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Sabah Adventure Challenge Ultra 60k Trail Run

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The SAC Ultra 60K is the first trail run of it's kind in Malaysia that will be covering the crocker range mountains of Sabah split over two day's in intervals of 25km-30km per day. Competitors will need to navigate with a topographic map and compass and carry a mandatory kit over the remote race course solo, and making their way from check point to check point in quite possibly the hardest trail run in South East Asia.

All competitors who complete the full 60k will be rewarded with a finishers medal and will attend a post-race party at the Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu on the Sunday evening.

Competitors can expect hilly terrain, river crossings, padi fields, and runs through villages as they make their way towards the ultimate objective of completing a scenic and challenging race course as well as completing Malaysia's first Ultra trail run.

All competitors fly into Sabah either before or on the 21st April 2011 morning and are transported to the pleasant farming town of Tambunan, located in the heart of Sabah over the crocker range mountains. There, all competitors will be housed in a "homestay" program with local families and an opportunity not only to discover a side to Sabah few get to experince, as well as an opportunity to mix with fellow competitors and to take on one of the oldest established races in South East Asia.

Race entry fee's include accomodation for four nights and airport pick up/transfers to the race venue and the post race bash. An event goodie bag will be handed out to during official registration and more information will be available shortly as to what goodies will be handed out for the 2011 event.

Places are limited to 100 runners and registration and race updates can be viewed at the official SAC website: www.sabahadventurechallenge.

Race entry fee's are SGD$400 per competitor.

Air Asia, Jet Star and Silk Air fly daily to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah.

The Sabah Adventure Challenge will also be organizing their 13th annual Adventure Race also on the same race course but the competitors will be covering 120 kilometers in a biathlon, mountain biking and trail run over 3 day's instead of 2 for the ultra runners. Competitors may opt to compete in solo or duo categories of the race and places are limited to 60 teams only.

To contact the race organizers, please email: info@sabahadventurechallenge.com

Orienteering and Navigation Clinics in Singapore

Orienteering and navigation clinics will be organized in Singapore by our partners in sport, Edge Adventure Sport and Mr.Wilson Low. Wilson, is a veteran of over a dozen races globally including the iron man race in Hawaii and Australia and is highly rated by the Sabah Adventure Challenge organization.Wilson will bring a wealth of experience to competitors who either have no experince in orienteering or need brushing up on navigation skills.

Aspects covered include:

- Understanding the fundamentals of navigation

- Usage of baseplate and orienteering compasses

- Map-reading in detail (topographical maps and orienteering maps)

- Techniques for evaluating and traversing different terrain based on map interpretation

- Movement and usage of equipment/lights specific to moutain biking, trail running, during the night

- Tactics for different formats of navigation events (rogaine, orienteering, and point-to-point AR)

- Q&A for race-specific navigation strategies

- Post-practice evaluation

Navigation clinics and orienteering practice in Singapore on the following dates:

- Saturday 26 February - Running navigation clinic / practice (PM, dusk / nighttime)

- To Bring! Trail running shoes, high-quality headlamp + spare batteries (for night sessions), Technical sports attire - quick-dry tops/bike jerseys and bike shorts or running shorts/tights. Bring a lightweight rain shell or windbreaker if the weather looks rainy.

Join Edge Adventure Sport on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=118815078144774

or Email them at: edgeadventuresports@live.com.au

More details: http://www.sabahadventurechallenge.com/

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The ultra 60km sounds interesting, wonder if we can leave our overnight stuff with the organiser or do we have to carry it with us over the 2 days

i have that same question. anyway, if you have any questions, please e-mail to info@sabahadventurechallenge.com.

do share with us... thanks!

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The ultra 60km sounds interesting, wonder if we can leave our overnight stuff with the organiser or do we have to carry it with us over the 2 days

i have that same question. anyway, if you have any questions, please e-mail to info@sabahadventurechallenge.com.

do share with us... thanks!

Organiser replied to my query, can leave our overnight stuff at the overnight stop point which is a homestay arranged by the organiser; however need to prepare our own food for the duration of the race, hot water will be provided. Cheers.

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The ultra 60km sounds interesting, wonder if we can leave our overnight stuff with the organiser or do we have to carry it with us over the 2 days

i have that same question. anyway, if you have any questions, please e-mail to info@sabahadventurechallenge.com.

do share with us... thanks!

Organiser replied to my query, can leave our overnight stuff at the overnight stop point which is a homestay arranged by the organiser; however need to prepare our own food for the duration of the race, hot water will be provided. Cheers.

Im keen to do the race. Anyone going?

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Be prepared for some wet and wild fun as well. Not only trails, but i reckon got a number of water hazards along the way. Breaking away from normal Trekking!! Enjoy the pain and scenery as you go along.

Be prepared. It is not how fast you finished! It is completing the race!!

Cheers

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I'm actually interested to sign up for this race. Would be my first overseas race, so not sure how it'll turn out. If anyone is interested to form a group to go together, PM me.

Here are some answers from the organizers.

1. When does the early bird registration close for overseas athletes?

1. Early bird rates end 30th August 2012 for all competitors. It is only open for 2 months as we just launched the early bird program 4 weeks back.

2. How does the 3 day format work for the 75km ultra? Will the runners be running throughout the 3 days or will there be cut off times/stops per day?

2. The format works out with a split of 25km-35km per day for day 1 and 2 with a shorter night run (15-20km) on the last day which will more than likely be a night orienteering section starting at 3am-4am.

3. I have a Salomon XT Advanced skin 5 S-lab (1.5L hydration with some space for additional items), does it meet the mandatory race kit requirements?

3.Yes, the S-Lab does meet the requirements though most competitors carry a minimum of 2litres at the minimum via additional bottles.

4. Will there be any map reading courses nearer the date of the race

4.Yes, basic topographic map reading to get from check point to check point along the race course with race course notes in english for all competitors to help guide them along the race course. Thus far, we have had very little issues with people getting lost or having difficulty navigating from check point to check point.

We won't be conducting anymore map reading classes/courses in Singapore effective Feb 2012 as we have found most runners have been able to adapt to the maps and to understand the basics of map reading without the need for clinics, based on comments we have recieved from other competitors.

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