Run competitively or for fun, pick up a medal AND have a holiday at the same time.

The 2015 active lifestyle calendar started with a bang for Sabah with running events mushrooming much to the delight of running freaks around the region. The main ones continue to be the highlight such as Borneo International Marathon, Sabah Adventure Challenge, Colorcoil TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon and Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon.

Here is a list latest events you can sign up during one of your quick weekend visit to Sabah.


Date Event Distance Why you should join
18 Jan Alliance Bank Sabah Coastal Run 12km New event! The organizers plan to have this yearly



Date Event Distance Why you should join
8 Feb Penampang Run 10km New event! This is an event to be held at the district of Penampang.



Date Event Distance Why you should join
1 Mar X12 Dark Run 42km, 21km, 10km, 5km New event! As the name suggests, runners run at night where it’s cooler.
1 Mar Beaufort 60k Ultra
A Bridge Too Far
60km The 60k hottest road race in Malaysia makes a comeback. Temperatures can go as high as 39 Celsius.
8 Mar Specialized KK Duathlon An event sponsored by Specialized bikes comprising of 4km run-40km bike-8km run
29 Mar Red Crescent Malaysia Charity Run 10km New event! Charity run



Date Event Distance Why you should join
3-5 Apr Sabah Adventure Challenge 100km ultra The longest running adventure race in Asia celebrating 16 years of adventure racing.
25 Apr Tambunan Kaamatan Charity Run 11km New event! Hilly course in the interior of Sabah held in conjunction with Harvest Festival in May.



Date Event Distance Why you should join
3 May Borneo International Marathon 42km, 21km, 10km Sabah’s most-loved event, now in its 8th year. Course runs along the coast overlooking the South China Sea and if runners are lucky, a peek at sun rising in the East with a view of Mt Kinabalu
16 May Colorcoil Hasuu Tasu Trail Run 25km 25km trail run
16-17 May Salt Trail Challenge 25.5km Runners go through the historical Salt Trail in Sabah’s interior. In the old days villagers from interior trekked many days on small trails to the West Coast to exchange their goods for salt.



Date Event Distance Why you should join
5 – 7 Jun X3 Challenges 21km, 10km, 5km New event! A 3-day challenge with a run followed by a bike-run and lastly swim-bike-run on the 3rd day.



Date Event Distance Why you should join
8 – 9 Aug XRace 123 123km, 61km, 40km New event! A duathlon series. An Ultra (total 123km) to a Sprint (total 40km).
29 Aug 7k Sutera Harbour Sunset Charity run 7km This is an all-time favourite family run held just before sunset.
29 Aug Colorcoil TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon 50km, 100km The most beautiful and brutal trail race at the foothills of Mt Kinabalu. A UTMB qualifier



Date Event Distance Why you should join
26 Sep Borneon Run 7 km Borneo’s most electrifying night Run! This Borneo Themed fun-run is a celebration of Borneo Heritage with the excitement of Night Running on favourite run route with Special lighting effects and decorations.
27 Sep Borneo Mud Challenge 10 km The slowest race, featuring a 10-km race with 25 medium-to-high level obstacle courses.



Date Event Distance Why you should join
17-18 Oct Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 33km (summit), 23km (adventure) This world-famous event needs no introduction



Date Event Distance Why you should join
1 Nov Xtrail Ranauthlon15 42km, 21 km and 10km Trail running through tea plantation, hills streams and unbeaten paths.



Date Event Distance Why you should join
5-6 Dec XC2- Xtreme Course Challenge 18km New event! 18km obstacle course.


For a complete calendar of running events in Malaysia, click here



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