List of Marathons, Half-Marathons and 10km Races in Southeast Asia

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For many travelers working their way through the Southeast Asia circuit, the lack of normal obligations and constant availability of cheap beer cause them to forget about regular exercise. By the time they get back home they've picked up a great suntan but a Buddha belly to go along with it.

One of the best ways to motivate yourself to keep in shape while traveling is to sign up for a race or two along the way. Training can be a bit of a pain in some Asian cities, with sidewalks often unfriendly to foot traffic. However, most will have parks or stadiums where you can run. Early-morning jogs through small towns can also be a great way to get a workout and see parts of the local culture that most travelers merely snooze through. Jogs along the beach, though, are perhaps the most enjoyable way to train.

There are a lot of websites out there trying to keep track of the races around Southeast Asia, but most of them are incomplete and sporadically maintained. This page is meant to be a quick resource for people traveling and living in the region so they can get an idea of where and when they can find races.

Races in Southeast Asia

Most races are held at the same time of year each year. In cases where the exact date for the next race is unknown, I've given the month when it will probably be scheduled. Many of the smaller races don't get their race details confirmed until a few months before the race. Larger races, such as the Standard Chartered Marathons, often fill up a few months before the race. However, registration may be open for some smaller races up until the race date.

Note 1: A "?" indicates that the run hasn't yet been officially announced for the next year, but it is still expected to be held.

Note 2: I've added links to the races that have official websites. While the others may not have official sites, they're still legitimate. Try a google search and some information should turn up.

Races in Thailand

This covers the major races in Thailand, but check the website Jog and Joy for a more-detailed list of events in Thailand.

Races in Malaysia

This covers the major races in Malaysia, but check the website of Pacesetters Athletic Club and the Penonton Blog for an even more detailed listing of races in Malaysia.

Races in the Philippines

  • Subic International Marathon (42km, 21km, 10km, 5km, 3km) - Subic Bay - January 2012 ?
  • Independence Day Half-Marathon (21km, 10km, 5km, 3km) - Manila - June 2012 ?
  • Manila International Marathon (42km, 10km, 5km, 3km) - Manila - September 25, 2011
  • Camsur Marathon (42km, 21km, 10km, 5km, 3km) - Camarines Sur - September 25, 2011
  • Nike We Run Manila (10km) - Manila - October 15, 2011
  • Corregidor International Half-Marathon (21km) - Corregidor - December 10, 2011

More-detailed lists of races in the Philippines can be found on the websites Pinoy Fitness, Takbo, and Marathon Philippines.

Races in Singapore

For more information on races in Singapore, check out the blog SGRunners.

Races in Hong Kong

Races in Cambodia

Races in Vietnam

Races in Laos

Races in East Timor

Races in Indonesia

Adidas King of the Road

The Adidas King of the Road is a series of five races in five countries in Southeast Asia. Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines each host one race. Learn more about the races on the event website.

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Comments 9 comments

Ruben M. 5 years ago

how do we improve the cambodian 1/2 marathons???

Ruben M.

NAtional Olympic committee of Cambodia.


benjamin kipkazi 4 years ago

ilike to join this some race,,,,its very nice races in isia,


Nina 4 years ago

I heard about the Mui Ne Half Marathon on the 9th of September 2012.

To register just click on the link below: http://www.vietnamhalf.com/register/

And on the 30th of September 2012, Hanoi will officially join the Vertical World Circuit with the Landmark 72 Vertical Run ! Don't miss that event : http://www.hanoirun.com/register/


Nina 4 years ago

Hey Guys,

I just want to let you know, that there will be a great Running Event on Vung Tau's Beach on Saturday 17th November 2012.

You can enjoy Vietnam's most scenic courses with family friendly run distances of 1k, 5k and 10k.

I can really recommend running entirely on the beach - that's fun ! :)

You'll find more information on http://www.vietnamrunningfestival.com ! Hope to ee you there, guys ! Don't miss this great event.

See you all on the start line - Can't wait for it :)

Cheers,

N


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edgeicurean 4 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand Author

Thanks Nina! I've just added the links to a few races in Vietnam


Petr 3 years ago

http://2009tonton.blogspot.sg/ has a very comprehensive list of race events in Malaysia, Singapore and some races in Thailand and Australia as well. Highly recommended, plus all the events are in also in Google calendar, just add 2009tonton@gmail.com calendar to your Gcal, it cannot get any easier.


Cindy 3 years ago

The first ever Luang Prabang Half Marathon takes place October 5, 2013. What an incredible destination to run!

http://luangprabanghalfmarathon.com


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edgeicurean 3 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand Author

thanks Cindy! I'll add it to the main section :)


Marcel 7 months ago

The Phu Quoc International Marathon 2016 will be organised in Vietnam on 11 June 2016. The official link is:

http://sportingrepublic.com/phuquocmarathon/

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