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The Best Places to Run in Penang, With a Focus on Penang Island

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Located on the northwest coat of the Malaysian peninsula, Penang consists of Penang Island and Seberang Perai on the Malay Peninsula. Our guide to running in Penang is focused on Penang Island. As the island is quite urbanized, finding good spots to run can take some doing. In the capital of Georgetown, we’ve put together a ‘runseeing’ tour of the city’s newer and historic sections. Some of the best running on the island is just to the west of Georgetown, combining the Botanical Gardens, City Park, the Jesselton neighborhood, and Penang Hill if you’re up for that. For some good off-road running, head to Air Itan Dam, just north of the city. Penang National Park has some runnable spots, as well as some rugged and hilly trail running options. The best beach for running in Penang is Batu Ferringhi Beach.

Notes: Be aware that there can be stray dogs on Penang Island. In some of the more remote sections, such as the National Park, monkeys might be part of your run. Also take note of Penang’s year-round hot weather, with distinct wet and dry seasons.

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Air Itam Dam

Penang Island, Malaysia

Located near George Town, Air Itam Dam is a green oasis, with numerous trails and quiet roads for running: We've mapped two routes that can be done separately or combined: A 2.8 km flat, paved loop around the dam, and a hillier, more rugged 'Temple Loop'.
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The weather in Penang is a major factor for runners. Temperatures year-round are hot, with little respite. Hydrate accordingly! Average high temperatures are consistently in the 31-32C range (88-90F), and nightly lows rarely go below 23C (74F). It’s also a wet climate, averaging 2400mm (95 inches) of rain. The wettest months are August through November.