Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon Returns in 2024


KOTA KINABALU, 20 May 2024 – The world-renowned Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon returns after a 7-year hiatus. Yang Berhormat Datuk Christina Liew, Sabah’s Minister of Tourism, Culture, & Environment (KePKAS) has announced in today’s press conference that the premier event will take place on 6 October 2024 at Kinabalu Park.


Celebrating its 31st edition, the categories are divided into 3 types – Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite, and Men’s Veteran (40 years above). The challenging course spans 26 kilometres, with an elevation gain of 2,760 metres. Participants embark on a gruelling journey, covering 13.3 kilometres from start to midpoint and another 13.3 kilometres to the finish line – a true test of physical and mental endurance.


With strict cutoff times, participants will face the ultimate test of endurance and determination as they navigate the challenging terrain of Mount Kinabalu. The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon has firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious mountain running competitions globally, drawing elite athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from across the globe.



Expressing her excitement for the event’s resurgence, YB Datuk Christina Liew remarked, “The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is more than just a race; it embodies the unbeatable human spirit, endurance, and the breathtaking beauty of Sabah. We eagerly welcome athletes from across the globe to tackle this formidable challenge and experience the magnificence of Mount Kinabalu.”


She continued, “This event highlights our steadfast commitment to sustainable tourism and environmental conservation. We aim for participants to not only push their physical limits but also to develop a profound appreciation for Sabah’s natural wonders. Let this event inspire us all to safeguard and cherish our environment for generations to come.”
Among the many objectives of Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is to stimulate the local economy by providing an economic boost to local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and tour operators, benefiting from the increased activity and spending associated with the event.


Furthermore, the event also aims to revive itself as a historical event and reinstating it honours the tradition and legacy of the race. It brings back an event that is cherished by many and has significant historical importance to the local community.


Mount Kinabalu is one of the highest mountains in Southeast Asia. It is also the 20th tallest mountain in the world by topographic prominence and is one of the highest peaks in the world that is easily trekked by most climbers. On 24th of May 2023, Sabah received the title of Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark, making Malaysia the third country globally to receive the triple crown by UNESCO. The declaration of the Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark made Sabah the third location in the world, after China and Korea, to attain the prestigious triple crown status. Sabah’s two other UNESCO “crowns” include Kinabalu Park, designated a World Heritage Site on the 2nd of December 2000, and the UNESCO Crocker Range Biosphere Reserve, declared on the 12th of June 2014.


The event is sponsored by our valued partner, K2 Drinking Water, whose support strengthens our conservation initiatives. Their 100% rPET bottled water, the first of its kind in Malaysia, is hygienically purified and bottled to the highest standards. With reduced materials in its labels and caps, it’s an environmentally friendly choice alongside its PET composition.


Registration opens on 4 June 2024. Participants must submit a qualification form to participate. For further information and registration, please visit or email