Kota Kinabalu: After 22 years of hosting the "World's Toughest Mountain Race", Sabah has been given the honour to be the venue to crown the champions of the Buff Skyrunner World Series in 2009.
Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the honour shows the confidence of the skyrunning series organisers in the State's capability to organise the annual international event.
The skyrunning series was mooted five years ago with runners competing in six races held in Spain, Switzerland, Andorra, Sabah (Malaysia), United Kingdom and Italy.
The Mount Kinabalu Climbathon is the only race in the circuit held outside of Europe, which is sanctioned and associated with the Federation for Sports at Altitude (FSA), an international body based in Italy for promotion and regulation of athletes and events up to 4,000 metres above sea-level (racing on high altitude).
This year, the overall champions would be crowned at Lecco, Italy on September 21 after the Sentiero delle Grigne race.
Masidi said that to date 93 participants from Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Sweden, US and Singapore have signed up for the Climbathon on Aug 23-24 at Kinabalu Park, Kundasang.
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