Kudos to Kuching Fitness Association (KFA) which will be collaborating with Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) to organise a series of six free community runs leading up to the main race. Both parties had also organised the coming Borneo Trail Classic (BTC) which will be held at our Kubah National Park from 16 to 17 October where over 2,000 runners are expected to take part including those from outside Sarawak.
Together with the organisers, we are very optimistic that everything will be alright by August and the runners will be signing up when the organisers launch their website registration starting 8 March and we are also pleased that Sarawak was the only stop in South-East Asia for the Spartan Trail World Championship.
The coming event is also a good platform and opportunity to give the participants the confidence to travel here, putting Sarawak on the world map as travel destination for trail running sport. Over here, we have the best kept trails - from the lush of the rain forest to the paddy fields, a wide of variety of sceneries and moods, an ‘Instagrammable’ opportunities for the participants and perhaps those who are accompanying them too.
For Sarawakians, the coming events will give the opportunities to run alongside world class trail runners, exposing and grooming local athletes to world class standards. The BTC is not limited to the seasoned runners but it is for anyone and everyone as there are different categories for all different age groups and fitness level.
The international event is also giving us a good platform to showcase our unique culture and warm hospitality to the world and it provides an opportunity to help revitalise our tourism industry post Covid-19. Thus, it will help promote trail running and identify local talents to represent Sarawak and competing against the international trail runners.
Sarawak had the opportunity to be showcased in the previous Spartan event held in 2019 because it is the world’s largest endurance brand, had searched all over Asia for the best terrain and community to help build this epic trail event.
For our state to be included in 10 stops for this year's Spartan Trail World Championship series is really an achievement because the other stops also include Spain, Italy, Sweden, Argentina, US, Australia and Hong Kong.
According to the organisers, the BTC comprises five distances - 7km, 10km, 21km, 50km (Trail Run Championship) and 100km (Trail Ultra Championship). Those interested can register at www. borneotrailclassic.com and the event is jointly organised by Kuching Fitness Association and Spartan Trail and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Sarawak.