26th Mount Kinabalu Climbathon 2012 has a new route!

by drizad on August 13, 2012

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:

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 luke 10.05.12 at 10:55 pm

Nice blog, thanks for sharing. I got lot of information from your blog.

2 Cherly Yap 10.09.12 at 9:47 am

Dear Sirs,

Please inform me for the next year Climbathon; would like to participate.

Thanks & regards,
Cherly Yap

3 Bolko 10.26.12 at 5:32 pm

The Kinabalu Park looks awesome. However due to the rainy weather we didn’t get to go on any of the trails and the visitors center was as far as we got. Disappointed by the weather but definitely not the national park.

Check the weather forecast before visit:
Kinabalu Park weather forecast

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