Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Xterra Malaysia Officially Launched!

Yesterday marked the historical day in the Malaysia's race calendar when Xterra Malaysia was officially launched in the vicinity of TV3.

It was not an easy task, as how Tengku Zafrul said in his speech, to convince Xterra to give the race license to Malaysia.

We will be hosting the first Xterra race in South East Asia. Closest you can find the race will be in Japan before this.

Now, the race will be just 4 hours away at the beautiful beach of Teluk Cempedak.

Mark your calender for the 6th and 7th June 2009. Sign up for the race at Polish your open water swim. Crank those tires on dirt and sprint through the jungle trail and be prepared for one of the exceptionally different show in Malaysia.

The race was officiated by His Royal Highness Tengku Mahkota of Pahang. He is also the Royal Patron for the race. His Highness graciously came all the way to Kuala Lumpur to launch it (when he could had easily get it to go to Pahang!).

The new deputy Sports Minister was also present, together with the other excos from Pahang.

This race too will see the most sponsors i've seen in many organised races in Malaysia. There were a total of 11 sponsors, maybe more.

With support from fellow triathletes and organised by fellow triatheltes (Tengku Zafrul and Shazly), this will be one race to rival all the other races in the country.

Xterra encapsulate a different aura. Unlike IronMan race where the spirit is in the human tenacity and defying odds, Xterra rides on the oneness with nature where the racers takes on bigger things and hope to triumph over Mother Nature.

While swimming in the sea is staple to some, from experience (Kapas-Marang), even the strongest and more natural swimmer will struggle to overcome the waves and current.

Mountain Biking 30km even if it is XC (or Cross Country) takes a lot from the rider. Put in some technical section and it will appeal to all the hardcores.

Running on the road and trial is as different as day and night. The best thing is you breath no fumes and only purest of oxygen (well, provided the runner passing you did not fart).

Xterra will be the race to look out for. It will be the race to race in.

It bridges the world of triathlon (on road) with adventure races (in the jungle) and give the best mix to appeal to all racers.

Thank you to all that came for the launch!

By the way, did i mention that the Xterra license is valid for a year? This would meant the organisers has planned for a Xterra Race Series, very much like how the Duathlon Series happened!

Stay tuned!

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