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Tropical Rainforest Run 2023

November 26, 2023 @ 07:00 - 17:00

Calling all adventurers, fitness enthusiasts, and nature lovers! Embrace the challenge and push your boundaries in the Tropical Rainforest Run this 26 November 2023. Read on to discover more: 



Unveiling the Wonders of Sabah’s Tropical Rainforest Run

Experience the thrill of running amidst the world’s tallest trees in the heart of Borneo’s tropical rainforest. Choose between two races: 21km Tropical Rainforest Trail Run for seasoned trail enthusiasts or 6km Sulphurous Springs Fun Run for adventurous beginners! Run for rainforest conservation awareness and Sabah’s wildlife preservation! What are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and run through the heart of Tawau Hills Park’s tropical rainforest!


Map Route


Trail Information

A) 21KM Trails via the Mt Lucia Trail

Distance               : 21 kilometres (10.5 km going up and 10.5 km coming back)

Elevation Gain      : 800 metres

Trail Type             : Out and back

Trail Name           : Mount Lucia Trails


Trail Conditions:

    • Elevation Gain: The trail starts at Tawau Hills Park and gradually ascends with an elevation gain of 800 meters over the 10.5 kilometres to Mount Lucia. This climb offers runners a challenging yet rewarding experience as they push their limits and conquer the ascent.
    • Terrain: The trail primarily consists of flat stretches, which makes for comfortable running, especially at the beginning. However, as you progress toward Mount Lucia, expect some steep sections that will truly test your endurance and agility.
    • Natural Beauty: One of the most captivating aspects of this trail is its pristine surroundings. You’ll find yourself immersed in a tropical rainforest, surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna. Towering trees provide shade and a serene backdrop, making this run a feast for the senses.
    • Wildlife Encounters: Keep your eyes peeled as you might be lucky enough to spot various wildlife species. Gibbons swinging through the trees, redleaf monkeys frolicking in the canopy, barking deers darting through the undergrowth, and the distinctive calls of hornbills and other birds will add a thrilling dimension to your run.
    • River Crossing: Along the way, you’ll encounter a picturesque river, offering a refreshing break to cool down and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you.
    • Friendly Leeches: Don’t be surprised if you encounter some friendly leeches on the trail. These harmless creatures are a part of the natural ecosystem.
    • Scenic Highlights: As you approach Mount Lucia, the trail will take you through tall and massive trees that seem to touch the sky. These giants of the forest create an enchanting and almost surreal atmosphere.

Safety Tips:

    • Prepare Adequately: Ensure you’re well-prepared for this challenging run with proper trail running gear, including good-quality trail shoes, hydration packs, and a first aid kit.
    • Weather Awareness: Tropical rainforests can be unpredictable, so be ready for sudden changes in weather.
    • Wildlife Etiquette: While wildlife sightings can be exciting, maintain a respectful distance and do not disturb the animals. Always prioritize your safety.
    • Leech Protection: Use leech repellent to prevent leeches from attaching to you.



B) 6KM Trails to the Sulphurous Springs

Trail Condition:
The Tawau Hills Park trail offers a diverse terrain that keeps runners engaged throughout the course. It begins with a relatively flat path that gradually transitions into more challenging sections. While some parts of the trail are smooth and easy to navigate, be prepared for areas that are steep and slippery. It’s essential to wear appropriate footwear and exercise caution in these sections.

Scenic Highlights:
One of the most remarkable features of this trail is its location near the Tawau Hills Park sulphureous hot spring. As you run through the forest, you’ll be surrounded by pristine wilderness, providing you with a unique opportunity to connect with nature. If you’re lucky, you might spot some of the park’s diverse wildlife, including gibbons, redleaf monkeys, barking deer, samba deer, hornbills, various bird species, wild boars, and more. Keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready for these incredible encounters.

Natural Wonders:
As you make your way through the trail, you’ll also pass by a meandering river, providing a refreshing break and a chance to soak in the sights and sounds of flowing water. Additionally, you might encounter some friendly leeches along the way, which are an integral part of the rainforest ecosystem. Tall and majestic trees will tower over you, creating a canopy that adds to the enchantment of this run.

Out and Back Trail:
The Tawau Hills Park trail is an out-and-back route, covering a total of 6 kilometres. The first 3 kilometres lead you uphill, offering a rewarding challenge for those seeking a physical workout. The return journey, which is also 3 kilometres, allows you to retrace your steps and experience the trail from a different perspective. Keep in mind that the total distance may vary slightly due to the natural contours of the trail.

A Message for Trail Runners:
This 6KM Trail Run at Tawau Hills Park is all about immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. It’s not a race to the finish line; instead, it’s an opportunity to savour the rainforest’s wonders at your own pace. Take breaks, capture breath-taking moments, and appreciate the serenity that only a tropical rainforest can offer. Be mindful of the environment, stay safe, and cherish the memories created during this fun and awe-inspiring trail run.


Race Pack


Race Pack Collection


Bus Transfer Schedule 


Cash Prizes


Here is the list of results for the Tropical Rainforest Run 2023


Registration Fees and Easy Registration Process
Register for your chosen category HERE!

Take advantage of our early bird special prices:

Registration Inclusions
Your fee covers a T-Shirt, bib, medal and a certificate of participation. Plus, 10% of all running fees will support the Tawau Hills Park conservation project.


Deadline of Registration
12 November 2023


Recap of Tropical Rainforest Run 2019


Stay Connected and Don’t Miss Out!
RSVP your attendance on our Tropical Rainforest Run Facebook event page! And stay tuned for more details by following us at @hellosabah on Facebook and Instagram.


For further enquiries, please contact Mr. Wenceslaus via email at wences@sabahtourism.com or call our general line at (+60)88 232121.  


November 26, 2023
07:00 - 17:00


Tawau Hills Park
Tawau Hills Park (Taman Bukit Tawau)
Tawau, Sabah 91000 Malaysia
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