Spartan Race comes to Sarawak for the first time

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (seated second from right) and Spartan Race director David Fully (standing third from left) and officials and sponsors at the press conference to announce details of the event in Kuching on Tuesday.

KUCHING: The Spartan Race, the world’s largest obstacle race, will be held in Sarawak for the first time on Oct 19 and 20.

The Sarawak leg features a number of events, including the sprint (5km), beast (21km), ultra (42km) and “hurricane heat” categories where individuals would be mentally and physically challenged for 12 hours non-stop.

More than 3,000 international and local runners are expected to take part in the race, which will be flagged off from the Leadership Institute of Sarawak Civil Service.

“So far, about 1,500 participants from Singapore, Japan, Australia and countries as far as Andorra and Malta have confirmed joining,” Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told a press conference here on Tuesday.

He said he would not be surprised if the figure increases to 5,000 or 6,000.

“I believe there will be a lot of participants signing up for this event as Borneo is becoming a popular destination,” he said.

Spartan Race director David Fully said Sarawak is the perfect venue for the event.

He said there are plans to ask the state to host the Asia Pacific Championship next year if the Spartan Race is a success.

Participants will receive a finisher shirt and medal when they complete their respective races.

Those interested may register at www.spartanrace.my.