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Mount Kinabalu Climbathon back after a 7-year hiatus
Published on: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Mount Kinabalu Climbathon back after a 7-year hiatus
Liew (centre) and others showing the climbathon poster.
Kota Kinabalu: The world-renowned Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon will be back this year after a seven-year hiatus.  

Announcing this Tuesday, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew said the premier event will take place on Oct 6 at Kinabalu Park.

Expressing her excitement for the event’s resurgence, Liew said the climbathon is more than just a race. 

“It embodies the unbeatable human spirit, endurance and the breath-taking beauty of Sabah. We eagerly welcome athletes from across the globe to tackle this formidable challenge and experience the magnificence of Mount Kinabalu.

“This event highlights our steadfast commitment to sustainable tourism and environmental conservation. We aim for participants to not only push their physical limits but also to develop a profound appreciation for Sabah’s natural wonders.”

Celebrating its 31st edition, the upcoming event will feature three categories – Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite and Men’s Veteran (40 years above). 

The challenging course spans 26km, with an elevation gain of 2,760 metres. Participants embark on a gruelling journey, covering 13.3km from start to midpoint and another 13.3km to the finish line – a true test of physical and mental endurance.

With strict cut-off times, participants will face the ultimate test of endurance and determination as they navigate the challenging terrain of Mount Kinabalu. 

Among the many objectives of Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is to stimulate the local economy by providing an economic boost to local businesses such as hotels, restaurants and tour operators, benefiting from the increased activity and spending associated with the event.

Mount Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. It is also the 20th tallest mountain in the world by topographic prominence and is one of the highest peaks in the world that is easily trekked by most climbers. 

Registration opens on June 4 and participants must submit a qualification form to participate.  

For further information and registration, visit and  or email [email protected].

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