The path along the Malacca River is the signature running spot in Malacca. Continually being developed and improved, the River Walk is filled with cafes, shops, and river cruise shops. There are also murals on the walls of some of the historic homes lining the river. The surface is a mix of concrete, brick, and occasional wooden boardwalks. Bonus: most of the path is lit at night!
Overall, one can do a route of ~15 km (loop or out and back). We’ve mapped two routes along the Melacca River. One is a loop of about 5.5 km along the section of the river in central Malacca, from the Maritime Museum to the Rempah Jetty (boarding port for river cruises). Along most of this route, there are paths on both sides of the 25m wide river, dotted with numerous small bridges. Major sites along here are Dutch Square, numerous museums, Masjid Kampung Hulu Mosque, the Oceanarium, and some attractive pedestrian bridges.
Further north, the river paths run for another 3+ km, to the intersection with the M1. This area gets progressively more pastoral, with fields, farms, and the occasional residential development. Paths on both sides, but fewer cross-over bridges. Surface is mostly red paved concrete.