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Borneo International Marathon 2016: Kick Post-Holiday Blues in the Butt!

by On Feb 11, 2016
Borneo International Marathon 2016

Book your next ‘runcation’ over the long Labour Day weekend! What better way to unwind then with a short trip to charming Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital in northwest Borneo. Happening on Sunday, 1 May 2016, the Borneo International Marathon 2016 will see 10,000 local and international runners come together to take in the fresh air and laid-back vibe of the city.

About The Borneo International Marathon (BIM) 2016

The event will feature a 42 km Full Marathon and 21 km Half Marathon with Men’s and Women’s Open and Veteran categories. There will also be a 10 km category open to adults and school children.

With a starting time at 3:00 a.m., full marathoners will get to enjoy the beautiful morning sunrise along the way. The Half Marathon will flag off at 5:00 a.m., followed by the 10 km Open Run at 6:00 a.m., and the 10 km Student Run 15 minutes later.

Water stations start at the 3 km point while isotonic drink stations start at the 6 km point; both will be available every 3 km. There will also be energy and first aid stations en route.

The top 10 men and women in all categories, as well as the first 15 boys and girls in the student run will win cash prizes. The leading three boys and girls will bag trophies too.

Borneo International Marathon 2016

Photo Credit: Courtesy from the Sabah Tourism Board

Fuel up after the race with an array of sumptuous noodles and other yummy treats which Kota Kinabalu is known for. There's so much to do before and after the race in the picturesque coastal city partially surrounded by rainforests.

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What To Do At Mt. Kinabalu

Visit the iconic and recently reopened Mt. Kinabalu, or go on any of the several nature walking tours around. Go scuba-diving or snorkelling in crystalline clear waters, and island hop while you're at it. Whatever you do, do make time to linger at a beach and watch the spectacular, fiery sunsets.

Mt Kinabalu Peaks

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia.

Sign Up For The Borneo International Marathon!

Normal registration fees are now RM 180 for the Full Marathon, RM 150 for the Half Marathon, and RM 120 for the 10 km Run. Malaysians will get to enjoy lower registration fees.

Students aged 17 years and below can take part in the 10 km Student Run for RM 50.

Normal fee rates are limited to 1,000 runners per distance category. There will also be a few hundred spaces left at higher, late fee rates—but why wait? Why not sign up as a team and go together?

All participants are entitled to a running T-shirt, finisher’s medal, finisher’s e-certificate, and goodie bag. Full marathoners will get to bring home a finisher’s T-shirt too!

For more information, please visit the official Borneo International Marathon website.

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