|Photo from Cynthia Gan's Facebook. She is Racing UTMB. First Malaysian Woman to attempt UTMB|
|2010 race profile from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UTMB_profile.png|
As UTMB is the Holy Grail for Trail Running, you need to qualify for UTMB. A minimum of 7 qualifying points is needed from a maximum of 3-trail races worldwide recognised by the organiser. The qualifying races changes every year and it is valid for a year only. So for this 2013 UTMB, the racers within Asia get their points from China (or Hong Kong Vibram100 2012 - 3 points), Malaysia (TMBT100 2012 - 3 points) and Singapore (TNF100 2012 - 2points). There are "easier" races carrying 1point and the athlete looking to qualify to race UTMB would just have to plan and play it smart to earn the minimum 7 points.
There is NO prize money. How is that for passion (and not commercially) driven?
Representing Malaysia for UTMB
In recent years, the growth of Ultra Marathon type of races has been exponential. Running community no longer get turned on with the typical 42.2km marathons and look for ultra distance races exceeding 50km. If that is not enough, many look for tough and challenging races that make mere mortal questioning their sanity. For UTMB, Malaysia will be represented by three inspiring people. Malaysia, you have three more reasons to cheer during Merdeka 2013.
Please join me to wish these three athletes the very best of luck and to bring Jalur Gemilang crossing the finish line at Chamonix!
|Allan Lee (right) during Mt. Rinjani Ultra. Photo from Garmin Indonesia|
|Ng Seow Kong after finishing Badwater Ultra. Photo from his Facebook|
|Cynthia Gan (right) on location at UTMB with Sebastien Chaigneau of Team North Face|
Click here to follow the race (with video feed). Be inspired and cheer for these awesome Malaysians!
GOOD LUCK AND RACE SAFE TO