Penang a Mecca for Marathoners?

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Participants gathering at the starting line of the 100km category in Sungai Lembu Eco Village during the 2015 Eco 100 Marathon.

In May, Penang hosts a running event of epic proportions.

Imagine running 50km, 100km or 100 miles – which is a whopping 165km. One could technically be running from Penang to Taiping and back, with a few kilometres to spare.

That is what participants in the Malaysia Eco 100 Ultra Marathon are willing to put themselves through. Planned for May 14- 15, it will be the first ultra-trail to be held in West Malaysia that has 50km, 100km and 100-mile categories.
And it will be held in scenic Bukit Mertajam, starting from “the eco village of Sungai Lembu, taking runners through oil palm, rubber and pineapple plantations; Malay and Chinese villages; Indian temples; paddy fields; and of course, the challenging hills of Tokun1.”


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