Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Inaugural ‘Sarawak Adventure Challenge: The Lost Mines’ to be held Oct 14 in Bau

KUCHING: The state government will organise a first-of-its-kind multi-sport adventure event, called the ‘Sarawak Adventure Challenge: The Lost Mines’, in Bau this year.

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the event will be staged on Oct 14 and will offer cash prizes of over RM33,000.

“Sarawak is renowned for its rainforests, rivers and scenery, and the race route will take competitors through some spectacular landscape. Over the course of the event, competitors will cover more than 40 kilometres of mountain biking, more than 14 kilometres of trail-running, as well as a caving section,” he said during a press conference yesterday.

Set as a one-day team event, teams of two will be required to complete all stages which will see them navigate single track trails, as well as old mining trails through jungle, streams, local roads, villages and plantations.

There will be two entry categories, namely the Men’s Open Team and a Mixed Open Team, with RM6,000 going to the winners of each category.

Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top-14 placing in each category.

According to Abdul Karim, the inaugural event aims to deliver on Sarawak Tourism’s marketing tagline ‘Where Adventure Lives’, and gives participants a chance to live the adventure.