The next installment of the Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon has been scheduled on Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo.
In years past the Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon started and finished in Kinabalu Park with the furthest and highest point being the peak of Mt. Kinabalu at 4,095m above sea-level. Since recently however, only 110 elite men and 40 elite women are allowed to enter this course.
The rest of the participants are funneled onto the alternate Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon course, that starts at Kinabalu Park and finishes in the nearby town of Kundasang.
The highest point on the alternative route is Layang Layang, located halfway up Mt. Kinabalu at 2,670m above sea-level.
From there the course goes down to Mesilau Nature Resort, before passing the Mt. Kinabalu Golf Course and ending in Kundasang town.
The reason for the change is to accommodate bigger participation numbers.
At 23km long, the alternative configuration of the Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon ads low-lying forest, villages and a golf course to route.
Much fan-fair is expected at the end of the race in the small vegetable-trading town of Kundasang, when locals welcome race participants at the end-point.