Saturday, 12 September 2015

Running: Colourcoil Borneo TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon 2015 (Sabah)

Last June 2014, I was excited with the pre-launched registrations for the Borneo 50k/100k Ultra Trail Marathon, scheduled on 29th August 2015. Recommended by my younger brother +Shafwan Wahab who have past experience at this event, I reserved my slot with the early bird price at RM100.00 for the 25K category. Registration was available online and manual bank-in to the event organisor.

The Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon is a different event from the traditional TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon which serves as a qualifying race for the North Face Ultra Du Mont Blanc.

However, the organisor decided to 'merge' The Borneo Ultra Trail Marathon 2015 and start together with the TMBT 2015 on the 29th August 2015 at the same venue and cover the same race course
and route for the 25k, 50k and 100k. The 25k will finish at Kg.Kiau Toburi or the WS4 check point for TMBT 2014.

Tons of email updates from the organisor such as race route, safety procedures, mandatory kit requirement and other were sent to participants prior to race day. Also the 25KM distance was changed to 28KM instead due to the recent earthquake at the race venue.

Race Pack Collection
The race pack collection was held 1-day before race day at Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu. During the REPC, participants will need to go through the mandatory kit checking to allow collection of race tee, bib and timing chip.  Met tons of running friends especially those who are hardcore trail runners. There were members from Sabah Trail Seekers, KKNER, Trail Blazers, Sky Runners and many more.

Race Pack
Running Friends
Running Friends
Running Friends (Sky Runners)
There was information notice board about the race for reference. There was also an official TMBT merchandise sale counter with pricing from RM70.

TMBT Volunteers
Race Pack Collection
Mandatory Kit Checking
Running Friends
Race Day
Made my way over to Sutera Harbour at 6.00 am on race day as I have already paid for transportation facility with the organisor. Made additional payment at RM100 (Return trip) earlier during the registration period. Saw some familiar faces while taking the transport like KK runner Siong and KL runner As Bha with friends. Reached the start venue 30 minutes before flag off time which was at 9.00 am for the 25 category (Actual 28KM distance).

Transport Service
Participants were required to check-in with the organisor before flag off at the start area. Bumped onto one of my KL Sabahan running friend Benazir who signed up as a volunteer for this event. Regrouped with Ben, Khairul, Akbal, Masrul and Shalena before flag off.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Running: Save The Bornean Elephant Charity Run 2015 (Sabah)

KK No Excuse Runners #KKNER
A week after returning from Kuching Marathon 2015, I continued my running mileage at a local charity event named Save The Borneon Elephant Charity Run held on 23 August 2015 at the Likas Stadium car park area.

Registration fee was at RM60 (early bird) available via online and walk-in at Perfomance Sportz weeks early prior to race date. The medal design was one of the main reason for my participation. The unique finisher medal could be a great addition to my finisher medal collections.

Why Save The Borneon Elephant?
Because the world’s elephants are in trouble and need your help.
Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade.

Race Pack Collection Day
The REPC was straight forward. I was given the correct size of running tee and race bib. There was also discount vouchers added in. The running tee size was similar with the prvs race event held. REPC was held at Performance Sportz located at Likas Driving Range since Tuesday.

Race Day
Parking was ample at first come first serve basis. There were RELA officials on duty seen around the parking area. Regrouped with KKNER members and friends at the starting line. At 6.00 am, participants were flagged off at the public car park area instead of Likas Stadium this round.

Running Friends (KKNER)
The race route was basically flat along the scenic coastal main road. Water stations were well located along the race route with mineral water and isotonic drink. There were official photographers from Rapidshutter Inc. and some runner cum photographers at this event too. Bumped onto tons of running friends along the race route like Khairul, Akbal, Bob, Pamela and also Shar Radzlee. Spotted Marathon Mohan and some participants from LYN Runners supporting this charity event.

Event Area
Event Area
Completed the 11KM charity run at 1:15 hours receiving my finisher medal at the finishing line. The was no free water at the finishing line except the ones given by one of the event sponsors which was apple flavour.

Finisher Medal