The annual “World’s Toughest Mountain Race” is back with a new route. This year, it will be held on 13th and 14th October 2012. When I checked on Mount Kinabalu Climbathon’s website, I noticed that they will be using a new route – in which they will not include Low’s Peak as one of their check point. In other words, runners will NOT reach the peak of Kinabalu. They only goes “around” the mountain, which starts at Kinabalu Park HQ on The Summit Trail and the highest level that the runners will run is at Layang-Layang Hut, which is 2760.3 meters above sea level.
From Layang-layang, runners will continue to descent using Mesilau Trail and finishes at Kundasang town. Although the route is 2 kilometers longer, (23km compared to 21km originally), the fact that it doesn’t reach the peak of Borneo really makes hard core Kinabalu climbers and runners feels disappointed. Nobody knows why the organizer decided to change the route this year. Hopefully they can revert the route back to the original so that the race will not loose it’s shine and soul.
Check out the map from the organizer here: