Wednesday, July 22, 2009

1,000-step training trail to prepare for Mount Kinabalu Climbathon

KOTA KINABALU: The trail up Pitompuruan hill in Bundu Tuhan can be used as a training track for participants of the annual international Mount Kinabalu Climbathon.

According to Sualim Gopog, who was among the few villagers who created the trail, it has 1,000 steps and is similar to the Mount Kinabalu trail.

“We invite those who are interested to come and train here,” he said at a mini climbathon organised for the staff and students of SMK Bundu Tuhan recently.

Sualim said the distance to the top of the trail which was opened in 2008 is two kilometres and it is regularly used by the villagers and students in the evenings.

The trail, he said, is also the training ground of several Sabah long distance runners, such as Azlan Saunin, Wincenbert Latius, Gary Lo and Belboyez Maisol.

“We hope to be able to extend the trail into a jungle track for tourists as the hill is still covered with a virgin forest.

“There is also a road built and used by the Japanese army during the Second World War here and we hope to attract Japanese tourists who are interested in wartime history to come and visit the place,” he said.

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