Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Route 68 Challenge 2015 - Announced!

Pick your thrill: 50km or 68km

As the 2015 run calendar gets clearer one thing I noticed is the clashing of runs yet again. Unfortunately I am unable to attempt Titi Ultra again this year as it clashes with Malaysia Women Marathon, for which I have been signed up as an FM pacer. However thanks to many more runs popping up in Malaysia I now have a chance to run in another road ultramarathon.  This brand new event is the Route 68 Challenge which falls on 10th May 2015. That's a week after the Borneo International Marathon in Kota Kinabalu, which many of us from Kuching will be running.  This new road challenge comes in two categories: Endurance Category (68km ) and Challenge Category (50km). The cut-off times are a competitive 12 and 9 hours respectively. As far as elevation goes it will be 1,900m and 1,700m. So this will be ideal for those who enjoy hilly road runs.

Why is this ultramarathon called Route 68 Challenge? Well the race course traverses through the remote and scenic Route 68 from Gombak to Bentong. The organisers promises to give runners the most unique road ultramarathon race experience in Malaysia. This event is not yet open for registration. To keep abreast of the latest news do visit their Facebook page or go directly to their website. The finisher t-shirt is from 2ndSkin (see below) and the medal is designed by Medal Depot. Medals will be awarded based on positioning. Those who finish within the top ten in each category will get a gold medal. The top 11-30 finishers will be awarded a silver medal. While all those who finish within the respective cut off times will receive a bronze medal.  Those who feel they are up to the challenge or have the endurance can sign up when registration opens next week. This event is brought to you by Malaysia Ultra Running.


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