging rights? Take on this 20km loop run, in which 70 percent of the run is going to be up a hilly terrain. This sounds like somewhat of a punishment but also the ultimate development of your strength endurance. Kinrara is a township that has been developed with a Giant hypermart, at least four petrol stations and other fitness amenities. So there are definitely pitstops for you to refill your bottle and run along! The Newton Challenge follows this route as well (BK 5 → Kelab Golf Kinrara → BK 6 → Persiaran Puncak Jalil → Bandar Putra Permai → Taman Lestari Perdana → back to BK 5)
#4 Bukit Kiara
Here’s for those who’re looking for some good ol’ trail runs. Aptly described as the ‘green lung’ of KL, this route takes you along jungle trails and hilly terrains. The trail road stretches 15km. There are plenty of housing and commercial development going on in the area, which means tons of places for you to get out and get a quick refill. Otherwise, the trail route allows you to completely detach from urban life. It makes a perfect weekend getaway for runners, cyclists and families.
#5 Penang Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens on Penang are located at the end of Waterfall Road, about 8km away from the Georgetown city centre. Because of its 122m high cascading waterfall, Penang Botanic Gardens is also popularly known as “The Waterfall Gardens.” Distances vary too. There is a “big loop” that allows for some major hill training, and a “smaller loop” that is good for speed workouts. You can also round along beautiful sights, greenery and wild animals (do NOT feed the Monkeys!). The fact that it is accessible by public bus makes it ever more attractive.