On April 30th, the XTERRA Malaysia Trail Runs will be held on the island of Langkawi, which is the largest in an archipelago of 104 islands off the north-western coast of Malaysia. The XTERRA team notes that Langkawi has beautiful blue water, white sand beaches and tropical rain forests. The Trail Runs will be held a day after the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Off-Road Triathlon.
“Our trail run courses follow the Championship Course,” said Race Director, Sean Chee. “And some of our triathlon competitors love the Championship Course so much, they come back and race it again during the Trail Run.”
The 5K run includes part of the off-road triathlon course the pros race on, including the loop on Pantai Kok’s white sandy beaches. “It’s suitable for almost anyone,” said Chee, “Because we take out the hard bits.”
The 11K race is the same loop that the off-road triathletes follow the day before. “Only your legs won’t be tired from a swim and a bike,” said Chee. “It’s very challenging, but it’s a perfect loop.”
The 21K race includes the 11K loop as well as part of the mountain bike course from the triathlon. In last year’s race, John Fell won in 2:37:54, over 20 minutes ahead of second place Sabrina Dumont, who finished first for the women in 2:59:02. In third was Ben Crookendel in 3:06:11.