Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kinabalu Climbathon 2009 - Day 1 & 2

Arrived Kinabalu park on Fri 23rdOct and in front of our eyes Mount Kinabalu stood majestically at 4095.2m. I'm always overwhelmed each time I look at it.

This International Climbathon is the last race for the pro skyrunners in their Skyrunner World Series. Skyrunning means running above 2000m elevation. Kinabalu is know to be THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST MOUNTAIN RACE. It's the steepest race on the circuit, ascending 2250m from 1866m to the summit of 4095m. Distance was only 8.5km so you can imagine the steep climb.

Lunch in KK town before hopping on to shuttle bus ferrying us from KK Tourism office to Kinabalu park.

Registration at park resort. Everyone was disappointed as no T-shirt was given out this year. That guy sitting opposite me was using 2008 T shirt!! Even officials do not have any, what more to say the participants. Poor tourism board. What are they doing??? Stinge till it has to be this way?? Unbelieveable!

One of the most beautiful sunset I ever saw. Alleluia!!!

Day 2 - Veteran and Women open. Tey, Tony, Georgina, Yee Choi sititng and shivering in the cold at 5am before their climb.

Patriotic veteran Sabahan in adidas kampung. Well known climber, porter of Mount Kinabalu.

Officials keeping track of the runners/climbers.

Veteran Sabahans finished 1st - 3rd

Women open champion (Italian) giving a congratulatory hug to 2nd finisher (Spainiard)

Lean and mean calves of the women champion!

What the women champs used for the race

Mens veteran chamions used the real Adidas running shoes while 2nd & 3rd used adidas kampung just like this one. Amazing!

Pix courtesy of Tey's camera D90
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