The Race

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, 10-11th March, 2017

The Borneo Ultra-Trail® Marathon 2017 is an extreme, outdoor ultra trail marathon that will take runners through a combination of natural jungle settings and cultural landscapes via trails, dirt tracks and back-roads in the Kiulu Valley North of Kota Kinabalu. There will be sweeping views over the surrounding ridges and valleys as well as to the majestic Mount Kinabalu to the north-east of the area. 

Routes for 2018  

The 2018 routes are still being reviewed, but are at this stage anticipated to be similar to the 2018 routes with the start/finish location at Pekan Kiulu. Outlines of the 2017 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.

For maps and profiles for the tentative routes, please refer to separate page under Race Info. 

The 2017 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. 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 are very real and can be felt when you are out on the course J 


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.   

Entry Fees & Conditions

Standard Entries closed on 30th December, 2016. Late entries after 30th December 2016 are allowed up to 14th January, but with no guarantees of t-shirts and medals as these have already been ordered. Final deadline for registration and payment is 14th January, 2017.

Standard Entry Fees Per Runner 

  • 12K:    RM 150 per person
  • 30K:    RM 200 per person
  • 50K:    RM 350 per person
  • 100K:  RM 500 per person 

Each runner is allocated: 

  • 1 Official Race Bib & timing chip for tracking and results
  • Finish Baggage tag x 1 per competitor (12k, 30k, 50k and 100k)
  • Drop bag tag x 1 per competitor (100k only)
  • Official Borneo Ultra-Trail® Event Tee 
  • Water, fruits, snacks at aid stations during the race
  • A light meal at the finish line
  • A half-way meal for the 100k competitors 


Finishers of the event are further provided: 

  • A finishers medal (all categories)
  • A finisher's t-shirt (except the 12k category)
  • An official e-cert stating their official time and standing in the event which can be downloaded once the official results are completed. 

Bus Transfers  

Bus transfer between Kota Kinabalu and the start/finish area can be purchased as an optional item. Bus transfers must be ordered and paid for by 10th February, 2018 at the latest.

Bus Transfer Fees 

  • Bus transfer to Start Line/Return Journey (2 way transfer):  RM100 per person
  • Bus transfer (1 way only):  RM50 per person  

Bus Transfer departure/drop off points for BUTM 2018 

  • Downtown Kota Kinabalu (opposite Hyatt Regency Kinabalu/Next to Burger King) (referred to as Downtown in your booking)
  • Avangio Hotel, Metro Town, Kota Kinabalu (referred to as Metro Town in your booking)
  • Mega D Aru Hotel, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu (referred to Mega in your booking) 

Competitor Responsibilities and Requirements

Runners are required to be self sufficient on the race course with water stations (WS) set up to cater for re-filling of hydration packs or water bottles at intervals of about 10km along the marked race course. Participants must carry a set of mandatory safety kit according to their category as stated in the mandatory kit list. Runners are expected to be physically conditioned for their category and distance they will be participating in.

Runners upon registering for the event agree to:

  • Adhere to the event rules and regulations at all times during participation
  • Adhere to the mandatory kit and the rules pertaining to the use of the items
  • Accept the risks associated with ultra trail running and the outdoors
  • To compete in a fair and sensible manner without resorting to any form of cheating or going against the spirit of the race
  • To compete and complete the event drug free (i.e. without resorting to illegal medicines or substances)
  • Adhere to the environmental policy of no littering on the race course - all litter must be appropriately disposed off at the aid stations.

All runners must adhere to the set rules and regulations, as well as the medical requirements stated on the registration form that they do not suffer from any of the stated medical conditions in order to participate in this event.

Runners suffering the following medical conditions ARE NOT ALLOWED to participate in this event:
1)    Congenital or rheumatic heart conditions
2)    Hypertension (not allowed to compete in the 50k and 100k category.)
3)    Myocarditis and other heart conditions
4)    Coronary heart disease, coronary arterial disease
5)    Serious arrhythmia
6)    Diabetes
7)    Any other disease which can be aggravated by running
8)    Allergic reaction to bee stings

Mandatory Kit List

Please note the mandatory kit list may be updated between now and at least 30 days before the event date. Do check updates relating to the event to stay informed at all times. The mandatory equipment list is included under Rules & Regulations, and available for downloading at the link below.

Download the full list here.



Please Refer to Separate Section on web site  


Hotels near bus departure points for BUTM 2018

There are a large number of hotels available in Kota Kinabalu to suit the requirements by runners. Some examples close to the bus departure locations are listed below.

1-Avangio Hotel (Accor Group) at Metro Town, Kota Kinabalu.


This 4 star Accor Group (Holiday Inn/Mercure/Sofitel/Ibis) hotel is 200 meters from the Borneo Ultra Trails S/B office and official registration center for BUTM 2017 and is a convenient location for runner's flying in exclusively to compete in BUTM 2017 who are not interested in the night life or being in the city center and want an easy passage from hotel to bus to the START/FINISH venue of the event.

Hotel is located 20 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and is serviced by airport van's and taxi's.

2-Shangri-La Hotel at Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu (5 star hotel)


3-Mega D Aru Hotel at Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu (3 star hotel)


4-Crown Borneo Hotel at Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu


5-Golden Hill Hotel, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu


**Hotel (2) requires a 10 minutes taxi ride to Tanjung Aru township for the bus transfer departure point directly in front of Mega D Aru Hotel.

**Hotels (3/4/5) are directly in front of the bus transfer location for Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

6-Horizon Hotel, Downtown Kota Kinabalu (near Jalan Gaya)


7-Hyatt Regency Kinabalu (directly opposite bus departure point for Downtown Kinabalu)


Various backpacker lodges, budget hotels are located within a 10 minute walk to the bus departure point in Downtown Kota Kinabalu. Do check with us before confirming your hotel reservation if the hotel you wish to select is located within walking distance to your Downtown bus departure point. 


All registrations are via Racematix. Each runner who does not already have a profile on Racematix must establish a race profile. This is free and easy. Accurate personal details per passport/IC must be entered to avoid any confusion during registration and race pack collection.

There are two payment options provided on Racematix:  1) Via direct transfer to the BUT bank account (details provided below).  2) Payment via Paypal / Credit Card, which incurs bank charges.

For registration for the event, please proceed to the registration page, which will direct you to the Racematix registration page.


Event Organizer's Bank Details 

Borneo Ultra Trails Sdn. Bhd.

Bank Name : Maybank

Account number : 510013-612519  

Transfers, Cancellation & Refunds Including event terms and conditions

Runner's may request a full refund within 7 day's from the date of payment by emailing the organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No refunds will be possible after the 7 day period. Runner's may request for a bib transfer up to the close of registrations with an admin fee charge of RM30 per change payable before the deadline. Bus transfer cancellations are accepted up to 30 day's before the event date and refund's are possible with a full 100% refund up to 90 days before the event, 50% refunded up to 30 day's before the event. No refunds will be possible at less than 30 day's before the event. All entry fee and bus transfer payments/purchases as well as bib swap payments must be banked in directly to Borneo Ultra Trails Sdn Bhd directly and a copy of the payment slip emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the deadline.

It is the responsibility of all runner's to check the official competitor dropbox folder to ensure their event tee sizing, name spelling, nationality and bus transfer's are correct. The organization reserves the right to modify and change the design, color and quality of the official event tee if neccessary. The organization reserves the right to change, modify the start times of the event, change the event date if it is absolutely neccessary in the event of an issue relating to safety and health as well as to postpone the event if act's of god deem it unsafe to conduct the event at that event date. No refunds will be entertained for any flight or hotel changes from runner's as this is part and parcel of the risks' of participating in an outdoor trail running event. If the event is postponed, it will be postponed to a date that allows everyone sufficient time to re-plan/re-book their flights and hotel bookings.