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Whether you’ve got fitness fever, or you’re still struggling to keep that new year’s resolution, it’s important to have a goal. The countdown of a clock and the adrenaline of race day might be just the push you need.

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Luckily, there’s a bounty of marathons and races in the region for seasoned runners and newbies alike. So pull on your running shoes, and throw a holiday into the bargain too with one of these exciting races.

Singapore: Sundown Marathon (March 25)

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Singapore’s Sundown marathon is a race through the city under cover of night so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the midday heat. The event’s night festival, running from March 21, is a celebration of all things sport, and runs all through the race night (just like you). Registration is open until the end of February.

sundownmarathon.com/singapore

Hong Kong: Hard as Nayls (April 30)

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Although it’s in Hong Kong, the Eastern coast of the New Territories often resembles a tropical paradise. In memory of Hong Kong police superintendent Andy Naylor, Hard as Nayls donates all profits from participants back into the local running community.

With a mixture of roads and trails, it’s a challenging course, but totally worth it for the stunning Clear Water Bay views. A shorter 4km and 8km family race take place the day before.

hardasnayls.org

Malaysia: KL Marathon (May 21)

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Do you feel you need some extra motivation to spur you on? Organised by Standard Chartered, this marathon through Malaysia’s capital city is still open to those running for a cause – so pick your favourite charity and get friends and family to sponsor you in your fitness antics.

Running past iconic landmarks like Kuala Lumpur's Menara and Petronas Twin Towers, this urban race has plenty of city sites to spur you to the finish line.

kl-marathon.com

China: Gobi March (June 18)

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If you're drawn towards the extreme, then it doesn't get much more intense than this. This desert run is one of four races by 4 Deserts in some of the world’s most hostile environments. Covering a 250km distance over one week -- around 35km a day -- this challenge will push you to the limits.

4deserts.com/gobimarch

Cambodia: Angkor Empire Marathon (August 6)

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Take on a real-life temple run with a full or half marathon at the stunning UNESCO heritage site of Angkor Wat. The sunrise start should help you avoid most of the heat as you run against the stunning backdrop of Siem Reap's ancient temples. 

angkorempiremarathon.org

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