Some of us prefer to run indoors on a treadmill for convenience, not affected by weather and easy-to-track data. While some people prefer running outdoors as it is more challenging at the same time rewarding, being closer to nature, feeling some breeze and being around more people. If outdoor running is something you prefer, here are 5 spots in Klang Valley that you should check out to clock in your steps and cardio!
#1 Bukit Jalil Stadium Running Track
Bukit Jalil Stadium Jogging Track is an 8km (10,000-step) route located near Bukit Jalil LRT. This route has an elevation gain of about 127.9 ft and is rated as easy. It is quite a popular neighbourhood track for a morning or evening run. There are definitely running groups who run here together so do expect at least 1 or 2 running groups when you hit up this track. If you want to come here on a weekend, do check if there are any ongoing events at Axiata Arena or the parking lot bazaars that might draw up a crowd and ruin your running plans.
#2 Bukit Kiara Park
This is one of the greatest hill and trail running paths in KL. This trail is surrounded by trees, mountain biking paths and walking/hiking routes. The terrain is quite hilly.
Here are two route suggestions if you decide to have an outdoor run at Bukit Kiara.
Kiara Hill - This is a difficult 5km hill loop. The pedestrian road is mostly paved, although there is also some dirt route. Your starting point should be at Taman Rimba Kiara located near the Aether Cafe. Do a loop at the peak of the Changkat Abang Haji Openg. It's a 5.2km, going out on the same path you will be returning on, with a 480-foot elevation increase, with the first 1.4km being the steepest.
Bukit Kiara Trail - The marked trail is almost 2km long in both directions. It's steep for the first 0.5 km, then it flattens out. The race begins in the Indoor Arena, which is close to the equestrian facility.Your starting point should be at Indoor Arena located near the equestrian center.
#3 KLCC Park
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KLCC Park is a 50-acre park located near the Suria KLCC shopping mall. A two-acre children's playground, a 1.3-kilometer running track, shelters and seats, patterned walkways, and sculptures are all part of KLCC Park. The park is equipped with a special rubberised track for joggers’ comfort and safety. There are also plenty of rest stops along the footpaths in the park.
#4 The Central Park at Desa Park City
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The Central Park allows you to do both – slow down or pump up. Chill out on its well kept lawns and have a family picnic; a great mood booster spot from the hustle and bustle of the week. You have the freedom of options to choose to take in the scenic view of the Central Lake or get your heart racing by hitting its jogging paths and get a satisfying cardio workout in. Stay for the dogs if you come for a run. Desa ParkCity is one of the few parks in KL that is dog-friendly, which makes for excellent running amusement. The flat-ground pathway is 2.2 kilometres long and goes around the lake area. If you need to refuel after your run, there are several F&B options in the vicinity which makes this park the perfect place to go.
#5 Lake Gardens KL
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Another favourite running destination is the Lake Gardens also known as Perdana Botanical Gardens. Do come here on a busy running day and you'll see a crowd of people. It is a vast region in the city with beautiful foliage and architecture. You’ll definitely clock in a great workout as this place is huge and has many things to explore and sightsee.
Tips for running safely outdoors during the pandemic
Adhere to SOPs and maintain social distance, and always be ready with a mask when you are in close proximity with people, pull your mask up from your chin to be safe. We know running requires oxygen and it will be difficult to run with a mask on but always have it readily on your chin or wrist. For safety, avoid going to crowded places or pick a time that will be less crowded.
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