The Asia Trail Master – Grandmaster Quest is a challenge for trail runners to complete six different Asia Trail Master certified races of 100km and above within a period of two years. Runners who complete the Grandmaster Quest receive a place in the Asia Trail Master Hall of Fame, a specially designed Grandmaster Shield and other benefits.
19-22 October 2023: Ultra-Trail Chiang Rai (UTCR), highly regarded as one of the most challenging and rewarding trail running events in Asia. It takes place in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai, known for its stunning mountain scenery, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife.
2-3 September 2023: Instinct – TMBT Ultra-trail Marathon 2023 – Sabah, Malayisa. This year I returned to take on the 109km category. The race started from Lingkubang and finished at Kundasang, making you climb a total elevation of 5,700m. The TMBT acronym stands for ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’ referring to the majestic Mont Kinabalu. The race course is set over forest ridges, river valleys and village trails around the base of Mont Kinabalu.
The 7th edition of the Ultimate Trails of Penang ECO 2023 took place over the weekend of 18-20 August 2023 at Bukit Mertajam, in the state of Penang, Malaysia. The inaugural edition of the Penang ECO 100km was the first ever ultra-trail event in West Malaysia back in 2015.
This picture only tells half the story. You may see a moment of triumph through the smile and raised hands as I crossed the finish line. A successful outing.
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This is perhaps one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself. Everyone wants the good stuff – success, riches, fitness, happiness, an easy life or just feeling good. Everyone knows what they want out of life. And it is easy to understand why.
THE NORTH FACE® Malaysia Mountain Trail Festival 2022 (MMTF) took place in Taiping over the weekend of 25-27 November 2022. It was an international trail race with over 1,500 runners from 31 countries participating in 5 categories – Vertical Kilometre, 13KM, 25KM, 50KM and 100KM.
The 2022 Ultimate Trails of Penang (UTOP) was held over the weekend of 8-9 October at the Northern part of the beautiful Penang Island. The top category 100km, with a total elevation gain of about 6,000m, has the reputation of being the toughest 100km trail ultra in Malaysia.
The Most Beautiful Thing – TMBT Ultra-Trail Marathon was successfully raced on the weekend of 17-18 September 2022, after a two years postponement due to COVID-19. This was the 10th Anniversary chapter. I had the privilege to be a part of this wonderful yet challenging race experience.
More than two years ago, before Covid-19 hit us, I set out a goal to complete a 100km ultra-trail race within 24 hours. Today I can humbly say that I have accomplished that.
It was my birthday yesterday. It was a simple affair of dinner and cake just for our family of four. During the day, I worked in the office as usual. No celebration or fanfare, no one noticed that I aged another year that day.
Recently my wife organised a nice island vacation for the family to celebrate our anniversary. We were looking forward to some quality family time together, just the four of us, away from immediate family and friends. We arrived, checked in and promptly made our way to check out the pool and beach when whoa… I bumped into my ex-boss!
Something to be remembered from the wedding day. We vowed to have and to hold our spouse from that day onwards, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
Writing was never my thing. Language was not my strength. I remember struggling with grammar and spelling in school. I wasn’t into reading either. It was much later after I started working that I began to take interest reading books.
Success is not a choice, it is an obligation. Now, before you start accusing me of blindsided by all things successful, let me explain.
It was just before 6 in the morning on 18 December 2021 when the gentle drizzle turned into a medium shower. The first-wave ultra-runners were all waiting at the starting pen, keeping a small distance between each other in compliance with the pandemic standard operating procedure. Personally for me, it took courage just to show up at the starting line.
Everyone is looking for the elusive dream job. Conventional wisdom says that you should get a job doing what you love. We all want a career that is enjoyable, fun, meaningful and still put food on the table. However the reality is that almost nobody has a job they love every day.
In my preparation for trail ultras, I would spent hours training in the forest trail on weekends. There is something magical about running or hiking in the forest that leaves you refreshed and renewed. The nature makes you feel good.