Thursday, October 22, 2009

23rd Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon

Date: 24-25 October 2009

Come 24 and 25 October the hills, or rather the mountain, will come to life with the sound, smell and taste of sheer determination to conquer the steepest marathon on the 7-series Skyrunning World Championship circuit. Billed as the World’s Toughest Mountain Race, the 23rd Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon will decide the ultimate champions of the 2009 Men’s Open, Women’s Open and Men’s Veteran categories.

Mountain runners must sprint through 21 kilometres of craggy terrain up steep steps and paths to the summit of Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 m) and back to the Kinabalu Park headquarters to complete the race. While the average mortal takes two days, the herculean contestants can reach the finishing line in approximately two and a half hours.

Although the first Climbathon was inaugurated in 1987 to scout for an adept rescue squad, it has matured throughout the years into a significant sporting event that attracts participants from more than 40 countries including Japan, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain, Italy and Great Britain—a majority of which are members of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), whose patron is the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF).

Bystanders can join in the excitement at the TM Fiesta and participate in a multitude of activities including the colouring and drawing competition, games and lucky draw. Transportation to the Pesta Kubis (Cabbage Festival) in Kundasang will also be provided on 24 October by the organiser from Kinabalu Park to Kundasang and Ranau town to Kundasang.

For more information, contact Zachary Mobijohn (Organising Secretary) at 088 232121/zachary@sabahtourism.com or visit http://climbathon.sabahtourism.com/2009/.

Source: Sabah Tourism

NOTE: Photo Copyright to Sabah Tourism
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