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MIRI, Feb 9: The Spartan Race, one of the world’s most highly anticipated international high endurance events, will be making its return to the Land of the Hornbills on May 6, this time in the illustrious city of Miri.
Following a successful race in Kuching in June last year, the Kuching Fitness Association, the event’s main organiser, is committed to ensuring the upcoming race in Miri will be even bigger and better than its predecessor.
The venue will be the campus of Curtin University Malaysia, located in Senadin about 16km from the city centre.
In addition to its vast land area spanning 1,200 acres, the campus was also chosen for its excellent sports and recreation facilities.
“We are proud to be part of the largest obstacle course race and endurance brand with more than 250 events held in over 40 countries on six continents. It attracts more than one million participants annually across all fitness levels from beginners to the elite,” said Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew.
He added that this event puts Miri squarely on the map of the world’s endurance events.
“We are hopeful that athletes from throughout Sarawak, Malaysia and the ASEAN region will be encouraged to join Spartan Sarawak 2023 in Miri,” he said at the signing ceremony between Curtin University Malaysia Sarawak and the Spartan Sarawak 2023 organiser on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Spartan Sarawak 2023 organising chairman Carter Wei said he was extremely excited to bring the world’s largest obstacle course race and endurance brand to Miri.
Wei said that Curtin Malaysia’s campus size and unique landscape was most ideal for a Spartan Race event and more than 2,000 participants are expected to compete in the race.
He thanked the university for agreeing to be the official venue partner and for its support towards staging the event.
Wei added that with the increased frequency of international flights, he expects to see more racers from across the globe flying into Sarawak to participate in the race.
Also present were event organisers Annie Wong and Fadzilla Sulaiman; pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive of Curtin Malaysia, Professor Simon Leunig; his deputy, Professor Vincent Lee; acting chief operating officer Associate Professor Ir. Pieter Pottas, and sports and recreation services supervisor Ezra Bada.
Spartan Sarawak 2023 will feature two main categories: The Sprint, which is a 5km race with 20 obstacles, and Super, a 10km race with 25 obstacles, in addition, there will be a Spartan Kids Race with distances of 800m, 1.6km and 3.2km for children aged 5 to 14-years-old.
For more information on ticket registration, race categories and FAQs on Spartan Sarawak 2023, visit the Official Spartan Race Malaysia page here.
Relevant information can also be found on the Spartan Race Malaysia Facebook page, Instagram and YouTube channel. — DayakDaily