1. Singapore Shufflers
Best for: Intermediate runners who want to meet athletes of the same standard
About: Their website suggests that newbies need to be able to run at least 3km in under 20 minutes (i.e. 6.4 minutes per km).
Where: Track runs as well as trail runs in Macritchie Reservoir
2. Team Fatbird
Best for: Intermediate runners with a training goal
About: Named after the corpulent bird statue in Singapore's CBD, this highly motivated group aims to help train intermediate runners and better their skills. There are training programs, group runs, and workshops geared to help you compete in a specific upcoming marathon. Educational running talks are also hugely popular.
When: There's always something on!
Where: Everywhere! Check their website for an event near you
3. Fortnightly Saturday Morning Runs
Best for: Casual runners (who also like breakfast)
About: Doing exactly what they say on the tin, this group is comprised of casual runners with an emphasis on the social. Each morning run is topped off by a breakfast, and "other than runs, we go for karaoke, outings, movies, hikes, cafes, dining and any other activities that you may think of."
When: Twice a month, Saturday mornings
Where: Often at East Coast Park, though venues are often rotated to keep things fun.
4. Runners Malaysia
Best for: Beginners who want to keep a comfortable pace
About: Still feeling like a babe in the woods, running-wise? This is the group for you. Their Beginner's Running Program is a half walk; half jog regimen covering three kilometres. "After a period of about eight weeks, and complemented with the participant's own two weekday workouts, the individual is expected to be able to jog for 20 minutes non-stop."
Where: Taman Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
When: 7.30am every Saturday
Best for: Charity runners who run for a good cause and a good laugh
About: Kuching's first running club might be filled with skilled marathon runners, but anyone is free to join to their mid- to long- distance runs. As they say, they "welcome all runners of all paces and distances. Speed is not a factor." They also take part in fun runs and charity runs.
Where: Taman Pertemuan, aka Le'Park, Kuching
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30pm, though other group runs are available
Best for: Adventure runners who enjoy hilly terrains and views
About: More than just a jog, hiking and trail running are among the best forms of exercises out there. Yes, this group has some hardcore, ultra-fit members, but don't let that put you off if you're still a beginner. Highly organised, the group posts events based on a difficulty rating from one to five based on altitudes, terrain and distance, so you can pick the run that suits you.
Where: various venues in and around Kuala Lumpur
When: various times, with several events per month
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