Saturday, June 03, 2017

Run Society: How Fast Can You Climb Up and Down Mount Kinabalu?

Dare to challenge yourself at the 30th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon?

Casual climbers take an average of two days to scale Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in Malaysia.

Usually, climbers start the ascent on the first day from Timpohon Gate to Panalaban base camps, rest overnight at Panalaban, attempt the climb for the summit at around 2 a.m. on the second day followed by the descent to the Kinabalu Park Headquarters.

If you think you can do much better than casual climbers, you should join the 30th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon.


In 1987, the first Kinabalu Climbathon was held to create a rescue squad to bring down injured climbers fast.

It used to be an event for Malaysians only. In 1995, Sabah Tourism Board took over as the organiser of the event and allowed international runners to participate.

Fast forward, the Kinabalu Climbathon is now a member of the World Mountain Running Association, as well as a member of the International Skyrunning Federation, the international body that promotes sports at high altitude.

What and When?

The 30th edition of Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon will be held on Sunday, 15 October 2017.

Organised by Sabah Tourism Board, the Climbathon is an annual event where mountain runners attempt to scale the mountain in the fastest time possible.

Last year, Malaysian Safrey Sumping emerged as the champion in the Elite Men category with the timing of 2:21:33. Meanwhile, Sandi Menchi Catlona Abahan from the Philippines won the Elite Women category with 2:58:48.

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