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The World’s Toughest Mountain Race Is At Mount Kinabalu!

Do you like hiking or mountain climbing? Want to join the professionals in mountain climbing? Why not join the 25th Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon 2011? This is a great opportunity to race with the pros as it is also known as the World’s Most Toughest Mountain Race!

Mount Kinabalu Climbathon 2011

When Is This Race?
22nd to 23rd October 2011

How Can I Join This Race?
Participants must be 18 years and above and must submit the registration form by 10th October 2011 (you still have time!).

How Hard or Easy It Is To Win This Race?
You know how long we normal people take to climb Kinabalu right? Let me see, for the usual kinabalu climbers it takes about 8 hours of climbing to reach Laban Rata. And since everyone’s exhausted, then we take a sweet night’s rest in the resthouse. Then the next day we spend about 4 hours to reach Low’s Peak. Most people reach the peak speechless and breathless. Now for this race, the race participants are given a time limit to complete the race – for the Men category, it’s 2 hours 30 minutes to reach the peak. Take any longer than that, one is disqualified. For the Women category & Men’s Veteran (40 years above) category, given some mercy, they must reach the peak in 3 hours 30 minutes. But that’s not the end yet. They must trek back down to the finishing line at Kinabalu Park HQ within 2 hours (Men) and 3 hours (Women & Men’s Veteran)! So don’t worry too much if you’re participating because most race winners are only breathless for just 5 hours max.

What are the Prizes?
Good question! The first 10 to reach the summit gets a 24 carat gold pendant. For those who finish the race – the 1st Place will be given USD4500, 2nd Place USD4000 and 3rd Place USD 3500 in both Men’s category & Women’s category. And there will be cash prizes up till the 15th place. I also heard the champion of champions (looking at past climbathon winners, championship winners and record breakers) will be awarded the Skyrunner® Super Cup!

Who Shall I Contact For More Information?
You can contact Mr Wences Autine at +6088232121 or email him at wences@sabahtourism.com

Where Can I Get More Information?
http://climbathon.sabahtourism.com/

Here’s a video of the past Climbathon race in 2010:

So climbers, don’t miss the chance to watch the race in action or join the climbing action with the world’s professional mountain climbers. Who knows you could be a mountain climbing champion? Just remember to thank me when you’ve won.

The Filipino Market at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

Food at the Filipino Market at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Quick one since someone asked me about this. This open market is operated by mainly Filipinos and it stays open till late at night as well. Food – its main ingredient is all over the place, in almost every stall. At dinner time, people would go there for BBQ seafood and other yummies. You’ll find the Lobsters and Giant Prawns more pricey, but worth the try if its your first time. Besides food, seafood, BBQ, they do sell a lot of other stuff there like vegetables and fruits as well, and anywhere in Sabah they are usually quite fresh. I must say there are quite a variety of fish from the sea, from giant ones to the ones that can fit in your pocket.

Their delicacies are also something special for outsiders to try. If you love night markets, then you’re sure to find something interesting or amusing along those tight pathways.

I know, I know.. More photos on the non-food later… stay tuned.