The North Face Malaysian Mountain Trail Festival
November 2-5, 2023
Esplanade – Taiping – Perak
West Malaysia – Asia
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2023 is in its 6th edition and will take place between 2 – 5 November 2023 in the small and humble historical town of Taiping, situated in the state of Perak on the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia.
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2023 will see runners gunning for honors in 5 race distances namely Vertical Kilometer (VK), 13KM Freshmen Challenge, 25KM Ball-Breaker Challenge, 50KM Ultra Challenge, and 100KM Ultra-Trail Challenge.
Runners in every race distance will have an opportunity of a lifetime to journey through the different trails surrounding the iconic Taiping Lake Garden and our pristine rainforest reserve. This would include an adventure through the Virgin Jungle Reserves (VJR) plots for runners in the VK, 50KM, and 100KM categories. The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival is the only race in Malaysia that offers runners a lifetime experience through the Virgin Jungle Reserves (VJR). This is made possible by our partner, the Forestry Department of Perak, and after immense preparation year after year by the event team since 2015.
Runners will be tested with multiple elevation gains of 1000m for the VK, 350m for the 13KM, 1360m for the 25KM, 2960m for the 50KM, and 5330m for the 100KM.
The Vertical Kilometer (VK) is the only VK race in Malaysia. This is a time-trial challenge where runners have to cover 1000m +(ve) gain in just over 5KM. The 13KM Freshmen Challenge consists of well-mixed terrains that best suits beginners. The 25KM Ball-Breaker Challenge follows the world-renowned hashing ball-breaker challenge format. The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2023 will have 2 versions of Ultra Challenges namely the 50KM Ultra Challenge and 100KM Ultra-Trail Challenge.
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2023 is an Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB) Index Race since 2018 and remains part of the Asia Trail Master (ATM) Championship Series race since 2019. The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2023 remains the only International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) Certified Course Label in Malaysia.
The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2023 is a member of the International Trail Running Association (ITRA). The race is also certified by ITRA where the 25KM, 50KM, and 100KM are accorded 1 POINT, 3 POINT, and 5 POINT respectively.
Part of the existence of The North Face® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival is to give back to society. The #LOSEYOURMINDDISCOVERYOURSOUL meant runners are taken through a journey that would allow them to lose their minds and discover their souls. #LOSEYOURMINDDISCOVERYOURSOUL signifies projects that would allow the event team to contribute back to the community surrounding the race. Since 2018, many have benefitted from the race. From mountain porters to less fortunate students, and from front liners to the champion trail runners amongst us. Part of the registration fees since 2018 had been paid to Bukit Larut/ Maxwell Hill Management for maintaining and upgrading our Bukit Larut/ Maxwell Hill and since the summer of 2022, the organizer has moved upwards to develop Maxwell Basecamp in its effort to make Taiping a trail running and hiking destination. Some 4000 trees are replanted on a 4 acres site at the end of 2022 in our sustainability and conservation effort. This is made possible as each year the event team allocates part of the registration fees paid towards various green programs. This is in line with our support towards ITRA Green Program, Malaysia 100 million Tree Planting Program, and VISION 2025 pledge we have taken since 2020 in our effort to cut down our environmental impact by 50% and to make the race sustainable.
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