Race Information

The Race Series

The Super Kerbau Trail Run Series 2016/2017 is a roaming trail running series that will take runners through jungle, village trails and back roads in selected parts of Sabah on the island of Borneo. The Super Kerbau courses are designed for beginners and experienced trail runners alike, with a combination of trails and hills providing ample challenge for a fun day out. 

The members behind Borneo Ultra Trails Sdn Bhd have been organizing races in Sabah since 1998 and have a long history of organizing some of the best races in Malaysia and South East Asia, including the legendary Sabah Adventure Challenge, TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon and the BUTM Ultra Trail Marathon which are big and tough races. The Super Kerbau race series is an ideal introductory to trail running to train for one of the longer courses of the bigger events.

Three races in the Super Kerbau Series of Races have been held till date, with the fourth and final of the present series planned for 10th December, 2017:

Race #1-Sunday, 18th September 2016, Kiulu, Tuaran District, Sabah
Race #2-Sunday, 11th December 2016, Pukak, Tuaran District, Sabah
Race #3-Sunday, 21st May, 2017, Tambunan, Sabah
Race #4-Sunday, 10th December, 2017, Kiulu Valley, Sabah

The race has three categories with distances in the order of 5-10 km, 15 km and 30 km, the race is designed to allow both beginners and experienced runners to take part and be challenged. Runners are advised to be medically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges ahead as runners are likely to be exposed to both hot, wet and muddy conditions, dependent on the weather on race day.

Race #4 (10th December, 2017)

The fourth and final event in the 2016/17 series was originally intended to be held in the interior district of Tambunan following on from Race #3, but due to a clash with another event, we have opted to move back to where it started in the Kiulu Valley. The exact race course will be finalized over the coming weekends and announced here once all permits are in place.

The race format will be maintained as stated above with the "short", "medium" and "long" courses, and the overall timing will also be maintained from previous events.

Outline of race course:

The course details for the final race is still being finalized. Race maps and course details will be provided when the race course has been finalized. The outline of the race courses below may be subject to changes.

Tentatively, all three races will start and finish at a central location within the Kiulu Valley, with the start at 7 am on Sunday, 10th of December, 2017. The shorter route is expected to be between 5 and 10 km and is designed to be suitable for beginners with no prior experience from trail running. The course will include some elevation that will test the fitness of competitors, but the cutoff times will be generous to ensure that everyone with a reasonable base fitness can complete this course. The mid distance course will be targeted to be in the order of 15 km with additional elevation gains, while the longer course is targeted to be in the order of 30 km, allowing even seasoned runners to be challenged and get a good training session in for longer races.  

Apart from the start and finish, there will be 2-3 aid stations along the routes with provision of water and potentially fruits/snacks.

Cutoff times have been set to enable us to manage the course. These are generally very generous, but 30k participants do need to keep a steady pace to stay within the cutoff time and finish before dark. Cutoff times for the total race distances are tentatively set to:

 short course:        4 hours 
 medium course:    6 hours
 long course:        11 hours 


An outline itinerary is provided below. This may be subject to changes as details are firmed up, so please recheck details closer to the race day if you are joining the event.

Race Pack Collection

Prior to the race, all runners must:

  • Pick up their race packs;
  • Sign a waiver and indemnity form (will be provided for download prior to race pack collection);
  • Provide a photocopy of their MYKARD or passport
  • Show compulsory equipment during race pack collection.

Race pack collection will be held at the BUT office over 2 days leading up to the race: 

  1. Friday 8th of December, 2017 from 11.00am - 7.00pm
  2. Saturday 9th of December, 2017 from 11.00am - 3.00 pm.

Race pack collection will be at: Borneo Ultra Trails S/B Office, Block F, 2nd Floor, Unit No. 1, Corner Unit, Metro Town, Jalan Bunga Ulam Raja, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. (see map below)

We do urge that runners register early to avoid congestion and also ensure that you have time to get your compulsory equipment in order if anything is missing. If any runners flying in for the event have difficulties making it for the registration times, please do contact us to make arrangements.