Music and running have always gone hand in hand. Fitness buffs and casual runners alike put their headphones on, press play, and enjoy running to the rhythm of the beat. This is a very individual experience with limited interaction with other runners. Some like it this way, but now there’s an opportunity to share your favourite running tracks with friends.

The Music Run is a 5km run that will take place on 23 March, offering an immersive musical experience for the whole stretch. But there’s more: the playlist is voted on by the runners, in the lead-up to the event, through a partnership with Spotify.

Covering 5km, The Music Run will start at the Selangor Turf Club, Sungai Besi. The run course is split into five 1km music zones with each music zone representing a different type or genre of music. Each music zone has its own unique playlist of songs that will be pumped out all along the run course with concert quality speaker systems, allowing participants to experience total music immersion whilst running to the rhythm of the beat.

The Music Run is an un-timed, non-competitive fun run that doesn’t require a strict training routine. They are targeting people of all ages and fitness levels so if you can run, walk or dance your way through 5km then this is the run for you.

While it’s not a charity run, 10% of all entry fees are dedicated to a not-for-profit organization, called The Purosangue Project whose aim is to spread a culture of ‘no doping’ in sport around world. An additional 5% of all entry fees from The Music Run go to support the development of coaching, education and healthcare facilities in Africa.

The Music Run team is currently in discussions to host the event in other destinations around Asia Pacific as well as Europe and the USA, but the KL event will be their first!

The registration process is quite basic. All you need to do is go to their website www.themusicrun.com, locate the Kuala Lumpur event page and register your details. You will also get to pick your favourite tracks after you have registered.

Kathryn Rao

The Music Run takes place on 23 March, 7.30am – 1pm. Registration: RM70. Follow their Facebook, Twitter or website for frequent updates.