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Climbathon makes return on October 6
Published on: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
By: GL Oh
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Climbathon makes return on October 6
Liew (top, centre) and the others holding up the event promotional poster after the press conference.
Kota Kinabalu: The world-renowned Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon will be making a return after a seven-year lapse this year.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew, who made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, said the event celebrating its 31st edition will take place at Kinabalu Park on October 6 and some 200 athletes are expected.

The categories are divided into the Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite and the Men’s Veteran (40 years above).

The course with an elevation gain of 2,760 metres will cover 26 kilometres with 13.3 kilometres from start to midpoint and another 13.3 kilometres to the finish line. 

Liew said the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon has firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious mountain running competitions globally, drawing elite athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe.

“The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is more than just a race; it embodies the unbeatable human spirit, endurance, and the breathtaking beauty of Sabah.

We eagerly welcome athletes from across the globe to tackle this formidable challenge and experience the magnificence of Mount Kinabalu,” she said.

She added that staging the event highlights the government’s 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.

Let this event inspire us all to safeguard and cherish our environment for generations to come.

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

“Furthermore, the event also aims to revive itself as a historical event and reinstating it honours the tradition and legacy of the race.

It brings back an event that is cherished by many and has significant historical importance to the local community.”

She also expressed her gratitude to K2 Drinking Water for their support that helps to strengthen their conservation initiatives.

Meanwhile, registration opens on June 4 and participants must submit a qualification form to participate.

For further information and registration log on at and or email [email protected].

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