Routes for 2018

The 2018 routes are still being reviewed, but are at this stage anticipated to be similar to the 2017 routes with the start/finish location at Pekan Kiulu. Outlines of the routes and elevation profiles are provided below together with course details. Any updates for 2018 and more detailed route descriptions will be provided to all competitors prior to the race.

The Water (Aid) stations are numbered W1 to W10 based on the 100 km course. The 12k, 30k and 50k courses will skip W1 to W5 and go to W6 from the start - please refer to the course maps below.

The routes have been ITRA rated for 5 points for the 100k, 3 points for the 50k and 2 points for the 30k routes and a mountain rating of 5 for all three courses. The three ITRA rated courses are also qualifying courses for the Ultra-Trail® du Mont Blanc (UTMB) and other courses using the ITRA course certification for qualifying. You will note that the accumulated elevation gains in the ITRA ratings are lower than in the course details below. This is due to a filtering process performed by ITRA where they filter out smaller undulations which could be caused by inaccuracies in the measurements. We have kept them in as we know that many parts of the flatter looking sections have these small ups and downs which can be felt when you are out on the course.

NOTE The distances and elevation gains/losses provided are measured with a Garmin GPS62S. You may find that you get different data if you are carrying a gps or other device to measure distances and elevations during the race. You will most likely record longer distances. This is due to a combination of inaccuracies in the GPS recording through for instance loss of signal under forest canopies, additional distance travelled around aid stations etc. Wrist-type gps devices may not have as good reception and be as reliable as the larger GPS units.


12 km Route

The 2018 12 km route climbs two parallel ridge lines with good views to Mt. Kinabalu on a clear day. It starts off with a short sealed road section, then onto a fairly wide gravel road with plenty of room to overtake. After about 4 km climb, a steeper downhill on a washed-out dirt road turning trail takes competitors to another dirt/gravel road and W6. A steep trail through forest/rubber and cleared patches takes competitors to the top of the second ridge, which is then followed on a dirt road and then trail to the sealed road at the bottom. A couple of kilometers on a variety of sealed road, dirt roads and trail brings the competitors back to the start/finish area.


30 km Route

The 2018 30 km route has 3 major hills - see profile below.


50 km Route

The 50 km route is an extension of the 30 km route with two extra loops.



100 km Route

The 100 km route resembles a figure 8 with two loops each of 50 km, see figure below. The blue loop with the largest hills and the most technical section on the course will be completed first to ensure daylight on the technical section. Competitors then return to the start/finish area, which also works as half-way station with access to the competitors half-way drop-bag and provision of the main halfway meal. This will be followed by the yellow loop, which is identical to the 50 km course.