Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon Returns After Seven-Year Hiatus

Great news for adventure enthusiasts! The world-renowned Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is making a grand comeback on 6 October after a seven-year break.

On 28 May, Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew announced the exciting news of the 31st edition of the climbathon, often dubbed the "World's Toughest Mountain Race."

“It’s the perfect time to bring the Climbathon back after seven years. We could have done it earlier, but the Covid-19 pandemic and some technical issues got in the way. Now, we’re ready to roll, and we’re expecting around 200 participants for the Climbathon,” Liew announced at a press conference.

Photo caption: Safrey Sumping (Photo credit: Sri Pelancongan Sabah)

The last edition took place in 2017, with Sabah's runner and's mountain guide Safrey Sumping and Philippines athlete Sandi Menchi Catlona Abahan defending their titles in the Men's and Women's Elite categories for the second consecutive year.

This year's Climbathon at Kinabalu Park will feature the Men's Elite, Women's Elite, and Men's Veteran (40 years and above) categories.

The challenging 26-kilometre course with strict cutoff times will push participants to their limits, testing their endurance and determination as they race up and down the majestic Mount Kinabalu.

“The Climbathon is more than just a race. It embodies the indomitable human spirit, endurance, and the breathtaking beauty of Sabah. We eagerly welcome athletes from around the world to take on this formidable challenge and experience the magnificence of Mount Kinabalu,” Liew said.

Registration for the 31st Climbathon kicks off on 4 June. For more information and to register, visit Hello Sabah and Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon or email

Featured image credit: Sri Pelancongan Sabah


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