Tropical Rainforest Run 2023 Celebrates its Second Edition with Global Participation


TAWAU, 26 November 2023 – The Tropical Rainforest Run 2023 returned with its second edition at Tawau Hills Park, a-one day event which was held today to promote healthy lifestyle, environmental preservation and wildlife conservation in Sabah. 


The event kicked off at 7:00 am with a flag-off featuring 214 participants from diverse countries, including Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Singapore, and Malaysia.


The race comprised a 21km run with four categories: “Men Open,” “Men Veteran,” “Women Open,” and “Women Veteran,” followed by the 6km Fun Run category.


To enhance participants’ experience, shuttle buses departed at 4:30 am from Shervinton Executive Boutique Royale Hotel and Borneo Royale Hotel, with return shuttles available from Tawau Hills Park between 12 pm and 3 pm.


Puan Alesia Sion, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, representing YB Datuk Christina Liew, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment Sabah, emphasised the event’s significance in raising awareness about Sabah’s natural beauty and wildlife.


“The Tawau Hills Park is not merely a backdrop for a run; it is a sanctuary that deserves our outmost care and protection. Let us all pledge to be stewards of nature, to cherish its wonders, and to instil in ourselves and future generations of conservation and preservation.”


Additionally, Mr. Ken Pan, the chairman of Sri Pelancongan Sabah, highlighted the significance of collective impact stating, “the rainforest, with its rich biodiversity, relies on our awareness and support. This run isn’t just about personal achievements; it’s about the collective impact we can make”, he said at the flag-off ceremony.  


In a commitment to environmental conservation, 10% of the participants’ running fee will be donated to the wildlife and nature conservation efforts at Tawau Hills Park. 


As the event is open to the public, approximately 400 attendees enjoyed a vibrant atmosphere filled with live music performances by local artist D’Bayu, cultural dances, picnic camping, lucky draw and various merchandise and F&B booths. 


Invited attendees also had the opportunity to witness one of the world’s tallest tropical trees, the Shorea faguetiana or locally known as “Pokok Seraya Siput Kuning”, standing at impressive 88.32 meters. 



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