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Tropical Rainforest Run 2024

November 24 @ 08:00 - 17:00

Tropical Rainforest Run 2024 

Attention all adventurers, running enthusiasts, and nature lovers! The 3rd Edition of the Tropical Rainforest Run is back with a new trail leading to one of the highest peaks of Tawau, Mount Lucia! Prepare to challenge yourself and push your limits on the newly introduced 28KM loop trail of the Tropical Rainforest Run, happening on 24 November 2024.


Introducing Sabah’s Tropical Rainforest Run

We’re back for another thrilling year of running through the world’s tallest trees in the heart of Borneo’s tropical rainforest. Take your pick from two races: the 28km Tropical Rainforest Trail Run for seasoned trail runners, or the 6km Sulphurous Springs Fun Run for adventurous beginners! Join us in raising awareness for rainforest conservation and wildlife preservation in Sabah. Wait no more —lace up your shoes and traverse the lush tropical rainforest of Tawau Hills Park!


Trail Information

A) 28 KM Trails via the Mt Lucia Trail

Distance                : 28 kilometres

Elevation Gain      : 1200 metres

Trail Type              : Loop trail

Trail Name            : Mount Lucia Trails


Trail Conditions:

Elevation Gain: The trail starts at Tawau Hills Park and gradually ascends with an elevation gain of 1200 metres. 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 adventurous and challenging 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 prioritise your safety.

Leech Protection: Use leech repellent to prevent leeches from attaching to you.


B) 6 KM 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.


Registration Details
We will be announcing the registration details soon. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further updates.


For further enquiries, please contact us at greetings@hellosabah.com via email or call our general line at (+60)88 232121.  


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Recap of Tropical Rainforest Run 2023


November 24
08:00 - 17:00