Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mt KK Climbathon 2011 – Here we Come

In two days' time, we shall be heading to the formidable mountain – Mount Kinabalu – for the Mount Kinabalu Climbathon 22-23 October 2011.
We have been training very hard in the local hills/mountain in Kuala Lumpur and the mother-of-all local Climbathon event is finally here. It is going to be the 25th climbathon and the last race to Low's Peak. As informed, starting next year, it would be more of a trail running event (detour mid-way at Layang-Layang to Mecilau) rather than an extreme challenge.
Yes, we shall charge up the mountain kow kow on event day as this would be the last chance we head to the peak ... :-)
If you watch the movie, Real Steel, COURAGE is stronger than steel for the showdown ... Yeah, we need peak courage for this challenge to reach the summit   ... :-)
The King of Mountains – Marco De Gasperi, the champion (Men’s Open 2010) from Italy only takes 2 hours 33 minutes to return (from running to the peak). One way to the peak is only 01:35:29. Amazing feat !
This is the most satisfying photo taken by yours truly (KC). When Marco extends his arms while crossing the finishing line, it is as though he is carrying the Malaysian flag beneath his arm. (photographic equipment courtesy of SCHOnline)

Let me share with you a light-hearted conversation leading to Mt KK Climbathon 2011:
Challenger A: I am wondering how to bring my Red Bull energy drink along since I only bring hand-carry luggage in the flight to Kota Kinabalu. Hope they sell there.
Challenger B: Have you fined-tune the lead time for the energy drink to take effect? Sound like a good idea to take this drink and charge up the mountain like a bull ... ha ha
Challenger C: Local strategy ... consume bananas every day until this Friday (eve of the Climbathon) and drink plenty of water…. Hmmm, no cramps some more.
Challenger A: 45 minutes of lead time for the drink to turbo-charge your engine.
Challenger B: Okay, the banana and Red Bull drink sound like a potent formula. Not only we charge up the mountain, we can also swing from trees to trees (like monkey) to gain time, if necessary  ... :-)
As for Alex, he has a unique trade secret for the extra boast of energy ... For those who like to drink, Mount Kinabalu is going to be cold so you need extra CALORIES. From now on drink Guinness Stout one bottle or 3 pegs of DOM every night that will give you extra energy and calories.
Do click here to read/view photos of Mt KK Climbathon 2011 happening on 22-23 October.

See you at the starting line
Try Our Best
Posted by KC Leong

1 comment:

FML said...

with kilian journet in the race, it's going to look very interesting. (wonder if there will be live broadcast?)

good luck, hope to see tons of photo as i haven't been to kinabalu yet :( thanks!