World-class runners to compete in Mount Kinabalu Climbathon
Its Publicity and Publication assistant manager Melina Molukun Chia said the climbathon's record holder, Marco De Gasperi of Italy, had confirmed his participation in the event.
Gasperi's unbeaten record of 2:36.59s was set in 2003, Chia said in a statement issued here Wednesday.
She said this would certainly add flavour to the event as he would be competing against other former climbathon champions such as Ricardo Mejia of Mexico, who is currently leading the Skyrunner World Series 2009, Jean Pellissier of France, and Agusti Roc Amador and Killian Jornet of Spain.
Keen competition is expected between these runners as the points collected in the climbathon, which is the final race of the Skyrunners World Series, will be doubled.
Among the male runners from Japan who have confirmed their participation in the race are Toru Miyahara, this year's winner of the 2009 Mt Fuji Race, and Yokoyama Tadao, the winner of last year's Mt Fuji Race.
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