Friday, June 21, 2013

27th Kinabalu Climbathon 2013

The race is back and the by popular demand, include the race to the summit. However, you would have to qualify (previously) to race the Summit Race. Kinabalu Climbathon 2013 will see the inclusion of two format races.

SUMMIT RACE

Will be held on 19th October 2013. The race course will start from Kinabalu Park entrance, to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu (4,095.2 m) then down to Masilau and finishing at Kundasang town. This race course is 33 Km long running on 15 Km of tarmac road and 18 Km of forest trails with the rock face at the summit. These category only accepts 110 elite men and 40 elite women and open to qualified runners with the following qualification:
  1. Runners that has completed in any of the past Climbathon within the time starting from year 2008.
  2. Completed in their countries official mountain race (with proof of results).
  3. Recommended (in writing) by their country’s national mountain race / athletic body or any other organisation that the Climbathon organiser recognises or approves of.

 ADVENTURE RACE

Will be held on 20th October 2013. The race course will start from Kinabalu Park entrance, to Layang-Layang Hut (half way up Mt. Kinabalu 2760.3 m) then down to Masilau and finishing at Kundasang town. This race course is 23 Km long running on 15 Km of tarmac road and 8 Km of forest trails. This category is open to all men and women age 18 years and above, men veteran age 40 years and above, women veteran age 35 years and above.
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I have joined this race twice in 2010 and 2011. I took a sabbatical in 2012 as the format of the race changed with the exclusion of the race to the summit. Nevertheless, the trail route via Mesilau is not easy and challenging as well. You can read my account during the 2012 Sabah Adventure Challenge Day 1 which ran from Mesilau to Timpohon Gate as part of the race route. You can expect climbs and more climbs whichever route you take.
Don't roll backwards
For more information, head over to http://www.climbathon.my/
If you decide to go, it will be a good time to start booking your flights and lodging in Kota Kinabalu. My blogs has all the details for suggestion. Do check for more information.

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